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Letter to mother describing studying hard to stay on honor roll, which train to take home, having a new dress made, and attending a party.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 21 November, 1911. Dear Mamma: It's an undeniable fact that ever since I got posted on the Honor Roll, I've been grinding for all I'm worth to keep up my reputation. Yesterday I studied and concentrated all day long so hard that I was nearly dizzy. I've got to do some more of that same stuff (concentration) to-night or to-morrow morning, or sometime, or my work will be a minus quality. We've just had a mission study class lasting [page 2] an hour and a quarter, which peeved Esther very much, because she has two quizzes to-morrow, and hasn't yet studied for them. It's very interesting and all that, but how the time does fly in the early part of the evening! Your verdict about coming home on the B. & M. seems to be irrevocable, so I'll try to be reconciled. But it will be so hard to stick around Wellesley till two p.m., waiting to go to Boston. If I went to New York I could leave here on the “second section” of the twelve o’clock train, which is run only on that day, and stops here; it gets here about a quarter of one and arrives in New York somewhere around six o’clock. Esther, I expect, will go home the day before, or early [page 3] that morning, as she doesn't have any Thursday morning classes. Oh, I hate to think of it. As usual, we are getting milder weather than you. When we got up this morning, there was just enough snow to be seen, on the trees; of course it disappeared almost immediately. You realize this is the first we have had, except a little in the air. I've been thinking about the dress question a little more, and I've decided that it would be nice to have another one for every day. Some dark color trimmed with red or plaid, or perhaps only white irish lace collar and cuffs, made all together with high waistline would be pretty. [page 4] Esther got our tickets for Hartford to-day, and checked home some laundry at on it. We're going to take just her suitcase, which will hold all we both need. I can use the mileage coming back, if you think it will be good. The connections for Hartford aren’t a bit nice; we have to wait a while in So. Framingham and an hour and a half in Springfield. We had a table party tonight for a Junior who is twenty years old today. I feel so ashamed to be approaching 20, and only a Sophomore! Must write a note to Papa so will stop this now. Am feeling fine, sleep well, etc. With heaps of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Academics;Dress;Student Life


Travel; Passenger trains; Clothing and dress; Parties; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 November 21



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