Edith Bolling Wilson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




Edith Bolling Wilson writes to Alice Gordon Grayson telling her that my love for you is unlike that for anyone else in the world as she prepares for her wedding to Cary Grayson.


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


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Dearest little girl

We got back from our wonderful trip up the “Noble ” yesterday and I found your precious letter of Friday unopened on my desk—and it was such a sweet welcome—and I can never tell you how tenderly I treasure all you say—and how completely it finds its echo in my own heart—I know you are too busy to read love letters from “Lady persons”—So I must not give rein to what is welling up in my heart—Only say that my love for you is unlike that for anyone else in the world and that you have never hurt or disappointed me in your radiant life—How I have longed to be with, and help you in all your happy preparations and I don’t wonder you feel “Jumpy” for there are so many thousands of things that all come to you—But keep calm and know it will all come out right.

I saw Hoover yesterday about your flowers & he said as he was helping you with the others he would know just what to supplement and I stold him to go the limit—So that part at least you need not bother over—I do so hope you could get St. Georges and have everything just as you want it. I haven’t been as mad since my Bishop episode as I was when Cary gave me that letter to read from Grace Church Cathedral.

Now about our coming—Please dont feel we are coming only for your sake & his—for aside from that very strong consideration we are coming because I cannot stay away—It is too far ahead to say what time we will arrive—but you can count on us unless something none of us can surmount prevents—Let me know if there is any thing I can do after I get there & how I can see you—for I must hold you close all my self for a minute. I suppose Helen & the McAdoo’s will come up & Margaret left for NY this A.M. to stay until after the wedding—I did not know who you expected—but I suppose these.

We saw Cary’s friends (the Misses Garrett) at Williamsburg & they are so interested in you.

We went to call on them for his sake & you should see their pride & devotion when they talk of him—They were out when we went—but they followed us to the College where we had about 10 minutes with them—Benham is hounding me so I must run—Suppose “MP.” is with you today. If you had not said she was coming I would have telegraphed you to come down with Cary if only for the night. I am so crazy to see you. Would there be any chance for you to do this?

We go to North Carolina Friday night & I have to attend an awful breakfast on Thursday—otherwise I am free for any minute you can come. I am going to see your portrait today or tomorrow and think you could have found nothing half so lovely to give him—We are sending you a souvenir of our tender love for you both the end of the week and because no card ever made could hold all I want you to know I wrote nothing on it. But always feel little girl that it is only a tangible evidence of a love that will follow you both all your lives and an expression of our united admiration and affection.Helen is quite well again & full of love for you both—Woodrow has just been in & sends you his special love & appreciation of your

always your loving

Miss Ede

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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson,” 1916 May 16, WWP20996, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.