Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Margaret writes to Jessie about the Wilsons’ recent trip to visit her and Frank, and suggests that she look into getting a maternity corset.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University




My precious little Sister

I haven't time for anything but a note, for it is morning. I have just received your lovely letter and it makes me long so to hug you and kiss you right this minute. Oh you darling we all love you so, and it meant joy and refreshment to every one of us to be in your little home with you. It did my heart good to seeFather so refreshed. As I wrote Nell, this trip reallydid help him. He seems to have enjoyed it to the top of his bent, and he looked so happy when he spoke of how well you looked and of his visit, and hHe keeps talking of your “charming little house.” The visit was real hearts-ease to him, I can see that as plain as day.Jetty I have something important to suggest to you, so give ear to what I say.Mrs Hitz says that there is a corsetière in New York who makes the most wonderful corsets for m ladies in your condition. She Mrs Hitz had one and she said that it made her feel like flying, because it made her feel so light. The difference in her ease and comfort before and after she got the corset was enormous.
Moreover, she says, it is much better for the child to support it. This corsetière, Madame Bertha, does nothing else but make these special corsets. You send her your measurements and she makes the corset for you, of course in such a way that you can adjust it as you grow. It costs six dollars, five really I think that it is worth while for you to have a corset made to fit you, and not depend on that messy little F waist you have. Please get one. Mrs Hitz says you had better write to Madame Bertha for directions about measurements. Please do so right away if you intend to do so at all, because while you may not be conscious of any strain there may be some. The walking will be so much easier.Mrs Hitz said she felt like taking any form of exercise after she got on that corset. Of course she didn't take any exercise besides walking.
Goodbye, or rather au revoir.
My I can hardly wait for the twenty fourth. Don't shop in the awful Xmas crowd.
Give my best love to that fine Frank and keep oceans for yourself my wonderful little Sister.

Your devoted,

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1914 December 5, WWP17508, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.