Mary Caroline Wing Mayo to Mary Elizabeth Tennant
Dear ones all;
You will be glad to know that I had mail from H— yesterday. He had been so busy that he had not written to any one. . . . Henry’s last was written on the 14th. He had learned of the President’s decision to arm our ships so thought we might expect war at any time. Cuban affairs were gradually getting better but he had marines and sailors in many places. He said he would be glad when the Government troops would reach their places so he could get his men back. He is not allowed to tell what he is doing but I can judge what important things he has to do when he tells of the Admirals and Captains coming to him each with a tale of woe. I have seen two officers recently who have come from the fleet— Capt. Plunkett and Comdr. Kalbfus. Both of them called upon him just before leaving and told me that he is looking very well. He sent word that he is able to eat three meals a day and still belongs to the Don’t Worry Club. Admiral Reiter called Friday night. He had been to the Dept. that afternoon and said that the unanimous opinion there is that “Mayo is just the man for the place”. He added that he is one man in a thousand because he had confidence in himself and is not afraid to take responsibility. Just now Chester is with his father for some temporary duty. He expected to be gone about six weeks. I am so glad to have them together[.] If all active officers have to go to sea and retired ones take their place I am wondering if he will be kept there. Todays news seems very threatening and one wonders how much longer war can be held off. The Germans are real murderers and deserve no mercy-yet-war is horrible— I have not yet received my Red Cross work but hope to next week. . . .
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, Henry Mayo Papers, Box 1.