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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote from Harry’s family home in Madison, New Jersey, where everyone seemed happy. She provided him with the details of the day her pocketbook was stolen and tried to answer his questions about the legalities of their marriage.

Harry expressed his concern for Effie’s mother and his feelings about the time of their wedding. He also described an outing he had taken and the sophomore picnic.

“I suppose girls are not expected to take care of themselves, & all brides are supposed to be wealthy, and that it wont be necessary for me to put myself down as a music teacher.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-23

“Darling it distressed me very much to realize as I do how much suffering I am going to cause both you & your mother by taking you from her.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-23



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