28th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Woodrow Wilson”, October 25, 1897, sent from Princeton, New Jersey, to Rev. M.D. Babcock, in full:
I wish I could say that I will speak before the Haverford Club, not because I am anxious to, but because they are your friends and you ask it. But alas! I am overwhelmed with engagements for the whole winter, and dare not add another. You may be sure i would for you, if for anybody.
We are so glad you are to be here again; and of course are you to stay with us. No other arrangement would be either natural or endurable; and it would add immensely to our pleasure if Mrs. Babcock could again come with you. Don’t you think you can manage it, and make us happy?
Mrs. Wilson joins me in all affectionate messages.
Fantastic early Wilson signature.
The letter has folds and the central horizontal fold has an tape repair to verso from when it was once separated.
At the time, Wilson was a Professor at Princeton University and was a very active author. He had recently published his multi-volume biography of George Washington.