In commemoration of Pat Nixon’s 100th birthday, about a half a dozen of the poetic and comedic love letters written between her in the late 1930s, and by what would be her future husband and former President Richard Nixon, will go on display in the Nixon Library in California this Friday.
In one of the letters in which he addresses Patricia with the usual “dearest heart,” he writes, “Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you. Yet I have no feeling of selfish ownership or jealousy. In fact, I should always want you to live just as you wanted – because if you didn’t, then you would change and wouldn’t be you.”
He also sappily wrote during his courtship of Patricia, “Let’s go for a long ride Sundays; 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.”
“What’s so charming about these letters is that they are really from another time, because I think the writing of love letters has really become a lost art with technology,” said exhibit curator Bob Bostock to Reuters.
In some of the return letters by Patricia, she appeared to be a bit more of a comedian rather than the romantic Nixon appeared to be. In one, she writes: “Hi-ho, Hi-ho! How does it go? It would be good to see and hear — Night school is over about 9 so if you are through with club meeting perhaps I’ll see you?”
She also offers to “burn a hamburger” for Richard if he visits her on a Wednesday evening.
Both Pat and Richard met two years before marrying in 1940, while the two were auditioning for a community theater rendition of the “The Dark Tower,” in Southern California.