Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Ellen Axson Wilson writes to her husband, Woodrow Wilson, during a trip with her daughters to Massachusetts.


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Clifton, MA


My own darling

Madge and I are quite excited over Ed's Elliots extraordinary success. Aren't you astonished? I knew he was a fine fellow and a good worker, but I had no idea there was anything extraordina remarkable about him; yet there must be to accomplish such a feat as this. Hurrah for him indeed!I am very much pleased too at the letters from Baltimore. Not that it makes any reall difference, but the children will be happy about it.

We have been in to Boston again this morning,– just the day for it,– very cool, almost cold. Madge's trunk came perfectly smashed, with a “received in bad order lable” on it. You know we feared it wouldn't last the journey. So we had to get her another,–a big one to hold all her possessions,–also shoes for her & some other things — total, to be put on her account, $21.64. That with $17.00 for my linen has left me with less than $10.00 $7.00. So please, dear, send me some more; enough for the journey home for the two of us.

I had a good time looking at wall-papers this morning. I have some lovely samples,— just what I want for several of the rooms, so that if the Phila. ones don't suit me exactly I will know where to go. It is also an advantage to see something beforehand and give my ideas as to the house time to form,—as with you and the inaugural! In fact I know so exactly what I a want, that if Mr. Holmes doesn't agree with me, so much the worse for Mr. Holmes! He will be dismissed with just so much less compunction!I am so glad that you have made a satisfactory beginning on the inaugural, darling. I know how much there is to you and to all artists in a good beginning. And I am equally glad that you have no sense of hurry in doing it.

I am sorry to have given you the extra trouble about the sideboard; but by this time my letter has reached you expressing my entire satisfaction with what you did. We are perfectly well and I am having as good a time as is possible away from my darling. I won't say anything to Agnes about staying longer until you answer my last.

With love unspeakable,

Your little wife Eileen

Please excuse incoherence, &c, people have been talking all about me. Why won't people provide their guests with ink!

Dear love to Father and the children. My greetings to Anna. I am glad to hear such good accounts of her.

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1902 July 17, WWP14961, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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