Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson describes President Woodrow Wilson’s speaking tour across the mid-West and the appointment of Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court.


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




Dear Gertrude

I have wished for you all the time since leaving Washington. Every turn I am reminded of you. You can imagine my astonishment when the enclosed note was handed me yesterday in Pittsburg. I showed it to Miss Edith and the President and they laughed heartily. Tumulty missed the connection altogether. I mailed you newspapers from Pittsburg and one with a marked article by your name sake.

The President was greeted with great enthusiasm both in Pittsburg and here. He made two fine speeches in Pittsburg, and one here last night. I think his speech last night was the best of all.

You cannot imagine, sweetheart, how much I am wishing for you, and how I wish would like for you to be along on this wonderful trip, for aside from the happiness your presence would mean to me, I know how greatly you would enjoy being with Miss Edith on occasions like this and the enjoyment you would receive from the President’s speeches, the crowds and all that goes with a President’s trip.

Anyway, I am hoping sometime you can enjoy a similar occasion. For I am sure that there will be others and I know Miss Edith will invite you. We had a nice motor ride together in Pittsburg while the President was at work on his speech. We talked over our plans—and especially for the summer. I told her that even if there was room for us in the house with them, that while we both greatly appreciated the kindness that prompted the offer, but that it would not be feasible for us to live there—She further added that we would be welcome to the little cottage—or play house, if we could use it; if it was suitable. I thanked her, and said that I was sure we could make it any changes, if any were necessary. I don’t know how it is arranged inside—rooms etc—but the picture is very attractive. I think the outlook for this is very pleasing and attractive. I am sure you will like it. It would be a good plan for us to run down to Elberon some day in the near future and the look the situation over. Then, we can work out all necessary details. Darling, I am so happy over the thought of our planning a home together, a place for us to live in. It thrills me and makes me happier than I can you can possibly imagine.

This is a cold, rainy day. The President and Mrs. Wilson are out for a motor ride. I am going out in a few minutes with some friends to see the cl city. I am afraid we cannot see much—on account of the heavy fog, but I shall enjoy it anyway. I like the looks of this city. It seems very prosperous and lots of go to it.

I am hearing so much politics these days that I cannot eat my eats meals without politics—and I dreamed last night that I was in the thick of it myself and running for office and you rejoiced at the situation.

The appointment of Mr. Brandeis to the Supreme Court—the first Jew to that position, was a solar plexus blow to many.—We leave to-night for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I shall be glad when we are safely out of the town of the Pabst, Schlitz and similar names—Good-by for the present, sweetheart, and with a heart full of love from,

Your own,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 January 31, WWP20946, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.