Are you inspired by things from the past? I am! Love letters between famous people in some way motivates me to write sweet things to the love of my life. In other ways, I laugh and think, really? This is a love letter?! Well, no matter how they inspire you, here are a few examples for the month of love.
As you read through these love letters of the past, may I encourage you to write a love letter to a special person in your life? After the year we’ve had, it could truly cheer someone to know they are still loved and thought of with warm affection.
If you need other items to help with the writing, visit Southern Antiques & Accents for more inspiration. I personally love to find a vintage piece and imagine who sat at this desk, who posted a letter in this chair? You just might find a vintage piece that you can’t go home without.
Love Letters of the Past
Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”
Little Things has a list of other love letters, that you’ll find interesting; including Elizabeth Taylor, Napoleon Bonaparte and Johnny Cash to June Carter.
What a beautiful writing desk! Does this get your creativity fired up?
Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Darling – I love these velvet nights. I’ve never been able to decide … whether I love you most in the eternal classic half-lights where it blends with day or in the full religious fan-fare of mid-night or perhaps in the lux of noon. Anyway, I love you most and you ’phoned me just because you phoned me tonight – I walked on those telephone wires for two hours after holding your love like a parasol to balance me.’
These vintage typewriters would be perfect for an “olde” letter to a new friend or for a touch of vintage decor. I picture them on a large desk or in a white bookcase. They would make a great gift to a writer, marketer or typist from a day before Microsoft Word.
I love you and I might marry you.
George Bush to Barbara Bush
This love letter was written after their engagement was announced.
“This should be a very easy letter to write—words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can’t possibly say all in a letter I should like to. I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you…”
The following is from my very favorite love story of all time, with the exception of the love of Jesus. I have watched everything I can find about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. I love their story.
Prince Albert to Queen Victoria
Dearest deeply loved Victoria, I need not tell you that since we left, all my thoughts have been with you at Windsor, and that your image fills my whole soul.Even in my dreams I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. How that moment shines for me still when I was close to you, with your hand in mine. Those days flew by so quickly, but our separation will fly equally so. Ernest [my brother] wishes me to say a thousand nice things to you. With promises of unchanging love and devotion, Your ever true Albert.
So who will you write a love letter to this Valentine’s? Will you write it by hand? Add a personal note to a greeting card? Or would you love the opportunity to type out your feelings on a vintage typewriter?