In Her Own Right

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Garrett to M. Carey Thomas, November 01, 1891

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Date created 1891-11-01
Creators Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915
Description Dearest Minnie, Your very sweet little letter of the 19th came yesterday morning and was a very pleasant beginning of the day, for it is pleasant to have a fresh [illegible] sometimes of the love of those whom you love, and so, sorry as I was that you had been distressed by my letter, I was more glad than sorry. This letter is dated Monday, so I suppose you had not written on Sunday. Your school letter of 16th came on Friday, too late for an answer to get off before Wednesday’s steamer, but I have just answered it. Do not think what I say about Mr. Carey ungracious. He may have much more experience than I think and it may only be that I have not happened to hear of him, and it may be an easier thing to handle than I think, but you want to succeed if you undertake it. One thing please let me say confidentially - do not bring Mr. Goeter into the matter or let him be brought into it. It should be excessively disagreeable to me to be associated in any action with him, even to the extent of having my name appear on a list of petitions with his, and in this case of course the school of which in the [illegible] is the party originating the whole matter. David Stewart also I should much object to, but he is certainly too far off to be brought in, although on the other hand he might wish to bring himself in. If the case is as clear as Mr. Carey thinks it and as it certainly looks, the church and the School ought to be enough I should think as their evidence could prove the nuisance if any could. Of course what I have said about those two people is purely between ourselves. Of course you would conduct the case in the name of the school. How glad I am that I shall be too far away to be summoned to give evidence! So Margaret had to have Europe, or rather I suppose separation, to make her realize that she was in love. I am glad they are so happy, but it is a pity it could not have happened when she was a few years older. Bessie grasp the difference between the scope of the School and the J.H. intended to found and of the others and to realize why it was so important for fair admission to it for women. Botu, many buts, she is delicate, overworked, and overwrought probably besieged with applications, much interested in California and also in Washington probably. I do not think Kate McL would be the best person to try and I do not certainly think I would. Would you be willing to? Of course if you could get something for a friend of hers to help you it might be better. I do not know who her friends are, except Miss Bayard (the one who she put on our Washington Com.) who she is very fond of. I am afraid you will have a hard time reading this, as I cannot write legibly tonight. Lovingly yours, Mary E.G. I wrote to my family and to Miss McDowell by Wednesday’s steamer that I was going to stay till May, but I am sorry to say have not been able to write to anyone else yet about it.
Size 9 pages
Type text
Subjects Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935 | Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915 | Female friendship | Women--Education | Johns Hopkins Medical School
Geographical location Venice (Italy); Bryn Mawr (Pa.)
Language English
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Contributing institution Bryn Mawr College
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