Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Ellen writes to Jessie about the latest news and advises her on plans for her upcoming break from school.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling

Just a hurried note in answer to your question, and to ask one myself. Please write me at once howlong your holiday is. It is necessary for me to know promptly just when you return, because of Katie Murray.
I have no objection, dear, to your asking “Kiz” to visit you during the holiday, but I don't think, since she is not very congenial, that I would have herall the time. You ought to have a perfect rest first of all. Besides it would be inconvenient on account of the sewing. I think it would be enough for your purpose if you asked her to come for the last three days, going back to Balt. with you.
I am so very glad, my darling, that you had such a happy time with your father.—Of course it would be better to call on the Garretts, but since it is out in the country perhaps it is not absolutely necessary.
Did Margaret write you about the Cosmos ball and being “called out.” that is asked to dance by a masker. It seem to have been all very thrilling and exciting. It certainly made the Carnival experience perfect to be, not only a spectator, but really a part of that gorgeous spectacle pageant.
Another engagement has been announced, Mildred Purves and Barry Duffield! They must be really insane for they have nothing to live on, (he has only a pittance as Mr. McAlpin's secretary, and no prospects,) yet they told Mrs. Hibben that they were going to be married in June, spend the summer in Europe, and then go to house-keeping in the Murrray House, which rents for $1000.oo a year! The Duffield's are in a sad state of mind over it all. It was perfectly unexpected to them. He is only 23.Your father left for Chicago today,—will be gone until Monday;—the fourth trip since his return from Bermuda! Don't you think he looks well?I have just written Nell about the cloak;—this cloak business certainly has been very trying!—and you, poor dear, have been the innocent victim of your two sisters' carelessness.Margaret says she will probably go to Nashville next week. She still declines to go to Atlanta with Madge. I am sorry. Goodnight, darling. love to the cousins; tell Florence I expect her at Easter.—With love inexpressible, I am as ever

Your devoted

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1908 March 11, WWP17434, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.