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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

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1935 March 12