Letter from Eleanor Blair, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mr. D.C. Blair, Montour Falls, New York, 1913 November 13
Letter home describing apples enjoyed by herself and other students, unsuccessful nomination for class president, and plans for a future visit from a friend. —Keywords: Apples; College student government; Friendship; Eliot House; Lake Waban; Hunnewell Gardens —Tags: Arts, Theater and Music; Buildings and Grounds; Faculty, Staff and Administrators; Personal Relationships; Religion and Spirituality; Student Life
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22 Cottage St. Wellesley, Mass. Dearest Mutter und Vater und Bruder, I'm sitting here by the window in a nice comfortable rocking chair with my feet gracefully reclining on the bed. I just devoured an apple & some chestnuts. Say, but that basket was welcome. I had five letters, a newspaper & the basket Mon. I refrained from opening the basket until evening though it was awfully hard not to peek at it. I asked Kate Van Eaton, Hazel Branine and Helen & of course Mildred D. to come in that evening; of course they all appeared & we had a lot of fun. We had a great ceremony [page 2] when we pulled down the first slip on our clothes-line. I've told the other girls about my apples & told them to come in. Several have been already. It's such fun to sit down with an apple & a book - so kind of homelike & nice. Thanks a lot. Well, now I must tell you about our class meeting yesterday. You know Miss Pendleton appoints a chairman who is eventually made class president sometime just before Xmas vacation. At least only in a very few cases has the chairman failed to become president. Great was the excitement when the notice was posted announcing the meeting called by Miss Pendleton. [page 3] Carrie Ingraham told me this A.M. that there was a rumor around that I was to be chairman. Wouldn't that get you? Well, it was a close alarm anyway, & Dorothy Rhodes is our girl. She is a perfect peach, too; I don't know her except by sight but she went about things as though she knew what she was going to do. After Miss Pendleton left, Dorothy took charge & opened nominations for temporary secretary. There were between 400 & 500 girls in the room so it took a good while to do any business. I was way at the back of the room with Helen when I suddenly heard someone say, "I nominate Eleanor Blair." Nearly fell through the floor. Don't get excited though, I didn't make connections. Came out seven votes behind Katherine Alexander. Ever since the meeting I've been receiving congratulations for getting so near. One girl said as soon as she heard my name she said, "Oh yes, she is in my Latin class." She even came over & told me she felt honored to be in the same class with me. Isn't that a joke? I think so. Madaline Wolf came over & said she nearly perished because she had a condition & couldn't vote for me. I didn't know I had so many friends in college until yesterday. Well, so much for that. Last night the Sophs. had a funeral & buried their math books - no one knows where. The had a funeral march, dirge, etc. I didn't go up - had [page 4] some lessons to get so stayed up at Eliot & studied. Had a short letter from Harry this PM. Also Bob's just arrived & I've been walking on air ever since. Have been telling the girls ever since that my pal is coming out to see me. Is it this next Easter she is coming out. I hope so. Tell her she must plan to be here while there is school for that is half the fun. Give her my love & tell her I've begun to plan what we'll do already. We'll go out on the lake & I'll show her all the place around, the Hunewell Gardens, the sunken gardens, Tupelo, & all the buildings. We can dance up [page 5] at Eliot every night after dinner & there will be doings at the barn as there always are. Then there will always be musical vespers Sun. nights. In between we can play baseball as Kate says they do in spring vacation. Ah rah, rah for Easter! Kate has just been in so I had to stop a while. Must ring off now & study. Lots of love, Eleanor.