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Letter to her mother discussing celebrating her birthday, meeting other students, setting up her radio, and moving in to Wellesley; and describing her meals.


Sept 19 ‘33 [19 Sept, 1933] 19th Birthday [stationary heading] F.W. Bunnell, Mgr. Tel. 8261 SOUTH STREET INN and TEA ROOM PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS “In the Heart of the Berkshires” Tuesday AM. 8:10!! Mother darling, Yes I'm up, dressed, had breakfast and have opened my “ducky” presents. It was so much fun to open so many, and I love ‘em all. I gave another girl my 2nd bar of Pittsfield soap, so I may have to use the V-one. But it's so cute I hate to. 10:30 Just got back from my physical & medical exam, and found all the letters on my desk. Gosh it was grand. Three special delivery letters in one day!!! I'm so excited I can't think of a thing to say except how grand it was of you to bother late last night when you'd already thought of [Page 2] so many wonderful things for me. I think I'm practically the luckiest person existing, and I sure do appreciate it. And the girls have been awfully friendly. I had my appointment, got my credentials n’ everything in the afternoon and 2 junior's came to see me, & then some other Transfers, so we all went down to a girl's room and ate her candy, then after dinner 5 of us went down to the Village just to look around, came back and dance to my radio! & we all had a meeting at 10. And the House mother asked us not to plug in our radios until we were settled permanently, as they were supposed to be officially inspected, approved & connected by an [Page 3] electrician, after having received permission & paid the fee! So I'll have to sit with my ear glued to it so it can't be heard out of my room. Did you ever hear of such an idiotic thing? “now in Pomona!” I'll probably be so busy I won't have much chance to listen anyway. Went in & talked to the girl next door last nite after the meeting, & I like her very much. Can't even think of her first name, but her last is Underhill. They come from all over - Sweetbriar, Northwestern - she’s cute too - name’s Doris Lane - Minnesota & whatnot. One of the girls knows Norman Philbrick, [Page 4] and one Loring Hutchinson, the guy who didn't dare chisel on his steady gal to take me out. And the Underhill girl is from Scarsdale & knows Betty [Heussler?] the one who was at Madison, remember? So far I haven't found anyone very snooty, cause we're all in the same boat, & nobody knows exactly where they're going to be. I have an idea it's Casenove [mis-spelling: Cazenove] though, cause we found out if we asked for mail at the main Post Office, they would tell us where we were registered, & to go there to get it, and Casenove [mis-spelling: Cazenove] was the Hall she had after my name. So I guess that's it. We move Thursday & I called up the Express Agency to hold my trunk, so that's O.K. I hope. [Page 5] Wore my sweater set today & felt more birthday-ified than ever. Sorry we can't celebrate it together, but I'm thinkin’ about ya and maybe you're thinkin’ about me, so that's plenty near as good. Anyway it's a grand day - sunny with white clouds floating around outside of my window. I was so glad to know you got some without any trouble. It was nice of Ralph to be there. He wrote me a letter too - very sweet - said he was rushing around packing furniture for registration on Wednesday, & that he loved me & wish me a happy birthday. So [Page 6] what? I write him & wish him Merry Christmas, I guess. oh I forgot the menus - Luncheon - ham, creamed potatoes, tomatoes, bread, bananas. Dinner - Roast beef, sweet potatoes, boiled onions, bread, & chocolate cake with whipped cream. And I'm hungry for lunch now, so if I keep on eating, you don't have to worry about my not gaining, anyway on the scale this morning I weighed 125. And that’s 8 more pounds than when I started Pomony [mis-spelling: Pomona] - so there! Now don't worry about me darling, cause I shall take good care of myself & shall be very good besides how's that? Bye - I shall stroll to the Village with this so you'll be sure to get it - Love & millions more, also a couple of kisses, from your child


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Home and Family; Student Life


Birthdays; Housemothers; Students; Weight gain; Food habits; Radio--Receivers and reception

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 September 19