Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Eleanor Wilson McAdoo writes a steamer letter to Jessie Wilson Sayre with news from Princeton, and to to say she is glad that Jessie is well.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My own precious little Jess

We were so glad to get the cable gram yesterday saying, “Charcos.” I certainly am happy to know that you darling thing are staying well. It is the funniest thing about my letters that I have written you. The last letter that we got from Mamma said that you hadn't gotten any from me yet. I have written you one every single Sunday, and once or twice on Wednesdays since I have been able to use my eyes after the measles. I must have written at least six by now. I do hope that you will have gotten several before this one reaches you.

Oh Jessie! I have lovely news to tell you. We beat Harvard yesterday seven–six.

It was one of the most exciting games I have ever been to. Harvard got two runs in the first inning and four in the fith fifth and so by the beginning of the seventh inning it was six to nothing in their favor. You may be sure that our spirits were pretty low then.

Then in the seventh inning our men braced up and got one run three runs.

Every body got terribly excited then and when ever Princeton was at the bat we would all stand up and cheer and sing and yell all the time.

In the eighthh inning we got only one run which made it four to six and then in the ninth inning it was, oh, so exciting. We got one more run and then with Wells at the bat, not that that was any disadvantage because he is a very good batter, with two men out and when Wells had had two strikes he made a hit brought two men in and won the game. Just think of it!I simply went crazy, and jumped up and down and just screamed.

There is a Sophmore named Bryan who was just put on the team this year and who is really a very good pitcher. You know Stevens hasn't pitched hardly at all this year because he has a sore arm and so Underhill has done most of the pitching. But in a game with Brown a little while ago Bryan pitched and pitched a perfectly splendid game. So they tried him in this big Harvard game and he certainly did well and kept his head finely in that terribly exciting game. Some people say that cheering really won the game, but it didn't for our men would have done it just the same, I think.

Just think the Harvard team had a darkey playing short-stop! Wasn't that horrid? He was a very good player I must say, but it certainly was disgusting.

Papa told me at supper that maybe this letter wouldn't get to you, but I will try any way. I do hope it will, or it will be a long time before you know who beat the game.

Next Saturday we play Yale at New Haven. Don't you hope we'll beat them there, so that we won't have to play a game at New York? Our examinations begin week after next, and I am just scared stiff, as usual. How is my own precious Mamma? I do so hope that she is perfectly well. And you too, darling. Oh, I'm just longing so to see you! Just think maybe when you get this letter you will be just about to sail! And then it will be only twelve days before I see you. Oh, I can hardly wait!!!

Goodbye little darling thing With all the love in the world for you both

Your lovingest little sister

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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1904 May 29, WWP17320, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.