Tag: ILA

April 10, 1899

April [10], 1899

Dear Mamma,
It is now after nine and I have only time to write a few lines before taking a bath and retiring for the night. As you doubtless have inferred I arrived safely and soundly on schedule time. Continue reading

December 11, 1898

Sunday
Dec. 11, 1898

Dear Mamma,
Farewell to cherished and economical plan of giving Senior pictures for Christmas gifts! Agatha and I went to town last Thursday and posed and although Agatha’s are good, mine are utterly worthless. Such looking things I never saw! Continue reading

December 4, 1898

December 4, 1898

Dear Mamma,
Lots of things to consult you about and first of all about my coming home. I have a recitation Wednesday afternoon Dec. 14 the day College closes and so I could not possibly get home that night. I had suggested going and staying with ILA that night and then meeting you in Hartford the next day. But I now have another scheme. Continue reading

February 26, 1899

Feb. 26-[18]99

Dear Mamma,
Was delightfully surprised at receiving another letter from you last week. It is a good idea about inviting ILA but I just don’t know whether I will or not. I was planning to have someone visit me the 10th but was going to ask Anna. She has expressed a great desire to see Julia Marlowe* so I told her I would meet her in town & go with her to see her. Continue reading

January 10, 1899

Jan – 10 – [18] ‘99

Dear Mamma,
I suppose you will be relieved to hear that I left Hartford safely at 12:05 and am now on the way between Springfield and Worchester where I must change.
Did all my errands successfully and got through in good season. Matched my black waist* all right and got the trimmings and sent them direct to Miss Clark. My hat looks very stylish and becoming. Got one for $.50 as I expected. Went down to Miss Pierson’s to spend a little while with ILA but she was not there. Didn’t Elsie understand her to say that she was going back the first of January? But probably she received word that she needn’t come back there as business was dull. There wasn’t a soul there when I went in. Have you ever been in there? It is awfully stylish place.
Wonder how Phoebe is? I hope she is not a nuisance and that she has either managed to get home or is all well again. I understood her to say that she hadn’t a cold so it couldn’t be grippe.

Wellesley:
Arrived here in due season at 4:30 but my trunk has not got here yet. The girls seem so glad to see me back and it seems good to get here.
But wasn’t it cold this morning! I nearly froze several times but trust that I did not catch cold. I shall be very careful of myself though, so you needn’t worry. Met Miss Whitely – one of the sophomores at our table – in Worchester and so had company the rest of the way. She too was just coming back, having been detained by the grippe. Most of the 40 are back now I guess. I must go & take a bath now & then go to bed so farewell. Don’t worry – and don’t you be a cause of worry to me. Remember you promised to take things easy for a day or two, so please let things slide & rest – rest – rest. Best of love to all.

Sincerely,
Mabel

Ivy slips!

*waist – is a common 19th century term used throughout the Edwardian and Victorian period to describe the bodice of a dress, a blouse or a woman’s shirt. It was exquisitely designed and usually worn with a fairly plain long skirt.

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

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. Continue reading

March 25, 1899

Mar 25, 1899

Dear Mamma,
Agatha has decided to spend her vacation in New York. So I was obliged to decline an invitation from Fannie asking us down there for a day or two. Continue reading

March 26, 1899

March 26, 1899

Dear Mamma,
I suppose you are having just such a snow storm as we are having. Did you ever see such blizzards as we have been having this year? I hope it will not storm tomorrow so as to prevent Jess’ going home at noon. Not that I don’t want her to stay any longer but I just can’t spare the time. I am just rushed. Have just in the 2 remaining days two written lessons for which I must do lots of work, lots of laboratory work, then regular lessons and a paper to do. To be sure the paper isn’t due this term but as it is due April 11 at 9 A.M., the first thing after we come back, it behooves me to finish it before I go. Ila came Friday afternoon in due season, looking as pretty as ever. We went to a lecture that evening given to the Art Department by Mr. C. Howard Walker. Then Saturday we went to town. Started at 8:10 and got back at 6:12 so you see we had a day of it. Ila was delighted with everything. We went to see the grand new Union Station, to Public Library, into Madam Celeste’s, a milliner of whom Ila had heard and wanted to see, then into lots of grand stores, to Hylers for hot chocolate, to Adams House for dinner through the Subway, etc. etc. and finally to see Julia Marlowe* in “As You Like it”. Got back to Wellesley for dinner and went right down to the Barn to see the Faculty perform. What do you think they gave? That Handel toy orchestra or whatever you call it which was given up at the Sem. several years ago. Oh I thought we would die with laughing. You see them all dressed up as children with hair over their shoulders & dresses up to their knees. We just couldn’t recognize some of them, and we would just howl when some of them came in. It was positively perfectly killing and you know what the music was though of course it was more of a burlesque than when you saw it. Fraulein Weinhabish was Handel the “director” & she took of Signor Ratski just grandly, brandished her arms etc. The cuckoo was so very funny and the little fifes. Dr. Roberts was of the birds and was so funny. But Miss Balch topped the climax. She was the dancer & was arrayed in kilt & Scotch plaid and at our request came out and danced a Highland fling*. We never laughed so much.
The Junior Play comes tomorrow & I hope to take some fine pictures. Had some beautiful results from the Senior Emigrant Party last Monday. I have got so many orders to fill that I shall be kept busy in vacation. Carl mustn’t forget to bring home his frames & I’ll set him at work.
You know that dance which Ila wants me to come to West Hartford for Wednesday after Easter? What shall I wear? I’m afraid white is not good enough, it’s so simplsy. She says they have sent out 80 invitations – not so very large tis true but I’m afraid it is to be awfully swell. Men coming from New York, Philadelphia etc. Do you suppose my new dress could be finished for me to wear? Though I don’t know as I should exactly like to wear it first there. I have something to suggest for my graduating dress. Several of the girls have them & think they are grand. Irish Swiss Muslin* I think it is. It is a fine & nice organdie* and washes beautifully. Costs about $.60 I think. Are you planning to meet me in Hartford Thursday? I’m afraid I can’t get there until 12:30 as Ila hasn’t said anything about my coming the night before & spending the night with her. But you could get my white dress etc. without me and be looking around etc. and if we waited until the last train I guess we would have time enough to do all we wanted to.
Ila has got a grand new dress to wear at her dance. She gave me a lovely picture frame, and a dear little powder box* for my bureau*. She is having a grand time I am sure. The storm has stopped & sun is shining. Many thanks for the money.
Well good night all. You will see me soon.

Mabel L. Bishop

*bureau – a chest of drawers with a mirror.
*Highland Fling – a Scottish dance. It is performed in one spot in 44 time and consists of a series of intricate steps requiring delicate balance and precision. Characteristically it is a step in which the dancer hops on one foot while the other foot moves in front of and in back of the calf.
*Irish Swill Muslin – a sheer crisp muslin fabric with raised dots or figures. It is also known as dotted swiss fabric.
*Julia Marlowe – was a an English born American stage actress (Aug 17, 1865 – Nov2, 1950)
*organdie – fine thin cotton with a durable crisp finish: often used to make blouses.
*powder box – decorative container used to hold face powder.

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

March 29, 1899

March 29, 1899

Dear Mamma,
Will meet you at 12:35 Thursday in waiting room at Brown Thompson’s*. We are to meet Ila at 1:15 in front of Ballenstein’s. Do not get my white dress until I see you. We are to wear caps & gowns for Commencement. Continue reading