Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/6/1934?


Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/6/1934?


Lady Bird writes that she is thrilled LBJ is sending her a book about Nazism, and she evaluates the book, Roosevelt and His America by [Bernard] Fa


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


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Precise date uncertain: extrapolated here by LBJ Library archives staff

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Pre-Presidential (Before Nov. 22, 1963)


[October 6, 1934 ?] Saturday Night
My Dearest Lyndon –
Your letter today was practically telegraphic--in length. But this afternoon I had a card, so after all it was a quite satisfactory day!
I shall be thrilled to get the book on Naziism. Its such a controversial subject and I know nothing at all about it. Except what I absorbed from one of Lewis Browne’s clever lectures last year.
Honey, you are really going to keep my mind from atrophying,
aren’t you? I’m so glad you are sending me all these books. I find Mr. Faÿ’s book on “Roosevelt and His America” a facile, brilliant book, an almost too-clever book. But not at all a very profound book, nor very level-headed. Mr. Faÿ is an iconoclast and something of a lover-of-words--he must be funny before anything! I want to argue with him but I certainly do enjoy him.
Dearest, I am in a much happier mood than when I wrote you the last few letters. I don’t know why.…perhaps
because for so long I have practiced believing that things will be like I want them (its one of my characteristics!)--and simply ignoring unpleasant things, and so I simply believe that you love me very much and that you aren’t annoyed by whatever imagined coolness or indifference you read into my attitude. And partly because in your card today you said we’d all have dinner at the Occidental the first night we arrived. Somehow that simple little thought brings me so much closer to Washington, and you!
I am delighted over the
prospect of the picture! I only hope it comes before Friday so I can take it to Dallas and show it to all the Crows and F. D. and Gordon and of course Cecille though she has seen you.
Friday or Monday I shall have you one made. I dread it--I’ve an awful inferiority complex about having my picture made. I do hope it’ll be nice!
Goodnight, dearest. I love you, very much. I wish you were here this minute because I feel silly and gay and I want to ruffle up your hair and kiss you and say silly things! Devotedly, Bird