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Letter to mother about letter writing, fixing her atomizer, missing the pay-day fees due dates, upcoming Field Day, going to the Boston Public Library and a concert at Symphony Hall, attending a dance at Pomeroy, and purchasing magazine subscriptions.


11 The Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1 November, 1910. Dearest Mamma,- Today is nice and warm again. I do think we are having the most wonderful weather. The snow which everyone else seems to be getting, does not come this way at all. This morning I walked up to college twice and went on a Botany field trip besides. This afternoon I went up for two classes and then came home and took a nap. It made me feel lots better. I'm glad you think I'm good to [page 2] write you often. I want to write as often as I can, while I can. I try to plan my work so as to leave a little margin for it. I have discovered that I can work the atomizer all right by holding my thumb over the leak. As soon as I get time I'll take it down and see about it. But I don't get down town [mis-spelling: downtown] very often. Hardly once a week. You see most of my business is transacted between here and College Hall. Today is “Pay Day”, on which most of the dues for the year are paid. For instance: College News $1.00, Wellesley Magazine $1.25, Class Dues $.25, C.A. Dues $.75, Student gov’t $.25, Botany Fee $5.00. I didn’t know about it in time so I [page 3] didn't have any money. I understand there is to be another one this Friday. You see we are not yet through spending money. Next Monday is Field Day, and Katherine Gage wants me to write a 1914 song for it. I haven’t told her I would yet. Yesterday was an eventful day. In the first place we overslept and had to fly to get in to breakfast. Then we studied as hard as we could, all the morning. Emma Seifried and I went into Boston on the 1.03 train. We had time to spend a half an hour in the Boston Public Library, then walked out to Symphony Hall. It’s an immense building surely. If I had known that I would have [page 4] (Please excuse this, I didn’t notice that it was the sheet). [deletion: Wellesley really should begin with my general impressions I suppose; and here I’ve begun with details] Picked out our eats in a different place. Both balconies run all the way around and we might have been near the stage. As it was we couldn’t see her face very well. Bu we could hear all right. She sang seven songs from Schubert, eleven from Schumann, and six from Brahms. The ones we liked best were “Du bist die Ruh’, and “Der Sandmann”. Frank La Forge played her accompaniments without music. Emma was so glad I asked her to go with me. We had a nice time visiting between numbers. She and her family in California the [page 5] same summer we were! We came back on the train that get here about quarter after five. As soon as dinner was over we all marched up to Pomeroy. They were all ready to receive us and gave us a royal good time. There were all kinds of side-shows, fortune-tellings etc. The refreshments were cider (!) apples and doughnuts. The former was fierce. I know because I tasted it. Before and after everything they danced. They have a nice big parlor like the one at Beebe, you remember. Lois and I were such curiosities because we didn’t dance. Everyone seemed to think that no such thing was ever heard of before. One girl [page 6] said, “Oh, you want to learn as soon as you can, because after you get up on the campus you will miss so much if you don’t dance.” One thing I have noticed: that the people who dance get acquainted much faster than the people who don’t. We found one girl in Pomeroy who doesn’t dance, and I talked with another one who does but doesn’t care for it. After we got home I had to write my English Theme. You know all the Freshmen themes have to be in Tuesday morning at nine o’clock. It took me till just about midnight. A good many girls stayed up; some until one or two o’clock. [page 7] It is nine o’clock now and I think I’ll go to bed. I bought the November Scribner’s yesterday. It is very good. The new serial by F. Hopkinson Smith is in his own style, - pure joy all the way. May I subscribe to the Atlantic for next year? If I do it now I get the three fall numbers besides. How are my pictures coming on? With lots of love, Mary. P.S. What is Mrs. Carpenter’s address? P.S. I hope you are feeling better.


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life;Tradition and Ritual


Letter writing; Concerts; Dance parties; Money; Field Day; College Hall; Pomeroy Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1910 November 1



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