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Feb. 14. 1875.
My dear Mr. Barns,
Since Friday noon last I have had the most comfortable kind of a time you can imagine. We finished our examinations then and there has been nothing for us to do, even if we desired it. So I was just lazy to my hearts content - read & lounged and had a good time
generally. I made a little plan after I returned here at Christmas - that all my letters should be written during the week and that Sunday night be entirely free to do as I chose - so far my plan has worked very well, & if I had written to you yesterday as I had intended, with one exception I might say perfectly. ln a letter from Kate yesterday she spoke of seeing you at the Locust Club the other night- I hope it was a greater success that the Dickens night" at Mrs. Bancrofts. I never did think much of that "show" - and now I think still less - for since I last wrote you - we attempted something of the kind here and the contrast was remarkable. At our usual Club Supper- the members went [crossed out: the] assuming the personalities of Dicken's different characters and they kept them up wonderfully- Miss Cushing was Betsey Trotwood and she carried her ^part out to perfection. Every body did well and there was some fun in it - but the other affair seemed something of a farce —
On Thursday night of this week we had our first senior party. Mrs. Backus sent the Class and invitation to their house for said evening
Lissie Barrett has been visiting up the Hudson ever since before Xmas - and drove down some twenty miles the other afternoon to see me- My how she has changed- Society seems to have perfectly received her already - it just made me sad to see her. I wish you could have seen Miss Cushings greived expression when Lissie said "Why Florence I dont see how you can stay here — I just hate the sight of a book." Florence merely replied she thought her very brave to express such a sentiment.
I have just gotten hold of such a nice book- "The Conflict between Religion & Science — By Draper - have you read it? It is a new book and one wh. bids fair to be very popular*
more afloat over the country to all the dignitaries therein -(who are advocates of womans higher) education)' to be present- Many have already sent there acceptances and will probably address us on the occasion- Dr. Hopkins Bishop Huntingdon, Dr. Storrs, Col. Higginson, Gen. Tilden, Whitelaw Reid, James T. Fields- Geo. W. Curtis, Hon. Ira Harris, O.B. Frothingham James Freeman Clark & others were among the acceptances of yesterday- I was told when in Miss Terry's office the other morning that I must be sure to be back on Monday evening that the seniors would be
What do you mean about those gentleman from Boston smoking in the Library? I never said they smoked - They probably had their cigars In the pockets- but there were so many of them we could not fail to detect the oder of [crossed out: them] ^cigars after they had gone.
Have you ever seen Maggie Mitchell play "Fanchon-"? It is a very cute play- we had it here the other night - and although an amateur took Fanchon's part it was sufficiently well acted and the story just sad enough in some places to bring tears to my eyes- at wh. I suppose you would laugh- you always do. I am very glad to hear that there is some hopes of your finally getting some pictures- I did not know but you had gone back ^on me! Hoping to see you - will it be next Saturday night - (?) I will say au revoir
Lucy (Sellers) Barnes, '75
With this I send you the Iast Miscellany Some of the articles I think are very fine but dont think you are obliged to read them just because I send it to you - I shan't ask you about them & shall not be ^any the wiser.