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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote mainly about Harry’s family’s feelings toward her, with concern at first and then with happiness after receiving his letter of 15 June. She warned him that her mother and sister opposed a Christmas wedding. This was her last letter until Harry left in the fall.

Although Harry was being kept busy, he still longed for her. He wrote more about his family’s unhappiness with life.

“I am happy, happy, happy.” Osborn, Effie 1885-6-16

“They think you are a model of propriety in behavior[,] believe the best of any engaged girl they ever knew & that I am just the other way.” Osborn, Henry 1885-6-16


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