Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Helen writes to Jessie that the landlady has returned the personal items that she had taken and updates her on Ellen’s condition.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




Dearest Jessie

I have to ask you to forgive me once more for using the typewriter, for handwriting seems so sticky to-day!

I'm glad the tapestries reappeared so opportunely and hope the other things will come wandering in in the course of time. Mr. Tedcastle said he thought they would, but he also said he advised us to not to encourage the lady to take things, as she might gaet the habit. He said Mr. Murchie had warned her last spring against taking a single thing from the house without the President's express permission. If she asks for anything you had better refer her to the President of the United States. That may awe her.

Honey pie, your mother would like you to have Henny up there if youn are perfectly sure you don't mind. It didn't seem to me you sounded very enthusiastic over the preospect, in spite of your sweetness in offering, and knowing how hard it can be sometimes to have to entertain even one's very own invited guests I said I thought perhaps it would be hard for you now to have any one for a real visit; but your father and Nell say they think you are as eager to have Henny as any one, because of matrimonial plans; so will you let us know as soon as possible just how you feel about it? Henny is so perfectly adorable that you may be only too delighted to have her up there.

Mrs. Jaffery wrote Barbara that the missing kitchen utensils could be purchased here, on the Government, so I hope you didn't do as I advised. If you did, however, it's all right.

You precious little goose!. Do you really feel any hesitancey about asking people to visit you up there? If I thought you did I'd give you a piece of my mind; but you are quite as well acquaiented as I with your most adorable family, so you cannot doubt that your father and mother desire above all things that you should enjoy Harlakenden to the fullest extent.Your mother has had some uncomfortable days lately on account of thea combination of heat and and upset caused by some medicine, but she is much better now. She is a truly remarkable person, for even after a few bad days she is beautiful to look at -- with lovely color and bright eyes and no olines on her face.

Cousin Mry Mary is a little discouraged by the slowness of her recovery, as Dr. Grayson predicted in the beginning that she would be back at the White House in then days' time. The wound is very slow in heakling and Dr. Fountleroy says she will have to be there -- at the hospital, I mean -- for another week. Poor dear! she is so uncomfortable! But she is as plucky as any one could possibly be, and so is Cousin Lucy. They are wonderful little ladies and a lesson to all who know them -- all who need a lesson, among whom am I!

The horses are ready to start and will do so as soon as the weather moderates a little. Dr. Grayson is afraid to send them off in such heat. He said it wouldn't help any to have them ridden part of the way, so Frankwont have to bother about them.

I am sewing on a baby dress that I have to hug every now and then. It may be a long time getting finished, but it's on the way.Cousin Lucy wants to know whether you want a slip, a fancy dress, or a wrapper. She and Mary want to make you something as soon as the latter can help. Oh, isn't it fun! -- the pleasantest work in the world, I think!Now, dear little girl, I must stop qand get this off, for your mother wants your answer about Henny.

Loads of love to Mr. and Mrs. Sayre from their loving family in Washington, including


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Bones, Helen Woodrow, “Helen Woodrow Bones to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 July 24, WWP17496, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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