Edith Bolling Wilson to Annie L. Bolling




Edith Bolling Wilson writes to Annie Bolling about traveling with Woodrow Wilson on the presidential yacht Mayflower. She mentions that Wilson is sitting beside her writing a code message.


Edith Bolling Wilson Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia


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On Board the Presidents Yacht
“Mayflower -”

Dearest Annie -
I wonder if you could write if your “adored Woodrow” was sitting just opposite writing a code message and every now and then pausing to tell you something interesting or speaking in his perfectly delightful way? Well, even for unenthusiastic me - it is pretty hard to do - and if I seem mixed you will, of all people, understand.

Wasn't it wonderful his asking Altrude & me to join them on this trip to N. Y. for the Naval Review? I feel like I was living in a story - and fear to move, lest I wake up and find it a dream.

We left Wash. Friday night. Sailed quietly down the river to Old Point where we anchored for the day.The Pres. & Dr. G. went to play golf - and the rest of us - in a lunch to Norfolk. Got back for Tea - and last night he asked all the Officers to dine with us - and we had a merry party.

Sailed again at 10 - and stayed on deck til midnight - Of course to day we are at sea - and the boat is rocking a little but all hands are up and doing well.We will get into N. Y. early tomorrow - go on land for a Review of the - from a grand stand - and then back to the Mayflower for the Review — agfter this the is to join us for Tea — and at night we go to the “Dolphin” for Dinner — The President going to the Wyoming for a men's dinner - On Tuesday we steam down to the Statue of Liberty — when the fleet passes — Each one saluting with 21 guns — as they steam past us toward the sea -This will be a wonderful sight to see - Then we start back, and should reach Wash. Tuesday a. m. — We are now out in the sea - and it is getting so rough the President says we had better stop work & go anchor.

Lots of love to you all 3 from,
Yours always,

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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Annie L. Bolling,” 1915 May 16, WWP14854, Edith Bolling Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.