Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Ellen writes to Jessie about their health.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling

I hope you will excuse pencil. I have not even yet been able to sit at a desk and write since since my last relapse. The doctor says that, considering how very ill I was, the progress is very rapid, but it seems snail-like indeed to me.—It is delightful to think of you and Frank at Cornish, darling. I am so glad it could be arranged. I hope you and Frank will have a beautiful month there alone together. The house is lucky to be the retreat of two pairs of lovers in one season!My real reason for trying to send a little scrawl myself today is anxiety about that walking-trail! I am so afraid it means that you were disappointed, after all, and that it was not as we hoped! But still I trying not to borrow trouble,—and of course walking is the best form of exercise! So I am hoping it was a very little trip carefully adapted to the circumstance But, please, darling, send me a letter by the next mail to relieve my mind, and tell me exactly how you are. It has been a real trial that it has been a secret from the others, in time of my illness because of all it was has kept me in ignorance of about you that I would have learned for myself if I had been well.You remember, dear, that Nevin was supposed to pay $100.00 for your dining-room furniture and I for the rest? I am going to ask that I may change that, late as it is, and let it be my gift entirely!—I think it would be nice for Nevin to give the desk for the new living-room, don't you?—I am enclosing the $100.00 for that.
The check is for $500.00. The other four, I thought of primarily, for the little layette and the other expenses. But if you and Frank have a special sentiment about doing that yourselves put this $400.00 in the house too.I hope you can read this. It is the first letter, or note even, that I have written for since I last wrote you, and I can do nothing with my poor hand! But the doctor says I am making a splendid fight for health, and that I am sure to win in time.Margaret leaves on Thursday for the summer,—going first to Dr. Batten's.
With a heart full of love for dearest Frank and love inexpressibly tender and devoted for my darling, I am, dear heart,


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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 July 6, WWP17487, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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