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Letter to her mother describing life in the dormitory, the teas put on by the Societies, her fondness for the Shakespeare Society and its house and her disappointment that she likely won't be chosen, the expectations for schoolwork at Wellesley, and the treatment of professors; and discussing potential plans for Thanksgiving.


26 Sept. 33 [27 September, 1933] Cazenove Hall [stationary heading] WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Wednesday nite, Darlingest - Home from a walk to the Vil with Lee for popcorn & books. Tuesday noon S’no use. That's all I got written when some people came in to see if I knew anything about Philosophy. So I extemporize beautifully. What's the matter with the mailman? I write you a letter - but don't worry about my being sick cause I'm enjoying beautiful health, drinking lots of milk, mashed potatoes & gravy, and plenty of exercise walking around. Yesterday afternoon we went to the tea given by the various Societies, & liked the Shakespeare one especially. The girls are awfully nice, including the President of College Gov’t, & others. It's [Page 3] the group. Downstairs they have 2 big rooms with a fireplace in one, lazy chairs, books etc & in the other a big piano & other instruments where they have Vespers on Sunday evening. Then upstairs there's a room resembling an old English dining hall with a reproduction of the Shakespearean stage at one end & another fireplace. Kitchens both up & downstairs where they serve Sunday nite supper. I should love to make it, but they only take in 15 new members, most of them Seniors, or few Juniors they know, so poor Transfers don't stand so very much of a chance I fear. Of course there's always next year - delightful thought I maybe actually returning to one place - this place in particular. Cause I really do think it's pretty swell. [Page 4] I know I'm going to have work much harder here - everybody seems too, but maybe it'll be good for me. For the Free Writing Course, about the only requirement is a paper of some sort every 3 weeks - fairly long however, & probably interspersed with reading. If you have any ideas for my first paper, let me know. I ought to make an impression on the old girl. I think I'll like her tho, & she reads poetry beautifully. Everybody rises when a professor enters the room - a female that is, & they smile & say good morning, & everybody sits down again. The men just come in. My econ. prof. is from Harvard and just comes over for this [Page 5] course, so we're pretty snooty, eh? Speaking of Thanksgiving - I don't know how it'll work - but I'm free on Wed. afternoon at 1:30, & don't have to be back till 10:30 A.M. Friday. That's not long - barely Thanksgiving Day, but what do you think of it? Of course I'd be home Thurs. Dec. 14th for 3 weeks anyway, so I don't know. But even if I don't, it might be cold before Christmas, and I wouldn't have any other way of getting my coat if you didn't bring it the 12th, so I think that's O.K. Don't worry about my radio being proctored - Lee’s one, & the girl next door is another proctor for this corridor, & they both come in to listen to it, so that's all right too. Anyway it really can't be heard outside the door, & I can't listen to the Goldbergs’ & study Economics at the same time - Best love & Kisses for now Ginger


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Academics; Buildings and Grounds; Faculty, Staff and Administrators; Student Life


Shakespeare Society; Radio--Receivers and reception; Societies; Schedules, School; Shakespeare House

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 September 20