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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie dwelled on her teetotalling attitude but also wrote about her visit with Harry’s family, her feelings about his Aunt Mag, and the “taking” of her smallpox vaccination.

Harry was looking forward to his reunion with Effie and also wrote about his Aunt Mag, who he felt had a bad influence had on his sisters.

“I’d rather risk fooling with a poison.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-29

“I long so to have you in my arms & kiss you & kiss you & kiss you over & over again.”  Osborn, Henry 1885-11-29


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