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Letter to parents about dorm life, snowy weather, being asked by other students to write a play for Crofton, and buying tickets to see Sarah Bernhardt.


11 The Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 15 january, 1911. Dear People,- It is 9 o’clock p.m. and Esther is downstairs with her man. I am here writing letters as is my Sunday custom. But there have been various interruptions and I have only done three. The first was dinner, after which we stayed in the parlor, played and saying, etc. Mildred had a guest, - Gladys Gorman, our 1914 Treasurer, one of two Freshmen who are in the choir. She sang with Julia some. Has a nice alto voice. [page 2] She is the one I spoke of as living on Claremont Avenue, Montclair. I intend to ask her if she by chance knows Mrs. Merritt. This performance lasted until half-past three, leaving only two hours before supper. Part of that time was spent and talking, as usual. I didn't go to chapel this evening, primarily, because the weather is bad. It is really snowing! In the second place, I did not feel especially interested. The speaker was Frances Taft, a 1909 girl, who is soon going to China to join her parents in the Missionary work. Doris Marghart went, and she said that it was perfectly fine, so I suppose I have missed something. But I didn't [page 3] have anyone to go with anyway. The sermon this morning was by Rev. Willis H. Butler of Northampton, Mass. He was very good, which we did not expect. The girls are after me again to write a little play for Crofton. I think I'd like to do it but haven't any ideas as yet. Last night Slippery had a spread and we made a trial of the talent present. The spread was great! We had olives, cheese cracker sandwiches, strawberry sauce, and fancy cookies. Four girls are away over Sunday,- Marjory Bowen and Marguerite Gompf, Elsie Pray, and Katharine Gage. Alice Coseo is sick in the infirmary and Katharine Mayo is sick here. Ermine Ayerrs has been “ under the [page 4] weather” today too. Aren't we a funny household? Miss Swift says she is better, but she hasn't been dressed yet. Esther and I finally decided that it was really worth while to go and here Bernhardt, as we may never have another chance. So we gave Katharine Gage some money and told her to get us seats for Thursday afternoon. We can go then by cutting only one class. All of the girls who have been, say she is perfectly wonderful. I think she must be, at her age, to play ten times in a week. That is what she is doing this week. Thank you so much for the opera bag. It's a perfect dear and will come in handy you see. Must stop now. Hope you get away this week. Don't forget my check! Lovingly Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life


Snow; Theater; Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923; Crofton House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her parents, 1911 January 15



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