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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Princeton, NJ


My own darling

What do you think of the enclosed sample for the diningroom chairs? I was in there last week and selected a lighter,–greener piece from his sample book,–a beautiful colour. Now he writes as you see. I should be disappointed to be obliged to have this, especially since it wears darker he says. But if you like this I will let it go.

I find myself not a little embarressed by having to go through with so much red tape in making college purchases. It is all very well for the large bills like Wanamakers, but it is absurd to have to send little casual ones at auction rooms, &c. to you and Pyne and Cuyler before they can be paid. There is no sense in it, and it subjects me to mortification. I have already had to send your private check to one two, and shall probably have to do the same for the mirror. Can't you explain this to Cuyler or Pyne and have,—say—$300.00 put in the bank here that I can draw from for such purposes?By the way Whitley's men arrived today! Isn't that good?I am truly delighted to hear that the Morgan visit is turning out such a success. I don't wonder that you enjoyed the fishing with such a pleasant party; but am agreeably surprised that you also liked the reception and the dinner on top of it! Are you developing a taste for “Sassiety” in your old age?— I was interrupted just here by the Fines who have just gone. Mr. Fine was most interesting. By the way he was telling me what an interesting community North East Harbour is and how different from Bar Harbour, –all “gebildete Leute”— with Eliot at the fore–as usual. Was he at the reception?It is rather late and I go to town tod tomorrow, for bedding, blankets, muslin curtains, &c. so must stop. Mrs. Stowell says they will have an important sale of china beginning the 2nd of Sept.–Tuesday & begs me to be there that day as the good things go very fast.

All perfectly well. Love unbounded from,

Your little wife, Eileen

The McElroys have another little girl born yesterday moring. Both doing well. Her name is Louise.

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1902 August 18, WWP14983, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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