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Griffis, Katharine | to Mary Grace Toll Hill Oct. 1875:

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October 10, 1875
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Vassar College, Oct. 10/75

My dearest Millie:

If you knew what a time I had been having getting settled, my studies arranged & myself acclimated, you would have written me a long, loving letter, telling me all the home news & saying that you missed me a little. Oh, I have been so homesick & lonesome, here among so many, many strange faces. I have thought of you all so much, of the nice times you were having & "me not in 'em," & it almost seemed as if I never could get used to things here. Of course, I am glad to be here


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I know there is work for me to do & I want to do it, but Mary, if you knew what heart aches I have had & how hard it seems for me to be reconciled to the change which has come to our family. -----

What a goose I am to begin my first letter to you, from my new quarters, with groaning. I must tell you about things, for next year I am going to bring you back with me. It is such a wonderful place. I declare, although I have thought of it & hoped to come here for so long, I never began to realise what a world it is in itself. When we go streaming in to our meals it seems like a hotel, & there are chances here for an immense amount of fun. Everything that can interest us, is provided for us: a bowling alley, a stage for the dramatic performances, with scenery, a dressing room, place


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for orchestra, etc., a cosy reading room, with all the latest magazines, papers, & periodicals, & the library is the most delightful place.

And the grounds—words fail to tell how lovely all the walks & places are, particularly at this season of the year. We are obliged to take an hour's exercise every day & can take as much more as we please. The girls go off on tramps & come back with their arms filled with ferns, mosses, bright colored leaves, etc. [crossed out: of] with which they make their rooms cosy & bright for Winter. The rooms here are all large & pleasant, some of them wonderfully so. I have a great room on the fifth floor with two glorious windows, facing West & South, & think of the views & the sunsets I have. Inside it is not very cheerful, as I have no roommate, & did


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not bring many things with me. There are two Newbury port girls here, one of whom (Lottie Johnson) I used to know, & she has been too kind to me for anything. She has taken me around, introduced me to people, made me perfectly welcome to her room at all times, & been a great comfort to me. Oh, & by the way, a sister of Ed Botsford is here. Isn't that funny? She is a queer little thing, with pretty eyes & quite bright. She has patronized me quite extensively. called on me, in fact, to quite a [borous?] extent, invited me to join ^ a party who were going on an expedition for leaves; etc. etc. She has been here three years. Ed, she tells me, is studying Law in Rochester. Isn't it odd how people turn up in this world? I sit at table next a girl who knows my old chum, well, & there is a teacher here who was an intimate friend of Nettie Mooney. Do you remember that Frank Kellogg that we met at Saratoga a long


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time ago? His sister was one of Lottie Johnson's most intimate friends. But the silent-hour bell has rung & I must say good night. Do write soon & you shall have a speedy reply if you wish it. Please give my love to every one, particularly Alice Hoag. Tell me all about the fair & your fun.

Ever your loving


[Katharine (Stanton) Griffis, '77,
To Mary Grace Toll Hill of Schenectady]