Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Cary T. Grayson describes the excitement generated by President Woodrow Wilson’s message to Germany.


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


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Dear Sweetheart

I got up at seven o’clock this morning and had a fine gallop on Kelly around the speedway—It was a wonderful morning with the real breath of springtime—again and again, I found myself wishing for my very precious darling. I want you so much and so often—that it simply amounts to all the time.

Yesterday and to-day there has been intense excitement over the President’slatest message to Germany. I am of the optimistic kind—and—have a hunch that it is all going to work out without going to war.

To day—I went with Miss Edith, the President, Mr & Mrs. John Wilson and Randolph Bolling to the opening baseball game. You would have enjoyed it so much—being an enthusiastic fan? Some how, it did not seem very interesting, or, exciting—anyway Washington won—This afternoon I had tea with Mrs. Meyer, Miss Julia and Mrs. Rodgers. We spent the greater part of my visit talking about you. Your letter made a wonderful favorable impression on Mrs. Rodgers. They are very strong for us—and want us to visit them at Hamilton. Mrs. Meyer is leaving for home the first of the week and is terribly disappointed to miss seeing you. She says please reconsider and come for lunch Sunday anyway—that she had it mostly on our account. I wish you could be here. I would be so proud to show you off on that occasion, and let them all see how very lucky I am to win so fine and precious prize.

What I am I to do about the Marshalls for next Thursday nights dinner? Shall ask to beg off on your account of your being here? Then, she would most likely ask you. If so, would you care to go?I had a long chat with Mrs. Harriman this afternoon. She is going to write to ask you come for a visit to her. I told her that you had promised Mrs. Wilson to stay at the White House. Mrs Meyer thinks we should be married at the White House—and have it very small in numbers—Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Houston gave the same opinion to Miss Edith—so Miss Edith told me yesterday—They think, of couse, that is what you will do—The LaFayette Hotel is the new building at 16th and I. Streets—and I like it much. Until we get settled I think it a good place to locate.

The Gibbons have sent out their invitations for dinner on the 28th to meet Miss Gordon, I am don’t even get an honorable mention on the card. How would you like for me to become known as Gertrude Gordon’s husband. I object. So, I am going to begin early and fight for my individual identity.

I had a letter from Cary Langhorne yesterday congratulating me, and at the same time, condemning me for not writing them about the great secret—He sent in his resignation from the Navy a few days ago—and is going to become a farmer in upper Fauquier County, Virginia—I am making slow progress with my pile of unanswered letters—and still they come.

Once more—listen—I have something to tell you. It is this:—I find that I love you more and more every time I see you—You are my precious darling, and I am all and all your,


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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 April 20, WWP20987, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.