Cary T. Grayson to William G. McAdoo




Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




My dear Mr. Secretary

There have been very few days since you moved to California that I have failed to think of you. But I must humbly confess that I feel guilty in having neglected to write to you more frequently. There always seems so much that I want to tell you in confidence, and yet when it comes to put it in writing, I have a hesitation in doing so for fear that the letter might possibly go astray in the mails.

I have frequent talks with Roper and I do not think there is any doubt about his loyalty being 100% for you. We have discussed many delicate situations, and I give my data to him so that he may be guided for the best in your behalf.

The admiration and affection a number of your friends have for you is very wonderful, and while you richly deserve all of this, it is a pleasure to me to know that these friends are so loyal to you.

I had a delightful little visit with Hugee. He is certainly a bully fellow, and I can well see how proud you are of him.

Mr. Wilson has made decided improvement in the past three months. He is stronger on his legs and walks with less difficulty, and there is a general improvement in his condition. His spirits now are like they were during the days before his illness. He frequently expresses very affectionate sentiments about you all. He has more than once told me that he regretted that you and Nellie are so far away. He seemed to enjoy his Christmas very much, and I know that he missed you. His mail is very heavy and he takes a personal interest in it, particularly in answering many of the letters himself. He is doing this more than he has since he left the White House. His routine of living is much the same as when you last saw him. He attends yto his correspondence in the morning, motors in the afternoon, and goes to Keith’s on Saturday nights, where he continues to receive wonderful ovations. Mrs. Wilson reads to him daily, and, with the treatments which are being given under my direction, his day is full.

I wrote to your friend in Kansas, Dr. Brinkley, and told him that you had written me about him. The Doctor in his letter to me said that he was sending me a copy of his book. But this, I am sorry to say, failed to reach me.

From present indications it would appear that Senator Robinson will be the Democratic leader in the Senate. There is a very close contest between Senator Robinson and Senator Simmons, and the two sides are very active for their respective candidates. The feeling among all, however, is one of good friendship. I may say that you have a very staunch friend in Senator Robinson. He is a patient of mine and I see a good deal of him.

I noticed with much pleasure the pictures in the New York TIMES of you and Miss Eleanor and Ellen and Mary Faith. It seems that California is agreeing with you all, and I congratulate you on your fine appearance. I wish you could see our boys. They are three lively and husky young fellow.

If Gertrude knew I were writing she would join me in affectionate greetings to you all, individually and collectively.

With every good wish for the future, I am, your poor correspondent but devoted friend,

Cary T. Grayson

Hon. William G. McAdoo,
Los Angeles, California.

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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to William G. McAdoo,” 1922 December 28, WWP16460, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.