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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie and Harry both rejoiced at ending another month of separation. Effie also assured Harry that her mother’s feelings toward him at not changed, even though she had signed her letter “Cousin Em” rather than “Mother.” Harry’s letter answered the one Effie had sent him during her visit with his family.

“You know lightning scares me almost to death.  I’d rather have an earthquake any day.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-31

“But my chief point in preferring this at $1000 to other places is that I should have much lighter work & more agreeable work & better advantages.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-31



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