Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Margaret lets Jessie know that she won’t be able to visit because of their cousin’s nervous breakdown.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My darling little Jetty

Aunt Annie and Annie and the baby are to have the long expected joy of seeing you & Frank tomorrow, but not I. Cousin Lucy has broken down completely, has had a nervous collapse. She has been on her back for four or five days with the exeption of a few minutes in her chair yesterday. The doctor says that she can do down to Washingtonday after tomorrow Tonight, dear you can well see that I must stay with her. I coud not look Father in the face if I deserted my post and my post is by the sick ones entrusted to my care. We are going to take Elizabeth with us to help I me hold her up, for she can hardly walk. Also Elizabeth, being partly trained as a nurse will be able to help us efficiently if Cousin Lucy faints. We have had a terrifying time with dear Little Cousin Lucy but she is much better now.
I am simply broken hearted over not seeing you but I am promising myself a visit with you later. Oh you dear I long to see you, and I am so deeply disappointed. I feel sick at heart!Cousin Mary is almost well though nervously she has had a set back caused by Cousin Lucy's illness. It is not a serious set back however and now that Cousin Lucy is so much better she is mending too. Poor dears, they have had such a hard summer.
Well my darling beautiful Sister I cannot possibly express my disappointment. When I see the others go off tomorrow, I shall feel very sad. Oh dear! oh dear!I shall certainly see you later anyhow.
With deepest most devoted love

Your loving and disappointed

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 September 15, WWP17498, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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