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Letter to her mother describing her radio, her class schedule, lunch with her friend Lee and Lee's mother, the layout of the chapel, a beauty business she wants to start with her friends Jeanne and Lee, life in Cazenove Hall, and the physical exam students must take.


Sept 33 [23 September, 1933] [stationary heading] WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Saturday A.M. Mother my love - How do you like my snooty stationary? ([illegible: Hist?]! - 50 sheets on a pad for 20¢.) But maybe it'll serve the purpose better. It's a swell morning - makes me think of California somehow, very strongly. Especially as I went to bed last night listening to Phil Harris - no not from the Grove - the Pennsylvania Roof, but he sounded the same. The radio works very finely, and I discovered that I can easily turn it so low that it can't be heard outside of my room, & yet be perfectly heard by me. Smart, huh? Yesterday I saw the rest of my profs, & I'm all settled to take the [Page 2] courses before mentioned, only my Philosophy, instead of being just plain, is Introduction to P. thru the Problems of Religion. Sounds pretty good, don't you think. At noon Lee and her mother and I went Dutch for lunch. Yes of course I had a tuna fish sandwich - and a Wellesley special, consisting of chocolate cake, with ice cream on top, chocolate fudge sauce thrown over it, & whipped cream. Pounds! 11:30 AM. Returned from Chapel a minute ago. It's a very large place with a beautiful stained glass window in 3 parts in front, and built with a choir place below the window, and wings at the sides for Freshmen and Sophomores. The Seniors sit in front, and the Juniors in the rear. Pres. Pen. spoke & we sang and it was all very fine. It's the [Page 3] first time the whole college has been together at once & there certainly were a very great many. Then Lee, another girl named Jeanne Seitz & I sat out on the steps and decided to start a beauty establishment - cause they charge $2.00 for a shampoo & wave in the Vil, and we could do it lots cheaper. Me to wash, Jeanne to wave & Lee to give manicures, facials & eyebrow pluckings. It wouldn't take much time, and ought to bring in a few spare pennies. Your letter received with much joy. But I'm sorry Jean isn't returning to Syracuse. Does she know yet where she'll go if anywhere? I don't know the names of Ruth’s friends, but I do think I'm going to like Casenove [mis-spelling: Cazenove] a lot. There are about [Page 4] 20 transfers here, and we all feel more or less like old friends already. Then there's a girl from Kentucky named Anne Hart Milward that I like too. I met her parents who are charming, & her father looks like a real Kentucky Colonel, white hair and distinguished looking. Answers - Yes I got Mildred's letter from her. 1. friend with Wellesley advice as to instructors, which I had followed before I got it. 2. my trunk cost $2.50 3. my room faces West, & gets the sun about 2:30 P.M. And for 4. the Physical exam we had to do everything from catching baseballs thrown from a machine in different directions, to jumping hurdles, throwing [loss: a] baseball, a basketball, & climbing monkey fashion to test the strength of our arms. Uh huh, I passed. And my shoulders are of equal height - the only thing wrong with my posture is that my head should be held higher & pushed back straighter! So I walk around with my head in the air! Mail’s going, so bye bye, love me. Cause I love you.


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Athletics and Physical Education; Buildings and Grounds; Personal Relationships; Student Life


Chapels; Radio--Receivers and reception; Physical education and training; Hairdressing; Houghton Memorial Chapel

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 September 23