Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Ellen Wilson gives her daughter Jessie permission to attend a convention and shares details about her social life at Princeton, including upcoming events for the female university students.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling

Yours is at hand and I hasten to write about the convention. I have no objection to your going if your father is willing; he has already started for Baltimore and as he expects to see you there you can settle it between you. This will probably reach you too late to influence the matter, but you will doubtless speak to your father on the subject without any prompting. Margaret is distressed because if you go you will miss the College play, she says. Is she right about that?Speaking of plays I went to “Peter Pan” on Saturday and it was delicious! I found out about half an hour before the train left that it was in Philadelphia, and, as I wanted to go to the “Feb. furniture Sale” anyhow, decided to take my chance of getting a ticket at the last moment. The girls had other engagements and will go later. I got an excellent seat and had a delightful time. I was to go to another play at night here,—the little girls in “Place aux Dames,” but a freight train broke down in the tunnel just out of Phila. which d held our train nearly an hour near West Phila. and nearly an hour at the Junction. I reached home at 9 o'clock. Margaret said the children did wonderfully well.Madge & Margaret are still having a gay time in spite of Lent. I thought of having another little dinner for them this week but there was not a free night! There was also a room full of men yesterday and Friday afternoons. Mrs. Fine is to give a “book party” on Thursday night to the seniors (everyone represents some book title,) and as ill luck would have it they are both promised to Miss Ada Norris to dinner on that evening. Madge goes to the party later but Margaret thinks she must save herself for “Parsifel” the next day,—very wisely. I was amused at Miss Bellas(?) (Mrs. Armour's niece,) She called yesterday and was speaking of how hard she thought college life was on girls,—was glad she had not tried it. She said a girl she knew was so broken down by it in two years that it had really “ruined her after life in society;—she could only go to onethingaday”! Poor martyr to the higher education!But I have been interrupted and now must close in haste—With love beyond measure,

Your devoted,

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1907 February 18, WWP17373, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.