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Letter to her mother thanking her for the birthday gifts and phone call; and describing a birthday card from Ted and potential jobs for Press Board.


[19 September, 1934] Sept ‘34 [typed] Wednesday the 19th Very dearest mother, Your voice---saying Happy Birthday! There you were!! It was wonderful of you to call me. Gosh, you just made my birthday. I was trying very hard to say Happy Birthday to myself this morning when I woke up, but it was a bit dampish. And then to have you say it! It did indeed put sunshine into the day, and I went to Press Board most happily birthdayified. But as if the things I found in my suitcase weren’t enough. Three exclamation points. Mother, I think my compact is the loveliest I've ever seen. I wish you could have been here to have seen the expression on my face when I opened it. I know it must have been so gloriously pleased that it shone. I could feel it. And it is beyond any doubt the best looking one there is. I showed it to the girls, of course, and they were just as superlative as I, only they squealed, and I just looked at it without taking my eyes off. And the stockings...the new kind...and handkerchiefs! Oh I am getting royally spoiled. And I love ‘em all so much...and you all even more. I didn't get your special till I came home from Press Board. But mother, it's the loveliest one I could possibly have. It's beautiful. And I don't think there can be a ‘more’ or a ‘most’ beautiful. I shall always keep my 20th Birthday card from you. The enclosure was nice to get too. The letter was started on board ship, but finished in Philadelphia--and he remembered my birthday. Quote: “Before closing, congratulations for the 19th September! A score of years to you! And now at least two score and ten more for the biblical number. May they be filled with charm and happiness that no one can foretell, but which only the fast unfolding future discloses.” He starts Divinity School right away… “the world of [Page 2] normal reality closing around me” Ending with a wondering when we'd see each other again. Probably it won't be for a long while...but I seem to be mighty lucky about seeing people often..don't you think? (heh! Yes indeed, Press Board has been busy. There are only 6 of us, cause 3 graduated, and one isn't coming back, so there is much to be done. Added to that, the freshman class is the largest since 1925, so that means more cataloguing according to states, getting addresses, and father's names so the society editor can call them “daughter of so-and-so” .. and then finally writing the stories of what's happening and sending them off. And I may not have the Tribune at all. That would only take weekly stories, and [deletion: th] there's a chance I may be able to get the Boston Herald which pays better and which takes as many daily stories as we can send. Also there's the advantage of being able to contact them directly, and perhaps get to know the Editors. Besides the Tribune has no women on the staff, and the Herald don't subscribe for the Tribune till I know for sure! It will probably mean more work, but it seems to me the rewards might be much better, and if I like, I can take the Tribune the 2nd semester. But I think I'll like the feather of being a regular reporter for a big Boston paper instead of a correspondent for a N.Y. one. Got to go back this afternoon and do more newsing...but after I go to the laundry to see about the agency, I think I shall very dutifully see about a nap, according to instructions! Until tomorrow then,, I loves you very, very, extra specially much and even words are funny things when it comes to telling you just How Much! Ginger [handwritten] Do tell Grandpa for me how much I enjoyed his card. It was dear and he's a peach! My best love to Mum Mum - thank her - oh-so much for everything


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Home and Family; Personal Relationships; Student Life


Birthdays; Gifts; Men; Newspapers

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 September 19