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Hollister Emma B. | to mother, Dec. 1871:

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December 10, 1871
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Dec. 10, 1871.

Dear Mamma, The show is all ever aad to-morrow Monday morning, we shall have to come back to real things.

It really was splendid, aad everything went on right. The decorations were one of the chief features, and you should have seen the girls work! They decorated the whole second corridor with festoons of cedar, and hanging from the ceiling between every two chandeliers was a basket filled with moss and ivy.

Then the parlors were filled with flowers. I never saw flowers arranged so beautifully in my life. The dining room was filled with baskets and bird cages and flower pots.

And then the chapel was lovely. The iron posts supporting the gallery ware covered with cedar wreaths and large festoons hung from one post to the other. Above the platform were suspended on wires the Greek letters meaning Philalethean.

Now I will tell you about the performances, as your daughter was the figure head on this occasion. But first I will tell you how Lillie looked. She wore her black silk of course, then she had a narrow piping of scarlet satin put where the lace was Joined together. She turned the neck of her dress in and put the lace on as It was on her green silk. She fastened three or four tuberoses with her breastpin In front, and then she wore scarlet flowers and a green vine in her hair. Miss Peckham fixed her hair and it looked splendidly.

She looked magnificently as she came into chapel with Pres. Raymond and went up on the stage, and then she spoke so loud and clearly, and when the exercises were over, she stopped forward and thanked the audience for their attention and invited them to the dining room. Then she said, "The officers of the society and the trustees will pass out first; the guests will please follow!" Then she came down from the platform, the Pres. offered her his arm, and she passed out stared at and admired by everybody; and if she was not proud herself, I was proud for her. We had an elegant supper in the dining room. Then we went up and promenaded the second corridor. We did not go to bed until twelve


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o'clock. Just think of it! And we were all so tired we declared we had walked five miles while promenading the long corridor.

Emma Hollister

Emma B. Hollister, '75