Miriam Van Waters Papers. Reformatory for Women at Framingham, 1876-1970. Subseries 3. Student correspondence, 1936-1971, n.d. Correspondence: T, 1951-1953. A-71, folder 345. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

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U. S. Veterans Hospital Bedford, Massachusetts February 27, 1951.

Dr. Miriam Van Waters Reformatory for Women Framingham, Massachusetts

Dear Dr. Van Waters:

I called Miss Rose Abrams, Secretary to the Civil Service Commission yesterday in regard to my appeal on the acceptance of my application for State employment. She told me that they were waiting to hear from you. I am now wondering if I was asking for too much in requesting this letter from you. You may see some complications in the whole procedure which are not apparant to me. As I sdtated before, I was not left any alternative but to make this request however, Dr. Van Water, I have always thought a great deal of your judgement and if you feel that in fairness to yourself you cannot write this letter I shall accept this decision, disappointing as it will be, as part of that good judgment.

It was a Mr. Griffin, assistant to the Civil Service Commissioner who investigated my case and who told at that time of the possibility of rejection. He urged me to appeal when I wanted to give the whole thing up last Fall and pointed out to me that I did not sppeal on my arrest and that I should appeal this decision. He even suggested that I get some politician busy on the case hence, the Governor's Couneillor Mr. McDonoughs interest.

For some reason the winning of this appeal means a great deal to me. Perhaps it is just psychological but, to me, it is a sort of vindiation for I have had it made very clear to me here at the Veteran's Hospital that I have been ill and that my actions in the past were not due to wilfullness on my part.

I am better now than I have been in years and I am sure that you will have no reason to regret having helped me. I assure you that it will not obligate you in any way as far as the future is concerned.

May I hear from you on this matter and please accept my kindest personal regards.

Sincerely, Elizabeth M. Toner

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Dear Elizabeth:

I am glad to have your letter of February 27 and I think you do wisely to push your case as far as possible.

I was not aware that the Civil Service Commission was waiting to hear from me. Perhaps some articles disappeared in the press of my work. However, I am writing to them today.

With all good wishes, I am

Sincerely,

Miriam Van Waters, Superintendent

MVW/hmo

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Febrary 28, 1951

Miss Rose Abrams, Secretary Civil Service Commission State House Boston 33, Massacusetts

Dear Miss Abrams:

Today I heard from Mrs. Elizabeth M. Toner employed, I believe, at the U. S. Veterans Hospital in Bedford. She is an applicant for civil service examination.

It is doubtless known to the Civil Service Commission that Mrs. Toner was a patient for drug addiction in this institution. She made a good recovery and was employed as a clerical worker, fulfilling all requirements of her position. I am in no way able to pass upon her present medical condition. However, I can vouch for her honesty and integrity, and her ability to do an excellent day's work.

Yours very truly,

Miriam Van Waters, Superintendent

MVW/hmo

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Maragret O'Keefe 6/26/52

Mrs O' Neill--

[Elis Taner] says she is [a Sr] to live at [Stan] Home Monday-- Will you and [Herr to feris her a for ham nam] Please-- UDC

[Not 3rd near botsar]-- She has her all day--

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Mrs O. Neill

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