Richard Nixon Love Letters

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Richard Nixon Love Letters, Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, and before he became known as “Tricky Dicky”, the future US president was the one penning nicknames, to his future bride in love notes that reveal a romantic side of the man brought down by the Watergate scandal.

Nixon shared the stage with the-then Patricia Ryan in a community theatre production. Six of the dozens of letters they exchanged during their two-year courtship will be unveiled on Friday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California, to mark the birthday of the woman Nixon called his “Irish gypsy”.

In Nixon’s letters, he recalls their first meeting in flowery prose, daydreams about their future together and waxes poetic about the first time his “dearest heart” agreed to take a drive with him.

“Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you. Yet I have no feeling of selfish ownership or jealousy,” he writes in one undated letter. “Let’s go for a long ride Sunday; let’s go to the mountains weekends; let’s read books in front of fires; most of all, let’s really grow together and find the happiness we know is ours.”

Eighteen years after his death, the correspondence offers a tiny window into a fiercely private side of Nixon that almost no one ever saw and represents a love letter of sorts to fans of the 37th US president, who were infuriated when the National Archives took over the museum and overhauled it to include a detailed chronicle of Watergate.

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