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Letter to her mother describing a letter from Ralph and plans with him over the Christmas vacation, travel arrangements to go home for Christmas vacation, and a date in Boston with Ted.
[Dec. 7 1933] Dec 7 ‘33 Thursday P.M. Dearest Mums - Just got a letter from Ralph saying he will arrive at 108 12 o’clock noon Sunday that 24nd! Also he said “Is it a date? If it isn't, I'll see my lawyer. But I'm going to get a letter next Monday or sooner?” What did you say to him about staying over Christmas? I hadn’t definitely invited him yet, but, that boy has a long memory! Do you think you'd better write & invite him, & shall I just write and say I'm glad he's coming? And what about Betty? He said he enjoyed the chat with mother, and was sorry he had to refuse your invitation to dinner, but he’d made plans to [Page 2] have it with sister. Anyway - I went to some bus places in town yesterday, & if the college doesn't charter one, it'll cost $7.50 round trip from Boston, as against $12.95 from Wellesley on the train, arriving Schenectady at 9:26 P.M. It makes a difference of a little over $5, & I'm not quite sure what to do. However, I had a very fine time yesterday afternoon. It was raining when I left, but by the time I was finished with the Italians, it had stopped, so I met Ted at 5, & we walked around exploring Boston, and very nearly, but not quite, getting [Page 3] lost. Then we went to a most attractive Rathskellar [mis-spelling: Rathskeller]. Beams, n’ everything. Quite a large place, with booths also on a raised alcove at one end. We sat up there, & had chicken a la King in patties, french pastry & all the trimmings for 50¢. Also there was an orchestra & a dance floor & I discovered Ted is a pretty good dancer - I should say. A mighty good dancer. And he is an interesting boy. Composes songs during boring Seminars - really rather remarkable ones with poetic lyrics attached which say something & aren't just [Page 4] moonlight & roses things. Also he's going to Divinity School next year, & is taking this graduate course at Harvard simply because he thinks most ministers are narrow and know only theological aspects of subjects. He's more interested in showing people how to get more out of life than in preaching creeds at them. It really is most entertaining to talk to him. Oh dear, I should be doing Samuel & David - so - I shall. Let me know what you think of Ralph's plans. A week from today! Ginny
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Personal Relationships; Home and Family
Men; Buses; Boston, Mass
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 December 7" (1933). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 131.