Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




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


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Dearest One -

We did have breakfast together this morning after all- for I found your big envelope on my breakfast tray waiting for me when I emerged from my bath- I am so sorry you have had such an unrestful night - and want you to try to get a little nap before lunch- It will set you up - and then if you go for a game after lunch come back in time to rest half an hour before dinner - and you will enjoy the Theatre.How I wish I were there to see that all these directions were followed out. And to sit by you while you slept - and makeing your waking radiant with my love- I knew last night you were discouraged and weary - and that to talk (as we must talk with even Helen) was an effort. All the things I had wanted to say to you went unsaid - and I could only play when my heart was yearning to go deep into yours and touch and sooth the ache and longing there.I know how Helen tries to fill and anticipate all your needs- and I love to feel you have her — She is so very generous and sweet to me.I am sending back the paper about that Traitor with an editorial from the Post this morning - His impertinence passes understanding - and should he embark on even an American vessel for Europe and get blown up I would be the first one - to beg our government not to insist upon indemnity from Germany - but to send the Commander of the ship submarine our highest commendation and decoration — I suppose it is wrong to wish for such a deliverance but it would greatly strengthen my belief in eternal justice

As to the interview with Von B. — I am speechless at his manifold plots and underhand dealings and know your splendid patience is strained to the breaking point-Oh! Dearest how I want to help and serve you.

Do I make you feel how really splendid I know you are— do I express the reverence - the pride, the deep adoration that is in my heart for all you are- and all you are giving to the world? I am afraid I seem like a thoughtless child sometimes but deep down — where no one but you can fathom there is profound tenderness and comprehension of all your need.Last night, Randolph and I went right out for a ride- and as I passed 117th St. I met Robertson with your car - so I was very close behind you. And I went 'round back of the White House and wondered if you knew I was only a few yards away and if you were in the study or your bed room- I did not think of the portico - for you usually don't care for that - We got some ice cream - and brought it home - and then tried the music to the “Only Girl” Randolph had gotten - so it was pretty late when I got to bed - but I did not get up until 8 - so I am way ahead of you and feel perfectly rested - Mother and Bertha are coming to lunch - and we may go to the matinee afterwards - and tonight you will probably see the same thing - Doesn't it seem queer that we are really so close - and yet so utterly separated at times. But there are other times that make these forgotten - and the future looms bright with the happiness of being together - Do as I ask about resting please and remember how I love you -

Your own,


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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1915 September 17, WWP14903, Edith Bolling Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.