Tag: Agora

April 16, 1899

April 16, 1899

Dear Mamma,
I do hope Kate is with you now and you are all enjoying the vacation you need so much.
My great week is now over so that I can settle down not to regular work until some other extra work comes up. Had Agora meeting last night at which we initiated Leila Eaton and at which I gave a paper on “Army Reorganization.” I had worked on it all my odd moments during the week and felt repaid for my labor when so many of the girls told me how much they liked it. Continue reading

February 12, 1899

February, 12-1899

Dear Mamma,
Haven’t had such a good time this week as I expected to. Thought I would have time to do lots of lovely things since I had only one paper and one exam on my hands. But I had to work all the time. I never had such a time writing a paper. Continue reading

February 13, 1898

Feb 13 – [18] ‘98

Dear Mamma,
Will make comments on your letters before I forget it. I do not want Elsie to bring Quo Vadis as there is about eight copies in the house already. I should like to have you send me the debate of H.O.H.S. if it is printed in the papers. It might give me pointers for the forensic which is not due till last of March. Oh that dreadful old brief. Of course I must manage to get it done before Friday but I think it doubtful if I can. If I don’t I shall have to come back to Wellesley & work on it Monday & Tuesday leaving Elsie to come out with Amy the next day. To be sure Amy is going to a big dance Monday evening but I guess that won’t make any difference though if it does, she can come back to Wellesley with me.
But I have been working ahead on my regular lessons for this week so that with the exception of the time taken out for recitations, a great big slice, and the studying of a few lessons I shall have rest of the week to work on my brief. But I am getting so worked up over it. For instance, I have been using reciprocity in the sense of Free Trade but last night I found this statement by McKinley, “In no sense is reciprocity a free trade measure but a natural application of the central principle of protection which is to encourage home production.” If Papa can explain that I wish he would do so and send off the answer Tuesday morning. I am awfully obliged to him for sending me what he did, but really I don’t know which side of the question I shall take. Most every article I have read is in favor of reciprocity so that I can get more arguments for that side & can more easily refute the opposition. But if I could only find more on the other side I should take the negative I think. I am going to spend tomorrow morning in the Boston Library and that will finish up my reading & the real labor will begin. Wish me joy!
Thank goodness all my examinations are over and we are beginning anew in almost everything. I wish the non-credit notes would hurry up and come out. I am most positive though that I passed with credit in Chemistry & Bible, think I probably did in Literature & Philosophy, but am more doubtful about German & English (forensics).
Now about Elsie’s visit. She can check her bag from Westfield to Wellesley – whose bag has she got? Bring her long white sleeves as we shall probably not wear gloves. Has she some nice black slippers*? They would be so much easier – save trouble of changing to white ones – and the girls here wear either. Here are some things she must bring me. Soap. Three or four cakes you know & one bar of star soap of whatever it is you use for washing. Quinine pills, as I told you. I owed the girls some and a wash rag. I have worn a hole right through the middle of one of mine I have washed my face so much. Don’t forget those things.
I think it would be too much to take in both an opera & theatre Saturday afternoon & evening. She wouldn’t enjoy either so much. Then besides I have an extra appointment Saturday afternoon so I should have to cut it in order to go. So instead I think we will not go in until 2:30, then go to Public Library & into some of the stores, then out to Amy’s to dinner & then back to the theatre to see Julia Marlowe*. I am so glad she is to be here so you can see her. Lillian Russell* was in town last week but is gone now. Then as I said before, I am not sure what we will do Monday & Tues. It will all depend upon that pesky brief of course. But Tuesday evening will of course be the Glee Club Concert. Then Wednesday morning we will do something, I don’t just know what, and in A.M. Agatha, Amy, you & I will go in town to hear the German opera I guess. Now I have a change of plans and you are to write me
indicating if you are in favor so that I can make arrangements. These are they! Instead of coming back to Wellesley Wednesday afternoon go with Amy. She will escort you to Union Depot – on the way to Somerville and see you safely en route for Beverly. Then if Anna is notified & is willing will meet you at the station and take you to her home to spend the night. You can visit Marnie, the children & have a nice time till Thursday night or Friday morning when you will take the electrics for Essex and stay there till Saturday morning. To save me the trouble supposing you write to Anna & also to Callie to see if she is at home. Better address it to Mrs. Story telling her to read the enclosed note directed to Callie in case Callie isn’t there, then she will write immediately & let you know what you want instead of forwarding it to Callie in N.Y. Amy has invited you to spend last of week with her so if you do not spend Monday & Tuesday with her, if Callie is not at home and if Beverly people don’t want you, you can go to Amy’s till Saturday noon. I will then meet you in Boston & we will go to the theatre for the third & last time. Then you will come to Wellesley, go to Agora open meeting Saturday eve, spend Sunday at college & go home Monday or Tuesday.
How is that for a scheme? Of course we can make detailed arrangements later but this gives you a general outline of the plans. If you do this, write immediately to Anna, Callie & me. I enclose slips of probable expenses. Also time tables, picture of myself while taking Agatha’s dresses, etc.
Last Wednesday night 26 of us Agora people went on one long delayed sleighride. Went to West Newton & Mary Barbour’s home where we were welcomed by a large American flag draped over the door & treated to chocolate & cake. An awfully good time had we all.
This morning we did have such a swell breakfast in Agnes Ketcham’s room. Just harken ye to a recital of its sumptuous menu!
Two tables were put together and covered with a sheet which was covered with pretty doileys* etc. Table set for seven without counting our maid who was attired in lace cap & white apron, who deftly cleared the table between courses & removed the crumbs. This maid by the way was one of the guests who was relieved by another of the guests after the 3rd course. Then the hostess staid behind the screens and directed matters. At each place where carefully laid out three spoons, a fork & a knife comme it fait*. First we had delicious oranges & white grapes. Next came shredded wheat with lots of real cream. Third course was creamed oysters on saltines. Next came chicken salad, veal loaf, bread sandwiches with & without chopped nuts & mayonnaise dressing. With this course also came the jelly, olives, pickles & delicious chocolate with whipped cream. Fifth course delicious wine jelly with oranges, bananas, grapes & nuts served frozen in bowls of orange peel with whipped cream. Salted nuts & chocolate & white peppermints tied up with gay colored ribbons completed the repast. I got my camera & took a picture of the table & guests. Oh twas such a swell affair and lasted an hour & a half. She had been planning this feast for some time & had sent to her mother’s for most everything. Then went to church and heard Francis E. Clarke, Father Endeavor Clarke, you know. Au revoir till Friday at 2:30. Wait in the station, Sis, if I’m not there though I seem to get there on time. Farewell.

