Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Ellen Axson Wilson writes to her husband, Woodrow Wilson, while he is away from home.


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My own darling

I enclose the blank check for the Apollo; it will be fine. I am so much obliged to you for looking at them. The 3-6 pedestals will do perfectly well.

I saw the mantle this morning and it is in most aspects much handsomer than we thought. The pilasters(?) that support the shelf are carved beautifully and in excellent style, and the marble is lovely. But the three-cornered spaces on either side of the opening are carved in low relief with hideous natural roses and morning-glories. But it is simple low relief and we think there will not be any difficulty in having them smoothed off. Mr. Thompson is to see a marble cutter at once.

Just one more business matter. How do you think the dining room ought to be lighted? The electric light man says with such a large room a central light, chandelier or something like the Finley's have, is the only thing. I think he is probably right. Mr. Cope says side lights will be much more beautiful, with the table lighted only by candles, &c. The electric man says he must put in the central wire for he is sure when we try it we will find the other does not work practically, but he can put in the others too. But that will add with fixtures $40.00, and of course I don't want that. Please decide it! Of course our two low candlelabra would not light the 20 ft. table.

Father has been very anxious to go and see “Prospect” so we went this morning. He was perfectly delighted; says it is the most beautiful private house he ever saw. He would go all over it in his enthusiasm and I fear has overtired himself. — I am glad you have such fine weather. It is just the same here. Am glad too that you met and enjoyed Prof Münsterberg, and that you are to see Mr. Perry. Mr. Dabney of course was best of all; I have been delighted that you had his companionship. Will he be able to write a sane book on “reconstruction”? – I wonder why Mr. Brown can't go to Charleston? I hope that means he is well provided for. All perfectly well.

With love beyond words,


Love to the Hibbens & Westcotts. Tell me the size of the check you draw please, that I may know if it becomes necessary to use that note.

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1902 August 14, WWP14980, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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