1872 First Term, Albany, New York
My darling Mother,
I will try and scribble a few lines now, though I have only a few minutes to do it in as it has taken me nearly all the afternoon to work out some questions in Complex Fractions according to a new theory of Professor Husted.
It took me some time to get it so that I could understand it and explain it out. I think I can do so now and this way is much better than any I have ever seen before.
We are nearly through our Physiology and I shall be glad when we are done with skeletons and bones. Miss Stoneman had a skull in class today and took the bones apart, and passed them around the class for the students to look at. I looked, but did not touch any myself. Miss Stoneman was up in our grammar class today.
Allie Van Kleek, one of the graduates, was in the class and she says she is going to make me talk louder. Before I was called on, she complained to Miss McClelland that she could not hear one of the girls and I was so afraid that she would complain of me that I would hardly speak.
I would not have been scared if Miss S. had not been there. Allie said my voice trembled so and my cheeks were so red that she took compassion on me and kept still. The girls wanted to know what made my cheeks so red. I thought my face was burning up and every word choked me and they all laughed about it when I got home.
Tell father I received the money and thank him for me for sending it. I am glad he thinks I have improved in writing.
Tell Ida I am much obliged to her for her letter and will answer soon. With much love,
Ever yours, E.E.A.