Cary T. Grayson to Ray Stannard Baker


Cary T. Grayson to Ray Stannard Baker


Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938




1937 March 11


Cary Grayson relays the busy past few months of his life to Ray Stannard Baker including work on the inauguration and getting support for the American Red Cross to send aid to flood victims.


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




My dear Friend

With no exaggeration I believe I can safely say that very few have been busier, or put in more hours, than I during these past few months. It all began in December when, as Chairman of the Inaugural Committee 1937, it fell to my lot to be responsible for a thousand and one details which go to make up this event. Two days after the Inauguration the floods descended upon me.

When I would go home in the early hours of the morning, too tired to sleep, I would relax by reading a chapter or two of “The Countryman’s Year”, and I cannot thank you enough for it! I am strongly tempted to go into the bee business. The inscription in the book really touches the cockles of my heart.

I am very much fascinated with my Red Cross job. The American people have been perfectly wonderful in responding to our appeal for the relief of the flood sufferers. Today we have something over twenty-three million dollars in the bank, and a while ago I wrote to our Chapters that we had sufficient funds to meet the normal needs. Isn’t it wonderful what the American people will do to help their fellow citizens when their needs are desperate and tragic? We have to admit there is a lot of good in the hearts and pocketbooks of many people.

I wish I could see something of you, but fate seems to keep us apart. I think of you often.

Sincerely and gratefully yours,

Cary T. Grayson

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Baker, Ray Stannard, 1870-1946



Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to Ray Stannard Baker,” 1937 March 11, WWP16858, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.