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Letter to mother describing taking train to South Framingham with friend, hearing sermon by Bishop of Vermont, plays and concerts happening in Boston, and hopes that her mother will visit her soon.


11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 26 February, 1911. Dear Mamma,- Did you ever feel reckless and want to do something that wasn't at all necessary? Then you know what made me put on my hat and coat yesterday, pay fifty cents for a bunch of sweet peas, and go as far as South Framingham with Esther. It was all a [deletion: s] surprise to her, as she went directly from college down to the station, and I was to bring her suit case down, so she hadn't seen me and didn't know of my rash resolve. But she thought it was a grand idea and liked the flowers immensely. The ride to South Framingham takes about twelve [page 2] minutes, and I had two minutes in which to look around the city before taking the train back. It was very exciting I assure you. This morning we had a sermon by the Bishop of Vermont. I suppose he couldn't help the funny way he talked, but otherwise he was all right and even rather interesting. Here read the service with quite a good deal of feeling. Ethel Brown has gone home over Sunday and took Nell home with her; Elsie Pray was suddenly called home yesterday, and of course Stearnsie hasn't come back; and with Esther gone, this floor is almost desolate. From the first floor, Connie and Helen Humphrey are gone. Miss Swift's niece, Christine, is visiting her and she has Connie's room at present. She looks a lot like Miss Swift and is nice I guess. The girl say [page 3] she is thinking of coming to Wellesley. I noticed yesterday in the Boston paper that “Naughty Marietta,” with Trentini, is coming to Boston, commencing next week. Do you object if I go? I want very much to hear her, and the two songs that I [deletion: illegible] know. Tetrazinni gives a concert in Symphony Hall next week Thursday night. Mischa Elman has one this Saturday afternoon. Say, I have thought of a scheme which will be very nice if you will agree to it. I want you to come out here about the sixteenth or seventeenth of March (which is Thursday or Friday), witness the production of the wonderful Crofton play, Sat. eve. rest and “sit around” for a few days, go in to Boston with me and do my spring shopping, then go home with me on Friday the twenty-fourth. Wouldn't that be nice? If you go home this week you can get your clothes washed up and so on. Then when I come home I won't have to [page 4] have a lot of sewing done. I'm awfully anxious to have you come, and I really don't see why you couldn't. You better write Mrs. Ferguson soon about a room. I wonder if I could check my baggage on the B & A from here if I came home on the B & M (“brokenly mangled” as Frank Crandall called it). Is N.Y.C. mileage good on that road or do I buy a ticket? If so, where from? I want to know about this beforehand so if the B & A man comes up to college I will know whether to patronize him or not. Tomorrow I want to work like everything and get as much done ahead for the week as I can. Then I can rehearse the play and do other things that I want to do. I expect we will be kept awfully busy getting all ready by the 18th Must stop now. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts; Framingham, Massachusetts


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


Passenger trains; Theater; Concerts; Mothers; Crofton House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 February 26



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