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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Today Harry wrote a love letter, while Effie returned to plans for their wedding trip

“…a woman is like a delicate sensitive electric needle & bring the magnet never so near & there is a sensitive tremor all through the instrument.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-23

“If I go to a crowded place I can stand it if I dont have to meet the people, but if I have to meet a whole gang of strangers, then it becomes a decided bore.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-23


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