Angus McLean to Cary T. Grayson






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




Admiral Cary Grayson
Washington, DC

My dear Sir:

Just a word to inform you how affairs are going on in France. I have hasd many opportunities of visiting Prison camps, rear line trenches, and the wounded from the front as well as many interviews with the Military authorities of this district. My impression is, from what I see here, that the moral of the enemy is shaken, and that the war will not continue as long as many people in America expect it to. I talked to some of the German prisoners captured recently, and they do not expect victory. They do not have the defiant attitude of those captured a year ago. This is very noticiable to the guards.

I saw some of the letters sent from Germany to the prison camps, and they were all pessimistic, and said they had nothing to send them.

The people of the district gave a reception here in honor of the American aArmy. The place was decorated with American flags, with pictures of Lafayette and Rochambeau. The authorities of the town voted a certaimn amount of money for this piurpose. This appeared qiuite generous on their part, considering they have been hard pressed for three years.

At the mention of President Wilson’s name, who is now the idol of France, the people went wild with enthusiasm, and all present agreed that it was the greatestb waving of American and French flags they had ever seen.

We have a fine hospital here and many patients are coming in each day. Tell Dr. Braisted and Allen, that the surgivcal service in the Army, is now far surpassing that of the Navy?

The spirit and courage of the French people has greatly increased in the past two months, as they actually see the Americans coming to their assistance.

Give my regards to the President, and tell him he will probably be elected President of France some day.

Yours very truly,

Angus McLean

P.S. Give my regards to Mrs Grayson, and inform her that her husband should be detailed to the danger zone.

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MacLean, Angus, “Angus McLean to Cary T. Grayson,” 1917, WWP22175, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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