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Letter to mother about arranging her her room and how it is heated, writing affirmative side of forensic about England governing India, orchestra tryouts, recent meals, upcoming Field Day archery announcement, and enjoying Bible class.


206 College Hall, Wellesley Massachusetts, 15 October, 1911 Dear Mamma,- Your letter was very welcomely received yesterday afternoon, as I wanted to have my mind set at rest about that suit. We're going in town to-morrow and I will attend to the hat. I've decided that you may send the suit as soon as it's done. Everyone here is wearing winter suits now. The laundry came very promptly this time. The apples were very nice, and we shared them with Julia and Nell, [page 2] who had some angel food cake. Your letter made me realize how little I really have told you about this place. I wish you could come out and see it. We are almost across the hall from the bathroom,- that is, it is just next to the room opposite. Of course that is very convenient. The room is heated by hot air which comes in through a register next to the dresser. (I think I put it in the plan). When it is open the air fairly pours in, so that we are plenty warm. The halls are warm too, so we can leave our door open most of the time. The food is good, in some respects better than Ridgeway, and in all other respects just as nice. [page 3] From what I heard, I imagined that it wouldn’t be anything extra, so was happily surprised. I don't like the table where I have been put, very well, but imagine I shall get along. Yes, I have the affirmative side about India. We have sent for some books out of the library in Boston, but they aren't here yet. Meanwhile we can't do anything on it. A “rewritten introduction” is due next week, so I imagine we will have another rushing time. I don't know whether you ought to have the care of Aunt Anna, but probably she will like the change. Does she seem to be any better? Friday I went down to see Mr. A.T. Foster and try out for the orchestra [page 4] again. I played the “Little Song” for him. I also visited and tried to make as good an impression as possible. I haven't heard yet. I had only one class that day, as I had two cuts. You can imagine that I “sat around” considerable. I also had two practice periods and got ready for a quizz in music which I had yesterday morning. It wasn't bad. Yesterday afternoon Esther went in with Nell to see the Irish players. I got quite a lot done while she was gone,- my studying for Tuesday, and some for other days. I also wrote a few letters. Last evening we went down to the vill and bought some stuff for breakfast. We had it in our room this morning: grapes, scrambled eggs, toast and coffee. Nell and Julia furnished the dishes and [page 5] the tea-kettle to make the coffee in. It was Heavenly. The only drawback was that [deletion:we ha] our room has smelled of toast ever since, and we are full of coffee. This afternoon some of the seniors invited us into an after-dinner coffee. Of course we couldn't eat any of the coffee, cake, and candy on account of training but we listened to the guitar music and singing. The girls were lovely to us. Later on, we made fudge up in Nell’s room. We put in, for experiment, an egg which we had left from this morning. It took ages to cook and was full of air holes when done, but very good. We missed our supper because we thought it was to be at six, instead of five-thirty. There is to be musical vespers [page 6] to-night. I hope the rain has stopped, because I have on my pink satin dress (great wonders!) It too, has grown short-waisted, but does very well if I don't straighten up. This week decides my fate, so to speak. On Wednesday the archery teams are to be made up, for Field Day. Of course to get on the team is coveted greatly, for then one has numerals to wear on one’s sweater. I'm very anxious about it, but don't think I have a very great chance. Esther is even more anxious about her sport,- running. I won't have any organ lesson this week I guess, because Thursday is a holiday. There's going to be a big time. I understand that we are to be turned out of College Hall, at least for meals. [page 7] We had our room swept Friday and afterwards changed it around. My desk is now under the middle window, and Esther’s bed back in the corner where the desk was. It gives me better light but she doesn't have much air. Julia Snow’s father, mother, brother, and grandmother are all down at the Inn over Sunday. She and Nell went down there for dinner. It seems inevitable that I should have a cold when everyone else is having one. I think I caught mine from the others. But by judicious attention, etc. I have managed to get over with it sooner than usual. Bible is getting more interesting [page 8] all the time. I'm simply crazy about it. We're learning all about who wrote the different books, and especially, how the different authors are mixed up in the stories. I was so pleased the other morning in chapel. Mr. MacDougall happened to go by in his gown, and bowed to me. I felt quite proud to be singled out thus. It is now eight-thirty p.m. and we are going to bed, as Esther wants to get in shape for her eight-thirty call-out tomorrow. With lots of love, Mary (Rosa)


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Athletics and Physical Education;Religion and Spirituality;Student Life;Tradition and Ritual


Dormitories; Report writing; Wellesley College. Orchestra; Archery; Food habits; Field Day; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 October 15



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