Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson writes a love letter to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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




Dearest Gertrude

I have been lonely and homesick to-day for you; and have keenly felt the disappointment of not being able to go to you—I have devoted practically the entire day to Pence—and feel good and optimistic over his condition. He shows marked signs of improvement and I am more hopeful than I have been for more than a week. If I can really pull him through, won’t it be great and fine—and think how happy I shall be—and how my precious darling, will rejoice with me. You have been so wonderful and unselfish and encouraging, good results were found to follow.

I love you with a devotion that absorbs all else—a devotion so divine that when in dreams I see you it is something too pure and beautiful for mortal touch. You would understand, if you only knew the heavenly life which thrills me through when I make it real to myself that you love me—and that you are mine—my sweetheart, my precious bride-to-be.

Please take good care of your precious self. Don’t let people impose on you too much. Take better care of yourself—and be more selfish for my sake. Please Gertrude! I h have thought about you so much this day—and wished to do something for your comfort and happiness.

I don’t feel that I can wait until the end of next week—I want to hurry to you the very first day I can consistently leave in the present circumstances.

You know, darling, you come first always—I am very sensible these days. Don’t you really think I am?I am sending this by special delivery to-night in the hopes it will reach you early in the morning, as I have an idea you and Miss Hooker may go off for the day and over Sunday. Have a good rest, and also go out doors some—fresh air—and re think how I am longing to be with you—and how terribly I miss you—You are everything, my all.

Good-night, sweetheart, close your beautiful brown eyes. Feel my arms around you—for I am holding you close. Oh, so close.

Your devoted,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 March 24, WWP20974, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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