Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson writes about romance in the White House to his future wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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




Dear Gertrude

That little conversation over the telephone with you, sweetheart, made me feel happier. I thought of you so much all during the day and wished for you until I felt that I could not stand waiting for you any longer, that I must go to you at once. It is terribly tantalizing and trying to be so near you and not be able to see you, dear. You cannot realize how dreadfully I miss you, and I want you so that it is near impossible for me to hold myself back.

When you are mine—all mine—with me, entirely in my possesion—no one can, then, my measure my great and unbounded happiness.

I am egotist enough to think that both of us are going to be as near supremely happy as any two human beings can be.

Some of your kin are not in sympathy with me—for your sake I am sorry; but if I can make you happy, and they have the proper kind of love for you; then, they should be contented, and I believe they will.

I don’t expect them to advocate my cause with you, and frankly, I don’t want it. You will know their is a motive on their part which prompts their opposition. I hope, however, that they will not go too far in saying decidedly unfriendly things about me and embitter me beyond recovery to them.

Of course, I want to see you more then I can express with this pen; but for other reasons, I shall be glad when you are back in Washington, or even, in New York.

Pardon me for overflowing on this unpleasant subject in a letter, but I have been mad for several days and was afraid I would write and say too much. But, don’t let this trouble you, dear, for I am a firm believer that everything is going to work out just right.

I love you with all my heart and am going to do my utmost to make you happy and proud of your choice.

I went over to the office to telephone you last night, so as in sight of the Central over there. When I returned I found the President, Miss Edith and two Misses Smiths. I tried to escape for the purpose of writing you that promised letter—but it was no go. Afterwards, Miss Helen Woodrow Bones, bless her heart, poured out her troubles to me—and I let some of my mine loose, and it was twelve midnight in a little while. Having been up until three the night before, I thought that I had best go to bed and write to you this morning—I hope the explanation is satisfactory. Miss Hagner has just broken the news to me that she is engaged and going to be married in November to a Mr. Norman James, of Catonsville, Maryland. It is a secret, but I think she intends announcing it in a few days. Hoover says the love bacillus has certainly struck this house.Miss Edith is as dear as ever and all is going as well as could be expected, or wished for. I love her more & more because of her true love for the finest girl in the world—you, my darling.

She, the President and the two Misses Smiths, (but not old ladies) mo are motoring to Harpers Ferryto-day. The President suggested that a change—to spend to-day & to-morrow in Virginia would be beneficial to me—He is very thoughtful for me these days, and does not understand why I do not go to Richmond—I told him that you were all right—but there were other reasons.

How I wish that I was with you to-day. I am going to write again soon. In haste.

Yours forever,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1915 October 17, WWP20884, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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