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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s letter was just a “scrap” to say that she was too ill to write more.

In both of his letters, Harry tried to console Effie and reason her out of her blues. In the first one, he indicates that he had written her about the funeral but that letter appears to be missing from the collection.

“I just feel sick all over.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-3

“Cheer up Effie mine for we are not anything like so miserable as we were in the Spring & shall never be again.”Osborn, Henry 1885-12-3a

“How I do wish I could write just the sort of a letter to set you all straight Effie Darling.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-3b



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