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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie remained happy, though as usual she had been dealing with interruptions. She was determined not to write about their misunderstandings, though some of them did creep in.

Harry was optimistic that they would agree perfectly when they were together at last. He included the happier parts of his last letter from the day before and explained a bit about the “bogus program,” though the letter ended abruptly without finishing the story.

“I intended to write a four cent letter at least, and was pretty mad because I couldn’t.” Osborn, Effie 1885-6-1

“I don’t see the impropriety of it & haven’t the slightest objection to it on any ground whatsoever but am highly in favor of it.” Osborn, Henry 1885-6-1a

“I believe you wrote that on purpose to get up another misunderstanding.” Osborn, Henry 1885-6-1b


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