Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre




Margaret Wilson writes to Jessie Wilson Sayre about her music and various social interactions while Jessie has been away.


Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University






Dear, darling, precious, Jessie

I am so glad it is all over and that everything is alright. Every-body here misses you so much. Lots of people send their love to you, there are so many I can not remember the names of all. I would have written to you before darling but I have had so much to do.
This morning May tried several things on me, and then I went down town with Cousin Mary, then to the Scott's to practice, then there to lunch, then to Fräuleins, then home to dinner, and now I am writing to you, so you see I have had a pretty busy day of it. We tried on Mamma's petticoats to see if they would be too long to wear to the party, but they were just the right length.Nellie went to a party at the Haw's this afternoon; she had a very nice time indeed. Dorothy Vandyke was not there. Katherine Wyatt went with us to Fräuleins this afternoon, as Nellie and Mary were going to the party. Nellie and I went to Beth's to lunch yesterday. We played first Baseball, then chirades, and had a very pleasant time. As yesterday was my music lesson day, I went and took it in the morning, so that I could go to Beth's to lunch. You know Mr Conally always runs over the time, but yesterday I told him that I simply had to go at a quarter to one, so he said very well. When quarter to one came he was still playing so I told him that it was time; he said, “Oh I see your afraid you will miss part of the lunch, and won't get your share.” He is all the time making fun of us. Mary was groaning of over a little piece she had to learn, and he said, “Oh its dreadfully hard to learn two bars of music, its awfully hard isn't it?” He said that he thought I knew a little of everything, because the other day he quoted something from Hamlet and I recognized it. Several times he has spoken of things that I knew about.
The screw of my plate is broken, but doctor Stusel said that I need not come, but just to send the plate, and that he would mend it for me. Yesterday at Beth's at lunch Mr Hibben asked us what we were going to play, and just for fun said that he would talk for an hour and a half on birds, and that Mr Dallus would then preach a sermon for the same length of time. Beth and we were very much amused at the idea. Beth has gone to Elizabeth to-day.
I think Katherine Wyatt is very nice. I am going out for a bycicle ride with her and Adeline tomorrow. Nellie has been to lots of partys this week hasn't she? First she went to lunch at the Fines, then to a party at the VanDykes, then to a party at the Haws and now she is going to one on Monday. I went to Bible class all alone on Wednesday, because the Winans, and Elizabeth, and Nelliewere at the party. But Mr DeVries was very nice, I walked there with him, and told him why I had not been going, so he said that he would not ask me questions.
I wish you were here dear Jessie, Nellie and I miss you so much. I sleep down in your little bed so as to keep her company. Fräulein is coming to help dress us on Monday; and is going to stay all night, because Papa is going away then. I must close now because it is bed-time, goodnight darling Jessie.
Give my love to Mamma and Uncle Stock and keep a lot yourself.

Your loving sister

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre,” 1901 April 5, WWP17287, Jessie Wilson Sayre Correspondence, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.