William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson




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




Dear Doc

Thank you warmly for your cable. It was fine of you to send me a word. I am distressed, however, beyond measure to hear that you are not well. I do hope that you are going to demonstrate that you are wise enough to take some of the advice you have so wisely given me in times past, namely, to take a rest and put yourself in shape again. I wish very much that you could come over here to this cure. Really, these first class European cures accomplish wonderful things. The reason I headed for Carlsbad is because I have learned by past experience that the only way for me to get a genuine rest and proper treatment is to come to one of these resorts. Already Nell and I have been very much benefitted by the simple life we are leading here and the treatment we are taking. She was very much run down after the Convention and it is a joy to see her looking so much better.

We are going to leave here on the 24th Aug. and motor to Geneva, where we are to attend the opening session of the League of Nations. I am anxious to see how this splendid conception and creation of Mr. Wilson’s is functioning. We shall arrive in New York nd on the Leviathan and be at the Vanderbilt for a week or ten days. Thnen we shall head West. I hope I shall have a chance to see you before we leave New York.

I saw Baruch and his family in Paris. They invited us to visit them in Scotland but I have had to put in so much time here that I shall be unable to do so.

The political news we get over here doesn’t look any too favorable to the Democrats. I hope this is a mistake. Certainly it would be the very irony of fate if the Republicans should be restored to power after their criminal record of the last four years. If we are beaten, however, it will be our own fault. Our Party can at times do the most asinine things on earth. When I see you I shall talk to you about the New York Convention and tell you things which will reveal some of our pretended friends in a very unpleasant light.

Personally, I am glad that the responsibilities of leadership are not on me but I am disappointed for the cause and for my friends, who constitute the real progressive force in the Democratic Party and who could have won a great victory for the Party if they had been given a chance. I have never seen anything as rotten as the New York Convention, except the New York press. As you know, I am supporting Davis and shall do all I can for him. I hope he may be elected in spite of the grave injury to the Party which Tammany and the dirty bosses in the country and other sinister influences did to it in New York. I hope you saw the statement I gave out about him Davis as I was sailing.Nell joins me in love to Gertrude and yourself and the boys. Our babies are at Seabright, New Jersey with Katherine, and are having a fine time. Above all, take care of yourself!

Affectionately yours,

WG McAdoo

Admiral Cary T. Grayson,
Washington, DC

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McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs), 1863-1941, “William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson,” 1924 August 17, WWP16566, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.