Letter from Eleanor Blair, West Haven, Connecticut, to Mr. D.C. Blair, Montour Falls, New York, 1914 April 1
Letter to father describing financial expenses, temporary building construction at Wellesley, benefit concert to raise money, car trouble during a trip with friends, and plans to write about "Lorna Doone." —Keywords: Money; Clothing and dress; College Hall Fire, 1914; Fund raising; Building; Automobiles; Tree Day; Music Hall —Tags: Arts, Theater and Music; Buildings and Grounds; Personal Relationships
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West Haven, Conn. April 1, 1914. 6:30 P.M. You dear, peachy, adorable Dad, Say, but I'm some happier than I was before your letter came. You sure did the proper thing when you showed Mutter you are the household boss & she is to mind you & come. Bless her heart! I knew she was awfully disappointed & was trying her best not to show how much so. [page 2] And say! Please don't fire any more money at me. Thanks a lot for it, but I am beginning to feel like a millionairess. Since I struck New Haven, I have bought a pair of low tan shoes ($2.97), three pairs tan stockings ($1.00) and a middy ($1.[deletion: 00] 25) besides about $1.00 for miscellaneous ex-penses (trunk carting, stamps, writing-paper, car fare & ice cream). I still have several dollars (just counted & I have $4.43 - enough to pay my fare back to Wellesley & into Cambridge & back) [deletion: bes] left over. Besides that I have the two money orders which I have not cashed making $39.43 which I now have. [page 3] I have paid my rent up to the last of March so I owe only about $15 for the rest of the year. I'll give that to Mrs. Moulton as soon as I get back. See how rich I am! You folks are too generous to me. You'll spoil me. Also I don't need any more clothes this spring. Honest, I don't want any. When I think of those poor girls who haven't a thing except what people have given them, I feel guilty to even think of having anything more when I have so much already. I had the finest letter from Glad Gorman yesterday - I told you about her being burnt out in one of my other letters - and she says the new [deletion: p] building which is to be used temporarily for classes is being built just below the chapel & opposite Music Hall. I wrote to Glad & told her to take anything from my room she wanted, but she had already acquired enough clothing for the time. Imagine loosing [mis-spelling: losing] every bit of clothing one had. She said that everone [mis-spelling: everyone] has been so perfectly marvellous to her that it makes her glad she wasn't burned up in 342 College Hall after all. Poor girl, I feel so sorry for her! Our benefit concert comes off Mon. Eve, so Lucia & I will miss it. Had some tickets to sell though. Yesterday P.M. we were invited over to the Russels' for P.M. & supper. Took a walk in P.M. & called on Ella Wakeman, [page 4] the W. girl Helen Sherwood knows, and Hazel Watts, another Sophomore. Today we have had a fine time. Three fellows & 3 girls planned to go for a tramp this A.M. & take lunch. One of the fellows has an auto so called for us about 10:30. We rode over to the garage to get something & just as we started for the woods - Bang!! went the tire. Somehow the thing refused to work again so after standing around until 12:30 we walked home - only a few blocks - to wait for the thing. Then it began to rain, so taking all in all we decided to stay home. We got hold of the fellows and they came down for a picnic [page 5] lunch. I am glad the tire did puncture for we had the best time ever. The fellows stayed all P.M. & to supper & have just gone. We're going to do something tomorrow, too. Barton Bachmann, one of the fellows, is a wonderful musician. He has a studio here where he gives lessons & meanwhile is studying in New York. So we had music & raised the dickens & played cards & laughed & fooled & had a gay old time in general. I'll have to ring off soon as we are going calling tonight. Since getting here I've read "Lorna Doone" all through & put 3 hrs. of study on it in the library the other day. I am going to write my last [page 6] theme on the "Authenticity of Blackmore's Lorna Doone" I studied all the other evening so have my outline most done & my general plan in mind. You see I think that last theme is going to be done about Tree Day time & don't want to have it to do when my Mutter is here. Tell Mutter she is to behave herself from now henceforth and let Dr. [illegible: Ramsey?] give her treatments & get her well. I must close. Lucia is dressing & I have to dress, too. Lots & lots of love, Eleanor. P.S. Thanks for sending that letter. I think I should like to know Uncle Billy.