Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson describes reactions to the announcement of his engagement to Alice Gertrude Gordon; mentions that Edith Bolling Wilson is sitting for her portrait.


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




Dear Sweetheart

I arrived safely yesterday morning in a down pour of rain. While I am the happiest man in Washington, yet, I felt a little blue yesterday all because I missed you so much.

The entire morning was devoted to reading letters. We have some wonderful letters. I received one hundred and three letters yesterday and eleven this morning, in addition to a number of telegrams. Answering the telephone is no small undertaking these hours, I can assure you. I certainly wish that you were here by my side to hear all the good things the people are saying about us.

I am going to keep all the letters and I think it a good idea for you to do likewise, because we will enjoy referring to some of them in the years to come. I will send you many of those that please me most after I have answered them, which considering the many things I have to do every minute is no small task.

Several people have called to ask that they might give a dinner in our honor which in exceedingly nice of them. Many of them I would like to accept, but it is almost impossible to say what to do about it. Not knowing your plans and wishes. Turn this over in your mind and we will decide after I see you on the 15th—Governor and Mrs. Hamlin want us for April 13th—Probably we can arrange this and return to New York the next day with the President and Miss Edith. I shall have a little conference with Miss Edith along these lines—and then communicate with you.

The Gibbons I like very much and have been friends of years standing—and I would like to accept this very generous invitation and open as to date, open. DrWhat do you think of the idea of coming down for a couple of dinners, anyway. You could easily decline others on the ground that you will not be here.

My visit to New York did me lots of good in every way. Every one comments of on how well I am looking—and the smile that is continuous and growing more generous every day.

I am receiving numerous newspapers clippings from various parts of the country which I am saving for you.

The money enclosed is yours—not mine. Miss Edith is having her portrait painted—with the first sitting to-day—I saw her yesterday for about two hundred minutes hurriedly. She was most enthusiastic about us, so was the President.

Darling, I am happy these days—ideally so. You fill my life completely; my work, my love are all for you. We will be so happy together—always—We love each other uns unselfishly—and love based as is ours—must and will last. My sweethest thoughts and all my love to you now and always—


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 April 4, WWP20981, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.