Download Full Text (5.3 MB)





Physical Description

4 pages


Letter to mother describing practicing music, lecture on Chinese women, attending Junior Play dress rehearsal and performance by the Kneisel Quartet, and arranging plans with friends.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 5 December, 1911. Dear Mamma: You are quite right. I intended to tell you not to send all the clean clothes back, but you have saved me the trouble. I shan't need the gingham dress either, but it doesn't matter if you do send it. Such a perfectly lovely day as this has been. We are going over to Norumbega presently to hear a Chinese girl talk, [page 2] and I think we'll take a walk later in the evening. The big yellow moon came up in a nice pink sky and looked great. I was up in Music Hall where I could see it coming out from behind the chapel tower. I took down the cantata and tried over some of it on the organ. I like it very much. I'm going to try to get a piano to-morrow. Later-. Have been over to Norumbega. We went instead of having Mission Study Class, to hear Pingsa Hu talk about Chinese women. She's the dearest little girl herself, and made it all so interesting. Yesterday morning we attended the [page 3] dress rehearsal of the Junior Play, which was given for the Freshmen in the afternoon. It was very good, but we think, not so good as last years! Last evening the Kneisel Quartet played in College Hall Chapel. It even far exceeded my expectations. Everybody was dressed up, so there was quite a show aside from the music. I enjoyed Helen's letter last night. How did you happen to take dinner at the Country Club? Was it an “open house” night, or something? I won't have company home after all. Sarah Parker went home last week on account of the death [page 4] of her grandfather, and won't be back until after Christmas. So I will have the whole train to myself. I had a letter from Florence Stickle yesterday, in answer to my note of last week. It was written from Providence, to which they have lately moved. She says she may possibly be coming to Boston to shop on the 14th, so perhaps I will see her. She is to let me know later. It’s time to go to bed now, and Esther is calling to me that she isn't feeling well, so I'll stop. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life;Buildings and Grounds


Music; Concerts; China; Kneisel Quartet; College Hall; Norumbega Cottage; Music Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 December 5



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.