May 7, 1899

May 7, 1899

Dear Mamma,
I now send you all my proofs for you to tell which ones you would like finished up as I shall not sit again. I think the last ones are much better than the others and I am glad I went through the ordeal of sitting again. Still the girls don’t like them very well & say they are not as good as I ought to have got. How many shall I have finished up? He gives 2 without extra charge and charges $.50 extra for each additional negative used. Please return them immediately so I can have them finished up right away as he will be so very busy all along now.
Well and how did the “Deestrik Skule” go off? I am expecting to hear all the details tomorrow and please tell me who I must invite out here Commencement week – Anna & her mother? Collins? Callie won’t be home will she? Perhaps Fannie could come up for a day or so only probably the best things won’t come when she can be here. She might get here for Senior Play Friday night but that would be all she would care particularly for as only President’s Reception & Baccalaureate come before Monday morning, of course. I wouldn’t invite these people for everything, invite them for some one thing etc. but let me know who I must invite for something. Phil spoke about coming. Shall I send general engraved invitations to them all and then let them know that they are to appear only at certain things, etc. etc. etc.
Had a nice time at the dance last Monday but it was so hot. I christened my new gown and many people admired it. There were lots of new gowns there. I shall wear it again tomorrow at the Alpha Kappa Chi dance.
Last Tuesday Seniors rolled hoops etc. and had the best time. It had rained the night before, the grass was soaking and you should have seen our gowns. Guess they will have to look different before we wear them over our white gowns Commencement Day. Then Tuesday afternoon went to Tau Zeta Epsilon Hall to a reception given by Grace Sutherland and Olive Rosencranz in honor of Florence Brentano who did not come back this year but is visiting here now. Wednesday went in town & sat for my pictures getting back in time to do 2 hours of lab work before lunch. In afternoon Clara Woodbury and I went to call on Miss Hayes and had a lovely time. 1900 elected Hannah House their Senior President and there were the usual demonstrations in the Centre.
Went to lecture in afternoon by Stump, author of “King “. He gave a very interesting talk on what law could & could not do for labor.
Am crazy to see Elsie’s suit. I should think it would be just lovely. Is the skirt plain or is it stitched up front etc.? And mustn’t she be tickled with her new wheel*. Does she like it better than mine? Ahem!
The Faculty are to give a reception to Miss Hazard for Seniors & Juniors on May 15th.
Did you take my hat in to have it fixed? Ought we to have it done up in just lavender & green so that it won’t go well with my white dress for instance? Still I’ll leave it all to you. I may need it before you come so it might be being done. I wish I didn’t have so much work on hand. I just love to work in the laboratory and find it a temptation to spend time there which I ought to spend on other work. Just think, we have got to write a sonnet for next week in Lit. Imagine my doing such a thing!
Oh I ought to write loads of other letters but it’s too much of an exertion. Tell me all about the “Skule”, the funny things etc.
Most lovingly,
Mabel Bishop

May I get a white sailor & some tan low shoes? I think I need them & might as well have them before I come home as afterwards.

*wheel – a bicycle

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Transcribed and footnotes added by Heddy Panik.
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