Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Helen Bones writes to Jessie about her travel plans and mentions that Ellen is doing better.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




Dearest Jessirite

I'm so sorry about your tooth, and that your trip had to be cut short! I hope you are all right now and that you will have a good time every minute of the tramp.Mrs. Churchill said she would have the house ready for us on the 8th and if I were you I wouldn't plan to get there before that date. You see, she was awfully nice and accomodating about getting things fixed up for Nell and didn't charge anything for the extra month—the house being engaged from the first of June. And she understood that we were to let her know a couple of days ahead when the bride and groom were to arrive and I in my excitement didn't notify her (in fact, I don't kno yet remember having agreed to do so; but that doesn't prove anything!) Anyhow, in writing about it afterward she seemed quite put out, so I don't believe we dare push her up a day. I asked her if she would mind having the three servants arrive on the 7th, but I've received no answer so far.
I also told her I'd leave it to her whether the caretaker was to be discharged at once or after you had actually taken possession. The agreement was that after the house was vacated by Nell, we should be responsible for it even though we weren't really in possession. We also agreed to give ten days' warning before taking possession, which is the reason for Mrs. Churchill's setting the 8th as the day. See? (I am not very businesslike in my way of explaining, but by using a great many words I may have made my meaning clear!)Your dear little mother is so much better! She goes out into the morning garden early every morning now, before it begins to be hot, and then does exercises and takes rubs and baths and things afterward. We don't go in to see her before afternoon, and then don't stay long, and she seems to end the day better than when she had it on her mind that she might go driving later. She is easily tired and very easily worried; but Dr. Grayson says we must expect her to be that way for some time to come.
Because of her tendency to worry over anything like a plan we still haven't said a word to her about your going to Harlakenden. When you get there we'll say you are there, for then everything will be settled and she won't have any excuse for planning. Indeed, as I said before, I hope you will write so enthusiastically about the beauties of the place that she will have longings to get there herself. So far we have not even suggested Cornish to her.
With loads of love to you and Frank from us all

Your loving cousin

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Bones, Helen Woodrow, “Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 July 4, WWP17486, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.