Edith Bolling Wilson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




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




Dearest Child

To say that your letter received at the “Hat” was a pleasure but mildly expresses it—and I am so sorry you came for a party to Wash. while I was away—When are you coming to me? Cary intimates you would rather wait until later when you will announce your engagment—but I don’t see what difference it makes—for every one knows you have always been with me whenever I could get hold of you—

Write me frankly how you feel about it if you have any definite date in mind—There is so much I want to say I don’t know where to begin—We have been back 11 days—and I have hardly had time to draw a long breath—Dear little 1308 is closed—everything stored—except what I brought with me—& that including my own furniture in my room—the desk & couch out of the other room—and faithful old Susie are established here—and make me feel very much more at home—

My “Suite” here is simply charming and I am radiantly happy—but busy to the eyes and going like mad day & night—We really had fun at the cultural dinner—and I got on with the “VP” better than I expected. I had Mr. Lansing on my left—and the table was not too wide to talk across to the most interesting person in the world—if I got bored. Everyone raved over my Lucile gown & it really is lovely—

Nearly every afternoon now I receive some of the Diplomats—Miss Benham stays & pours Tea for me—and the different ones come for 15 or 20 minutes. The first was the French—yesterday the English—one day the Italians—and I am having the Cabinet Ladies at 12—the Russians at 5–& Belgians at 530 and this is really interesting—and so far we have gotten on famously—

Tonight we dine with the V. President—and oh! ay we are coming to NY on the —WW is to make 2 speeches there that night—but as there is another dinner for the here we can only stay the day & night—but I do hope to see you & “Buna” & Lizzie Suppose we will go to the St. Regis—and perhaps we will bring CTG with us.—I have hardly seen that dear thing—for it is always “fish or cut bait” in this regime—but he looks very well & seems so happy—Susie found your little corset cover & I will send it—

Write me if Annie Lee sent your yellow scraps—she said she took them by mistake & would send them to you—(Hope you can get this straight—I got up and began another page instead of this one)

Suppose you have seen Margaret is in Phil—for a slight trouble with her throat—of course this blessed Hellen went with her & came home last night. She is going back for —& M. hopes to be back by the middle of the week. We still have the 2Annies—but Helen says—they are going next week(?)

Now I must run little girl—I think I will send you by prepaid Express the clock & get you to ask them to credit it—and when we come over on the perhaps I can go with you to find something else—you won’t mind doing this for me—will you dearest? This is not half I wanted to say but we will have to stay talk it out—Had the most delicious stay at the Hat. Love to you all—and a tender kiss from yours—

Miss Ede

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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 January 14, WWP20933, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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