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Letter to mother about stepsinging rehearsals, roommate's busy schedule, lectures and meetings with professors, and receiving invitation to Commencement.


11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 25 May, 1911. Dear Mamma,- Well, I'm in it again! I mean butting in on class songs. Only it's harmony this time. They want to sing it with parts, and the way they had it harmonized wasn't right, as the tenor and alto had the same notes, but an octave between. It has worried me so all day that I wrote out the correct harmonizing of it tonight and took it to Gladys Gorman. [page 2] I don't know what they'll think of me for criticizing so much. I really wouldn't have done it, but K. Gage was very anxious for me to. If they don't fix it now, I shan't do any more, but I can't go to all the rehearsals, as it makes me nervous to hear it sung the way they do. Your suggestion as to the laundry question is all right. I will get along beautifully with what comes tomorrow. Yes, we have the nice rain. A thundershower yesterday morning early and another one today at noon, with ample downpours occasionally, have freshened everything [page 3] up and prevented call-outs. Thus I have had more time to study. Esther is nearly frantic with the amount she has to do before Saturday p.m., getting permission to be absent next week and to miss written lessons, to take special exams after she gets back, making her Tree Day costume, writing her theme, filling out her schedule and elective blanks, etc. She fears she will be a “raving luniac [mis-spling: lunatic]” by the time she gets away. The lecture yesterday by Prof. Macdougall on “Personality in Music” was perfectly great. He played some wonderful examples with a beautiful touch. I'm so anxious to get my hands on a [page 4] good piano again. Had my last conference with Miss Hooker today. Thank goodness! I won't have her next year certainly. She isn't even going to be here in college. I received a commencement invitation from Grace Witter. Their exercises are Tuesday, June 13th. Please excuse this awful writing, but I'm in a hurry to get to bed. I sat up till after ten for a couple of nights and it has made me feel rather tired. I need lots of stored vitality to keep from pining away in Esther’s absence. Your own loving Mary


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Faculty, Staff and Administrators;Student Life;Tradition and Ritual


Singing; Roommates; Tree Day; Commencement; Crofton House

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



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