Fall 1902, "My Sweetest, dearest Sister, you do not know how happy your Friday evening letter made me!"

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Fall 1902, "My Sweetest, dearest Sister, you do not know how happy your Friday evening letter made me!"


Mount Holyoke College


Woolley speaks of being happy to receive Marks' letter, feeling unwell, and plans to meet in Boston. Attached letters from Ada Brann to Marks about which English class Miss Young wants to teach, and from Helen F to Marks about planning a visit


Mary Woolley, Ada Brann, Helen F


September 7 1902





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288 High Street
Pawtucket Rhode Island

My Sweetest, dearest Sister, you do not
know how happy your Friday evening
letter made me! It was in the
office last night and I could
hardly wait to reach the
house and open it. It has
made my whole Sunday night,
in spite of the fact that I do
not feel very well. For three
days I have had a bad pain
in my head and my eyes and
I shall be really glad to get
back to Pawtucket. We expect
to go on Tuesday morning and
Thursday, unless I hear from
you to the contrary, I shall go
to Boston. I cannot wait to see you,
my Darling. Will you meet me at
the train or shall I come to the
Library for you? We will have
such a good time, Sweetheart and
you shall eat and eat until my
eagle eye is satisfied! You need
not waste breath in talking
about boxes, I shall send them
to you just as long as you are
away from me, so you might as
well save strength in commenting
upon the subject! We will
have a beautiful time Thursday, my
own precious Sister and I am
planning to spend the night.
You must talk all your
dear thousand ways of talking to
me, my own Sweet Sister and we
will be perfectly happy.
Dear, I think that Miss Foss’s
letter is all right - she must,
necessarily, be a little self-
conscious, but the letter
sounded affectionate and I
should take it that way.
How can you go, however? I
am sending this to Holyoke
on the presumption that you
are there - in fact, I direct
-ed yesterday’s letter there.
Now this must go to the
boat. I will write again
tonight. God bless the
dearest, truest, sweetest, best
loved sister in all this
Your own May
Cottage City, Massachusetts
My dear Miss Marks:--
Before receiving your last
letter, I was in communication
with Miss Young, having
heard from her in reply
to my Oxford letter.
Thank you, however, for sending
the address.
Miss Young writes
that she is not “capably
qualified” to do the
Anglo-Saxon -- that she is
“most interested and better
equipped in the period of
the Renaissance Poets.”
The arrangement of courses
will be delayed until your
decision is reported.
Give kind regards to
Miss Woolley,
I am
Your very sisterly,
Ada Brann

Annisquam, Cape Anne---
4 September 1902 --

Dear Jean, Your note was
forwarded to me here, whither
we - for [?], Miss Blake
& I - came here last week -
I had been expecting more
definite word from you -
for when you wrote before,
you did not say where you
would go from Rangley,
nor where -
I am sorry I can’t come
into the Public Library &
deliver my invitation in
person - But this must
do instead - and it is
a very urgent one - Please
ma’am, I shall like to have
you come visit me here
for a few days, since Phila.
seems impossibly far off -
I will not suggest any
particular time, since all
days are alike here & I should
like you to suit yourself
about it. But it would be
best to arrange for a time
between now & Friday the
twelfth as we may have to
go to Boston on business
for that day - or else for
the Sunday following
that - we shall leave
here the middle after
following week - about September
17 or 18 -
I am sure your work could
spare you to me & the dunes
for two or three days - could it
not? - I certainly can not
well go back to Phila. without
seeing you - & this is the best
way available. I do expect to
spend at Wellesley with Harriet
Blake the day before I start for
home. But I can not plan for
any long than that on the way
& shall have to give even that
up, if it be too dusty-
If you come here, I can promise
you quiet & lagunes & plenty
of time to yourself while I am
playing nurse to the doctor
& also plenty of hours with me
where I can promise I’ll be as
silent & soulful as ever! -
Alluring prospect! -
But really, sweet my friend,
I’d like a peep at your golden
hair (“because I loved” - et al)
& your aristocratic nose! -
Let me know when, & I’ll
meet your train at Glouchester,
or your trolley at Annisquam
bridge or be at Miss
Parlin’s porch to greet
you - one or the other! -
Hoping for a favor-
able reply -
Always with love,
Helen F




Mary Woolley, Ada Brann, Helen F, “Fall 1902, "My Sweetest, dearest Sister, you do not know how happy your Friday evening letter made me!",” Digital Exhibits of the Archives and Special Collections, accessed July 12, 2020, https://ascdc.mtholyoke.edu/items/show/685.

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