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May 23. 1875.
My dear Mr. Barns,
Today is Sunday and a very hot day it is too- I suppose I ought to be at Church but in my endeavors to keep cool concluded to write to you instead. I expected to have sent you a letter yesterday. It was not a boat ride up the river however, that prevented though I have that pleasure in store for me very soon. Last evening in Class meeting, the sec'y read an invitation from the Class of '76 to spend the afternoon of Thursday May 27th at West Point. This was to have been a great surprise to us- but unfortunately we learned through the papers that the Mary Powell had been chartered by the Juniors for this purpose. They were so pleased with what we did last year that they did not vary the programme very much.
You must not forget you promised to take me out some time when I come home- it is not well to be rash you see, for you have to suffer the consequences. Our little lake those some what diminutive affords us considerable pleasure- It looks lovely just at present and Miss Cushing and I go out nearly every morning immediately after breakfast.
I must ask you to congratulate me - I have read my essay in Chapel - After Prof. Backus , had once seen it I did not mind it half as much as a even I had expected. In fact I did not ^even take the papers upon the stage with me I only ^had
I have been enjoying my College work so much lately that I hesitate leaving any sooner than is necessary. I had proposed remaining a few days after our vacation to work in the Laboratory we are now engaged silvering etching* moulding end electroplating. It is something difficult to persue after leaving and as I am very much interested in the subject wish to make the most of my opportunities.
The other morning in Physiology we disected a cat. What must be the
I know I shall be ashamed of myself commencement and shall probably disgrace the class. I am going to be careful ^however and have you seated some where behind me so that you cant do any thing more than imagine what is going on. I heard you snubbed one of my friends on Chestnut Street the other day
Lucy (Sellers) Barnes, *75