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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry was blue again and wrote perhaps his most demanding letter, yet, asking for a real love letter. Effie, meanwhile, concentrated on the logistics of their meeting in Albany.

“I can’t help feeling defrauded out of what not only belongs to me but out of what I want.” Osborn, Henry 1885-6-3

“I told mamma she must not breathe a word to them about my meeting you, for I knew it would be better for us to keep that quiet.” Osborn, Effie 1885-6-3


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