Most Affectionately,

* comme it fait – being in accord with accepted standards or conventions.
* Julia Marlowe – was a stage actress (Aug 17, 1865 – Nov2, 1950).
*doily – a small decorative mat made of lace.
*Lillian Russell – was an American singer and actress (Dec4, 1860 – June6, 1922).
*slippers – a woman’s dancing or evening shoe.

Letters were made available courtesy of Wellesley College Archives.
Transcribed and footnotes added by Heddy Panik.

February 20, 1899

[Feb 20, 1899, postmark]

Dear Papa,
Many happy returns of the yesterday to you!! And now today I’m “of age”. I just do wish that time did not skim along so fast.
I celebrated my birthday and astonished the natives by getting down to breakfast on time this morning. Not that I’m going to turn over a new leaf and make it the rule of my life to always go down early. Oh, no. What’s the advantage? Continue reading

February 21, 1897

February 21, 1897
My Dear Mamma,
My box was lovely. It arrived at half past nine Friday morning just when I expected it. Such fun opening it! That picture of the river is simply lovely and looks quite natural and homelike hanging on my wall. But I don’t just know where it is. Continue reading

January 18, 1899

[Jan] 18-1899

My dear Mamma,
The appearance of the eruption which I mentioned to you has solved the mystery of my disease. Dr. Bancroft said today that it was “shingles” that I had. This is as you doubtless know a skin disease closely connected with the sensory nerves. He gave me some medicine – something to apply externally and also something to take internally. Continue reading

January 31, 1897

January 31, [1897]

Dear Elsie,
To begin with, Callie’s address is 165 Lafayette St. Brooklyn N.Y. At least that was what it was the last time I heard from her. It is now the middle of the examination season but I have not had any yet. Mine come so very badly and I have seven to take. My first one Literature doesn’t come until Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

January 31, 1898

Jan. 31, [18] ‘98

Dear Mamma,
Before I got your letter I had thought of finishing the doily* and had begun to work on it. I am glad you’re of the same opinion. You poor Mamma! I hope you liked the present I gave you. Christmas – not counting this doily of course. I will try to make you another one but do not want to make rash promises. Continue reading

June 12, 1898

[June 12, 1898]

Dear Mamma,
We have at last had our Line Day and a fine time we did have though of course not so much fun as we had our freshmen year. I took ten pictures but they were not very good as the light was very bad. Still some of them may print well. Continue reading

June 1899 (from Mamma)

June 1899

Dear Home people –
It is a lovely day, or so promises to be, for the events of the day seem to call for pleasant weather. Anna and Amy are coming out at noon. Yesterday we went to hear the Baccalaureate sermon by a Dr. Richards of New Jersey. The seniors all marched and dressed in white, a pretty sight. Continue reading

March 1, 1897

Mar 1, 1897, [postmark]
Dear Thomas,
How is school? And the cats? I suppose you had a fine time with Monday as a holiday. But alas we need days of rest more than you little kids do and all the holidays this year come either on Sunday or Monday, so we don’t get any of them. Continue reading

March 19, 1897

Mar 19, 1897, [postmark]

Dear Mamma,
I find that I forgot to tell you about our breakfast last Sunday morning. We laid in provisions the day before and the next morning we had an elegant repast. We had got tired of the baked beans and brown bread Sunday morning breakfasts and so decided to have a change. Continue reading

March 23, 1896

March 23, 1896, [postmark]

Dear Mama –
I was so surprised when I received your last letter. Of course I wrote to Fannie immediately. What an awful blow it must be for them all though I fancy Uncle Ed feels it the deepest? Continue reading

March 5, 1899


Dear Mamma,
You didn’t write as I asked you to advising me who to invite for next Sunday. Although I shall not write until I hear from you Monday, I think I shall send the following scheme to Anna. Continue reading

March 7, 1897

March 7, 1897
Lexington, Mass.

Dear Sister,
I suppose you are thinking of me as in Lexington today, as there I am. It is such a pretty town and must be lovely in the summer. Grace has a fine new house – moved in since Christmas. We would consider the house large for a private family with library, sewing room, bathroom, five rooms on third floor, etc. but it is none too large for the family. Continue reading

May 14, 1899

May 14, 1899

Dear Mamma,
Have just come from church where Rev. Henry Van Dyke preached a grand sermon. The chapel was filled – not only girls but loads of strangers were there to hear the famous man. Continue reading