Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Ellen Axson Wilson


Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Ellen Axson Wilson


Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944




1902 July 15


Margaret Wilson writes her mother with news from a beach vacation.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Wilson family




Dear Mamma,

     I am having a perfectly lovely time here. I only wish you were here. I hope you and Aunt Margaret are having as good a time as I.
     We have been sailing everyday until today. We cannot go today because the wind is too strong. I had my first lesson in sailing day before yesterday. There are three tacks in sailing. Before the wind, into the wind, and abeam. I sailed into the wind and abeam. It is lots of fun. Each of us has some work in the house to do. My job is to wipe and put away the dishes after breakfast, and to help cook dinner.
     Will is so nice. He is going up with me to Philadelphia on the eighteenth.
     Mrs Kincaid told me to tell you that when she left home your cemetery lot was in perfect order, and that she has a man engaged by the year to keep it and her sisters up. She said Will pays for it.
     I received such a nice letter from Jessie and Nellie today. It was so nice to hear from them.
     Pauline is a very nice little girl; but I think she is rather young for her age. I love to hear her talk. She talks with such a pretty southern accent.
     Cousin Mary is very curious to know why Miss Thomas and Miss Garret went to lunch at our house after you had gone. I hope you did not have much trouble finding the key of my trunk. It came the next day.
     The mails here are very irregular.
     Yesterday we sailed over to a deserted farm which is said to be haunted. Pauline was very much excited about the “haunts” as she calls them. We picked a lot of black berries and apples. The sail home was rather rough and therefore lots of fun. It is not at all dangerous when it is rough. It is only sometimes rather wet. The water splashes into the boat too.
     I must close now. Good bye.

Your loving daughter, 


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Wilson, Ellen Axson




Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Ellen Axson Wilson,” 1902 July 15, WWP19531, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.