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Letter to her mother describing a trip to M.I.T. with her friend Peggy for a double date, her date (Stocky) and his dorm room, a performance of "Duck Soup," and her first taste of champagne; and urging her mother to enjoy a night out.
[image: Wellesley College shield] Wellesley College November 20, 1933 Dearest - Yes sir, me again! So what? Here am I, ready & willing to recount the happenings of the day at you, and most delighted to receive news of you. Listen now, you be mighty careful of that cold. Glad you stayed in bed. People around here have them too, and so far I'm knocking on wood & being careful. Well I've seen inside of M.I.T. went in to Peggy's yesterday P.M., and met the 2 boys. They took us to tea and to inspect the newspaper office. Stocky, who was President of the Junior Class, and also sports editor of the paper, was quite nice, and we had fun. He was rather [Page 2] quiet, but very intelligent and interesting - also very musical. We went up to their rooms afterward, and enjoyed a rather different hour or so. For one thing, it was an attractive room, but not very simplified - I mean he had a picture of Brahms, a German Motto, a take off poem on Vachel Lindsay's “Congo”, and some certificates & basketball pictures. But the interesting part of it was that instead of fooling the radio and dancing, we played Tschaikowsky on the phonograph, and had a glass of champagne. Ah, my wicked daughter - how could you, how could you, she wailed! But it was all very proper and we drank a toast and everything! Naturally nobody had very much, but it was a novel experience, and I [Page 3] rather enjoyed it. Especially the music, and I suppose there does have to be a first time for everything, even champagne. Then we went to dinner at a cute Spanish place, and afterwards to see the 4 Marx Bros. in “Duck Soup”, which was pretty pointless. While we were waiting for Stocky's roommate to come back with the car, we walked all around the Common and acted, if not really foolish, at least not quite sane - but the place was deserted, & if we wanted to pretend to be Communists, there was no one to say us nay. Altogether it was a very pleasant day, and I think it was worth even the fact that I didn't of course, get a little bit of work done and in consequence have to dig my [Page 4] toes in this week. And forget your theories of Englishmen. Listen - you go out Tonight and have a grand time, hear me? I’ll want to know all about it, so you must make the most of it so you can tell me how it all came out. Remember now - go out for a good time and enjoy yourself. Them’s orders darling! So long for now with a lot of love, from your darling daughter Ginny
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Arts, Theater and Music; Personal Relationships
Men; Theater; Alcohol; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 November 20" (1933). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 129.