Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

EAW06031904

Description

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

Source

Library of Congress

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

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Florence, Italy

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Florence

My own darling, I am writing my [-] letter a day later than usual, and [----] because I have been so senile! [-] I know you are [-]! I went Monday [--], stayed two days and got back Friday [--]. The [--] Jessica, Mary and the [-] have been begging me to go ever since the [-]. Florence, and finally Jessica decided [-] perfectly well that I [-] to learn the [--] as they [-] and [----] for two days. I did [-] everything if in my [-] letter because I thought when writing it that the [-] world [-] so be [-] life on [-] of the [-] about your [-] which had just [-] an acute [-] but [-] I let myself be [-] that it would be a shame to [--] for life, for a difficulty so sweetly [-]. Of course I did not think of giving it life for want of the [-], but because I thought tonight to be here to [--] telegrams or letters; but we decided Mary could do that as well as I; she it was who sent you the cable saying the British [--] had it. I rather think you had discovered that at the other end of the line and that the cable was necessary. I [--] yet, but [--] to have it by Saturday. And I still have nine dollars. What could have possessed Blair to disregard [-] I lend the [-] to Landon. They [--] has never had [--], so [-] kept the money at their [-] and did nothing. Dear Mary has just gone off in tears. I shall [-] her possibly, but have been getting so[-] about her sacrificing so much on my account that I am glad and [-] to see her go. I had a real struggle to get her off-had to begin all over again as the last [-] because my money was not actually in hand and it made her [-] to leave me with only nine dollars-for of course I wouldn't borrow from her when I expect my friends so soon. I found another dear letter from you and such a sweet one from [-] awaiting me; they made me very happy; besides which my heart is beginning to [--] me as the near approach of the sailing time; only six more days now. I am so excited at the thought that I can hardly keep still. But I haven't said a word about [-], and I [-] say much tonight for of course I am [-] after my [--] journey and getting Mary off on the right train delayed my writing. Venice [-] until Sunday [-] if today that the whole trip was the [-] but [-] success. Very few creatures have ever seen [---] old many things [--] days before,-and with so little fatigue thanks to the [--]! And oh how glorious it all was-both the place and the pictures. If [-] passed my very [-],-it was "all a [-] and a wild delight." It made my heart [-] that dear little Jessica was so near and yet so far; of course such an imaginative child would have liked it better than anything else. And she is so wonderfully sweet and fine about it and everything. The [-] are keeping house there [--] American quits who were with us in Rome and with them [-] in Florence,-extremely nice [-]-[--] and old travelers. One is from Boston one from Brooklyn, they are practical as they are artistic and wonderful [--]. So they are settled for three weeks in the house on the Grand Court in which [--] got there over breakfast and luncheon and later dinner as at sorts of charming places,-out of door restaurants. It is simply fascinating and [---] so soothing except for the gondola. I couldn't get a room in [--] but had bed and breakfast at a little hotel nearby and [-] was with them all day until bedtime. I wasn't even alone at the hotel but with the same lovely old ladies from [--] daughter of Pres. [-] of Centre-College; friends [-] I made of this [-] but who knew your family well. We are both perfectly well and we love you all with all our heart. I love you my own darling, so distracting in every heart throb. Your own, Eileen

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Florence

My own darling,

I am writing my midweek letter a day later than usual, - and why do you suppose, because I have been so senile! Now I know you are surprised! I went Monday at eleven, stayed two days and got back Friday at four. The whole crowd, Jessie, Mary and the Smiths have been begging me to go ever since we reached Florence, and finally Jessie seemed so perfectly well that I [-] to learn the [--] as they [-] and [----] for two days. I did [-] everything if in my [-] letter because I thought when writing it that the [-] world [-] so be [-] life on [-] of the [-] about your [-] which had just [-] an acute [-] but [-] I let myself be [-] that it would be a shame to [--] for life, for a difficulty so sweetly [-]. Of course I did not think of giving it life for want of the [-], but because I thought tonight to be here to [--] telegrams or letters; but we decided Mary could do that as well as I; she it was who sent you the cable saying the British [--] had it. I rather think you had discovered that at the other end of the line and that the cable was necessary. I [--] yet, but [--] to have it by Saturday. And I still have nine dollars. What could have possessed Blair to disregard [-] I lend the [-] to Landon. They [--] has never had [--], so [-] kept the money at their [-] and did nothing. Dear Mary has just gone off in tears. I shall [-] her possibly, but have been getting so[-] about her sacrificing so much on my account that I am glad and [-] to see her go. I had a real struggle to get her off-had to begin all over again as the last [-] because my money was not actually in hand and it made her [-] to leave me with only nine dollars-for of course I wouldn't borrow from her when I expect my friends so soon. I found another dear letter from you and such a sweet one from [-] awaiting me; they made me very happy; besides which my heart is beginning to [--] me as the near approach of the sailing time; only six more days now. I am so excited at the thought that I can hardly keep still. But I haven't said a word about [-], and I [-] say much tonight for of course I am [-] after my [--] journey and getting Mary off on the right train delayed my writing. Venice [-] until Sunday [-] if today that the whole trip was the [-] but [-] success. Very few creatures have ever seen [---] old many things [--] days before,-and with so little fatigue thanks to the [--]! And oh how glorious it all was-both the place and the pictures. If [-] passed my very [-],-it was "all a [-] and a wild delight." It made my heart [-] that dear little Jessica was so near and yet so far; of course such an imaginative child would have liked it better than anything else. And she is so wonderfully sweet and fine about it and everything. The [-] are keeping house there [--] American quits who were with us in Rome and with them [-] in Florence,-extremely nice [-]-[--] and old travelers. One is from Boston one from Brooklyn, they are practical as they are artistic and wonderful [--]. So they are settled for three weeks in the house on the Grand Court in which [--] got there over breakfast and luncheon and later dinner as at sorts of charming places,-out of door restaurants. It is simply fascinating and [---] so soothing except for the gondola. I couldn't get a room in [--] but had bed and breakfast at a little hotel nearby and [-] was with them all day until bedtime. I wasn't even alone at the hotel but with the same lovely old ladies from [--] daughter of Pres. [-] of Centre-College; friends [-] I made of this [-] but who knew your family well. We are both perfectly well and we love you all with all our heart. I love you my own darling, so distracting in every heart throb. Your own, Eileen

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1904 June 2, EAW06031904 , Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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