Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Eleanor Wilson McAdoo writes Jessie Wilson Sayre with news from St. Mary's School, in Raleigh, NC.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My own Detty

Thank you so much for your letter, you darling thing. Oh, I just love you so much, I don't know what to do about it. Just think, it is only a little over three weeks now before we go home and see each other!! Oh won't it be grand, glorious and great! How can I ever wait. Isn't it the most maddening thing about the game? How I wish we had beaten them. But it's better than being beaten, isn't it? I wish somebody would tell me something more about it, because we never think of seeing a paper down in this place. Oh, you lucky thing, how I envy you going home for Thanksgiving. For I suppose you are going home, since you have made up all your work, I don't see how you did it so soon, you clever thing. I haven't made up one bit! Oh, how I wish I was as bright as you are! I was crazy to go to Chapel Hill for Thanksgiving, but they only give us one day and I couldn't possibly do it, without skipping some classes, and that would be awful when I have already missed a month. I would have gone to two dances and I would have had the time of my life. Isn't it a shame?Aunt Annie and Annie are living with George and Margaret and not in either a boarding house or hotel! “Waldfrieden” (the name of the place) is perfectly dear and plenty large enough for five or six people to live in.Jessie, I don't think you aught to write letters to Mr. Campbell with “unpleasant” remarks between the lines” I am ashamed of you, and next time you write, which musn't be a very long time from mo now, you must write a very sweet letter. Don you hear?If I had a suitor that wanted to write to me, I wouldn't discourage him like you do. I be only too glad to have him write!!!Now, I've got to tell you something, and I hope you won't be disappointed or angry or anything. The reason I haven't mentioned the soroities to you was just because I forgot it in each letter. There wasn't any reason at all. I have been suspecting for several weeks that one of them was rushing me, and on Thursday, the first day of the second quarter (when they ask people), I got an invitation to become a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. It is the one that Margaret DuBose and Louise Hill, and almost all the girls that I like at all belong to and I was so happy about their asking me. And I thought that it would be foolish to spoil all my happiness down here (because it would spoil it, if I refused to join) because I might possibly go to Baltimore, and might possibly be asked into Gamma Phi. Don't you think so too? I know you are disappointed with me, and awfully sorry and all, and I have made myself very unhappy about it. Please don't mind very much, will you? Oh, I can't talk anymore about it, because I am so afraid you will be unhappy, because I have joined.
I meant to ask you about it long ago, but I forgot and then it was too late. It is a national one you know. There are two other chapters, somewhere down south here.
Ive got to stop now because it is nearly time for chapel. So goodbye, my own darling, precious little Detty. I love you so, so much, and I want to see you so bad.
With all the love you could possibly want and a lot more from


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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1906 November 25, WWP17358, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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