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Letter to mother about attending vespers and hearing a missionary speak, playing music for dancing friends, and upcoming exams.


3 Norfolk Terrace, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 5 February, 1911. Dear Mamma, Esther wants me to go to bed but it's only 845 so I think I'll write this first. I just returned from Vespers with Louis and Francis Baker. There was a missionary address by funny man from England. He had the choir in the audience all laughing. Miss McDowell had charge of the service and the dean was nowhere to be seen. This morning we had communion, in charge of a man [Page 2] From Newtonville. Esther went with me and we are the only ones from Crofton. I think it's the limit the way girls in this house stay away from church, especially on communion Sunday. The Kugler girls are no better than the rest. By the way, they have both learned to dance. Evidently they have decided that they can't have a good time in college without it. I said something about it to Hester one night and she said, “oh my father doesn't care.” And he a Methodist minister too. There's one thing about it though,- if I dance the girls went have anyone to play for them. As it is, they keep me [Page 3] Going all the time, till I'm so sick of all of music that I don't know what to do. I never have a chance to play the kind of music that I like because if I do start some. I have nothing to play and they all wonder why Mary is so spunky. Last night Janet had a man, so we had to leave The Parlor. We were tired to the second floor I with my fiddle, and I stood on the stairs and played well they did the Virginia Reel. After grinding out “Turkey in the Straw”about a hundred times, I stopped [Page 4] to breathe a minute, and someone said, “Oh why does she stop?” Ingratitude, thy name is Crofton! History exam yesterday wasn’t very hard, but I didn't know much about it so couldn’t do very well. Afterwards I went downtown with Gladys Gorman to get my mind off the subject. She lives on Claremont Ave., Montclair, as I said. I learned yesterday that she knows Mrs. Merritt and family well, says they are members of her church, etc. Tomorrow I shall cram for Math all day. We enjoyed the flowers very much. I put the violets in water but they didn't recover much so I put them in a book. With thoughts of love, Mary. Yesterday mr. MacDougall played [deletion: Soldiers] Pilgrim's chorus to evening star from Tannhauser


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Religion and Spirituality;Student Life


Violin; Vespers; Preaching; Dance; Crofton House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 February 5



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