Beth [Hibben?] to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Beth Hibben writes Jessie Wilson Sayre from Princeton on Jessie's trip to Italy.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University






My dearest, dearest Jessie

I don't know how to write a steamer letter but I am going to this try. When you read this you will be on the briny deep and maybeveryseasick but I hope not. I hope you will have the most wonderful voyage and the most beautiful trip and the safest return that anyone ever had when they who went to Europe. I hope you will see lots of whales and porpoises and an iceberg like we did. You must be sure to walk a mile on the hurricane deck very often so as to get exercise and drink a lot of ginger ale for it is much the best thing for seasickness You mustn't give money to the beggars in Naples for it encourages them in their evil pursuits. You must be sure to appreciate all the beautiful pictures you see and all the statues. When you go to Rome you must go into St. Peter's and see the pilgrims kissing the toe of the statue of St. Peter. I hope you will love the smell of incense in the catholic churches and cathedrals for I was crazy about it. You must hang on to your purse tightly in Naples or the first thing you know it will be swiped. Have the most beautiful time and come home soon to your loving and devoted friend


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Scoon, Elizabeth Grier Hibben, 1888-1970, “Beth [Hibben?] to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1904 March 18, WWP17310, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.