Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson


Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson


McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967




1944 May 22


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo writes Francis B. Sayre about Margaret A. Wilson's death.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Wilson family


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum staff




Dearest Frank

     Thank you for your letter of May 8th, and forgive the delay in answering it. I have been feeling so badly that I have neglected everything, but I am all right again now. I must have been pretty well dazed by the latest shot in the arm when I wrote you last, because I can't understand why I should have said that I had a letter from Mr. Bower. I did have a letter from the Asram, a copy of which I am enclosing, which arrived only a couple of weeks ago. I cant believe that it was written by the "Mother" herself, because it seems to me that if she is all that Margie said she was she would have written a more human sort of letter. I am writing to her tomorrow begging for more personal news, and telling her that I want to be consulted about the memorial they plan and, also, as you suggested, telling her that I want to pay for it.

     As you see by the letter, Margie's personal effects are all packed and ready for disposal, and the inventory and keys are with the Consulate. I still think it would be best to leave them there until the war is over because I am afraid if they were sent now they might be lost in transit. Will you then, as Administrator of the estate, write and tell Mr. Bower this? When they are shipped they should be sent to 131 Greenfield Avenue. Incidentally, I have heard from my friend about how to address the mother of the Asram. It seems that she doesnt use her own name, but must be addressed merely as "The Mother, Care of Sri Aurobindo, Asram." I am telling you this in case you might at sometime or other need to write to her.

     The trip to England has had to be postponed, how long I dont know yet, so I am, for a while, trying to forget all about it so that I can concentrate on my job, which has been sadly neglected. I shall, of course, let you and Betty know when I shall be in Washington just as soon as I know myself. You are both so sweet to me, and I shall look forward, as you know, to staying with you again.

     Thank you very much for the information about my Italian friend. He is going to apply, as you suggest, to the government departments you told me about. No, he has not made application to the War or Navy Departments, or any other government departments for that matter. Yes, he is an American citizen.

     I do hope that both you and Betty are well and not working quite so hard. You must take care of yourselves for the sake of those who love you, if for no other reason.

With much love,

Affectionately your sister,

Eleanor Wilson McAdoo

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Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944





McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967, “Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo to Margaret Woodrow Wilson,” 1944 May 22, WWP19661, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.