Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Ellen Axson Wilson tells Jessie Wilson Sayre to be sure to rest amidst the busy exam schedule, Nell has recovered, and Woodrow Wilson is enjoying his time in Bermuda.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling Jessie

I am glad to know from Margaret that the eyes seem all right again, and the work going well, in spite of your lost time. She tells me you are in a panic about one of the examinations; but I am sure it will come out all right,—it always does with you, you know! Do you think you could spare the time to come up to the dance on Tuesday week? It would be a little rest that perhaps you need after all the examinations and extra work. At Bryn Mawr they give a holiday at the end of examination week for that especial purpose; to restore tone after the strain. Beth is here now in that way. We would all be so delighted if you could come dear, but of course you must decide for yourself. Nellie will be heare, leaving for school the second day after. Mr. Keen was so delighted with her appearance that he declared it useless for me to take her away just af for a change of air. But she may go to Chapel Hill for two or three days. Mr. Keen said it made him very very happy to see her so well for that “her life had hung by a thread.”We had lovely letters from your father on Thursday, he was a bit homesick,—had found it hard not to return on the steamer that brought the letters, for most of the friends he had made were leaving on it. Yet he seems to find the islands increasingly charming and insists we are to go back together before long. His most intimate friends there were three veryyoung people,—the son of Judge Reed of Pittsburgh with his wife and her sister,—two nice girls. He says they were like affectionate children to him, and they did everything together, making excursions all over the islands. He delights me by the assured feeling he has that the change & rest have been of verygreat service to him.
We here in Princeton are all very well,—and I think there is absolutely no news and nothing doing,—except our little dinners. The one on Wed. was very successful & pretty, the decorations red candles & red bar berries. Goodnight, my darling, my precious little one. With love inexpressible,

Your devoted

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1907 February 3, WWP17369, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.