Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Margaret Wilson tells Jessie Wilson about life at home and her various social engagements.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




Sweetest little Jetty

We were so glad to get your letter, I read it over several times, just devoured it. I suppose you didn't understand about the telegram's getting there so late. I telephoned it to the Western Union. I told them Fensal Hall, but stupidly did not say Womans College. They understood me to say Central Hall. When the people in Baltimoretold them that there was no such place building they telephoned over here twice. The first time Anna, who knows the name of the hall and I were both out, the second time, after six o'clock, Anna, as I was still out, told them the name, and they sent it. I am very sorry about it all. I also forgot to send you love.
I do so hope that you are not killing yourself trying to make up your work. Do take it slowly, dear.
Well I have been having a moderate amount of fun, but no callers, I don't ever expect to have any. I expect to live and die and old, irritable maid. Dr Winship asked to call and I gave my consent, but Father dislikes him so, that I have been asked by him to be cool to Dr Winship, when he comes. I went to a golf club tea and had a really nice time, talked to Mr Kelley, Mr Cameron, our friend that called and stayed till after eleven during the holidays, Mr Richardson, Mr Späth, Mr Spalding, and lots of nice ladies! I went with Mrs Jesse Williams, who is going to be here all winter to my great joy. Mr Richardson is a lovely little man, very ugly, but very nice. He escorted me home from the tea, as Mrs Williams had to leave early. Yesterday the wedding came off in the pouring rain. The girls all looked lovely and sat together in the transepts of the church. Beth was with us, sat next me. She is spending Sunday here. She weighs five pounds more than she did, is entirely over her homesickness, and crazy about college. The wedding was begun by the choir, who marched up the isle singing the wedding song from Lohengrin and Anna with her father, Colonel Scott, preceded by the ushers followed looking really handsome. I never saw her so sweet and solemn as she was at the reception afterwards.
I thought that I would be crushed to death in the crush at the reception, which consisted mostly of relations. Last night about ,12 or 13 girls and exactly five men assembled to dance at Elsie Sibley's. It was rather tiresome, but as I didn't expect to enjoy it I wasn't disappointed, or mortified.Aunt Margaret probably comes soon. She will monopolize the precepters, and, as the students won't come near the house, I will be left in the cold.
On Tuesday I am going to help Mrs David Magie to receive at her tea and on Halloween night Elsie Sibley is giving a big party. Those are all the gaities in sight so far.
I have been asked to teach Sunday school. I am scared stiff at the idea, but suppose I will have to—the children are about 7 or 8. Also I have been asked to sing at a musicale, which I do not intend to do. Also to join the choral society which I do intend to do, if Miss Segovia will let me. I have not heard from her yet and am worried.
Well dearest I must stop rattling on in this inconsequent way, and write a little note to Helen A, who is coming to spend the night with me week after next.
With love inexpressible for you, darling Jessie and as much love for all my friends as they want,

Lovingly your sister,

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1906 October 1, WWP17349, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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