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Sunday Morning. Sept 22nd
My Own Dear [Lettie?];
Just one week ago to-day I sat in church. looking at your dear face wondering if the [returning?] Sabbath would find me in the same place with the same surroundings. again later in the day. in your home I saw you. the image of the scene I now vividly recall as [I?] whirling around in the Doctor’s carriage fell head-long over the back of the seat [near?] by taking my breath from me. I then felt as never before. how soon our life plans might be changed.
Of our journey here. I need tell you nothing for you have passed over the same route from Albany to Pougheepsie the Lodge delegates occupied a seat next us. and the last I saw of them. we passed them on the
Of the preliminary exams I presume you have also heard. either from Mama. or [D…]. the Rhetoric & English Literature Prof Backus placed Mary & myself in the 2nd year and said that he might yet change us to the senior year.
Prof Roberts. the head of the department of languages after inquiries as to [...] [...] and what of the Latin we had read. advised us both not to pursue it further but to take up French & German. but every thing yet awaits the sanction of the President. -- without which all things are nothing.
Perhaps Lettie you have some curiosity to know how we spend the Sabbath. well I’ll tell you as far as I have been and know.
rising 6. o’clock. breakfast. 7. o’clock. 7:30 making of beds. this is the only thing which we have to do. next Private Devotion, which is called “silent-time” and last twenty minutes. 8.30 chapel services, which consist of singing with the organ, or piano, from the “Plymouth Collection” which is furnished by the college. dinner at 1 o’clock, tea at 6.o’clock, chapel services immediately after tea. bell for retiring at 10.o’clock. This you must bear in mind is our every day routine. and it just the same on Sundays only services in the chapel some times 3 times. but to day only one service at half past three. You thought that we would starve Lettie but there is no danger of that. for there is an abundance of good wholesome food provided. but no great variety. Thinking that as a [speci…?] our bill of fare for dinner may interest you
we have not yet obtained our dresses. there are delightful walks about here. we went to walk the other afternoon with two old students. &the other Miss Hubbard the grand-daughter of Mrs [Goodrich…?] friend. the first is from New York city. & the last from Mass. Springfield. All of the senior & junior classes and those over twenty can go to the city in threes with Miss Lymans permission. but Lettie I am afraid that I am wearing you with my prosy description if so pardon. & manifest that pardon by one of your good, long, big, sweet letters very soon. write just as soon as possible to [A...?]