Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Ellen Axson Wilson writes to her husband, Woodrow Wilson.


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Philadelphia, PA


Tuesday, 5 PM

My own darling

I have been waiting all day for the doctor's visit so that I could send a satisfactory report of the wound, for he has not looked at it for two days, and today he was to take out the stitches. But he has not come yet. I will leave this open until he does. He had to rush away as soon as he finished a serious operation which kept him all the morning. By the way, it was the pale young woman, and the nurse tells me that all has gone well with her and that it did not turn out to be what they feared but something less serious. It was abdominal.

Jessie has been up for three hours partly in the easy chair, partly on the lounge, and has just gone back to bed. She was very glad to be up and is quite bright and happy. Her voice too is gradually improving, she is not as weak as I expected, for of course she has not been able to eat any solid food on account of her throat. She is so delighted at all the flowers that have been sent. Will you please ask Stockton to thank Mr. Graham for us both for the beautiful roses. I would write myself at once if I knew his address.

I suppose that Ed is actually married now! It makes my heart go pit-a-pat with something like dread to think of it! Marriage is a tremendous sort of chance to take, isn't it. I suppose he has written you that they will stop here for two hours on Thursday and not at Princeton. The other children will be sadly disappointed but they could not do both & of course this is best.

By the way, I don't believe there is any chance of our getting off before Saturday, (since Jessie is just sitting up a little now.) so you may as well arrange with Dr. Küsel on that basis.

I am very well,— just a slight cold. I cannot get out regularly as you wished, dear, and you must not scold me, for it is not my fault,– I am kept in all day waiting for the doctors to make their visits and besides Jessie is so lonely when I leave her.

7.30 The doctor arrived at this point, and a moment after Mary Hoyt who has just left. It was delightful to see her and hear from home. The doctor found the wound in fine condition. He took out half the stitches – six – will leave the rest until Thursday. He says we can go home on Saturday.

Good night, darling, thank you for the sweet note Mary brought. Am so glad the speech was a success.

With devoted love,

Your little wife, Eileen

Excuse scrawl,—have to write standing & holding paper in one hand!

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1901 April 9, WWP14951, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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