Tag: West Newton

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,
Mabel

* 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.

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

Saturday
[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

March 23, 1896

Sunday
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