Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




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





It is now nearly eleven o’clock at night and I have been wanting to write you a few words all day, but this is my first free opportunity. All morning I was busy with patients. The greater part of the afternoon was spent with the Surgeon General of the Navy going over, or rather talking over prospective plans for an increase in the Medical Corps of the Navy—and how to get the matter before Congress in the most effective and business way. Briefly, the best way to get results. He, the Surgeon General, always calls on me when he is anxious about legislation for the doctors of the Navy. You see I have him “bluffed.” He has an exaggerated opinion about me. But, I like to help outline plans pertaining to this subject—(medicine & surgery of the Navy), and then see it pushed into active operation.

I had a little visit with Miss Helen Woodrow. She threatened to report me to you for desertion to her; but I think she is going to reconsider, this once, anyway. She is strong for your staying with Miss Edith—says that Miss E. wants you and needs you more than anyone else, and at this particular time. From what she says and, Miss Edith both say on the subject—and how truly Miss E seems to mean it—combined with my views already made up, I am thoroughly convinced you should stop at 1312—20th Street and not the school.

Mrs. Converse wrote Miss E. yesterday that she was coming here next Sunday, but Miss E. wrote her not to come. Her plans were to spend Sunday & Monday here, stopping at the Willard and stop by with you on the return trip; but I don’t think she will come now after the letter sent her by Miss Edith.

I had an exceptionally fine note of congratulations from Mrs. Mosby. It was sent from Atlantic City. I shall answer it in care of you, as there was no Atlantic City address.

Miss Edith begged me not to give her a present, and I almost weakened under pleas, but I think two picture frames from us would be in good taste. But wait, until I go to Galt’s to-morrow—and I’ll write results. I heard of something there—frames—that she expressed a desire for. Also, I am going to pick out a pin for her from Sterling—or several, have them at the house when you arrive then we can select. She would prefer this kind of a present, so don’t you bother about it getting it in New York.

About two weeks ago I accepted an invitation for dinner at Chevy Chase Club from Colonel & Mrs. Harts. Can you dine with the Helen’s that night? Don’t inconvenience yourself in anyway, dear, please be honest with me about this—for I can easily cancel my engagement, I am cer certainly not going to be away from my darling for any dinner party; but as you said that you were going to dine with the Helen’s one evening, I thought that if it fit in all right for the 15th that I would keep this engagement—Otherwise, no one can keep me away from my sweetheart. Gertrude dear, I love you more and more every day. You just cannot imagine how truly and how much I do love you, my precious darling. I am so terribly anxious to see you again. The 14th cannot come fast enough for me—for I am so anxious to see you, to love you and tell you all about it. I miss you. I want and need you so much, Sweetheart.

Your beautiful letter pleased me so much and made me so happy. You are so fine and wonderful, and no one knows how thankful I am for you. My prayer is every night, may God bless and protect you, and all that is good take care of you—and heaven help me to be worthy of you,

Forever your,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1915 December 8, WWP20918, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.