Roosevelt in the White House
I have had a very exciting
week in Washington—three long talks and various meals with the new
President—that child of fate and old friend of mine. I have not
been in Washington for nearly five years. And now walking through
the family rooms there with Mrs. Roosevelt, I felt and said that
I might well welcome her there to that dear familiar home of mine.
She took me into her room and it was our old room! Though, indeed,
I have slept at various times in nearly all the bedrooms there.
This particular one was Lincoln’s, I think.
Notwithstanding the horror of the
recent event, I cannot but look forward to the new administration
with exhilaration. One night I talked with Roosevelt for nearly
five hours—the second day of his life in the White House. He rings
true! He is a noble fellow. He has an excess of temperament, but
a serviceable conscience as well.
He is very different in his temperament
from Cleveland, but has, like him, the moral side of his nature
in a remarkable state of development considering that he is a politician.
To think that Cleveland is the only living man elected to the Presidency.
Roosevelt told me that Cleveland had said the kindest things to
him that had been said by anyone. The meeting between 
the two at the funeral at Washington was very touching (they are
old acquaintances). But I must not gossip lest I let state secrets
While in Washington I passed the Harwood
Navy Yard residence. This gave me feelings, for I can never get
over missing that dear, dear Miss Bessy. If there is a heaven and
I can get there, it will not take me long to find the Harwood house.
Their house was always heaven to me.
My exciting and intensely interesting
visit to Washington ended with the death of my old friend John G.
Nicolay, Lincoln’s private secretary. I had to go to the grave with
the poor girl who is all that is left of the family. I wrote a poem
about him the day we buried him. She liked the poem—and he
had liked the roses I sent just before he died. To think of his
living just to the death of the third murdered President,—and they
did not tell him McKinley had died.