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Letter to her mother describing concerns regarding her clothes and the weather, buying new slippers, rearranging her room, her Botany class, her sick friends, and 'the serenade'.


October 4th (1910) The Crofton Dear Mamma, I have just a few minutes before dinner in which to answer your letter. I came home from college very tired, and so took off my dress and slept a little. At five o’clock I took a bath, so as to be out of the way before the other girls wanted to go in. Say I wanted to ask you if I am supposed to wash out the tub after taking a bath. I haven't anything to do it with anyway. This climate is the funniest I ever saw. We never can tell whether it is going to be cold or warm. Today was warm, except by the lake, and yesterday [page 2] was cold until evening. I wore a white waist today, and my red skirt. The latter was quite badly wrinkled, but I haven't the ambition or the time to press it. Esther's father misunderstood or ignored the fact that she had bought a desk, so he got quite a good one and sent it. She was quite disgusted, but sold the other one to Ethel Brown. The one that came is birds-eye maple and a beauty. We have the table over against the two for a change. I went into that other shoe store yesterday and enquired the price of red slippers. They are $1.25 and $1.50. What shall I do about it? That seems rather expensive but I don't want to get them at that other dinky place for fear the old man will sell me something I don't want. Since writing the above I have been to dinner, to the Fergeson’s and to Miss McDowell's. To the Fergeson's I went with Esther to return a sweater she borrowed of a lady there. I asked this lady for Miss Janet F. and she said she was busy, but went and asked her where the hot water bottle was and got it for me. So I didn't accomplish anything in the way of getting acquainted. This lady had the front room next to yours and remembered your name. Miss McDowell was very sympathetic of course and said she would write to Fannie. Esther and I have changed our room around. I know you will laugh, but we really think the room looks larger now. We put the bed across [page 3] in front of the windows, and the desk where the bed was. Hers is against the slanting park, and mine nearest the radiator. We moved the drop light and ceiling wire on over, as they were long enough. We like it better than the other arrangement because now we can see each other. You see the other way, we had to stand up to see what the other was doing. If she finds her bed too cold we will change back of course, but just at present it won't be. I washed out a dozen or so handkerchiefs tonight so I feel safer. My cold is about the same. Last night when we went out for the serenade it felt dandy, just as if I didn't have any. Oh we had the grandest time. Imagine five hundred freshman, all in white, with green cambrie tied around our skirts to make “hobbles” and more green in our hair, carrying lanterns, mostly green ones. [page 4] We walked eight abreast and the line reached from Washington St. almost to Norfolk Terrace. We went out to East Lodge, then to Stone, College Hall, Freeman, Wilder, etc, then the quadrangle, to Fiske & home. We had six songs besides our cheer. Everyone says we did finely. Everyone was waiting for us with their cheers etc. The line looked great at the quad. We stood in a big circle in the center of the Court there. Your letter was received here at 3 p.m. yesterday and I got it in the afternoon mail. Very prompt I think. You needn't put yourselves out in to mail it Sunday hereafter, because I get it soon enough. Add another letter from Helen. What do you think of that? Well [deletion: illegible] its nine o’clock and I have math to do so will stop for [page five] now. Give my love to everybody and tell Edith to rub you and put you to bed early. In Botany today we walked all around looking at trees shrubs etc. Went down by the lake and it was nice. Esther and I ate our lunch on a little rustic thing built out over the water. Lots and lots of love, Mary October fourth. P.S. Ina Benson has gone home with chronic appendicitis. Janet [deletion: illegible] [illegible: Acheson?] has also been sick with indigestion. I forgot to say that when we got home last night (ten minutes of ten) Miss Swift had hot cocoa and wafers all ready for us in her room. Isn't she the grandest thing? Katharine Gage had a cold and Miss S. did her throat all up for her; absorbent cotton etc. I don't believe I want the checked skirt now. If I want it later I will let you know. I seem to have more than I wear. I wish we could have a drinking glass. Shall I buy one or will you send it? Sunday night I didn't go out as my head felt stuffed. Katharine Gage had a gathering in her room so I went down. Had some lemonade which was doubtless good for my cold!!


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life


Clothing and dress; Shopping; Singing

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1910 October 4



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