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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was mainly concerned with the death of his uncle and why they were estranged. In the second, he wrote of their wedding/honeymoon plans and his work. To read about one of the places he considered see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Wool.

After a long explanation as to why her letters wouldn’t be very good in the future, Effie finally got around to writing about Uncle Theo’s invention.

“Perhaps if I attended the funeral I could squeeze out one but it wouldn’t be from sorrow because the deceased has left us.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-11a

“I want first & foremost Darling to have you just suited about the wedding so that you will never have a regret over it & I shall be the happiest person in the crowd if it is a complete success__, and I believe it will be.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-11b

“Now darling I must leave this subject & write a very little more, and I suppose you will be anxious to hear about the story we heard today.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-11


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