Angus McLean to Cary T. Grayson





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


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My dear Doctor

I borrowed a photograph of President Wilson from the American Consul at Lyon, took it to a Photographer, and had it enlarged and framed. I presented this to the people of Cote d’Or, and the city of Dijon, in which district we are now located. It was received by the Mayor of Dijon, presented to their Consul council who ordered it placed in the Hall of Honor in the Palace of the Dukes of Burgandy. It now hangs there with the pictures of the Presidents of France, and along side the famous Dukes of Bourgogne, the modst noted of whom were “John the fearless”, “Charles the Good” and “Philip the Bold”. I expect after the war is over that the last picture placed in this famous gallery, will be known as “Woodrow thre Great”. Enclosed find newspaper clipping which explains itself.

Also another small clipping refering to a speech made by the President of the Foyer du Soldat, in which he refers to us as the citizens of President Wilson.

I shipped six bottles of wine to you from the famous Hospital in Beaune, established in 1440. The hospital has large vinyards. It is a free institution and is supported entirely by its sale of wines, which are auctioned off on a certain day each year. The superintendent wished to send, or present to the three greatest men in the US three bottles of wine. I told him the three greatest men in the United States had wives. Two bottles for the President, two for Mr. McAdoo, and two for your humble self. I am in doubt as to the duty. they are trying to pay that here.

Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, I am,

Yours truly,

Angus McLean

P.S. I have forwarded a clipping to Admiral Braisted. The wine has been forwarded to you.

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MacLean, Angus, “Angus McLean to Cary T. Grayson,” 1917 November 23, WWP22112, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.