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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s letter started out as a love letter but then he continued his account of Halloween night. He finished by responding to Effie’s latest letter. The Whitney and Remertz he referred to were probably Myron Whitney (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myron_W._Whitney) and Franz Remertz, both basses of the time.

Effie wrote of her disgust at not being able to retrieve Harry’s letter from the post office that afternoon and of her memories of the day the two of them had attended the concert by Joseffy. The book she mentioned was probably Child of Nature; A Romance by Robert Williams Buchanan.

“I don’t want you to be content unless you have me.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-1

“I think she is about the most thoughtless girl I know of….” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-1



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