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Letter to her mother describing schoolwork, her reaction to her professor's comments that she would be a good teacher, her plan for conversation at a professor's house, and a letter from Ralph.
3/12/35 [12 March, 1935] Tuesday Dearest - Contrary to all practical purposes of work ahead, I’m going to take a nap, I think - but I may change my mind & write an article for the Christian Science Monitor. Dress Rehearsal last night tied up a great many loose ends, but it took quite a bit of time, & then I typed my Drama paper when I got home. Did write to Lunk & Lee Sunday, read a bit more of Good Companions and started The Bible report - and by the way, you’ll be amused. When I had finished giving it this morning, Dr. Wellman startled me by saying tersely - “Are you planning to be a teacher?” With my eyes a bit widened by astonishment, he went on [Page 2] to say that I had a way of presenting material in well organized fashion and in pleasantly alive way & that he thought I’d make an excellent teacher! Ah me, it seems I’m doomed! But if I can make as good a job of it as you’ve done, I guess it wouldn’t be so bad. At any rate I’ll send in the application. (Putting Dr. Wellman as a reference!) You must meet him when you come up again. He’s very nice, calls everybody by first names, & we get quite chummy. Sorry there weren’t any classes for you to visit this time - but I’m glad if you enjoyed being here even without last little item of participation! It was so very grand to have you. I [Page 3] only hope your cold isn’t any worse. I didn’t get it, so rest easy on that score. Miss DeBanke said it was so nice to have met you & she hoped you enjoyed the unfinished performance. I’m so glad you did see it, and I do think it will be better tonight. We’ve learned the things better & I hope it will go off all night. She’s invited us down to her house Thurs. nite for a Spree. nice lady. And Wed. eve. I have to lead the conversation at Miss Smaill’s - don’t know yet what it will be about, perhaps the value of art, or why college, or why culture, or are we [Page 4] worth all we cost - it ought to be fun. Wish you might drop in casually. But praise the gods you can once in a while. It was a lovely weekend, despite your cold. And what do you mean background! I’m proud to introduce my mother. If my daughter can be equally as proud of me, I shan’t worry. But nobody will be proud of me if I don’t get busy. - so - I’ll try. Letter from Ralph - a very swell one - commenting on Prom, on my description of Lunk, on his “athletes” his Kinesiology special class in wh [mis-spelling: which] he is interested - You know at times - Well - I like him and also you know - I kind of like you too - ‘sides lovin’ you Ginger
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Faculty, Staff and Administrators; Personal Relationships
Job hunting; Men
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1935 March 12" (1935). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 149.