August 13, 1915

President Woodrow Wilson: Lonely in the White House

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 128
Until America entered the War, President Wilson worked four hours a day, slept nine hours a night, played golf regularly and motored, at 22 miles per hour, as often as possible.  Still, with his first wife dead and his second not yet moved in - they dated, secretly and passionately, from March to October 1915 - and with two of his beloved girls married, the White House was often lonely for the president.  In this marvelous letter, typed by him, Wilson writes about his work routine, his love for his daughters - still up in New Hampshire - and his sense that the White House is the most "empty and forlorn" house imaginable. It is signed "Father."
Of special note is Wilson’s reference to playing golf (“to reassure the country”) with his personal physician, Dr. Cary Grayson. Wilson played more golf, less proficiently, than any other president.
Typed Letter Signed, as president, 1 page, octavo, The White House, Washington, but on the letterhead of “The President’s Cottage, Cornish, New Hampshire," August 13, 1915. To “My darling Daughter” – seemingly Jesse Woodrow Sayer or Margaret Wilson.
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