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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s mother’s problem with servants was leading to more recriminations about Effie’s letter writing.

“I think servants are getting worse all the time, and I think if things keep on getting worse, they’ll have to resort to slavery again, or do some thing desperate.”

Osborn, Effie 1886-2-19



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