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 Detty

I am simply raging with myself for not writing to you on Sunday, especially when you are sick, you poor little darling. I hope when you get this that you wont be sick anymore and will be all over that horrible tonsilitis. You seem to have it every year, don't you? I am so sorry, sweetheart, and so penitent for not writing. I simply could not get a chance and even now I can only write you a very short note because yesterday I got a cold in my eye and it is swollen up and horrid. It has been going all around the school and it is my turn now. I have to wear dark glasses most of the time and it is not nice at all. But it is better to-day and I think it will be alright in a few days. But I can't use them much.
The A.K.P. pin looks like this—[drawing of the Alpha Kappa Psi pin] no it doesn't—it looks like this [drawing of the Alpha Kappa Psi pin]—That isn't exactly it but it is something like it. The colors are blue and gold—the letters in gold on a blue background and the outside rim is gold. It isn't so dreadfully pretty and we are thinking seriously of changing it before we get ours. I am wearing another girls now, but I'm afraid I can't ask her to let me wear it home Christmas. I wish I could.
Indeed they did haze me after pledging—such things as cleaning up filthy dirty rooms all Saturday afternoon, and doing stunts out in the “grove” etc. There are fourteen of us—8 old ones and 56 new ones. I'll tell you their names next time. I can't take the time now. Two of them of course are Margaret DuBose and Louise. There are three other frats in school—the Kappa Deltas, Phi Mus, and Gamma Beta Sigmas. Ours is the oldest and thebest!I think ours is a national college frat, but I am not sure. I have forgotten to ask. I only nknow it is national. It is just splendid, and fine and I am crazy about it, but I am not sure that it is quite right to be in one. Of course I can't tell at first though. We—that is about 3 teachers and five girls leave here at onefifteenThursday night and it gets to Baltimore at about noon if on time. It goes straight through to New York so I don't think I will have to change. Ours holidays begin exactly the same day yours do, at half past three on the twentieth. Unless you really want to, don't wait and take my train because that would keep you from home that much longer, and it would be foolish, because I go straight on without changing you know. So please don't do it. Oh just think Jetty, how grand!!! Only eight days before we start home. Oh isn't it thrilling. I am so excited. I must close now because it is time for the mail to go.
Goodbye, you dear thing. I love you and love you, and love you—of you will never know how much.


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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1906 December 12, WWP17361, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.