Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




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


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Dearest Gertrude

I was so delighted to have a word from you to-night upon our arrival here. I sent you a night letter in reply concerning your spending the week end with the Converses’. I had hoped to see you Sunday, but everything considered, I think, it best for you to spend this Sunday in Boston and let me come to you the following Sunday. You know, sweetheart, I am selfish when it comes to giving you up—but I must be sensible, and, also, consider your wishes, your duties and your pleasures. I don’t want you to hurt the Converse’s feelings—and I am sure you are doing the proper thing to go there at this particular time.

I am happy that the visit of the President to Milwaukee is over and all went serenely. The people there gave him a big reception and quite an enthusiastic one, too—far more than could expected—considering the feeling supposed to be against him on by the Germans there. His speeches have been fine. A large crowd greeted him here.

Miss Edith is making a wonderful fine impression everywhere. She certainly conducts herself with the manner and charm of a thoroughbred in every particular, and on every occasion. She is a dear—and I am so happy to see her appreciated by the people as she so richly deserves.

You would, no doubt, give me a lecture if you knew the hour—not of the night, but of the morning—It is after two o’clock.

After the President’s speech to-night, I went to a big supper party. From there Tumulty asked me to go over to an theSherman Hotel with him, which I did, chiefly for the sake of a little fresh air, not thinking who he was going to see, upon arriving at the hotel we went to the elevator—and up—the next thing I knew I was introduced to Miss Nora Bayes. I was very much surprised—but I tried not to show it. I remained about ten minuts—and politely excused myself. When I returned here I found all the secret service men much excited. A man had tried to get to the President, threatening to kill him. He sec succeeded in jumping out of the window, and killing himself. Then, Murphy (secret service) found a possible means of entrance to the President’s room by a firescape—a crank wrote a note that he was going to get in that way to-night, and kill the President with a pair of scissors.

So, I went in and awo awoke the President on another pretense, too locked the window—and now all is quiet.

I am wishing for you, dear, more and more every day. A girl whom I knew several years ago telephoned me to-night—her name is Gertrude, when she said Gertrude, you cannot imagine how I longed for my own darling, and wished you were here with me to-night. I need you, I miss you and you can never count how much I love you, my precious, for it is so very, very much—


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 January 31, WWP20945, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.