Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Ellen apologizes for not being able to meet with Jessie and sums up her trip to Savannah as “delightful” but “strenuous.”


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling

Margaret will of course tell you all the “news” more fully than I can possibly write it; but I must write too to say how very sorry I am at my failure to get a glimpse of you on Saturday. I had no idea that I would be “met” if I took the late train or that I would find even a cab at the Station, and you know I am an abject coward about being out alone at night. I feel very penitent about giving the dear Hoyts so much trouble for nothing.
If I weren't so very tired, dear, I would go back on Friday and see you and the play, but I really need to be quiet for a few days. It was a most strenuous time in the South though it was all very delightful.—And since I came home I have been working like a small cyclone to get Margaret's “things” in order for her journey.—But there is the shut-up man below, & I want to get this mailed. Will write a really letter soon!Goodnight, darling;—I hope they play will be a grand success. How I should like to see you in your Greek costume!With dear love,

Your devoted,

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1908 February 19, WWP17431, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.