Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson in 1934. See a larger version below. (LBJ President Library via Reuters)

“All I can say, in absolute honesty, is — I love you, I don’t know how everlastingly I love you — so I can’t answer you yet.”

Lady Bird Johnson, in a September 1934 letter to the young Capitol Hill staffer who had just proposed marriage on their first date. Lyndon Johnson tried to be patient: “If you are still sure you want to wait,” he wrote back to her on House Agriculture Committee stationery, “I’ll make my letters less affectionate and consequently less embarrassing — but I do love you so much.” They married two months later — and their love letters were shared with the public by the LBJ Presidential Library on Valentine’s Day. (Earlier: Richard Nixon’s love letter to his ‘Irish gypsy’, 3/12/12)

(LBJ Library via Reuters)

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