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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Although Harry began his first letter by claiming to be much happier after receiving a letter from Effie, the letter was still tinted blue. Their wedding was the subject of the second and he claimed not to understand the “rumpus” about it and all the preparations.

“Have I been a Jobs comforter?” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-26a

“I shall someday go to a large party with you & we shall there make a promise to always live together & be good to each other.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-26b



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