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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry told Effie two stories about the previoius day and lamented his lack of an intimate friend in his first letter. The second was mostly devoted to the misery of being apart during their engagement but concluded with more on their wedding trip.

Effie gave an initial critique of the fabric samples Harry had sent and informed him that she was trying to pass her piano students on to his sister Sue.

“And be very careful Darling in packing not to put a hammer inside a fine china vase for the freight companies are sometimes careless & might injure the hammer if the pieces of the vase scratched it.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-20a

“I am thoroughly & heartily sick of engagement.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-20b

“There are none that look like diagonal cloth to me.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-20



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