Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/3/1934?


Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/3/1934?


Twelve hours after writing her last letter, Lady Bird writes that she is still feeling forlorn after re-reading LBJ's last letter. She anticipates seeing friends in Dallas at the Texas-OU football game, thanks LBJ for the NBC folders, and asks him not to write any more "I don't really care letters."


Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973


Personal Papers of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

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Courtship Letters


Pre-Presidential; Johnson family; Lady Bird Johnson personal; LBJ personal


Public domain

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Date Note:

Precise date uncertain: extrapolated here by LBJ Library archives staff

Time Period:

Pre-Presidential (Before Nov. 22, 1963)


[October 3, 1934 ?]
Wednesday Morning
My Dearest Lyndon –
What a silly I am to be writing again--after an interval of only twelve hours! But I say to myself perhaps I shan’t have time to tomoro, it being the day I am going to transplant, so I may today…But the real reason is because I feel forlorn and want to reach out to you.
I’ve just re-read your letter of last night hoping it would be
sweeter this morning. It wasn’t…It was the vague sort of use of the past tense about us that hurt me so.
Even a letter from Fred Brown, one of my closest friends, in the same mail didn’t help much. He had lots of news of my dear Austin and Gene and the Cap’n! And he said he and Gordon were coming up to Dallas to the O. U. game and would bring Cecille and we would all have a re-union!
Gordon has been to New
York since Cecille and I have and we three will all talk at once and at great length about the Casino de Paris and Chinatown and the Pushcart district and Diego Rivera’s murals and the Paradise Club!!
What with the game, and the light opera they have at the fair, and seeing F.D. and Gordan and Cecille, and staying with Emily and her dear family and happening upon all the Texas-exes and current students that I know who’ll be there--it will be a happy weekend!!--perhaps.
But nothing will avail to make me really happy and at peace in my heart until I get a sweet letter from you…I didn’t know how much I relied upon them.
Thanks for the NBC folders. I adore music--especially Verdi and I shall have fun looking through them.
Study hard--and play some too. But don’t write me any more of those I-don’t-really-care letters because I can’t bear them.
Goodbye for about a day, my dearest, Bird