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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote that he was glad that Effie’s friends approved of him, even though he wasn’t really at ease when with them.

Effie talked of wedding plans and whether Harry should take on the dormitory work again. Then, she tried to answer his concerns about her recent letters.

“I don’t know that I should be called exactly slow or that sort of quiet but I doubt if most of your friends would give me credit for being an extremely jolly or hilarious person & yet that is really my inmost disposition when I am wholly free to throw off all restraint.” Osborn, Henry 1886-1-26

“You say my letters are not as good as usual, but I dont know what you mean.” Osborn, Effie 1886-1-26


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