Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson discusses plans for the wedding with his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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




Dear Gertrude

My silence has not been indicative that my thoughts have not been with you—for I have thought of you and wished for you so much—at times, I have been strongly inclined to drop everything here—go to New York and spend two or three days with you and you only. I have been—and am now terribly homesick for you, my precious darling; but I am putting up a good bluff to the contrary.

I enjoyed every word in your dear letter. I have read and re-read it several times. Last night I came home late and quite weary after a strenuous day. Just before closing my eyes I again read your letter and it made me feel so happy. I dropped off to sleep feeling so thankful for your wonderful love—and realizing, as I have done a thousand times, how unworthy I am of this great blessing that has come into my life.

I wrote to Mrs Mosby last week. It was a poor effort, but, I hope, sufficient. I have no idea who confirmed our engagement in Richmond, or elsewhere. I have not seen anything more in the papers—and I have not told any one except those that you know all about. Perhaps, your suspicion is correct.

I am due in New York on with the President. He is scheduled to speak there on that date. Probably Miss Edith will accompany him. Although, I do not know any details concerning the trip except that he has consented to be in New York to speak on that date. I am delighted.Miss Edith has been on the go and so many people buzzing around her at the White House, mostly those connected with the White House, an combined with the attentions of her great lover that I have really had little opportunity to talk to her alone. She enquires always so sweetly sweetly and affectionately about you that I immediately feel that I love her more & more than ever.

She wanted to know when you would come to visit her; she wanted you as soon as possible—and especially wanted you for one of the big dinners at the White House. To all her questions, I was more or less evasive. The question is how would she feel about your visiting Frances Noyes. The only answer that I can see that is plausible—is for you to spend a part of the time with Miss Edith too.

I am not at all in favor putting off our marriage until autumn, but as you say, we will talk it all over at our next meeting; but I am more in favor of early in April, and I am stronger for it every day, and sooner than that, if it is suitable to your plans and all that pleases you most, and makes you most happy. My feelings are—the sooner it occurs the more happy I shall be.

I miss you—and I want you, dear, more than ever before. I must hurry to get this into to-nights mail so it will reach you in the morning—



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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 January 13, WWP20931, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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