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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

With the new month, Effie and Harry felt more hopeful.

In her first letter, Effie wrote that her mother would be operating the current boarding house for just two more months and that she had invited any of Harry’s sisters to come stay for awhile in the meantime. The second letter covered her recent activities. In both, she recounted her continued search for a sealskin sacque.

Harry’s letter was mainly a love letter.

“This is the first day of Spring, tho’ it is hard to realize it.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-1a

“I didn’t get my sacque after all….” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-1b

“I was so glad to begin the letter March 1.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-1



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