Woodrow Wilson to Henry M. Alden


Woodrow Wilson to Henry M. Alden


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




1895 September 18


Woodrow Wilson acknowledges receipt of “The Barons of the Potomac and Rapahannock,” and thanks Henry Alden for sending it as it is proving significant in his research. He continues work on his second paper.




My dear Mr. Alden,

“The Barons of the Potomac and Rapahannock” came safely; and I am sincerely obliged both to you and to Mr. Bangs, whom I have not had the pleasure of knowing, and who is generous to lend to a stranger. I suppose he will not object to my keeping it a month or two? It is full of scraps of information which are new to me; but which it would take me a good while to copy, if I had to return the volume at onceThe William and Mary Quarterly I already had; but I am none the less obliged to you you for your thoughtfulness in sending it. It is a valuable journal, and I am a subscriber.

I am amused, and good naturedly put out, that I cannot extract from your office any information as to whether the manuscript of my first paper, which I loaned to Mr. Pyle, has been received by you or not. But of course I should have been told, if it had not arrived.I am well on in the preparation of the second paper; but am finding that I have to scour the country for the little points of information which, without going explicitly into my narrative, are implicit parts of the statements essential to it. It is not hard to write (except for the style!) after once you have made up your mind!

With much regard,

Most sincerely Yours,
Woodrow Wilson

HM Alden

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Alden, Henry Mills, 1836-1919





Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Henry M. Alden,” 1895 September 18, WWP20443, University of Virginia Woodrow Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.