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Dad: you might not believe me if I just told you about the maple I found in Stoughton

290 Walnut Street
Stoughton, Mass
March 23, 1947

Dear folks,

I have gotten out to Stoughton, if only for a few hours. My date last night turned out better than I had expected from the run of blind ones: I think that Hannah, Dick (her boy friend) and Johnnie are Jewish. He looked it, but made up for his face by 6'2" and an easy conversation & [[strikethrough]] good [[/strikethrough]] ability to waltz. Don't worry, he reminds me too much of Wilder. Apparently our evening was a typical one: we were picked up at six (wore navy), went up to one Freshman's room where a little party was in progress. Hannah and I of course drank only ginger ale; Johnny drank very little; but Dick! Hannah had a weary evening keeping down his loutish capers. It seems that most Freshmen go through that stage. Johnny, tho' only just 17, seems much maturer, certainly wiser -- tho' he wickedly urged on [[strikethrough]] mounful [[/strikethrough]] mournful-faced Dick. He's (J.) a chem. major, from Colorado City, Colorado. The band was good, and [[strikethrough]] one [[/strikethrough]] the huge drummer got up to sing "comic songs" at the end of the dance. Ah yes, they took us to supper at the Harvard Liberal Union mess hall, where we were served slabs of cooked-over meat, mushy creamed potatoes, lettuce, and icecream -- as bad as predicted. It was an interesting evening; one more phase of Harvard life.

Arrived here at 10:00.A.M.; Friday night I washed my sheets in the Bendix, and this morning I washed everything else before setting
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