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Letter to mother about delay in receiving mail, clothing to keep warm at night, class assignments, plans to attend faculty recitals and a performance by Josef Hofmann, and making candy with friends.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 14 January, 1912. Dear Mamma: Set your mind at ease at once: the bar pin is found. I had quite given it up as a bad job, when I chanced accidentally to look into my sewing bag for something, and there it was. I don’t remember putting it there, but suppose I must have. Set your mind at ease also, about those letters. I got every one. But the one I should have had last Saturday, came Monday morning, just after I wrote. It seems to me the mail service is a little poorer lately (perhaps frozen up). My [page 2] Reporter has been late a couple of times. I was glad to have your letter from Olean yesterday. I should think that with one daughter so badly off, you'd almost forget about me, way out here. Don't worry about my catching cold. I've stood it all right so far, and it certainly can't get much worse. The underwear you send will be very nice to look [deletion: up] at, and to take up superfluous space in the chiffonier. I might even wear it in case of emergency. What I need most is leggings to wear at night, in bed, or a sleeping bag of some sort. I'm going to try a hot water bottle to-night. Shall be very interested to see what the New York doctor has to say about uncovered necks. I haven't been careless in that line lately, however. [page 3] I received from the Dean's office yesterday, formal permission to hand in those two Lit. papers. They are due on the eighth. That gives me a nice long time to work on them. To-morrow morning I'm going in town to get a few more things. In the afternoon I shall study, while Esther is going to the try-outs for the Sophomore play, which comes off in March. I hope she will get on, but she isn't at all confident. In the evening there is to be a free concert by a baritone soloist. Tuesday afternoon I expect to go and hear Mr. Foster and Mr. Macdougall play Beethoven and Mozart sonatas. Saturday afternoon I am planning to go and here Josef Hoffmann [mis-spelling: Hofmann]'s piano recital. Quite a musical week, ne’est-ce [mis-spelling: n’est-ce] pas? [page 4] To-night musical vespers was mostly a repetition of Christmas music. I enjoyed it even more than before. The choir sang “Sing, O Heavens” again. It certainly is fine. We had breakfast in Nell’s room this morning. This afternoon we called at Pomeroy, and then some of the girls came over here, and we made candy. Last evening we read aloud together up in Nell’s room, and worked on our dresser covers. One is done, and the other, nearly so. I will send them to you to be washed, I think. There were lots of new velvet dresses at dinner today. It made me long to see yours, and perhaps one of my own. Julia S. has a beautiful brown one. Must go to bed, as Esther is very tired, and I want to set her the example. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Student Life


Letter writing; Cold; Concerts; Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957; Candy; College Hall; Pomeroy Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1912 January 14



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