Your letter of July 13 give me the delightful feeling that I am writing to a real friend and not a stranger–for the sincere admiration you express for my husband is evident in every sentence and that is always a straight road to my heart. So before answering the subject of your letter let me thank you for the years of effort the picture represents – the producing – editing and scoring; and also your hope that it will be in every way rewarding – and fulfill all our hopes and ambitions.
Your explanation regarding the Technicolor prints explains the delay in production that I had not before understood – for I have hoped ever since I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Trotti to have word from you that I could see the film privately before its premier in New York – August 1st.
To that end I have remained in Washington – all of July – postponing plans with friends – until – just a few days ago I decided something had happened beyond your control to prevent my seeing the film – So I am committed to join others in New YorkAugust 1st where – as I am sure you know there are 100 seats put at the disposal of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for the opening of the picture.
As I am an honorary member of the Foundation they urged me to come over for a called meeting and dinner they are having before going to the Wilson picture. Frankly it will be very hard for me to see the Film in these circumstances and I have not yet persuaded myself I can – but I have promised to be at the meeting, which is an unusually important one – and may go on to the theatre – for I am so eager to see it –, and yet, coupled with that uergent desire, is one of anxiety – which I know you understand. From New York I had promised to go to friends in Vermont on August 2nd. So it is not possible to accept your offer for a showing in Washington on that date or the 3rd or 4th – much to my regret.
I am delighted by what you tell me of the 5 Editors to whom you showed the incomplete version – if they praised that then we should take heart over the finished version.
Mr. Baker told me last Summer of your wish to make a tangible expression of appreciation for my help in preparting the Script and I shall be most happy to have you send a contribution toward an endowment fund for the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation in Staunton – We are fortunate in having as our President of this Foundation Mrs. Cordell Hull (her address is Wardman Park, Washington) and both she and I will appreciate your interest in this Memorial and feel it will appeal to you as a permanent and enduring testament of your personal trbibute to Woodrow Wilson –With renewed appreciation of your devotion to this work – and most sincere hope for success in this and all future undertakings – believe me – my dear Mr. Zanuck –(Mrs. Woodrow Wilson)
Edith Bolling Wilson