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Letter to parents about receiving their check and candy, her father's recent election loss and new governor in New York, Dean's reception, getting straight credit, gaining weight, taking the Wellesley Special train to Boston, and request for opera glasses for Christmas.


11 The Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 13 November, 1910. Dearest People,- We have just returned from musical vespers and it is a wonderful night. The moon and the stars are shining and there is a filmy cloud spread around in the most wonderful fashion. I find that I am losing my knowledge of astronomy, because I saw several stars that I [page 2] didn’t know. I’ll have to get out my book and get busy again. Our sermons today were by Rev W.O. Taylor of Rochester. I don’t know who he is but you may. The vespers tonight were very good of course. It is very, I mean quite, cold; Esther says there is a heavy frost on the ground and she probably knows. This has been a rather exciting and busy week. Monday of course was Field Day, which I wrote you about. Wednesday morning I received that check! It did look so good to me. I haven’t spent any of [page 3] it yet but I probably shall soon. Thank you also for the little pail of candy. We are enjoying it very much and it is the kind which doesn’t give us indigestion, I am so sorry Papa wasn’t elected. I suppose he is too. I’m glad Paul Hanks wasn’t elected; is serves him right for not “withdrawing in favor of Mr. Rosa”. But perhaps he would do a better thing for the county than Mr. Phillips. We New York state girls here in the house were much excited when we heard about the new Democratic governor. I think it is so strange. [page 4] Wednesday afternoon was the Dean’s reception. We didn’t go until rather late, but had to wait awhile as it was, as Esther’s adviser, Miss Lockwood, hadn’t come yet. Miss Bliss was very nice to me, and I told her how hard my schedule was and everything. When we came out we decided to ride down, and just then a fine big automobile came sweeping up to the door so we got in that. Riding down in such style made us feel grand, so we told the chauffeur to take us to the Inn. We got out there, and I had a dress rehearsal of taking Helen there for dinner. It is very simple after all. [page 5] I didn’t have money enough to pay for it so I had it charged. The dinner was very good. Of course if the check hadn’t come in the morning we wouldn’t have gone, but we thought it harmonized rather well with the automobile, (fare 15 cents). Thursday as I said, we got our marks. Of course I’m glad that I got “straight credit”, but you see after this I won’t be satisfied with anything else and it may be [page 6] rather hard to keep up. Thursday was a hard day and I was up late that night. But as a usual thing I have my work well in hand, and can keep ahead with it. I got weighed the other day in College Hall. All the freshmen are getting weighed to see how much they have gained. I weigh 131. Mamma will remember that I weighed 119 the day of my physical exam. Of course my clothes make some difference, but you can see that I’m gaining. Miss Swift said tonight, “Mary Rosa is getting stout.” [page 7] Think of applying that word to me! My furs came just in time for the Deau’s reception and I was so glad. The mattress is also lovely. It was so good of Julia to tie it for me. My bed is very comfortable at all times, but this makes it better. Friday afternoon we 1914 were required to attend a lecture in Billings Hall by Prof. Hamilton, on “Unity in Music”. I enjoyed it immensely. He played several selections to illustrate his points. I certainly must take music next year. If live on the campus it will be [page 8] more possible. Yesterday I had a cinch: only one class. I did almost nothing in the morning, but helped Esther get ready for the Dartmouth game. About eleven o’clock Julia Snow came up stairs and wanted to know if I wouldn’t go into Boston with her and hear something. I didn’t have much to do so I told her I would. We looked in the papers and the only thing we could find was “The Fortune Hunter”, with Jack Barrymore. So we decided on that. I had to hurry and get dressed before Math. class, as we went on the one o’clock train. [page 9] I don’t think I’ve told you about this train, the “Wellesley Special”, which runs on Saturdays from Wellesley to Boston without stop. Naturally it is very popular. Yesterday it stopped at Allston, to let off the people who were going to the game. There were crowds and crowds of them; it almost seemed as if all Wellesley went away on that train. The play was good; I didn’t like the first act very well but the rest was great, better than the title. After [page 10] it we went into R.H. White’s a few minutes and came home at 6:02. All the stores were decorated with red and green in honor of the game, and just about that time the first extras were out with the score, 18-0, favor of Harvard. When Esther came home she had a very exciting tale to tell. She and her man had dinner at the Inn. I don’t think of anything that I will need to have made at Christmas time. Unless my sailor suit gives out; really I’ve worn it almost every day. It’s so much easier to put that on than to think up [page 11] something else. Yesterday I did remember about my red skirt and wore that. I might possibly wear the waist some time. Is it in the trunk? I’ve thought of something I want for Christmas, and that is a pair of small opera glasses. I also need more sofa pillows. If I see some pretty ones in Boston some time may I get one or two? Elizabeth Bryant war in yesterday and invited me over to dinner at Fiske with her today. She is a perfectly dear girl, and [page 12] I had a nice time. She has invited me to go to the Junior Play with her. That is just before Christmas I think. Dorothy Hart and another girl from College Hall were in today and invited Esther and I up to dinner with them Thursday night, Dorothy sings in the choir and is just as jolly and nice as she can be. What do you think? My Math teacher is going to give afternoon teas to her Math classes on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Isn’t that great? Well good night. With lots of love as ever from your loving girlie.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Personal Relationships;Religion and Spirituality;Student Life;Tradition and Ritual


Elections; Grading and marking (Students); Weight gain; Passenger trains; Dinners and dining; Field Day; College Hall; Billings Hall; Fiske House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her parents, 1910 November 13



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