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Letter to mother about passing her English exams, class schedule, learning that Mr. MacDougall won't be teaching organ, attending a student government meeting, missing the Barnswallows dance, the problems her last name causes her, and upcoming inauguration for President Pendleton.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1 October, 1911. Dear Mamma,- Well, I have at least heard from my English Lit. exam. I think it's about time, don't you? Last night I had a letter from Miss Conant herself, which began thus: “Owing to a misunderstanding for which I alone am responsible, you have not been notified of the results of your examination in course 1. You passed creditably”. Then she [page 2] goes on to say that it is not necessary for me to pass in those papers, but she is glad to encourage me to do so. I think I will go to see her later on, and find out exactly what she means. The postal of the station is very nice. I'm anxious to see it in operation. I should like to come home by way of New York, Christmas time, if you don't object. There are so many girls which go down that way, that it would be sort of fun. You asked me to write my schedule. I'll put it down as it is now; of course organ lessons etc. aren't in yet. [page 3] [image: handwritten table of her class schedule] Just now, of course, we don't have gym, but call-outs, which aren't scheduled yet. You can see that I have empty periods every now and then to study in, while if I lived in the village I should have to be walking back and forth. Friday morning I had a dismal time, for we got seated alphabetically in Music and I of course was put in the back where I couldn't hear much. Then after class Mr . [page 4] Macdougall gave me a great blow by telling me that he isn't going to teach organ this year,- a Miss Somebody who graduated in 1902 is coming, and I am to see her about it. That was pretty hard to bear, but I'm still alive. The afternoon was better, for we went to Student Government meeting and waxed real enthusiastic. After that and in the evening we worked hanging pictures. It doesn't seem as if we've had to study at all but I know we have. All Friday morning our room was full of Crofton girls who had extra periods to spend in College Hall. [page 5] Yesterday afternoon I should have gone to the Barnswallow dance, but I went down town and didn't get back in time. I didn't care very much. Last night we read Arabian Nights and sewed and went to bed early. Esther has a cold in the head and a bum foot, and she is trying to cure them. Lots of people have colds now, but I don't seem to. I'm feeling fine, and my appitite [mis-spelling: appetite] is as big as last year. I don't know what I weigh. Of course I'm bothered with sleepiness as usual, but I guess there's no cure for that. I’ve about decided to change my name to Brown or something [page 6] else easy. Besides getting stuck in the back of the room, I give the teachers all kinds of trouble expounding my name. There is a girl [deletion: girls] named Rose in several of my classes, and we two get mixed up all the time. I took my violin downstairs to-night and played a little when nobody was around. I find I'm awfully out of practice. President Pendleton's inauguration occurs on the nineteenth, we expect a big time. Don't you want to come out for it? I heard that there will be something doing for five days, but we only have one day vacation [page 7] I think. The Reporters have commenced to come and are very welcome. I don't get as much mail as I used to. Haven't had a letter from Florence since I came. My tummy begins to assert itself so I think I'll go to bed. The clock approaches the hour of nine. With lots of love to everybody, Mary. P.S. We didn't have the serenade because it rained. P.S. The books came up yesterday morning. Thanks awfully.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Academics;Arts, Theater and Music;Special Events;Student Life


Examinations; College student government; Ellen Fitz Pendleton--Inauguration--1911; Pendleton, Ellen F. (Ellen Fitz), 1864-1936; Musical instruments--Instruction and study; Inauguration; College Hall; Crofton House

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 October 1



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