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Letter to her mother about her birthday the next day, friends leaving for Christmas break, and plans for traveling home.


3 Norfolk Terrace, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 13 December, 1910 Dear Mamma,- Tomorrow is my birthday! I will almost be there to celebrate it. I mean I will be almost there. My baggage is going and you know that is a part of me. After that is gone, I will have to live upon the air like an epiphyte until Thursday at five o’clock. Esther leaves at one o’clock Thursday and I am wondering how in the world I am going to get along four hours without her. [page 2] I think I’ll have to write to Florence - I’ve been so busy that I haven’t written her for two weeks. Last week I didn’t even send her a postal, but got Esther to send one in a spare moment. The poor girl must feel quite deserted. I started a letter this morning at last. For my birthday she sent me on of her pictures, - those she had taken last summer and never got. I didn’t know she had them. It is perfectly beautiful. I’ll bring it home with me so you can see it. The packing is all done I think except my nightdress, atomizer, etc. which I will need tonight. I don’t see how I can squeeze them in. I’m determined that my hand grips musn’t [mis-spelling: mustn’t] be heavy. I want three magazines and a powder [page 3] box in it, and as little else as possible. Esther just came in and brought me two beautiful red rosebuds for my birthday. They are beauties. Oh, here’s a joke. Oh that awful History quizz I was so worried about, I got “credit +.” That proves to a certainty that Miss Brown doesn’t know what she is doing. Miriam Grover was over to dinner with me tonight. I think you’ll be relieved to see that I at last know her. She is a perfectly lovely girl. Esther had company too. A queer thing happened Sunday. I was playing my “Christmas Joybells” for the girls and Elsie Pray suddenly announced that her Sunday school class sang it [page 4] Once at a Christmas entertainment. She said they marched in to the music, and everyone [deletion: says] thought it was the prettiest price in the service. Isn’t that strange? About coming on the Erie. I suppose you mean to arrive at 2.43. In that case I could come either by Dayton and Salamanca, B.R. & P. to Cuba, or P.R.R. to Olean. Nell goes on the B.R. & P. and K. Mayo on the Pennsylvania. On the Erie I would have to be alone. Naturally I don’t know which to do. You might be ready to advise me when I call up. But I hope the B. & S. will be all right. I have 52 miles of interchangeable mileage and about eight dollars in cash. Must stop now and go to bed. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Student Life


Birthdays; Travel

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1910 December 13



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