Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson mentions attending President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress on Germany’s use of unrestricted submarine warfare in a letter to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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




Dearest Gertrude

It was very hard to hear over the telephone because a street piano was playing just outside of the window. I have been lonely to-day for you, and you cannot imagine how delighted I was to hear the sound of your voice to-nightI wish that you were going to be here to go to the Meyer’s luncheon on Sunday. I am going to call on Mrs. Meyer in the morning at the LaFayette Hotel. She sent you a wonderful, large silver tray. Miss Julia sent you a very antique Chinese box—I am going to ship them to you to-morrow.

I had a long talk with Miss Edith this morning. She does not want to interfer, as she puts it, but is most anxious for us to be married here at the White House. She is as thoughtful, considerate and dear about us as an she can be. She would like for you to come here and stay with her for a week and wanted to know when you were coming. I said that your plans were to arrive next Wednesday. She thinks we should accept Mr. Crane’s offer, especially the yacht.

Mr. & Mrs. John Wilson are guests at the White House this week—It is sad about the death of Miss Bones’father. I did not know about it until this morning. He died Saturday. I sent her a telegram this morning to Rome, Georgia.

I wished for you this morning to go to the Capitol to hear the President read his message to the Senate and House. It was a historic scene. I sincerely hope that we may be able to keep out of war. But we are certainly treading on thin ice now—or, rather but it is up to Germany now for sure.

You know the more I think about it, the stronger I am in favor of your going to Montreal for a week or ten days, for a real good rest. From all indications here now it certainly looks as if the President is going to be here all summer, and that means us here, too.

That little visit with you was indeed, delightful and happy. I am never so happy and contented as I am when I am with you—and never so lonely except as when away from you. It is all love, love for you—the real and unquestionably finest girl of all.

After dinner to-night, I amused Mr. Murray with some music played on your electric victrola.

This afternoon I had a t gallop around the speedway, and am going to get up and go for a ride at eight in the morning with a Mr. Kirby who wants me to look at a horse he anticipates buying—Again—I am wishing for my darling. Please write more than once this week—Remember your remarks about inattention.

Faithfully, lovingly and forever your,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 April 19, WWP20985, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.