Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




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




Dear Gertrude

Your letter gave me a great deal of happiness. It was more like your genuine, sweet self than any letter you have written me. I thank you for it, dear, with all my heart. It has warmed and comforted and encouraged me.

And—now I am going to tell you something that sounds too good to be true, I expect to be here until the first of next week—Saturday, I am hoping to see you—to meet you at the train. I am touching wood all the while that I am writing this—good news—I talked with the President yesterday and to-day about remaining here until next week—he has promised to stay until the German note arrives—I have had a talk with Secretary Lansing over the telephone this morning, and he did not think it would be necessary for the President to return to Washington before Tuesday or, Wednesday next—Let us hope that this means that good luck is, atlast, breaking our way. I am so very, very anxious to see you. It seems like a mighty long time since I said good-by—that Wednesday night in Washington. This has been a fine vacation for me—and I have gained five pounds. Miss Edith and Miss Bones laugh at me because I am getting so fat—and make comments on my double chin.

I am feeling fine and fit generally. I, also, like Cornish better than I did the first time I spoke to you about it. You would approve, I am sure, of the very systematic life that I am leading. This is a brief outline—Get up at seven in the morning—the President and I breakfast—alone—usually go for a game of golf and return by ten thirty—From that time until lunch, at one, I read and write letters—mostly the former—In the afternoon—read—motor an, or, ride horseback. Miss Edith and Miss Bones, jokingly say that I make a mysterious disappearance every other night—and do not return until the wee ‘sma’ hours of the morning—This is an exaggeration—for I retire at eleven—sometimes at ten—and sleep the best sleep that I have known for more than two years—It is true that I have been out to dinner a number of times—and mingled around with the various people both on this and the other side of the river. When I compare these people with those around Culpeper, I cannot help but realize that I am pretty far up in Yankee land—Yesterday I had a wonderful letter from Mr. McAdoo—also—from Col. House,—will tell you about them when I see you—I love Miss Edith more and more.

I know that I shall like Mrs. Converse—and what’s more—I well know that I could not help it—because she has been so good to you. Don’t forget to remember me kindly to Dooley. I am so glad that you are enjoying your visit—and I am hoping that the one to Cornish will be a very happy one, also.

Good-bye, until Saturday—


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1915 July 6, WWP20846, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.