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Letter to mother in New Orleans about letter writing, having free time, attending afternoon tea, going on a sleigh ride to Newton with other students, and power outages.


11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 9 February, 1911. Dear Mamma,- Your nice letter from New Orleans came just after I mailed my last one. The letters make pretty good time, don't they? Esther had one today from a friend of hers, mailed in El Paso, Texas, Sunday afternoon. I read Esther a part of your letter, as she is much interested in your journeyings. When I said that you were going to Antoine's restaurant, which is nearly 100 years old, she remarked, “the food must be rather dry by this time.” [page 2] It is the most luxurious feeling not to have anything to do, but I wonder if I'll get tired of it before Tuesday. All this afternoon I've been sitting on Esther’s bed writing and reading. Just now we came up from Miss Swift’s tea. These teas are grand things and the tea is delicious. The sandwiches are simply heavenly. Several of the girls have gone away and more are going tomorrow. Lots and lots of people will be away over Sunday. In chapel this morning Mr. MacDougall played the Soldier’s Chorus from Faust. It made me think of Papa because he used to sing it so much. The organ gave fine effects. [page 3] Hygiene this morning was a cinch. There were only five questions and all easy. I'm glad we didn't kill ourselves studying for it. We had all day yesterday, and we simply sat around and studied languidly. I wrote a couple of letters also. Last night we had our sleighride [mis-spelling: sleigh ride], and we did have the best time. We invited the three girls from the Ridgeway (Mitties etc.) and all from this house went except Julia. There were twenty five of us. It wasn't cold and we bundled up good, so it was just right. We went down to West Newton and back, and got in just before ten. We sang and cheered practically all the time, and consumed twelve quarts of peanuts. There were several other loads out. [page 4] Esther has a Plane Geometry exam tomorrow, to remove a condition. I do hope she gets through with it. I'm going up with her where she takes it and give her absent treatment through the door. Last night the electric lights went off and on at the average rate of four times a minute, for the whole evening. We were glad we weren't here studying. Esther and I are enjoying the increasingly long days. We don't have to have our lights on now till after 5. I think she will go to the Glee Club concert with me. I don't seem to find anyone else. Julia Snow's mother came this noon. She remembered both Esther and I! With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Newton, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana


Student Life


Letter writing; Afternoon teas; Sleighs; Electric power failures; Crofton House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 February 9



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