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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie placed planning for Christmas in Harry’s hands. Her sister Jule had a new diagnosis.

Harry was bluer still and railed against Effie’s situation in regard to writing. That and his musem work were all he wrote about.

“So they have begun to notice now how you avoid my name in your letters.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-7

“As for short letters & reading between the lines[,] you know Darling I am not a success at all at that sort of thing.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-7a

“The fossils are arranged in order of the time in which they flourished.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-7b


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