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 darling Detty

You poor little dear, you must be so homesick now that you have just come from home. I thinks that's almost the most homesick time of all, don't you? My own Detty! Oh how I wish I could see you again right now and hug you and kiss you!You know I am getting terribly worried about your writing! It gets smaller and smaller every time you write and soon, I greatly fear, there won't by any writing there at all and then I wont be able to read your letters. I nearly died laughing when I saw the address on the last one. Please don't let it get any smaller than that, I beseech you! I am going to follow your example now and write smaller so I can get more in on a smaller space and so save paper, see? I am getting so economical and really I'm afraid very stingy since I have been off at school trying to manage my own affairs—money etc.
I had to stop yesterday and now it is mMonday afternoon and this letter hasn't gone yet. I am afraid you won't get it till Wednesday. I am so sorry.We are having some fun now that Lent is over. On Friday we went to a play called “The New Minister. It wasn't a very good company but the play was very cute and some of the actors were fine. We had lots of fun. To-morrow “The Man on the Box” is coming here and they may let us go to that. I certainly hope so! They say the play is very cute, but I certainly didn't think much of the book, did you?Saturday night we had a German. I went as a man (black skirt, plain white shirt waist, stiff collar, black tie and hair parted,) and took Louise. The men filled out the girls cards before hand and we had a great time.
Your letter was the sweetest thing, Dettydarling. I certainly think it is the most exciting thing about the unknown engagement! Do tell me who it is as soon as you have heard. I hope its Lucy!Aunt Annie is pretty well—not so very. She had a bad cold when she left. They have gone back to Chapel Hill for a few days for the Easter dances there. I think they are coming back to day an or to-morrow and then they are going to stay until the end of May, when I leave too. Isn't that fine? I am afraid I must stop now even though this is not a either a long letter or a nice one. How are you my darling sister? Are you perfectly well in every way? Do tell me. I am as well as can be. Good-byesweet-heart. Love inexpressible for my ownDetty

Your ever devoted little sister

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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1907 April 7, WWP17383, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.