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Letter to her mother describing her schoolwork during exam week and a mix up with a dinner invitation from a Wellesley student; and arguing against her mother's fears over her going into Boston alone.


[22 february, 1934] 1/22/34 [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release Monday AM. Mother dearest - The beginning of the last week! And I finished, in a rough draft, my paper, last night, so I have little to worry about except the events themselves. Did I tell you my Philosophy doesn't come on the same day as Bible, but it's the 2nd Tuesday? That's going to help immeasurably. And it required a great deal of moral courage to work on the paper yesterday, cause I had a mild attack of Spring Fever. I did go over to call on girl to apologize for missing her invitation to dinner Friday though. Seems she asked me, & either told me the wrong house or I mistook the name, cause at the appointed hour - a few minutes before the supper bell rang, I was sitting waiting for the occupant of 102 Stone Hall [Page 2] to come in - which, when she came, turned out to be another girl entirely, naturally. She however, was very sweet & made me stay there to dinner - so I met some more people I hadn't known before, had a very successful evening and made my apologies yesterday. Isn't that amusing? And everybody concerned was so very nice about it. Might be a good racket to meet people, eh? I did like wise little Sonnysayings. But there are no Camels around Wellesley - much too masculine to be allowed - and I haven't received another check, so I won't begin to worry yet. And darling - about “ignoring your requests.” I haven't ignored anyone’s suggestions, but thought them over, see your point quite clearly, and it isn't willful disobedience that I keep on going in. But I do have to be able to take care of myself. You know, and I think it's tremendously good [Page 3] experience for me. I'm getting a little idea of how the other side of the fence looks, and I'm rather enjoying it. And men aren’t waiting at every street corner to accost a girl if she knows where she's going and how she's going to get there. Oh I don't mean running into danger with arms wide open, but I do mean that it's not a thoroughly bad idea to know how to keep one's eyes open. I know that you want to shield me from all the under side of things, but do you think that's really what's best? Shelter is all very well and very necessary for a time, but if ever a time comes that called for all the knowledge in ingenuity one possess, where would he be if there was just none of that fall [Page 4] back on? I don't mean to seem the childishly independent and really try-my-own-wings sort, but when you reason it out, it comes to the question - am I old enough to take care of myself, and will I ever get that way, without a little practical experience such as going to the Home Library, coupled with the common sense I hope I've got, will give me? That's discussing the point at some length, and I suppose you're still unconvinced, but it really isn't a serious as you think. And we can talk it out to our hearts’ content about 2 weeks from now. It will be so good to see you. But isn't there a more expressive word than good? Excellent, swell, elegant, hilarious superfluscious [mis-spelling]! More love again and an enormous hug Ginger


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Academics; Home and Family; Personal Relationships; Student Life


Examinations; Dinners and dining; Boston, Mass

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 January 22