Cleveland H. Dodge to Cary T. Grayson


Cleveland H. Dodge to Cary T. Grayson


Dodge, Cleveland H. (Cleveland Hoadley), 1860-1926




1920 May 27


Cleveland Dodge replies to Grayson’s earlier letter about the College of William & Mary and expresses his relief that the President is doing better.


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




My dear Admiral Grayson

I do not know what caused the delay in your letter of May twenty-second, but I only received it yesterday, and am much interested in what you write about William and Mary College.

As far as I am concerned, the spirit is most willing but the purse is empty. Nearly every college in the United States is appealing for funds for endowment, and besides them, every other organization is asking for funds for deficits or new buildings, or something or other. I have a number of organizations almost entirely dependent upon me, and to tell you the honest, candid truth, I am just about “dead broke”, but I cannot let your appeal go by without doing something, and if you will accept the enclosed check for $1000 simply as an indication of my interest, I shall be much obliged.

I am delighted to see, by the papers, that the President is so much better and is able to attend to so much of his regular work. I sincerely trust that the improvement is a real one and that I shall soon see that he has had a round of golf. I should like to know really what his condition is.

I am sorry, on many accounts, that the place at Woods Hole was not considered suitable, as I am very fond of going into Woods Hole on the yacht, and hoped to see the President there this summer. I trust you will find some other suitable place near the water, where I can get to see him and perhaps have the satisfaction of taking him off on his old friend “Corona”.

I wonder whether you would think it wise for him to take “Corona” for a week or two this summer and cruise around on a sailing craft that has no noise or dirt. The “Mayflower” could act as his tender.

With warm regards to everybody in the White House

Yours sincerely,

Cleveland H. Dodge

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



Dodge, Cleveland H. (Cleveland Hoadley), 1860-1926, “Cleveland H. Dodge to Cary T. Grayson,” 1920 May 27, WWP16260, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.