Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo


Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo


Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944




c. 1936-1940


Margaret A. Wilson writes Eleanor Wilson McAdoo with news from the Aurobindo ashram in India.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Wilson family


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum staff




Precious darling

When my birthday came I had a wee secret hope that a message would come straight across the sea from my beloved sister- I did not count on it, but I reckoned the difference in time and when it would be my birthday in California- and low on that day it came. Little old sentimental me I was as happy as a child all that day- in the same way we used to be happy on our birthdays when we opned our presents, and I was the birtday child for I got the chief present, the largest. Do you remember how we used to be cross if the others got a present too nearly the same size as ours on our birthday? Gosh hasnt Nature placed the possessive instinct deep in us-- Just try to get rid of it and you will know how deep and what subtle subtle forms it takes. But oh Nell the joy of being free of it for just one second. This morning I had one of those seconds and as I was pondering over it afterwards I thought of you and the words that came to me to send to you were- Hope nothing from life- expect nothing from life and life itself will be yours, for you are Life. We are always wanting to get something out of life- we may not express it as crudely as that but is not all craving just that- and all the time, Life is pulsating in every atom of our Being and God speaks to us in every bush.
     Darling are you going to send me your stories- Dont you dare to think that I shall not be interested in them over here- are they not a mirror of you, a wee part of you, at least-- It would take the whole Cosmos to mirror all of you for you are the Cosmos and more. So please send them.
     Francis wrote me- I think I told you a beautiful letter about seeing you- Do write me what you think of him. Ill quote from Francis- Who should pop into New York but Aunt Nell!***********I guess it has been about ten years since I last saw her and it sure was a big surprise when I heard she was in town. My it was nice********I was wonderfully impressed with Aunt Nell, as you can imagine. It wasnt as if she were a stranger to me, for of course I had some childhood memouries about her and stories from all of you about her. But still it was liking meeting a new personof the seer, the kind of knowledge and Power which you received in your great moment or hours of baptism in the Spirit.
     I shall repeat your question first for you may not remember just how you put it. First you said Have these men really testified to the living loving power of God to you? The second time you phrased it this way-

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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967




Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo,” c. 1936-1940, WWP19641, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.