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Letter to her mother discussing spending money and her mother's plans; and describing an evening doing crafts with her friend Lee to avoid feeling lonely.


Oct 33 [Oct. 2, 1933] Monday Morning Mother dearest - Your 2 specials presented themselves with much excitement yesterday & Saturday, & also much enthusiasm. And the little discussion on money matters I turn straight back to you. I'll spend when I consider I need for social and cultural advantages, which might easily include Eva La Gallienne since you so forcefully insist like a darling, but I don't intend to use any more than I can conveniently help. All of which means that you're to get the long black velvet semi-formal and go [Page 2] to the party. Talk about my making the most of my opportunities when you don't. What if Doty is younger as you fear - he may have some interesting friends, & he may be a surprise himself. If you don't get yourself that dress & go, I shall be terribly disappointed. And after that you may have more places to go to where you can wear it. That isn’t economizing to simply save a few pennies and sit home when you might start up a whole string of interesting experiences. And anyway I don't want to think of your giving up good times just so that I can be extravagant - which wouldn't be true if I could help it in any case, but which - a modified form, you seem to be banking on. Now! Did that little lecture sink in? I hope so, cause you must try to enjoy these two years just as much as I am. And don't think about getting blue even though it's easy to. Cause by sheer self-discipline, Lee & I worked ourselves out of a threatened attack Saturday night. It was a perfectly grand night, and we [Page 3] Almost allowed ourselves to take a long walk & sympathize with each other, & enjoy being, or letting ourselves become lonesome. But instead we got into pajamas, spread our designs on the floor, & sketched are lengths behind ‘em, & bent ourselves to artistic labor (emphasis on labor and not the art - although the black india ink designs on yellow paper don't look as bad as they might considering the peanut butter, black coffee, and strawberry jam, that got messed around.) We also had the radio tune to excellent [Letter incomplete]


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Home and Family; Personal Relationships


Money; Homesickness; Clothing and dress

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 October 2