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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In Harry’s first letter, he told Effie that she would need to help him with his memory. He also wrote about misspelling, Lottie’s complaints, and a collecting trip that took him into the canal. He wrote about his new suit in the second and rued delaying their wedding until the following summer.

Effie urged Harry to see a doctor about his recent illness and wrote more about the lodger, Mr. Truxton.

“Your memory beats mine hollow….” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-19a

“I find that my wading yesterday has not been unpunished, for I find today that both my feet are poisoned.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-19b

“Effie dont get over a thing so easy & isn’t as charitable.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-19


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