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Letter to her mother describing dinner with friends, students and faculty ice skating, postponed ice carnival, attending art exhibition, concern over a writing assignment critiquing Bible Study class, studying for midyears, Glee Club concert, and shopping bargains.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 28th January, 1912 Dear Mama: I just returned from the village, where I had dinner with Janet Davison. I had a perfectly lovely time, in spite of the fact that I wasn't at all crazy to go. I'm going to see if I can't get invited down there again sometime. I met several girls whom I'd like to know better. They had more music after dinner than we often have up here at College Hall. I think it's a shame that there is no one here to ask people to play. There is lots of talent going to waste (mine for instance). The sermon this morning was by Dr. [page 2] Calkins of Bangor, Maine, a brother one of the Philosophy faculty. It was very good I think, although some didn't like it. To-night is to be musical vespers. The skating continues good, and is becoming very popular. Even the faculty have the craze. Esther said she saw Miss Tufts out the other day. I haven't been out yet, but it's needless to say I'm still hoping to go. An ice carnival was planned for last night, but was given up because it snowed a little. Esther went out about nine o’clock, but I was studying and so didn't bother. Yesterday afternoon I went with Nell to the reception and exhibition of a couple of Art courses in the Art building. One course is modeling, and the other, design. [page 3] Some of the work was perfectly beautiful. I came home so enthusiastic about it that Esther is going to try to go to-morrow. Yesterday it was open only to invited guests, but to-morrow anyone can go. It made me wish I were taking Art. I am enclosing a piece of last evening’s Boston paper which tells about the coming music events. The operas for next week aren’t announced yet. I hope we can take in a few of those nice things. In the last number of the Outlook, on the page called “By The Way” (at the end), there is an item speaking of Miss Louise F. Brown, who won a prize. She is the teacher I had last year in history. Perhaps you remember my saying that she [page 4] knows a lot, but emphatically cannot make classes interesting. I'm on the point of getting in wrong again with the faculty. Dr. Song asked us the other day to write a short theme, criticizing some point in a course we are taking. I criticized the Bible Department, in the strain in which I talked to you. It now develops that he has turned the scene over to the department - at least implied as much to me. I wouldn't care, only the theme was very scathing and much exaggerated beyond the truth; I did so purposely in order to avoid sounding like “clockwork.” I don't think it quite fair of him to do that; I expect to be summoned and scolded by the department anytime. A while ago, Economics, and now this! Miss Pendleton, [page 5] if she hears of it, will think I am trying to run down the college. Everybody is taking a long breath before sailing into midyears’! I'm sure there is very little apprehension among the upper-classmen. Prof. Macdougall gave our music class a list of suggestive questions and what to study, which doesn't sound at all bad. I'm sure I can get through that all night unless something dreadful happens. Astronomy I’m not so sure of. And we hear that our English Comp exam was made out so hard that the two men teachers refused to sign it. Naturally we’re somewhat apprehensive about that. I haven't had any letter from you since Monday, isn't that strange? But I [page 6] had two then, so I guess I can't complain. Glee Club Concert comes on Wednesday and Thursday this year, instead of Friday and Saturday as usual. You surely can stay over one week. I don't think the guest room here is available, but I'll apply for any vacancy which may occur in College Hall, so you perhaps can stay here part of the time. But you better write Miss Ferguson about staying there, so you'll be sure of some place to lay your head. You see at Glee Club time everything is liable to be full up. The Boston stores continue to have bargains, but some of them are advertising spring goods already. I hope the reductions continue for another week. [page 7] We have our room arranged differently again. I can't say how it will be when you come. Esther says we will clean it up some before then. Could you bring or send that condensed milk, if you still have it? Also if you could spare a dish towel would be glad of it. If not, please remind me to buy some when you are here. With lots of love, Mary. P.S. The check ($200) I think is exactly the amount due. I can live on my dividend money for a while. Cash account in fine condition. Also alarm clock.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Academics;Arts, Theater and Music;Buildings and Grounds;Faculty, Staff and Administrators;Student Life


Skating; Report writing; Examinations; Glee Club; Shopping; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1912 January 28



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