Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Margaret Wilson tells Jessie Wilson Sayre about her busy week.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




Darling little Jetty

I did not keep my promise of writing to you in the middle of the week but I know you will forgive me when I tell what a whirl I have been living in this week. I really didn't have energy enough between parties to write letters. I never have had so much fun in my life as I have this week. Monday Tuesday dear old Fatty came we talked hard and fast you may be sure. I learnt all the college news I have learnt practically from her, as the girls seem to have forgot me, now that I have left college. Tell them that I dont intend to write to any one of them until they write to me at least a little note. Kiz is perfectly dreadful about writing. Well Tuesday night Helen & I went with Uncle A & Mother to hear a beautiful baritone voice belonging to a certain Mr Wiles, a Welshman. Tuesday morning a friend of Helen's a senior & a junior came over, and took us paddling on the canal. My man didn't know how to paddle decently and nearly turned me over, and didn't get me more than several hundred yards from where we started the whole time! It was awfully funny. He was so mortified and I was so sorry for him. At last we landed and walked for several miles, which I enjoyed exceedingly. Wednesday night Elsie Sibley's Halloween party came off. After the tricks there was dancing which I enjoyed intensely, as I had a partner for every dance, there being more men than girls, and Elsie being a very good hostess, introducing everybody to everybody etc—etc. I enjoyed Mrs Vreeland's tea on Thursday afternoon very much. I received. I met lots of men women I had never met before; it was a ladies tea. Then Friday, the red letter day, came. First I went to the opening of Nassau Hall, the faculty room, which was most impressive. You have no idea how impressive that lovely room looked with the faculty & trustees all in their hoods & gowns sitting in there long seats. Then came a tea at Mrs Hibbens that I cut, and didn't go to, as I knew that I would have to rest before the dance or get nervous and spoil the dance. Then came the big dinner which I enjoyed immensely, sitting between Mr Mr Sallington and Norman Smelt, both of whom were interesting. Mr Sallington is coming to take me on a long walk.
Then right after dinner I left the company & went with Mrs Robbins to the Elm Club dance. I didn't know about that last Sunday. Mrs Robbins, who is a darling & very much interested in my having a good time told one of the elm club men that I was here, so they sent me an invitation, & one of the men whom I didn't see until I got there took me for his girl & filled out my card & Jessie he was the nicest man in the room, a perfectdear. I am crazy about him. If he dont come to see me he'ill break my heart.
He is shy so I'm afraid he won't. Well I danced until three o'clock. I liked all the men except one, and liked some of them extremely. Some were remarkable dancers. Two of them, my man and another complimented me on my dancing. Well, Jetty, dear, I simply can't tell you how superlatively I enjoyed myself. I never in my life without any exception had such a delightful night! I danced one dance with Halsey and talked merry most of the time. Tell me if May is going to spend the night of the Yale game here, for if she does I suppose I will have to ask her to stay here. I hope she don't, for I want to save up for other dearer jewels. Last night I went out with Jimmy at Mrs Magie's dinner, but I had a nice talk with a very entertaining Yale man on my right, and had piles of fun after the dinner. Today I taught Sunday School and am in love with my class they are dear boys. Went out to supper with Mrs Williams, just came home now at ten o'clock! with her young brother and a joly little freshman, who were also at supper. I have been having a very entertaining evening with them! Here now is a rather full account written after ten o'clock, thence its raggedness, of a very gay week. This next will also be gay, though not as gay. There is to be a dance at the inn this week, and I go to the Cougars club next week. I wish you were having as gay a time as I, dear. I am sorry you have to wait another whole year before you have it.
Love to all the girls, especially to your darling self.

Lovingly your sister,

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1906 November 5, WWP17352, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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