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

I have your two letters today — Sundays and Mondays as well as dear little Nell's and a postal from Margaret so I am rich indeed and very happy.

Did Margaret tell you of her trip to Phila? The time came when the dentist said he would be back and would like to see her, so she and Will went in, unfortunately without seei writing first, so they had their trip for nothing, for he was still away and on his wedding tour! He had married the woman dentist in the next apartment! Isn't it funny.

I have plenty of money, dear, for my return trip. As for the day, you were so urgent that I thought I would have to stay until Sunday and told Agnes so,— then all at once found I simply couldn't wait so long, and resolved to split the difference and come on Sat. That is settled now with Agnes and I will not open the question again. Madge & I, thinking you would expect us Monday, were rather planning a “surprise” Saturday night! But it is better, after this morning's letter to let you know.

Don't think poor dear Agnes “gets on my nerves;” she it isn't as bad as that though she does bore me sometimes. The restlessness came altogether from the thought of my darling left there at home with his work and Father ill, and nobody and nothing to amuse him and the heat and everything! It really would be intolerable to stay away longer, with all these things tormenting my mind. You don't know how suddenly my spirits rose when Saturday was finally settled upon!

We spent the morning in Boston again and had a good time. The weather is cold, so it did not fatigue us but was really a spree. We saw more wall-papers both for “Prospect” and for Agnes “suite,–” also Gruby ware &c. &c., and the public gardens and more antiques. They are all waiting for me to go on with a book they are reading so perhaps I had better stop. With dear love for all & love unspeakable for my darling Woodrow, I am always & altogether As to the “terra cotta tops” see my yesterday's letter. I think a plain square brick chimney would do as well & of course be much cheaper. And it would hold the fr four flues. I have seen more of the rough stone chimneys, some of them not outside chimneys; they are charming. I wonder if they are expensive.

Your own Eileen

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1902 July 22, WWP14966, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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