Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




Edith Bolling Wilson writes to Woodrow Wilson expressing her love and joy at his reassurance and comfort in the face of the great heaviness she has felt recently.


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


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Saturday -

How perfectly you comprehend things, my precious One, and what a joy it is to talk to you and tell you some of the things that make my heart heavy — Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to unwind so long a thread — and yfor your instant sympathy —Have you looked out of your window at the moon? It is perfectly beautiful - and I told Helen over the phone a moment ago I want to get my “perambulator” and go for a ride — She declines to go with me, so, unless you will volunteer, I will have to go alone - ! !

I am so glad that I can really bring you happiness Sweetheart - and writing that brings back the words in the first note you ever wrote me — Do you remember it? You said, “I covet nothing more than to give you happiness, you have given me so much.”

My sincerest prayer is that you can always feel and say that - for then my happiness will be assured -How strange it will seem not to begin each day with a written Love Song from you, and end it with a goodnight note to go to you early next day - I shall miss them more than I let myself think, and it was such grim fun to have you say you were blue because I am going away —To tell you the truth I have felt for days as though something dreadful was hanging over me - and, in spite of the happiness of being together at Cornish, it is sad - because it is the closing of our first chapter - that began May 4 th and, though the second chapter may go further into the story - still the beginning belongs to the first, and therefore it is hard to end it - and give up our happy chance meetings, and feel that until the summer is gone we cannot establish the same conditions under which such a miracle has come to pass —I wonder if you will go to church tomorrow? If you do get a long — Just here I had to answer the phone and I can't remember what I was writing - so forgive unfinished sentence.

Always yours,


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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1915 June 19, WWP14859, Edith Bolling Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.