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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Today, Harry discouraged Effie from changing her hairstyle, responded to her mugwamp accusation, updated her on his self-vaccination, and congratulated her on her Christmas present find.

Effie’s letter was short, barely covering her thoughts on the proposed honeymoon trip.

“The man who says stick to your party thro thick & thin is as big a fool as the man who says stick to any old idea right or wrong & the man who sticks gives up the right to free & independent thought.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-21

“I have never camped out since I have been old enough to know about it, but I never imagined that I’d like it.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-21




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