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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie teased Harry about not wanting to let her pay for anything for him. She also told him about a visit with her friend Bessie Stoddart and a trip to see “Le Prophete,” an opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer.

Harry also wrote about paying a visit and of having an evening of reading Rudder Grange, a novel by Frank Richard Stockton, with Miss Weed and Miss Whipple. His main concern, though, was how to help Effie overcome her blues.

“Mr. and Mrs. Underwood returned yesterday afternoon.” Osborn, Effie 1886-1-23

“We are all thinking of bolting.” Osborn, Henry 1886-1-23


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