Wednesday 20 September 2017

The ten most romantic letters ever written

A love letter penned by Johnny Cash dated 1994
Film stars Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) at their first wedding in Montreal, Canada.
American country musicians Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash (1929 - 2003) with their infant son John Carter Cash
Married country singers Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash pose for a portrait at an event in September 1969 in California.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Finding the right words to scrawl inside a Valentine’s Day card can be a difficult task but perhaps some inspiration can be drawn from a list of the most romantic letters ever written released this week.

The letters penned by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Napoleon Bonaparte, Richard Burton and Jimi Hendrix pull at the heart strings ahead on the most loved-up day of the year.

A letter by old romantic Johnny Cash to the love of his life June Carter topped the poll as history’s most romantic note where he expressed that she was “the greatest woman” that he ever met.

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In the letter penned in Denmark in 1994, the late singer writes, “You’re the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”

Insurance Company Beagle Street in the UK surveyed over 1000 subjects to pull together the most loved-up letters ever.

A love letter penned by Johnny Cash dated 1994
A love letter penned by Johnny Cash dated 1994
Film stars Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) at their first wedding in Montreal, Canada.
American country musicians Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash (1929 - 2003) with their infant son John Carter Cash
Married country singers Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash pose for a portrait at an event in September 1969 in California.

Johnny Cash in a letter to June Carter in 1994

Happy Birthday Princess,

“We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”

Winston Churchill in a letter to his wife Clementine Churchill in 1935

“Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and, to millions, tragic and terrible years?”

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John Keats tells next door neighbour Fanny Brawne he cannot live without her in 1819

Film stars Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) at their first wedding in Montreal, Canada.
Film stars Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) at their first wedding in Montreal, Canada.
American country musicians Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash (1929 - 2003) with their infant son John Carter Cash
Married country singers Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash pose for a portrait at an event in September 1969 in California.

"My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again"

Ernest Hemingway professes his love to Marlene Dietrich in 1951

"I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home. Nor too many things. But we were always cheerful and jokers together."

Napoleon Bonaparte sends his love to Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796

"The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart."

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Richard Burton tells Elizabeth Taylor of her beauty in 1964

You don’t realise of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.

King Henry VIII expresses his love for Anne Boleyn in 1527

"I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us."

Beethoven pens his love for his ‘Immortal Beloved’ whose true identity remains a mystery in 1812

"Love demands everything and that very justly - thus it is to me with you, and you with me"

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Gerald Ford reminds wife Betty Ford of his and their family’s love for her shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1974

"No written words can adequately express our deep, deep love. We know how great you are and we, the children and Dad, will try to be as strong as you. "

Jimi Hendrix tells his “little girl” to spread her wings (date unknown)

"Happiness is within you….so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow"

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