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Letter to mother describing music performed at vespers, hosting a dinner in the dorm with other students, colder weather, attending performances of "The Blue Bird" and the Barn's "Amateur Night," upcoming College Hall circus and archery Field Day, and working on forensic.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 29 October, 1911. Dear Mamma: If you could only have gone to vespers with me to-night and heard the choir sing Shelley's “Hark! Hark! My Soul”! It was perfectly lovely. Mr. Macdougall managed the organ like everything and got wonderful effects out of the choir too. I wish they would sing “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” some time, but I suppose it wouldn't be as effective without the bass to sing the duet with the alto. [page 2] We had another wonderful supper in our room to-night, this time with Brownie and Slip as guests. Esther says she feels as if she could give a course dinner now, after this experience. I was so glad to have your letter yesterday. It supplemented the news in the Reporter very well. I wish very much that I might be there to hear June's recital. By the way, has she sent down any set of tested strings or scale book, for me yet? If you see her you might ask about them. The No-License question will come to a vote soon, won't it? I hope that it turns out all right. We have had no snow storms here yet, but the nights are quite [page 3] cold. Yesterday I found some ice on the walk. The leaves have nearly all left the trees within a few days. You may send my long coat with my next laundry, which I shall probably send home the last of this week. I think I’ll include my spring suit and hat, if possible. I'll also send you a list of “eats” which I want. We have purchased a big tin cracker box to serve as refrigerator, so are prepared to serve all kinds of meals on short notice, as soon as training is over (next Monday). The “Blue Bird” was just fine. I'd like to see it right over again. We're going to have the book and read it soon. Just for the sake of contrast, last night at the Barn was “Amateur Night”, and of all the funny performances! [page 4] Afterwards there was dancing and ice-cream cones. I didn't dance, so I had five ice-cream cones. Not bad, that. To-morrow night all the campus houses entertain the Freshman. College Hall is to have a Circus. A girl just came in and invited us to be in the band. Pajamas and bed slippers are the costume. Sounds alluring, doesn't it? Esther has to go out on a Zool trip to-morrow, so I'll be alone most of the day. Archery Field Day is at 10 A.M. I expect to attend that. I want to get worked ahead on my forensic, the final part of which is due next week. Esther and I were over to Pomeroy to dinner to-day with Katharine and Alice. It's nice there but not in it with College Hall. Lovingly, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


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


Vespers; Dinners and dining; Theater; Circus; Archery; Report writing; Field Day; College Hall; Pomeroy Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 October 29



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