March 12, 1899

Mar. 12, 1899

Dear Mamma,
Your last letter was a particularly nice one. It was quite a surprise to find that you had invited Ila. I wrote right off of course for her to come next Sunday, that seeming a particularly good time. I have not yet heard from her. I asked her to come Friday and stay until Monday. Wanted her to come Fri. so we could have a nice long day in Boston together Saturday. (I have only one recitation Saturday and I am going to cut it if she comes – I haven’t cut it this year yet and we are allowed a certain no. of cuts). There will be lots of things for her to see in Boston. She will go with me to have my picture taken etc. etc. Then Sat. night 1900 gives ’99 a dance in the Barn and I am sure she would enjoy that. ’99 has a class social Monday P.M. but I don’t suppose she would care for that as she wouldn’t understand jokes and I don’t know I should be allowed to bring her or not. So I just asked her to stay until Monday noon and that would probably be as long as she could stay anyway.
Anna was with me last night. I met her in town yesterday noon and we went to see the famous Sargent portraits. They were something wonderful and she did enjoy them so. Then we went to see Julia Marlowe* in her new play “Colinette”. Anna had always longed to see her & I had promised to invite her up when she came this year. She said in her answer “Do you know when I saw a letter from you on the table, I told Mamma that I did hope it said something about going to the theatre and sure enough it did.” She is also crazy for the theatre and had only seen a few inferior things. She was perfectly fascinated with Julia Marlowe and enjoyed the treat hugely. I spect she will talk and dream of her for many days to come. This new play was particularly good and the little lady was so charming. I enjoyed it much more than “Countess Valenta” and wish Elsie could have seen her in this. Of course it happened that there were no Barn Swallows last night but I gave a little fudge party and we went to another in Helen Bogart’s room and Anna had a good time meeting people. Then today we visited around, went to church, a particularly good sermon, I am glad to say, listened to lovely music in Student Parlor and finally went to call on Alice Millet in Stone Hall before going to the station, as she had to go back today. I am sure she had a grand time.
College closes Wed. 29 – but I don’t know whether I shall come then or next day. Depends upon whether Ila wants me to stay that Wed. night or not. Don’t know as yet whether or not Agatha will come. College reopens April 11 so I shall have to go back 10th. Think we should rather have the Clarkes about middle of week – 4, 5, 6-7 along there somewhere.
Many thanks for the money which I received in due season.
As for your “sounding” Louise, I don’t care what you say to her as long as you don’t breathe even a suggestion as to Jane’s coming to Wellesley. I didn’t like any of the samples especially. I understood greens are not to be worn so much. Besides I have my green underdress which appears as green gown. Most of the new goods have an invisible plaid as background (as did one of those samples you sent). I think rather favorably of a certain shade of blue to me made up with black lace and white ribbons. Don’t decide. No you needn’t send the Cyrano. I am glad you got it. Have seen nothing of Mr. Frank.
You have probably read of election of Mrs. Caroline Hazard of Pease Dale, R.I. as next President of College in place of Mrs. Irvine, resigned. It was announced in chapel Wed. morn. It was so very sad when Mrs. Irvine bowed farewell. We sent her some magnificent flowers and drew up some resolutions. Thank goodness she will not go until she has given me my diploma. Four girls have lost their fathers within the last week. I should think there was some contagion. For pity’s sake take care of Papa. Mildred Eliotts’s hand has not begun to pain her yet & was all burnt down to bone.

Lovingly,
Mabel

Many thanks for clippings etc. Gave the Physiology party & had lots of fun.

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