In Her Own Right

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Garrett to M. Carey Thomas, November 19, 1888

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Date created 1888-11-19
Creator Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915
Description Dearest Minnie, I can only very hastily answer your note this afternoon. 1st, I shall not betray your confidence about the J.H. plans. I hope you may now be conversing with our friend George Washington and am very impatient to know the result. The other it certainly would have been most unfriendly not to mention to me. I have not told anyone of it, but think I must ask you to be willing for me to reserve the right of doing so if at any time it seems best for me to. I am sorry I lost my temper about it, because nothing excuses that or rather nothing justifies it and I am particularly sorry to have lost it to you when you were already so much troubled about the matter. It is needless perhaps to say that any opinion of the gentleman remains the same. If you mean that Bessie ‘has reason to be terribly hurt by something you have done’ that that is the thing, I can not possibly see that - but I shall certainly try not to let her suffer from it. In regard to your query as to whether I was not “Miss Irwinish” in what I said to Bessie about your being here or not being here, most distinctly and decidedly I was not. I read the note very hurriedly, noticed the number but did not look at the postmark, understood it so clearly that I at once stopped at Julia’s although I really hadn’t the time to, to know whether meeting was necessary. It never occurred to me to doubt your being here until Bessie expressed her surprise, when I began to doubt the evidence of my senses, thinking she ought certainly to know as you were coming chiefly to see her that I might have misread it or that you might have some Baltimore paper with you and have intended to come and not have done so, so I said perhaps I was wrong. I should not have been in any doubt if I had not read it so hastily and if I had not been very worried that morning. When I re-read it that afternoon and saw you said “I am here”, I no longer had any doubt. A long explanation and certainly an absolutely nice and I hope sufficiently clear one. Isn’t it nice about the Columbia College Annex? In great haste, Yours, Mary E.G.
Size 9 pages
Type text
Subjects Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935 | Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915 | Female friendship | Women in education
Geographical location Baltimore (Md.); Bryn Mawr (Pa.)
Language English
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