Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson briefly describes a trip with President Woodrow Wilson to a Philadelphia occulist to his fiancée, Alice Gertrude Gordon.


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


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I cannot talk over a telephone when any one is near by listening. When I called you this morning my cousin started to go into the adjoining room, whereupon, I said, stay here, I want you to speak to her—and then when I became frustrated, or, something, and choked up. But, it did me worlds of good to hear your voice, sweetheart.

We arrived at Philadelphia at 11.25—went direct to see the oculist. From there to 1327 Spruce Street, where the President and Miss Edith visited Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Sayre, Mrs Cothran and Josephine. After a few minutes stop, I left then to go to see Dr Charles P. He seemed delighted to see me. I spent my entire visiting telling him about my precious darling—(and I know that I talked quite sensible, too.) He is extremely anxious to meet you, and made all sorts of proposals for us to make a visit to Philadelphia any time, preferably, a Saturday or Sunday. We arrived home about 4.30—


Pence shows some signs of improvement. This is a very critical time for him; but I am doing my best and still have hopes for the best. Your sweet co-operation is worth everything to me, and so it will be all through life.

It is a keen disappointment to me not to be able to see you this week end—and to announce our secret to the world; but I feel that we are doing the wise thing—and in the days to come, I think, we both will be glad for it, whatever the outcome.

I am strong for coming to you the very first opportunity that I feel that it is wise and proper to leave Pence. If he improves, I want to leave here the middle of the week—Wednesday, to spend atleast, two days with you. But, what are your wishes, sweetheart; is there any reason you wish me to stay or postpone coming to you before the end of next week? I a want to do just what you prefer—but, remember that I am terribly anxious and impatient to see my darling—and to make all plans for our wedding—and as soon as possible set sail for that “desert island”—with you. At any rate, I cannot stay away from you longer than next Saturday week—and I hope it will not be that far distant day before I am with you.

Thanks for your dear letter—special—last night—and I was very happy to find one awaiting me to-night. You are a “lamb.” Far finer than that.

I am so glad to hear that Mrs. Flournoy is improving. Give her my best.

I am glad you and Miss Hooker are going to spend Sunday at Lakewood. I think it will do you good—I like Miss Agnes far better than you have any idea. I think she is one of your very best and truest friends—and will be likewise to both of us. I am anxious for you to have more rest—hence, I am favorable to your going to Canada. But I hate to have you any further away from me. I want you, I need you, and I am very happy because you have made me so—and I am so thankful for you, dear—


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 March 23, WWP20973, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.