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Letter to her mother about her friends who have sick mothers, going to a 'stag party' later, where she and her friends dress like men, a lecture on Browning by Professor Palmer, and missing the festivities for Alice Palmer Freeman's birthday because she was in classes.
11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 21 February, 1911. Dear Mamma, - Yes I would be in good spirits again, but the complication of circumstances makes it rather hard. I had a letter from Florence this morning - in fact two letters - in which she said that her mother has been sick with an abscess. They discovered that it was not to be averted, so they brought it to a head and Sunday night the doctor operated on it. She felt better afterwards. I read the letter on the way up to [page 2] college and I guess I lost part of it because I couldn't find the first sheet when I got home. I don't like that you know. Helen Stearns had another telegram from her father while at dinner last night and left on an evening train. She ought to reach home sometime tonight. We were all amazed to see how well she [illegible: bore?] up. It made the rest of us feel too small for anything. Really that girl is a wonder. We have never appreciated her before. Marguerite Gomph was sick in bed with a cold yesterday and Gagie was sick today. They both seem to feel pretty well tonight. On account of the Amherst play the houses will be open till eleven fifteen. Alice Coseo [page 3] is going to have a “Stag Party” in her room at nine-thirty. We must all appear in men’s clothes of some kind. Esther is in here stuffing Elsie with cotton. Elsie has on some of those black tights. We planned to work on the play tonight but one of the girls from Esther’s table came over so we cannot. We have posted a notice for the first rehearsal to be held tomorrow afternoon, and in the meanwhile we must finish up the play. We have two out of four acts done, and parts of two others. This is only one play,- the other one we haven't started to write out yet. Professor Palmer lectures on Browning up at college tonight. Would that I might go! He came out this afternoon to attend the exercises of putting a new set of Browning in the Library. All the Alices in college were asked to help, as it is Alice Freeman Palmer's birthday. I didn't [page 4] see any of the festivities, as I had two classes and gym. Miss Homans has looked over the Hygiene papers again, and several of the girls who flunked now have high credit. This includes some of our officers of course. We are tickled to death over it. Esther is going home next Sunday. What shall I do? What a pity that I haven’t a few kind friends to invite me somewhere. She flunked in English Comp (two hours). I'm only surprised that I didn’t, but I don’t suppose I got credit in it. We expect to know the last of the week. I am so sorry you were sick. I hope you are perfectly all right by this time. Esther said she thought you ought to go back down South and stay there. I think I must stop now. With heaps of love, Mary.
Faculty, Staff and Administrators;Student Life
Diseases; Parties; Grading and marking (Students); Clothing and dress; Crofton House
Rosa, Mary and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 February 21" (1911). Mary Rosa letters (6C1914). 246.