Jane W. Cary

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My dearest Mommy,

This after-

noon Lois Durant called me

up and said her mother

wanted to speak with me. She

asked me if I were going to do

anything special to-night

and if I weren’t, would I

like to earn fifty cents as well

as do her a favor. She wanted

me to take care of her mother

to-night while she and Lois

were in Boston. So I’m over

here now, watching the clock

for medicine times. Mr.

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Durant is in the next room.

He is the limit; he has showed

me the picture of a house in

which his ancestors have

lived, about fifty times,

and showed me his book

case full of books—about as

dry as they make them. Of

course I tried to appear very

interested, but I felt more

like giggling.

The coat you sent me is

just lovely. I’m crazy about

it; it’s sort of sporty look-

ing, don’t you think so? I

didn’t expect it nearly so soon

but I was awfully glad to

get it. I found the little

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handkerchief in the pocket

and the note and the bow

Helen made me. I think you

were all so good to do so


I asked Miss Robbins how to

pronounce Aix la Chapelle,

she said Aix, I can’t write it

very well but something like

the English x with the ai

sound before it; the x is pro-

nounced anyway.

I was quite surprised to

hear that Charlie Islieb [?] is

a father, sort of young,

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strikes me, but then every

man has his own ideas.

I was real ashamed of myself

last week that I didn’t write

directly home. I meant to,

but I left my writing for

the evening, and Ralph came

so I couldn’t very well write.

Thank you for the money you

sent in the letter before last.

It will come in handy, as it is

all I have up here. Do you

suppose Anna would mind

giving me to go and come

Christmas vacation, what she

was going to give me for

Thanksgiving? She said she

was going to give it to me

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anyway. Tell her if she does that

it must be my Christmas

present; and a good big one

it will be too. Don’t think I’ve

been extravagant, for the

precious five dollars you gave

me had to go for a Botany

fee. They charge every person

taking a science five dollars,

for the collection of specimans [sic]

and the wear of the instruments

. No wonder they can have good

courses in science! Thank you

for the stamps in your last

letter too. And thank Helen

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for her letter and donation; both

were thankfully received.

The chrysanthemums you sent

me are still fresh and do add

so much to our room. Now

that I have the little berries

that Betty sent me, I’ll have

something to keep the room

bright all winter. Please tell

her I think she was lovely

to do it. And please tell Papa

I liked his letter, and Dick, I

received Mrs. White’s note.

I had two letters, the other day,

one from Captain and the other

from Mrs. West. And I had one

from Miss Wilson too. She said

that my English teacher, Miss

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Bachelder, corrected some of the

first themes she ever wrote in

Wellesley. Isn’t that queer?

Miss Bachelder taught Miss

Wilson, Miss Wilson taught me,

and now Miss Bachelder is teach-

ing me.

Miss Locke, my Bible teacher

had a tea last Thursday

afternoon, to which we were all

invited; so two other girls and

I went together. I learned that

she studied at the Hartford

Theological Seminary and

visited in Windsor once or

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twice. I had a card for “at

home” [?] days from my last

year’s adviser, the other day,

and I’m going sometime, for

I liked her a lot.

Elizabeth’s string of little men,

one for each day until the four-

teenth, is growing shorter and

pretty soon the happy day

itself will come.

Goodnight, Mummy dear,

Your own little girl.