Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Library of Congress


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum



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Princeton, NJ


Princeton, New Jersey,

My own darling,

I wanted to write a real letter tonight, but a visit and some necessary business interfered and saw it nearly half past ten, and I have had a very tiresome day and can scarcely keep my eyes open. So it must be only a little note after all; - Still I do not really believe that you have time to read more during this wild western tour!

My amazement at your power of endurance is more profound than usual tonight because of the exhausting effect upon me of the awful club "breakfast" which came off today here at the time. It lasted five hours, there were a dozen speeches, most of them very poor; - and I was bored almost to extinction. If I am perfectly sure that I would rather die than go to as many jubilee dinners as you do. All the other women at the table with me had to make speeches later and of course had no conversation in the mean time. I had to do all of that. It was deadly.

Thank you so much, dear, for the clippings. They were most welcome and the telegrams still more so. The one from Los Angeles was especially satisfactory and reassuring. I am inexpressively thankful that you are standing it so well and enjoying it indeed. And what a wonderful triumph you are having! And noone is in the least susprised for all knew beforehand that it would be so. As the "Press" said are "so worn to a fraggle praising" you; -  that they take every sort of demonstration as a mere matter of course. News comes from Washington that Bryan has now conceded your nomination. Whether true or not, I do not know. I enclose today's editorial from the "True American." I think it handles that remark of yours which has caused so much comment very well. Another paper defended you well too. It said that your mind was occupied not with an office, but with principles, and that you were equally ready to work for them as a teacher or in the ranks.

The children have, I dare say, had a great day; - they went all the way to Phila in an automobile with the Huntingtons leaving at half past seven. They were in the highest spirits over it, since as it has been a perfect day I am sure they have had a good time. I am not leaving until Friday and they will come back on Thursday early to help me pack for the sumer. But I shall have  and do all the heavy part tomorrow.

Your dear birthday came a little while ago. It was lovely too you dear to remember to send it amid all your distractions and I love you for it, - as well as for everything else that you say and do. Ah, dearest, how happy you make me!-and how passionately I love you! I am in every heart throb, in every thought.

Your own,

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Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1911 May 15, EAW05151911 , Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.