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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

A good portion of Effie’s letter dealt with her encounters with postal employees. She also explained why she wouldn’t be able to see Salvini and she encouraged Harry to change his boarding place.

Harry reiterated their duty to each other in the area of letters and extolled the poetry of J.W. Riley (go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Whitcomb_Riley for information on him).

“Your letter to the Postmaster has made considerable stir, and I have spent quite a good deal of time today with postmen.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-11

“You know Darling with all due deference to your sex that a man is no match for four women.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-11



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