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Letter to her mother describing making Crew with her friend Lee, celebrating in Wellesley downtown [the Vil], and her failed plans to see "Rome" in Boston; and discussing the lives of family and friends. This letter contains a racial epithet.
Oct 24 ‘33 Tuesday AM. Dearest - As I am totally unable to secure 3 books I must have for the culture of Israelites, I shall profitably employ my time. Not a great deal to say, but at least I can follow in Woody’s footsteps. I loved the subtle exclamation point at the end. But heck Mom, I don't wait 2 weeks anyway, do I? And the only “mean” I have to offer is the fact that your wayward daughter has made Crew! Out of the preliminary squad of about 30, both Lee & I [Page 2] made crews. We were the only beginners - all the rest had had two years of training, & do we feel elated. And if one of the Varsity 8 gets frozen angles or a cracked arm, we stand a chance of rowing in the Field Day meet next Thursday. Ain’t it swell? We went down to the Vil last night and celebrated by getting us some cake & ice cream, & harmonizing all the way home. I'm getting pretty good on such things as “Granita”, “Drink to me Only” & and “Lazybones”! We called the theater for “Rome” tickets only to be told that the house was completely sold out 2 weeks ago! And it didn't even come out in our paper that it was in Boston till last week - so that's that I guess. We may go in on the chance of getting last minute seats but it's pretty doubtful. Maybe she'll be in New York Christmas time if we go visiting Mildred (!) Got a letter from her yesterday describing her apartment & the street & saying she was glad I liked it here, knew I’d make [Page 3] good etc. Also one from Anogene. She really is teaching in the little Mt. town in Colorado, getting $75 a month and having 34 kids, mostly Mexicans & Japs! Says she may get to school next semester depending on her Dad. I sure hope he comes across as he ought to. Oh oh - I see my book is arrived so must read away. This AM. I told Miss Dutcher after class I thought the climate of Palestine was like California, & she was very pleased at perception of the parallel. There are good sides to people, & I must get on ‘em! Love till next time Yore [mis-spelling: your] little darter [mis-spelling: daughter]. P.S. Just got home & found my pillow slip. They’re darling - and you're even more so.
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Athletics and Physical Education; Home and Family; Personal Relationships; Student Life
Rowing; Theater; Books
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 October 24" (1933). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 189.