Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Ellen Axson Wilson writes to her husband, Woodrow Wilson.


Library of Congress


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum



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Philadelphia, PA


Monday 3.20 PM

My own darling

Dr. Freeman has just been here & says Jessie is a good deal better and will soon be all right. The strange sound of her voice is due to a large swelling like a great water blister pressing on the vocal chords and preventing their vibration. He could prick it, and will if it does not soon disappear but “it is best not to be too energetic” he says. I had been making myself pretty miserable imagining permanent injury, from the operation, to the vocal chords, and Jessie doomed to go through life talking like old Mrs. Garland. I thought he looked grave before and was rather evasive But he was perfectly satisfactory today and entirely reassuring; says he doesn't think there is the slightest danger of any such thing, and explained as above the cause of the queer sounds. So now I am in fine spirits. I am afraid, though I did not intend it, that my letter this morning may have sounded a little depressed so I hasten to supplement it with this.

Jessie is very bright and happy. Dr Keen has not been back. With devoted love,

Your little wife, Eileen

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1901 April 8, WWP14949, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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