Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson describes his social calls and his efforts to treat his patient, Thomas J. Pence, to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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


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A thousand thousand thanks for the most wonderful and happiest visit of my life. My darling, I appreciate all your goodness to me from the very bottom of my heart. The way I miss you to-day is something terrible, but I am trying to be a philosopher and saying that it “might be worse.” I am so very thankful for all the good fortune (especially you) that I have to be—and am, so thankful for.

My ride on the train was a sleepless one. Across the aisle was a big fat man who snored so loud which was accompanied by an irregular intervals of a peculiar suffocating wheezes that he sounded like a steamboat in a fog—when he gave gave forth that peculiar wheezing sound a lady rang for the porter, and said she thought the man was dying. The man was awakened, but in less than five minutes he went off on another key of snorts and puffs that were far worse. After waking him three times which was immediately followed by these terrible noises, all the passengers surrended hope for sleep for the night. The entire affair irritated every one, so that it was really very amusing.

Upon my arrival at The Avondale I quickly slipped into bed and had a def delightful and refreshing sleep until ten. I hurried to see Pence. His condition was not so good; he had a very restless night. But has had a comfortable day—and feels better this evening. I had a nice talk with Edith. She and the President are greatly pleased with the picture frames. They look fine, I’m sure you will approve them.Miss Helen enquired so sweetly for you. It pleases me so to see how much she loves and admires you.

Darling, I am such a lucky man to have your wonderful love and I am so proud and thankful for it. This afternoon after making a professional call at the Lanes, I made a dinner call at the Houston Thompsons, he is an assistant Attorney General—They were out. Then, I called on the Henry C. Perkins—Out, also. From there I journeyed over to the Netherlands apartment to see Mrs. Kennedy, the wife of my good doctor friend who is now on the Hospital ship Solace. I told her the great secret. She sh seemed so pleased and happy—She has met you and diagnosed your case absolutely correct. Dr. Kennedy is in Cuba, she is writing him to-night.

The prescriptions and diet list are on the way to-morrow. It is now nine o’clock. I am going to see Pence. It is a struggle to keep from calling you on the telephone to-night, dear. With all my love



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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 March 13, WWP20964, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.