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Harry and Effie’s engagement correspondence ended on Harry’s 29th birthday; two days later they were wed. From his letter, it appears that they had settled on Block Island, Rhode Island, as their honeymoon destination.

“We have stood so much apart & been so miserable that I feel that the only deliverance is in our union and to me it means joy & peace & is drawing so near.” Osborn, Henry 1886-7-5

Do you realize darling that our wedding day is day after tomorrow, or cant you realize that it is so near? Osborn, Effie 1886-7-5


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