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History’s most powerful love letters

Gas bills, fliers for the Indian take away around the corner and a note from Foxtons, reminding you that there are plenty of people who’d like to buy your house. One of the great things about Christmas is that the humdrum of your doormat’s contents is broken up with the odd Christmas card from a distant friend or relative – even if their seasonal greetings serve mostly as a reminder that you forgot to include them on your card list this year. Cue a rush to the post office.

What wouldn’t you give to find among the pile destined for the recycle bin a little love note from someone special, extolling your virtues and laying bare their undying love?

A love email or text just doesn’t have the same ring to it, so why not put pen to paper and surprise a friend or relative with words that will touch their heart this Christmas. For inspiration, we’ve gathered some of the most powerful love letters we’ve ever come across. Each, in their own unique way, reflects not just on the depth of love between the couple in question, but also what it really means to love, in all its brutal, wonderful, joyous, heartbreaking agony. Tissues at the ready…

ELIZABETH TAYLOR TO RICHARD BURTON

So volatile was their relationship that it was condemned by the Vatican and twice famously ended in divorce. But the king and queen of Hollywood certainly had passion (their first on screen kiss was reported to have gone on long after the director yelled “cut”, despite them both being married to other people at the time), and nowhere is it more evident than in this note, sent by Mrs Taylor following an apparent rough patch in their marriage.


My darling (my still) My husband,



I wish I could tell you of my love for you, of my fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you — (with you) — my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times. Most of all my love for you, and whatever love you can dole out to me — I wish I could write about it but I can’t. I can only 'boil and bubble' inside and hope you understand how I really feel.


Anyway I lust thee, 

Your (still) Wife. 



P.S. O’Love, let us never take each other for granted again!



P.P.S. How about that — 10 years!!


PATTI SMITH TO ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE


Two talented, poor and artistic young lovers found one another in New York City and fell in love. Though they went their separate ways, musician and writer Patti Smith and photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe remained great friends, so much so that even when they both found other longtime loves, they continued to write impassioned notes to one another. This one, from Patti to Robert, was sent while Robert was dying of AIDS and unfortunately he never got to read it. Patti shared the note with a live audience at the opening of her solo art show in Conneticut and you can see her reading it below.


Dear Robert,



Often as I lie awake I wonder if you are also lying awake. Are you in pain or feeling alone? You drew me from the darkest period of my young life, sharing with me the sacred mystery of what it is to be an artist. I learned to see through you and never compose a line or draw a curve that does not come from the knowledge I derived in our precious time together. Your work, coming from a fluid source, can be traced to the naked song of your youth. You spoke then of holding hands with God. Remember, through everything, you have always held that hand, grip it hard, Robert, and don’t let go.

The other afternoon, when you fell asleep on my shoulder, I drifted off, too. But before I did, it occurred to me looking around at all of your things and your work and going through years of work in my mind, that of all your work, you are still your most beautiful. The most beautiful work of all.



Patti


PATTI SMITH READS HER FINAL LETTER TO ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE


JOHNNY CASH TO JUNE CARTER CASH

They were married for 35 years until June Carter’s death, and Johnny Cash’s note to his darling spouse paints a picture of enduring love and lasting commitment.


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

But once in a while, 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.


HENRY VIII TO ANNE BOLEYN

We all know how this love story ends, but how it began is much more a mystery. In the King’s pleading note to his beloved Anne Boleyn, it's clear that, regardless of the drama and bloodlust with which the relationship ended, it began with true desire (and a rather infatuated monarch).


On turning over in my mind the contents of your last letters, I have put myself into great agony, not knowing how to interpret them, whether to my disadvantage, as you show in some places, or to my advantage, as I understand them in some others, beseeching you earnestly to let me know expressly your whole mind as to the love between us two. It is absolutely necessary for me to obtain this answer, having been for above a whole year stricken with the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail of finding a place in your heart and affection.

Written by the hand of him who would willingly remain yours.


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.

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