Woodrow Wilson to Richard Heath Dabney




Woodrow Wilson writes to Richard Heath Dabney regarding his standing in Virginia.




My dear Heath:-

I know that you will understand why I do not write more frequently to acknowledge your notes which always delight me with their evidences of active and thoughtful friendship. My days are one continual absorbing rush.I am very sorry to hear what you report of the effect of the Harvey-Watterson affair on the opinion of some of my friends in Virginia, but I cannot help hoping that this is only temporary because surely Virginians are not going to be the only people in the country who do not understand. I, of course, had every reason to suuppose that Harvey asked me the question in good faith and the the purpose of serving my own interests, and when he asked it, I answered it as frankly as he had propounded it, for the fact was certainly as I stated it.

I am glad that Gibboney has been down with you and cannot help believing that this particular thing is going to straighten itself out.

I am very much puzzled by hearing that I have been invited to come to Richmond, both by the City authorities and by the State authorities, for no invitation has reached me.

In haste,

Faithfully and affectionately yours,
Woodrow Wilson

Original Format






Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Richard Heath Dabney,” 1912 January 25, WWP20462, University of Virginia Woodrow Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.