Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson


Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson


Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938




1916 March 8


Cary T. Grayson describes his daily activities and social life at the White House to his fiancée, Alice Gordon Grayson.


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




Dear Sweetheart

I was very greatly pleased to receive a letter from you this morning and it has made me feel happy all day.

This afternoon I went for a horseback ride over in Virginia—across our farm—with Miss Margaret Wilson, Joe Davies, Mr. Erskine and little Eleanor Davies. I could not well decline going without offending Miss M. It was very windy and I have not thawed out yet, although, I did not feel cold while riding.

Last night I dined at the Willard with Mr & Mrs. Erskine, Miss Helen, Miss Margaret, Mr & Mrs. Davies, the & Col Brown, and afterwards went to the musical at the White House. From the latter place, the nurse called me to see Mr. Pence. He was in distress—but is a little easier to-day; but, poor man, he is making a hard fight for his life. I wish that it was in my power to do more for him than I am doing. But I am giving him my best ef efforts—professionally, and otherwise.

I had a nice talk with Col. House. Saw him off on the 12.30 so train last night. We talked lots about you. He thinks extremely well of you—he couldn’t think otherwise; but just the same, I love to hear him speak out in your favor. He is really strong for us. I had to promise that we co would have dinner, informally, with them Saturday or Sunday, if you had no previous plans already arranged. Darling,I love you.

To-night, I dined a with the Davies at seven o’clock—Miss Helen wanted me to go. Mr. & Mrs. Erstine—Miss Helen, Judge & Mrs. Ansberry were there. All have gone to Keith’s—I am supposed to be with them—but I was determined to send you a few lines to night regardless of all else. Davies gave me a ticket and I am going to join them in a few minutes. I am counting the hours until Friday afternoon.

Darling, it is so dear and sweet in you to want me to stay at 12 West 10th and, I want to be just as near you as I possibly can—the nearer—the happier I will be—I love you so much—sweetheart—and my love for you is growing and becoming warmer every day. I wish that I could tell you about it to-night—and kiss and hug you, precious.

Much as I should love to have the McAdoos at our wedding, I don’t want to post-pone it a day for anything. I want you so very, very much, my sweetheart, that it actually hurts. Don’t you feel what I mean and can’t tell you with my poor words—With a heart overflowing with love for you—dear—In haste—Good-night—


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Grayson, Alice Gertrude Gordon, 1892-1961



Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 March 8, WWP20962, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.