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Letter to her mother describing making first boat in Crew, dinner at Don's house, Don & Lee's impending engagement, the T.Z.E. initiation ceremony; discussing her relationships with Ralph and Ted; and apologizing for the quality of the letter.
10/22/34 Oct. 22 10:30 Dearest Mums I shouldn’t be bored - “the way thru of thinking must dominate the rhythm of expression.” It’s really most interesting - most instructive most incredibly fascinating - but I’m sleepy. And I’m quite well aware that one should be completely alive to get an idea over to anyone else - but I’m much more alive in different ways just at present. For one thing - the crew lists have been posted. The brass band and a laurel wreath please - 1st Crew - Veeder - 5. I would have enjoyed 7 more, but am so completely glad to be in the 1st boat that one oar or another matters little. Lee is too, of course - she’s rowing port stroking, as a matter of fact, which is pretty slick. We’re getting dinner for all the crews tonight - oh today’s a very busy day. I’m going in to visit a problem school today - be back at 4 for shorthand, then over to Agora at 5, to get dinner. I love being busy though - broke my record yesterday by staying out till 12:30. 3 friends of Don’s, little Eva, Helen & I (also Don & Lee of course) went in to his house to dinner - a most enjoyable time - very gay conversation, a cocktail, pinpong [mis-spelling: ping pong], music, talk of boats, fencing, even economic situation. Lee & Don are terribly in earnest about each other - perhaps not terribly at all, but quite satisfactorily - I am at intervals referred to as Aunt Lucy the chaperone, and Maid-of-Honor. They’re announcing it at Senior Prom I think, if they can keep it that long! Don really is a peach though. He & Lee brought me out after “Men in White” Saturday [Page 2] because I had to get back for Society initiation. - 12:55 On the train for my school visit - just an excuse for the writing. Have to do shorthand in a minute - but hello again to you for now. Oh yes - the initiation - candles, bows of fidelity, drinking from same silver cup around circle, receiving pin, corsage violets & talk afterward - I do like the girls. Breakfast Sunday A.M. was fun too. They wouldn’t let us help, but I somehow felt more at home when I was carrying things in, & they appreciated it. Scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee, muffins - a change from Severance. (tho we didn’t get popovers!) and it was fun. I suppose we’ll all get in for cooking soon. Which reminds me, will you send me some of my favorite recipes which I’ll copy off & return chocolate cake, lemon sponge - others you see. Hey this writing business is almost worse than [illegible]dess! I pity you darling - Hurrah - a station - but the last one before Boston - so fear that won’t help much - They don’t wait long in one place. “Men in White?” Yes. Quite. Very effective - it left me wondering if I wanted Ralph to see it. (The gal gives up the lad for his work) Thanks for your ideas on the Ted-Ralph situation. You’re quite right - no definite decisions yet. Ralph is still important so is Ted - & Ted may come up Dec. 7-8. Grand letter from him - Ralph & I aren’t writing so often - he hasn’t time - nor I. So it will simply wait. Haven’t written Helen since I 1st got here - shan’t mention R when I do. Don’t discuss it too fully with Betty either. [written in the left margin of Page 2] I’m ashamed of this letter - it can’t properly be called one - charge up the minutes spent reading it to my account. - Oh the p.j’s amused this AM. Many thanks - Love-one-the-way-to-Boston- Ginny [written in the left margin of Page 1] Lee & I perfectly O.K. She swell about my making T.Z.E.
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Athletics and Physical Education; Personal Relationships; Student Life
Rowing; Dinners and dining; Tau Zeta Epsilon; Initiations (into trades, societies, etc.); Men
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 October 22" (1934). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 76.