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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In his first letter, Harry ruminated on his sister Carrie’s engagement and how it would affect their family. He apologized in his second for the jab at Effie about other people’s looks. In both letters, he asked her to plan for his arrival, even though he had no set plans himself.

“I like him and have contemplated this thing for some time as satisfactory if it should come about.” Osborn, Henry 1886-6-1a

“But I can’t keep straight all the time & when I was so crooked I hurt you whom I love best in all the world.” Osborn, Henry 1886-6-1b



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