Montgomery B. Angell to Alice Gordon Grayson


Montgomery B. Angell to Alice Gordon Grayson


Angell, Montgomery B.




1932 August 2


Montgomery B. Angell asks Alice Gordon Grayson to allow him to accompany her on a drive to Canada.


Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




Dear Gertrude

Ellen and the children got off this morning and are very much in hopes of seeing you this afternoon, for Carey said over the telephone yesterday that there was some chance.

In view of Carey’s change of plan, I am wondering whether you would like to take me in at Montreal and let me drive to camp with you. I do not want to inconvenience you but with Carey dropping out perhaps there will be room and I really think it would be unwise for you to attempt to drive from Montreal to North Bay alone, for the road goes through some rather desolate country. So if you like, why not wait for me at Montreal. I shall arrive either the morning of the 14th or the morning of the 15th, and we can proceed at once to North Bay with only sufficient delay on my part to have a bath and breakfast. My train reaches Montreal at 8 o’clock and I will be at the Ritz by not later than 8:30.

It might be well in any event for Carey to get an automobile road map of the country. The road runs from Montreal to Ottawa, thence through Pembroke, Petawawa, Mattawa and North Bay, a distance, I imagine, of some 360 miles. Restoule is about 50 miles beyond North Bay. I should think we could comfortably make the entire journey from Montreal in two days, which would mean a little less than 200 miles a day. I told Ellen to suggeset this to you if she sees you this afternoon, but I am writing you this in case she should miss you. She, poor girl, is very envious of the journey, for she has always wanted to motor up to camp from Cornish.

My father writes me that we have more blankets at camp than I thought. If, therefore, you have a blanket apiece for the three boys, that will be sufficient. We have plenty of beds and plenty of tents, etc.

In any event, I shall look for you at the Ritz in Montreal, or at least a note telling me your plans. Don’t wait for me if you desire to go on alone, for you will have no difficulty in finding the way and I shall overtake you by train.

Hastily but with great deal of love to you all,

Faithfully yours,


Original Format



Alice Gordon Grayson



Angell, Montgomery B., “Montgomery B. Angell to Alice Gordon Grayson,” 1932 August 2, WWP16720, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.