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Letter to mother about receiving a coat, improvements in stomach pain, Christian Association meeting with Christmas carols, enlisting help from the Zoology department after finding an owl outside her window, buying ticket home, and attending organ lessons and music class.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 7 December, 1911. Dear Mamma: The coat came before I got your letter, so you can imagine how surprised I was. I thought it must be sent as a birthday present. I think it's a perfect beauty, and as long as it fits all right, I see no reason for sending it back if you're willing to have me keep it. I'll wear it home next week, and bring my suit coat in the bellows. It's just exactly the kind of fur I wanted, and so nice and [page 2] warm! My black hat looks nice with it too. The only difficulty about the whole thing is in finding a place to keep it. At present it can stay in the box, and we hope to have a new wardrobe after Christmas anyway. I am pleased to report that my stomach is feeling all right again. I gave it such a good rest over Sunday that it can't help it. As to candy, well, we don't see much of that lately. Esther made some last night to entertain a Freshman guest, but all our friends heard of it and came in, so it didn't last long. The C.A. meeting was so nice. Mr. Macdougall talked about Christmas [page 3] carols and then the choir sang several. One of them was in French. We had some more excitement this morning. I stepped over to shut the window, which was down about a foot from the top, and after I had pushed it up a little ways I noticed that there was a brown screech owl sitting on top of it! He was looking at me with two very bright eyes but didn't seem at all alarmed. Esther chased upstairs and got two teachers from the Zoo department, who tried to catch him with a butterfly net, but accidentally knocked him out, so that he flew to the limb of a nearby tree and stayed there all day. [page 4] I got my ticket, berth, and baggage check this morning. The total was $13.65. It seems a pity to pay for a berth all the way to Jamestown, but I suppose it has to be done. Julia Snow says she may possibly go home that way, just to be with me. I hope she will. I had my organ lesson to-day and went to music class (semi-monthly meeting). Miss Stowe asked me if I wouldn't like to play the organ in chapel some morning. I told her not just yet. We're having the most beautiful weather I ever saw. To-day is almost as warm as summer. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Faculty, Staff and Administrators;Religion and Spirituality;Student Life;Tradition and Ritual


Musical instruments--Instruction and study; Music; Owls; Zoology; Christmas; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 December 7



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