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Thompson, Addie | to parents, Nov. 13, 1875 [photocopy]:

VC Prep 1875-1876
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Vassar Nov. 13, 1875
Saturday, 7 1/2 p.m.

My dear father and Mother
I have gotten up earlier than
usual on Saturday mornings in order to put this in the
mornings mail. I shall be obliged to write very hurriedly,
but please excuse all mistakes. We have not had any cold
weather this week it has been a regular Indian summer.
I am sorry I wrote you what I did, for I am afraid
now you will worry, but I thought it strange why
me limb should pain me, but have not had any
inconvenience from it this week, so don't worry. Had a
long letter from Kate, and it did make me a little
homesick, she is having such splendid times studying
German &c. Ben is taking German lessons, but I am
not sorry I hare commenced French, for can learn as
much of it in one year as I care to know, it is fast
becoming a dead language, German taking its place.
We were going out to walk this morning before breakfast,
but some of the old students advised us not to,
as girls who did frequently had chills and fever. I
am busy every moment studying; last night Helen
was invited to an entertainment over in the hall
where I went the other evening, so I was alone and I
commenced to study at seven and studied right through
until ten, with no interruptions, until ten trying to
learn my lessons for Monday. But I did not succeed
and so must study to-day. I wish I had more time


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to spend in the library and reading, for there is so
much in then that I will never have another opportunity
to meet with. I think pa might write me
about his trip, if there was anyone on the train
from W. How he fixed his business with Frank.
Then pa you need not think ma's letters to me will
be sufficient, I want some from you too. Helen's sister
and husband from Boston are coming to-day she is
going in to meet them, bring them and stay until
Monday morning. The other evening one of the girls
who has lately been moved up on this corridor, was
in my room. She is from Charles City, Iowa. her name
is Fairfield. When I told her I was from Anima she
said Prof. Shephard was her old teacher she graduated
in his school last June, and that her father was a
friend of Mrs. Fine and Mr. Burchard. The next day I
received Kate's letter and Prof. S—had asked her to write
me and ask me to go and call on Miss Fairfield.
A young lady from Dubuque sent word to me the
other day wanting to know if I knew Maud Smith,
said she had visited her in D._. Don't think there is
anyone here from Oshkosh. Did you not leave some
of those creams for pa? Have just come up from break
fast; beefsteak, ground peas for coffee, potatoes fixed with
cream and celery, and hot rolls. Prof. Ritter has invited
Mr Bulen, the greatest pianist of the world, who is in
this country giving concerts in Boston and New York


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to come to P_ and they will allow us all to go
in. Don't know how much the tickets will be, but I
do so want to go. Cant I? Just think of hearing
the greatest European pianist, when I have never
heard any of the great players in my life. Now
I am afraid papa, you think I am spending
a great deal of money and am getting extravagant
but you can see when you come that that is not
the case. I do not like to ask you so soon for some more
but that last is almost gone. Now ma you must not
hurry pa home remember, how long he has been
there alone and stay long enough for him to feel
perfectly satisfied with his visit, and if it is possible
stay here over Sunday. My pocket wants to be
when finished ten inches in the broadest place
eight inches from top to bottom. Then turn in
about an inch for the frill outside of the [?]
cut it an inch longer than the measurements I
gave above and turn it in the inch, round it at
the bottom and at the top cutting something
this shape Don't tell anyone I am taking
drawing lessons. Can you tell how I mean. I
shall not feel at all insulted if you should think
best to trim the whole overskirt with fringe, but
be sure if you get for the tabs only, it is very long
and heavily netted at the top. Mama don't get
a worsted dress if you have not gotten that
brown, get it in N. Y. When you get


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home wear your black silk for nice to church, your
black alapaca, and gray for afternoon and street and
the brown for extra. You would have to pay
as much as $25 far a worsted of any kind and that
brown silk would be much handsomer and more
stylish and don't think it would cost as much
Get handsome brown pearl buttons far it. Now
please do that way it is cheaper and I think
you are old enough to wear silk a little more than
you do. Should think 12 yds. of silk would fix it
beautifully. I will wear my gray faithfully until
you come have worn it for the past three weeks.
Mollie Keith is seventeen to-day and has invited six
of the girls, myself among the number to spend the
afternoon and evening in her room. Will try and
send an intelligible measurement for my cloak.
Have it made any way stylish. I do not mean
the latest maybe, but some established style and
be sure it is made so I can wear any boa nicely
with it. You know how I mean. I put a thread
through the $15.00 sample. Would like it bound or
trimmed with this wide braid. Give my love
to all and write every particular. Now pa have a
good time, and don't worry because the money is
going fast. How did you, and when did you
get from S._to Uncle. Howards. Tell C I will write
soon. Write me very soon a long letter.
Your loving and affectionate daughter
Addie Thompson