Lawrence O. Murray to Cary T. Grayson





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




1, Place de la Sorbonne,Paris,Dear Grayson,I have not gotten to Russia yet! There are two good reasons - a Russian winter - and a lack - so far - of a Soviet Passport.

I hope you are feeling half decent after the terrible strain you have been under. You have given ten years of your life to President Wilson - and no man on earth in all the ages has been more devotedly tended by a physician than your attention and devotion to him - when the time is ripe I hope you will write the real story of President Wilson’s eight years in the White House - No other man living can do it so well - No one else has the material - and no one else has the atmosphere - I don't know Tumulty, but if I did, I’ll I’d tell him frankly that I was ashamed of his book. I think he must be — on reflection.

I remember the morning of the day of his first inauguration - You were on the Mayflower, but slept on that hard cot in my place that night in order to be on hand early next morning - for the inauguration. You said to me: “George, I guess I’d better take my medicine case in my hand - what will happen on such a day - and in such a crowd - so I’ll be prepared”— And you took it along - And something did happen - I’ve forgotten what now - And you were there - and the medicine case too. And from that day on - for ten long years day and night, you worked to sustain his health for the terrific trials and strains he went through. May he rest in Peace - And those who didn’t treat him fairly will be forgotten the day they die - while his name will live in the world through the centuries to serve as a leader who taught and believed that war was a crime - and that it could and ought to be avoided.

My love to the boys and to you and the missus

Lawrence O. Murray

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Murray, Lawrence O., 1864-1926, “Lawrence O. Murray to Cary T. Grayson,” 1924, WWP16582, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.