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Letter to mother describing studying, archery practice, recovering from a cold, excitement at going to an opera, and writing themes.


11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 25 April, 1911. Dear Mamma,- Your letter just received. I just came back from Archery practise (up the other side of the Gym). I think it's going to be interesting. There is a lot of technicality connected with the first part of it, but the man seem to think we were doing well. My call-outs come Tuesdays and Fridays at 3.30. That means I will have to hurry over both times from [deletion: Gym] History, but I guess I won't mind, because this way it gives me more time on Thursday to study or rest. [Page 2] You asked how I was feeling. I'm fine except that I have a little cold, which I think I caught from Julia Snow. She was sick in bed with a cold last week and I went in and sat on her bed a few minutes. But I've been doctoring well and it seems to be better this afternoon. I think being outdoors so much is good for it. This morning we had garden work in Botany. Janet and I planted our little garden together with pansies, radishes, lettuce, and a few onions. (If the latter turn out well I'll send you a few). We are allowed to make our own plans for the garden, and have a right to everything that comes out of it. Then this afternoon I walked up to the gym and spent an hour shooting. I've had quite an easy day of it, or rather, I've made it easy. This morning I walked up to College Hall to look at the [Page 3] bulletin board and then went in the Library and read Scribner’s and a History book till half past ten. This afternoon I cut my two classes, - French and History, - as I thought having a cold I had a good excuse - and studied some and took a bath. The latter was a very hot but made me feel much better. I have most of my studying done for tomorrow, so I can go to bed early. Anyway we are required to, being “in training.” It is my one ambition (I mean one of my many ambitions) to get numerals to wear on my sweater. There's some encouragement in the fact that it all depends on how hard I try. I'm so anxious for tomorrow to come, - just think! I haven't heard any opera since last summer! yesterday Marjory Boynton took Esther and Gagie in her canoe and they spent the day on the Charles River, [deletion: go] [Page 4] paddling about twenty-two miles. They came back sunburned and lame, but had a wonderful time. The River winds about a great deal, so it is a good ways to anywhere. Esther says the country is perfectly beautiful. It is so nice to have it warm again, - the change from the cold of Sunday was quite sudden. I wore the new gingham yesterday and everyone liked it. They think I'm a big sport to have so many new clothes. My European experiences are a great thing for me these days: we're having description. For my theme this week I described Fraulein Nabel’s; for last week, one of those valleys on the Buttermere drive. My journal comes in handy and I love to read it over. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Athletics and Physical Education;Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life


Homework; Examinations; Archery; Opera; Crofton House; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 April 25



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