Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Helen writes to Jessie about vacation plans.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




Dearest Jessie

Your father told me to thank you and Frank for sending him Max Rutter's letter. He says while he cannot just now see the banker mentioned, he is glad to know of him and will keep him in mind.
I have at last confessed to your mother that you and Frank are to go to Cornish to-morrow. I didn't want to tell her till you were there for fear she would find something in the plan to worry about; but she began to worry about what you all were going to do instead of going to Cornish, and so I told her. She was mightily pleased.
We don't dare suggest her going up, for fear she will feel we are trying to force her to leave your father; but you can urge her joining you: that will be a great inducement! Remind her that you haven't so very long a vacation.
Margaret leaves tomorrow for Dr. Batton's. She goes very unwillingly, but everybody feels it means more to her health than any other one thing. Your mother is so much better, anyhow, that there really is no reason why M. should stay here except that Cousin Ellen loves so to see her each day. Margaret would have given the visit up gladly, but neither your father or your mother would have it.
I almost forgot to tell you that Mrs. Churchill asked whether or not we should want both sleeping porches this summer. I told her I thought probably you and Frank would like to use the one over on the river side; the other needn't be fixed up till we have more definite plans. I had planned to take that little end room, but Mrs. Jaffray says it is unbearable, both as to heat and as to noise.
It seems we must be careful again this season about the water, so will you occasionally remind the servants of the fact?
With loads of love from us all

Your devoted cousin

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Bones, Helen Woodrow, “Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 July 7, WWP17490, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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