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Letter to mother describing all the work keeping her busy, upcoming Glee Club concert, plans for mother's visit, a burst pipe in College Hall, and good weather for ice skating.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 11 January, 1912. Dear Mamma: Your letter was quite newsy, the biggest surprise of all being Dr. Banks’ announcement. I'll try to find time to write him sometime soon. He must have quite a large family by this time. I have to go to the observatory to-night, and I just don't want to at all. I also have to write an English theme, which is a bore, because I want to go to bed. The teachers are piling up the work so much that I can just barely keep going, and don't have any time for [page 2] extra things, such as skating, or sewing, or fiddling, or writing Lit. papers. it's very distressing, but I have the beautiful Midyear weeks to look forward to. I have found out that the Glee Club Concert is to be given on the 21st and 22nd, instead of Mid Year week, as customary. But I want you to come then just the same. The 8th will be very convenient, as I have only one exam after that (Friday afternoon), so we could go in town then and stay over Sunday. I have nothing on Monday, as usual. There won't be any use hanging around here, as there will be absolutely nothing doing, so far as I know. The Boston Opera House is putting on some pretty good things this winter. You can come [page 3] out here Tuesday and see us in our working clothes. Of course I'd like to have you stay over till the twenty-second, but-. Last night about ten we had quite some excitement. A pipe in the fourth floor bathroom burst, letting all the hot water come forth; it drenched that room and came through the cracks into the third floor bathroom, drenching that, and so on down to ours and the one below. It was like being in a shower bath. It was just about the time when people were going to bed, so there were many figures in kimonos flying around, trying to find out what the matter was. Somebody must have worked overtime, for it was all cleaned up this morning. Some of the water [page 4] got into the bed room across the hall from us, so the girl had to sleep in the guest-room. The skating is perfectly wonderful now. The committee tried to arrange for an ice carnival to-night, but the faculty shut down on it. “Too many non-academic interests,” I suppose. With lots of love, Mary. Haven't been skating.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


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


Glee Club; Concerts; Plumbing; Skating; College Hall; Whitin Observatory

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1912 January 11



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