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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was mainly about plans for his trip home. In the second, he wrote about what he had done recently and responded to her recent letter. More about Dr. Vinnedge, whom he had visited can be found in this death notice: https://books.google.com/books?id=Ts0yAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=%22w.w.+Vinnedge%22&source=bl&ots=kyjMIMZvwX&sig=e8W6A-a05xiPjWav5YlA1CzZHKM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAWoVChMIlce_q_yyyAIVDIoNCh3JAQB_#v=onepage&q=%22w.w.%20Vinnedge%22&f=false.

Although Effie was feeling much better, she poured her heart out to Harry about why she had been so blue.

“We can sneak in there from the depot & then stay there a couple of hours & then I can[,] if the farce is necessary “arrive” at eleven oclock.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-6a

“In this room here all is warm & bright & cheerful & I only want one thing more to make me very happy & that Darling is your continual & abiding presence.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-6b

“You said that you didn’t blame me, but at the same time you just went for me rough shod for writing about things that had nothing to do with us, and things that were not interesting, and you were pretty bitter, or at least seemed so.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-6



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