Woodrow Wilson to Hervey McDowell




Woodrow Wilson writes to Hervey McDowell expressing his regret that they were not able to attend church on Sunday due to possible disruptions from crowds.


Wilson Papers, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia


My dear Mr. McDowell:

We have genuinely regretted the fact that we should have been deprived of the pleasure of attending services at your church, but I am sure that you understand very fully what the reason has been. We have such a feeling for the Sabbath and for the sacredness of worship that it is peculiarly distasteful to us to have our attendance on church made a spectacle of. We have known that inasmuch as we were expected at your church it was surrounded by photographers and moving picture men and persons curious merely to observe us, and it is that circumstance and that alone, of course, which has kept us away and made us seem to wish to go anywhere but there.
May I not express not only for myself but for Mrs. Wilson and my daughters warm regard and the most sincere best wishes for the New Year?Rev. Hervey McDowell,Pass Christian, Miss.

Original Format






Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Hervey McDowell,” 1914 January 6, WWP18267, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.