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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

The weather kept Effie from a lesson so her first letter was a long one. She reported that her mother was on another rampage due to the pressures of running the boarding house. She also wrote about honeymoon plans and responded to the rumor about Miss Elder. In her second letter, Effie gave her critique of Edwin Booth’s performance in “Richard III” and returned to their wedding plans.

Harry sounds rather blue in his letter. He complained, again, about how hard their engagement had been and about his family’s correspondence. He did take some time to write about his classes and Miss Weed being ill.

“It rains and storms a great deal more than half the time, it seems to me, and I think if it keeps on much longer the world will be destroyed by water instead of fire.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-25a

“I wouldn’t have missed Booth for a great deal.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-25b

“Darling I have some bad news to tell you.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-25



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