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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie told Harry that the servant problem may have been solved and reacted to the piano-teaching proposal. She also admitted the truth about the letter he had left in a chair.

Harry’s letter was filled with news and opinion; he updated Effie on Miss Weed’s health, Miss Whipple’s love affair and his work.

“We have been in a regular mess for a month or more, but the last few days we have had a terrible time.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-27

“I bought one pound of fine looking smelts in the city this p.m.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-27


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