Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson comments on negative public reaction President Woodrow Wilson’s announcement of his engagement to Edith Bolling Wilson.


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




Dear Gertrude

Yesterday was the happiest birthday of my life, and I have you to thank for it, dear; for without you and your love I could not be happy. All day my thoughts were with you. It was a case of continual wishing and longing for my darling. I wanted you, oh! so very, very much—that no words could convey my feelings.

It seems ages that since that Sunday we were together on the train going to Richmond—I hope that you will come back, or soon be where I can see you. It is hard to be so near, and yet not be able to see you.

I tried for nearly an hour Saturday night to reach you by telephone. I wanted to come to Richmond Sunday. This desire was was almost irresistable—But I realize that the atmosphere there is unfriendly to me—and from various angles, my presence would possibly embarrass you. Don't worry, dear, it will all work out right—The trip to New York was a complete success. Miss Edith made a wonderful fine impression on the people. She is very happy—and the President is more so. The reaction is now beginning and he is being knocked by the women of the country. Neither one of them have seen any of these cruel statements—and I hope we can keep them out of their sight.

I prophesy that Miss Edith will be more popular with the country than the Mrs Cleveland was during her palmiest days. And right here, I want to reiterate that she loves you truly—more so, than anyone, excepting me. There is so much to tell you that I wish I could write a book to you—If I could only see you now. The President gave me a wonderful birthday party last night. It was a surprise. When I went down to dinner I found Miss Edith, Mr & Mrs. McAdoo, Arch. & Berry, the Misses Smith, Miss Helen and a huge cake. The only additional wish was for your presence.

The President gave me a fine leather travelling bag, with all accessories inside. Three cakes were sent me—and I, also, received two much needed scarf pins—one a handsome diamond set in platinum, a gold case thermometer case—and books constituted my other gifts. I nearly forgot about some gloves and silk socks. My telephone is ringing so that I can hardly write.

Darling, I am so sorry that you think I have done wrong by telling those that I have; but it is safe.

I wanted the President and Miss Helen to know so they would not misunderstand you. I am putting up a good bluff these days; but they are certainly on w our trail. I will be so happy when the world knows that you are mine. But we are going to be sensible, and happy. .


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1915 October 12, WWP20883, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.