Ellen Axton Wilson Autograph Letter Signed as First Lady "Ellen A. Wilson". Three pages, on "The President's Cottage, Cornish, New Hampshire" letterhead, 4.75" x 6.5", Cornish, New Hampshire, July 17, 1913, to "Mrs. Hopkins". Mrs. Wilson graciously declines an invitation to attend a meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee and blames her inability to attend on the President. Other than the usual fold creases and a .5" stain along the front edge of the first page which only slightly affects the text, the letter is bright, legible and in very good condition.

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    She writes, in part: "I am very sorry but I do not feel that I can bring up again with Mr. Wilson the question of the Knoxville meeting. It would distress and disturb him, and I would not be justified in doing that, at present especially. He seems to think that if I once begin to attend conventions 'all is lost' for him because the pressure upon me will be overwhelming to keep it up. I have reminded him that I regularly attended three annual conventions in New Jersey without losing my power to say 'no'! I must let the whole matter drop at least until after the tariff and the currency pass...". Mrs. Wilson's latter comment refers to President Wilson's "New Freedom" pledges of anti-trust modification, tariff revision, and banking and currency reforms.

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