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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie complained about an ungrateful boarder and expressed her opinion about the recent strikes.

Harry congratulated Effie on the praise she had received, encouraged her to get a reference, and reviewed the seriousness of marriage.

“I dont believe in the working men being abused, & when they had the first strike for shorter h[ou]rs. & better pay, I sympathized with them, but now I haven’t a particle of sympathy for them, and if the laboring class keep on acting as they have done, & keep getting worse, as they have done the last few years I’ll believe in keeping them down under foot, and will believe in slavery.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-7

“You play with the understanding as well as the fingers.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-7



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