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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie responded to Harry’s most recent blue letter in her first of the day, saying they had “both gotten into a dangerous place.” In the second letter, she let Harry know that her mother’s latest plan for returning to New York might have a negative effect on their scheme.

Harry’s letter was about where he would sleep while at Effie’s mother’s and the details of their meeting.

“Your letter hurt me. ” Osborn, Effie 1885-6-7a

“That is the sickest plan I ever heard of.” Osborn, Effie 1885-6-7b

“I would willingly sleep in a hammock on the back porch or in the sub basement or whatever you call it or on the roof in a tent or any place else.” Osborn, Henry 1885-6-7


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