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Jan. 29. 1875.
My dear Mr. Barns,
Your letters are very nice and I do like to get them!- You always tell things In such an Interesting way, but you are very obstinate and disagreeable about writing; when you blandly confess you enjoy it more than otherwise, I do think it isn't a bit fair to make me answer every solitary one- - but - I said (to myself) I was never going to say any thing to you about it again - - I dont much care though if you do know how bad I think you. Well here it is Friday again - it hardly seems possible- I have had so much to do the time just seems to have flown. We are now In the midst of our semi-annual reviews
previous to examination and I tell you it is a " grind" indeed It cant really be all work you know, and you surely have heard enough about it any way to prevent your doubting its reality so I shant say another word [crossed out: word] upon the subject. It is a^wonder if you were not thorough disgusted with the despondent tone of my last, so now lets begin over again and pretend I was some body else when I wrote the above. Is it possible it will be two weeks Sunday since I wrote you - My! lots of things have happened since then - I hope you wont sight, or draw a long breath or perform any other significant antic - if I begin at the very beginning. Well, I'll attempt it any how, and it may be my patience will give out first - "Who knows."
Library" &c &c- until I got quite curious and stepped to the door to see what was going on. Actually I was frightened; I never saw so many men. (I was going to say in my life but I will add) here. I should certainly think there were a hundred. Boston delegate - whom M.V. evidently enjoyed showing round. After said party had vacated the Library Miss Cushing and I took possession.— How the place did smell of cigars! And would you believe I was guilty of saying "how nice"? I am afraid it is only in theory I disapprove. I may add too "in excess".
And that is — well you know how many-
Dear me how silly you are about Prof. Backus. If you know them both you would think just as I do and "poor Mrs B" would not have any more of your sympathy than she has of mine. She came home yesterday and I was in to see her last night, so I suppose I ought not to talk so but I dont like her and I cant help it. The truth is I am dreadfully sorry there is any Mrs B. for I do think Miss Cushing would make such a splendid one. Is it a very bad to say? if it is you must not tell any one. Last
The next afternoon I got perfectly desperate for a sleigh ride- and got Miss C. quite in the humor too - so I telegraphed In town for a sleigh and we mit our sisters started off. The country around Po'keepsie is always very beautiful but the hills and mountains looked especially grand that afternoon - the day was splendid and showed them off ^to their best advantage. I had been especially stupid all day previous to the ride - (now dont say it was the effects of the night before) but now I felt quite in the humor of attending a lecture to be given in the Chapel at 5 P.M. by Madame Roch - on "The Men and Women of the Revolution". The subject
Saturday morning. Other people you see are also prevent some times from accomplishing what they set out to do. A committee meeting call me yesterday I suppose I had better not remark again that I am Librarian or you will think Miss Cushing has vacated entirely - but here I am taking her place temporarily while she attends a meeting of the Floral Society. I want to thank you for your very kind invitation for the 22nd & 23 of next month. I am going to be very airy and say it would give me great pleasure to accept but a previous engagement prevents my doing so- Did I not tell you I expected to go to Brooklyn on the afternoon of the 19th and stay until the evening of the 22nd at wh. time I want to be back at the College to attend a sort of house warming over in our new buildings- I have understood it is going to be very nice- Prof. B. is going to make a speech I believe. I have also heard rumor that we are to have a band but I real know very little about it. But it seems to me if we might reverse matters and you come to Brooklyn you might come up here for Monday night and still be able to be in Phila- for the 23rd? "What do you say" Have you ever met Miss Livermore- Mr Glendennings friend? Well I expect to stay with her one night before going to Miss Jackson. Miss Cushing and Miss Alice Brown are going with me- and you
[Lucy (Sellers) Barnes, '75]