Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson




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


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My Own Precious One -

What a long day this has been without you, and yet how near you have been in my thoughts and heart —It is now a quarter of 8 and I am perceiving you in the study at work - and long so to slip in and put my arms about you and pour out all my love and longing for you - How I did hate to leave you on the side walk this morning and sail away in your car — and ever since I have wished for you to share everything with.

Now I will begin where we left off and tell you all we have done- I found Helen & Dr. Grayson at the Station & Brooks looked after everything for us = and we were most comfortable - The trip was uneventful and Mr. Jervis most attentive — When we got off the train there were Col. House and Mr. Malone - and the car you ordered for us - you precious thing - and Mr. Malone had got rid of a lot of Reporters - & apparently, no one followed us. They came to the Hotel and Mr. Malone asked us for a theatre party Wednesday night — which Helen seemed delighted at - So we accepted, and oh! I wish you were going to be hereCol. House asked if I knew what time you were coming on Thursday - and I said you told me you would write him - then he said some thing about our going to New Jersey and I said after it was all in the papers I thought you had decided not to go - and then he said - your friend Mr. Dodge -(is that right) wanted you to come there for lunch Friday - and he did hope you would stay over and do it - I said I thought you planned to go home Sunday - but of course was not positive — That was about all of that - Here at the Hotel we were welcomed with open arms and have such nice rooms with a little sitting room which is filled with your dear flowers.

Also 2 kinds of roses from Col. House and a huge cluster of Beauty roses from the Hotel- We got brushed up and Altrude joined us at the door - and we decided we would walk down 5th ave and Mr. Jervis went with us.He said there were a number of news paper men here, but they had promised him not to do anything impertinent - I found a note from Mrs. House with a list of names for shopping - So I called her up and had a nice little talk and their daughter is much better - & Mrs. H. offered to do anything she could for me. We went to 3 places for dresses and saw some lovely things but decided to look further before positively deciding —Then we got back at 6 - and went right in to dinner with our street things on -And now we are in our own snug rooms - and find about 20 boxes of things sent in by Mrs. Dare- and so Helen and Altrude are unpacking them - and I hear shrieks of laughter - so I think they are having a good time.

Now, dear little Sweetheart being a perfectly consistent lady I am crazy to hear your speech Thursday night - and am wondering if there is any chance for us to be tucked under or behind anything where we would not be seened but where I could hear your dear voice —Of course I would not go if it had to be known, but do you think it would be possible Precious ? if so please let us -Then another thing Helen and I wondered if you had thought how lovely it would be if you motored up on Thursday — the country is perfectly beautiful now - and we could all go back together - it may too long for you to consider it feasable but I thought I would suggest it anyway - and perhaps you would enjoy it more than another long train journey -One more thing will you ask Margaret where she got her trunk - I suppose I am getting feeble minded, but I cant remember.

I will hold you in my arms all through the night Sweetheart - and love you - love you, love you - and go with you tomorrow - and watch over you from afar -I so hope you had a golf game this afternoon - and that it did not hurt the dear back -Tell me just how you are Dearest - and this is perfect truth from me - that I am tired tonight - but perfectly well - and happy because you love me -Thank you Precious for the flowers, the car, Mr. Jervis and Helen - and remember that I love you with all my heart.

Always your own,

I am sharing honors here with his Excellency the Governor of N. York, and it is great fun seeing who creates the greatest excitement.

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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961, “Edith Bolling Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1915 November 1, WWP14918, Edith Bolling Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.