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Rare 1882 SOMERVILE LITERARY SOCIETY Swarthmore College Invitation To Join $1.00

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Swarthmore College - Pennsylvania.

This appears to be a letter from Bertha Cooper of the Somerville Literary Society (SLS) inviting Miss Sadie Malcolm to be a member, for the fee of $1.00!

This handwritten invitation appears to be written on an official SLS printed letterhead.

"Suaviter In Modo, Fortiter In Re" (Claudio Acquaviva).

From the Swarthmore College website...  1871 Somerville Literary Society - Barred from joining the two campus literary societies for men, members of a women's baseball team organized their own society and opened it to all women students and alumnae. They chose as their namesake Mary Fairfax Somerville (1780-1872), a Quaker and an accomplished scientific writer from Scotland who supported women's education.

As more women graduated, the organization grew into an ad hoc alumnae association. Members published a magazine until 1910, sponsored speakers, and raised money to award graduate fellowships named for College founders Lucretia Mott and Martha Tyson. The fellowships are still awarded.