Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson


Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson


McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967




Summer 1913


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo writes Margaret A. Wilson with family news from their summer trip to Cornish, NH.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Wilson family


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum staff





Darling Margie,

     We know that there's nothing to be said for us that we're just simply the "tail end of the legal limited" and that to be forgiven oughtn't to be even a possibility - so all I ask is for you to think about your dearest friends and how they seldom - if ever - hear from you and at least don't stop loving us. You blessed little Margie, it isn't because we haven't missed you like fury - you know that it isn't that - the White House was just lonely without you and it seems as if you had been gone three months. Oh, I wish it didn't have to be the middle of next month before you come back, darling.
     Your letter to Cousin Helen was a perfect dear and we all enjoyed it so much and we're so particularly excited and pleased about your singing before that big crowd in Madison. If you could say that you sang well (even if you did add for me) and that it was almost inspiring on a night as hot as that, means that it must have been simply lovely. I wish we could have heard you, dear - we're all so proud of you, you dear little Margie, who won't even admit that you've got a wonderful voice.
     I wonder if you're getting to be a perfect fiend at tennis up there with the Batten tennis enthusiasts. Please don't, because I want to have more fun with you and my game, at present is suffering a severe, if not serious relapse. Jetty and I play nearly every day and Jetty has improved tremendously since I last played with her. She plays an awfully good game. We're going to teach Helen to play and Dr Grayson is "learning", too. He pretends not to know a thing about the game - not even how to count - but I think we proved that he's a fraud.
     Isn't it fine that Father could stay all this time. He has been here just a week and has to go back to-morrow. It has been a splendid rest for him and he looks so well and has gained two pounds. He and the doctor go over to Hanover and play golf every morning and they're crazy about it.
     It's simply adorable here Margie - you'll dote on it. It's so quiet and heavenly with hardly a soul to bother us and we can do whatever we please. And its so beautiful. You can get a wonderful rest, dear.
     We are sewing away on Jetty's linen, now, but we dont kill ourselves over it by any means. Oh, by the way, Jetty says to tell you that she thinks you ought to write her a note congratulating her on her engagement - ("joke -haha") Then she could answer it because she hardly does any thing else these days. That's why she hasn't written to you Margie dear, because she has so many thousand letters on her hands. She's usually the good one about writing and since she couldn't thats why we've been worse than usual. This is a ghastly scrawl, but I'm so afraid I'll be interrupted and this is going to get off to-day.
     Everyone sends heaps and heaps of love to our precious Margie, whom we love so much -and miss so dreadfully. And as always - a great big heartfull of love overflowing for my darling sister from

Your devoted


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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944





McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson,” Summer 1913, WWP19578, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.