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Letter to her mother describing Crew practice, meals with friends, a cone trip down Lake Waban, and her experience as a transfer student; and discussing arrangements for her family's upcoming visit to Wellesley.
[18 October, 1933] [stationary heading] WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Wednesday Noon Mother darling - I didn't mean not to get a letter to you yesterday, but somehow it just didn’t get written. It was pretty full day. After a morning of classes & the Libe [mis-spelling: Library], & music in the P.M. Lee & I went down for Crew & managed to get out for practice on both hours. It was grand on the Lake, and Crew is honestly more fun than I've had in ages. Everybody pulling together & just skimming across the water. It's grand for my back too, cause we all have to sit up very straight, & is it going to develop arms & leg muscle! It's not as strenuous as you might think, cause [Page 2] we rest in between rowing & of course just starting out, we have to have lots of instruction too. But it’s simply grand. We stayed out yet great big harvest moon came up about 5:30 and the college from the Lake looks beautiful. Then we hurried thru a shower & into some clothes to go to dinner with the girl who knew Katherine Berkley at Pomona. And after a very pleasant few minutes with her & her friends in their room afterwards, we had to leave for Choir rehearsal, after which we went to Barnswallows to sign up for Barn - business & publicity end. Then Anne Hart came in with some cakes, so we finished up the cider with them, & finally tumbled into bed. [Page 3] The night before we had an impromptu spread. Meaning that we tasted the cider & decided if we didn’t swaller [mis-spelling: swallow] it now, it’d be vinegar on the morrow - so we collected about 8 or 9 gals, & sat around drinking cider & some crackers & peanut butter Lee & I had purchased in the Vil, to say nothing of the apples & cookies Charlie - her cousin, had brought for us. We all wrote him a little letter of thanks for the cider & wished he were here etc. Everybody seemed to have a grand time & it was lots of fun. And it’s an awfully nice crown, most of us on this floor, but 2 or 3 upstairs. And you know how delicious [Page 4] crackers & peanut butter can be! And that afternoon, which was Monday I guess, after crew, Lee & I took a canoe & paddled way up the inlet until we came to an old fallen mill & broken dam. We picked our way around the bricks, & when we got to the top, could see that it lead into another lake farther on. So someday maybe we’ll find a way to carry the canoe over, & explore some more. It was beautiful tho, cause the inlet was very still, and went right thru the woods, & the branches sometimes hung down over the waters - with the sun just sprinkled on the trees. Mighty fine. And you ask if I like it as well as Pomona at this time? But of course I do! Everybody has been [Page 5] just grand, & I don’t feel as if I didn’t belong The way I did a little entering as a freshman at Pomona. Everybody's interested in Transfers here, & always exclaim muchly when I say I'm from Calif: and I'm from Hollywood too - I discovered people didn't know much where Glendale was, so I stretched the point a little, & it works like charm - & always starts conversation rolling. Very bad of me, but much more prestige! Yes I’ll write Jean soon if I break my fool neck doing it. And also to Mum Mum. Next time you write, tell her a special hello for me & that as soon as ever I have a minute I'll use it to write to her. Listen - you keep on with your Shakespeare [Page 6] course. It won't take very long now until your degree, and we might want to return to Calif. Some day. Goodness knows when tho,& maybe by then I'll be helping to hold the purse strings, huh? Say we’ll have to be putting on the boxing gloves when I get home - you with your bowling and me with Crew - it ought to build up the straight & wicked right like nobody's business. Found out I may have to sing in choir the Sunday you're here - would you rather see your child in the choir, or sit beside her or not be there at all? I think I can change with someone else though - & then we can do just as we like that day. And I'm there at 9:30 AM. Saturday - cutting Comp. - so why worry about only an afternoon? Love n’a hug Ginger
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Athletics and Physical Education; Home and Family; Personal Relationships; Student Life
Rowing; Food; Wellesley College Choir; Lakes; Lake Waban
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 October 18" (1933). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 47.