Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Ellen Axson Wilson


Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Ellen Axson Wilson


McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967




1909 April 22


Margaret A. Wilson writes Ellen Axson Wilson with news from Baltimore.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


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Dearest Mother,

     I guess you wonder why I have treated you so badly since I have been here. I really have not had time to write even a note, so busy having a good time have I been.
     Saturday night a college friend of mine came to spend the night at Miss Bacons with me. After dinner a Hopkins Medical student, whom I had met here before, came in and we had an evening of music. He played for us and I sang very well, for I felt that everybody there was enjoying my singing. Sunday afternoon a friend of Miss Bacons, a man high up in the Pennsylvania rail-road, came to see us in the afternoon, went to church with us, and stayed to supper and all evening - in regular Southern fashion. He has asked Mrs Bacon and me to go with him to see "Lord Dundreary" tomorrow night. Monday morning I came to Mary's where I am as happy as happy can be.
     Well I have followed my regular Baltimore programme and have caught - a cold. We went again to the Walters gallery yesterday. It was pouring rain. The gallery was very cold and a damp wind was blowing in a regular gale through those long rooms. I am fighting my cold desperately but I foresee that you will invite Jessie instead of me to the McClellan dinner. I shall do my best though, to get well, so that I can sing Saturday night.
     I could not get to Mrs. Ruels till Monday afternoon. She said that the tailor is exceedingly good, but very unsysstematic, keeps people waiting for hours for a fitting, tells twenty-five people to come on the same morning for a fitting etc etc. However I called him up on the telephone to see if he could do anything for me this week. He is going to give me two fittings this week and send the suit to Princeton. Mrs. Ruel told me to be sure to get the stuff myself, because he would charge a good deal if he got it, and would not be careful what kind of cloth he got. What do you suppose he is going to charge for the skirt? Five dollars is his price. Of course he will charge a little more to fit the coat. I mean a besides the five dollars. The stuff cost eleven dollars. I would have got cheaper lighter cloth, but I thought, as the charge of making was going to be so little, I would get good cloth that would last a long time and look substantial and handsome. I forgot when I asked you for money that I should have to pay for my skirt, so I have had to borrow five dollars from Mary to pay for the cloth. The Tailor I shall pay when he sends the suit. Would you mind sending Mary a cheque for $5.00? Her name is Mary George White. The address is at the begining of the letter. It remains to be seen whether the tailor will really fit me tomorrow morning and Friday
Saturday, as he has promised. I wanted so much to have him make the skirt that I decided to run the risk. Maybe he will try harder to be prompt because I have impressed upon him that I must go back Saturday, than he would otherwise.
     I shall take the ten sixteen train home on Saturday morning unless the tailor keeps me too long. If I do I shall reach Princeton at two o'clock. Won't it be strenuous going to the Theatre Friday night and to the Tailors at eight-thirty Saturday morning?
     With love unbounded for you and the other dear ones, I am,

As Ever your loving daughter,


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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Ellen Axson Wilson,” 1909 April 22, WWP19557, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.