Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/9/1934?
Title:Letter, Lady Bird Taylor to Lyndon Johnson, 10/9/1934?
Description:Lady Bird thanks LBJ for the books that he sent her, including the book on Nazism. She comments on Roosevelt and His America by [Bernard] Faÿ. She expresses her love for LBJ, mentions his phone call Sunday, says her letter of Monday was not mailed until Tuesday, and tells LBJ she mailed photos to his mother and Alice.
Contributor:Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Collection:Personal Papers of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson
Collection Description:Go to List of Holdings
Subject:Pre-Presidential; Johnson family; Lady Bird Johnson personal; LBJ personal
Specific Item Type:Correspondence
Date Note:Precise date uncertain: extrapolated here by LBJ Library archives staff
Time Period:Pre-Presidential (Before Nov. 22, 1963)
Transcript:[Written on BIRD TAYLOR stationery]
[October 9, 1934 ?]
Today has been the grandest day!! Better than a birthday - most as nice as Christmas! - I can hardly write for exclamation marks.
My books came!! I am delighted, enthralled. I feel like jumping up and down! The book of the National Capitol is beautiful – and what a thrill I get when I look through it and see familiar places. I am so proud to own it!
And I revel in the cook
book. I can’t wait to try some of the things! I shall make one of the desserts for supper tomoro nite.
The book on Nazism challenges my intelligence if any - ever since I heard Lewis Browne, just returned from there, lecture on Herr Hitler and his Germany I’ve been vitally interested in it.
Tell L. E. I’ll take excellent care of Lincoln Steffens and return him before very long. But I want to read my Roosevelt and the New Pioneers and Wallace’s book first, because they’re library books, aren’t they, dear? I’m halfway through Roosevelt, by Faÿ, and have laughed at him
and appreciated the subtle nuances of his wit and applauded his wording and often disagreed with him and been quite stimulated…I told you he was an iconoclast - he jumps on most of our national heroes, even Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But he doesn’t have one iconoclastic thing to say about Roosevelt! He permits FDR to remain a hero.
But, darling, the books even weren’t the nicest thing! It was your letter written Sunday afternoon. I feel purr-y, like a kitten. I feel like all is well…I love you more every day, Lyndon.
…But again I feel contrite, about your going to such trouble to get me Sunday afternoon and about
how much it must have cost. However, I love people who do things on the spur of the moment and do not weigh everything and be dreadfully sensible and conservative!
Monday morning when I wrote your letter I gave it to Dorris to mail--she being out here and I wasn’t going to Karnack. And this morning she informs me regretfully that she didn’t mail it until today. I’m so sorry ‘cause there’ll be one day you don’t get one and the next day there’ll be two. Which leads one to believe That reminds me that when you want something done Do It Yourself. Which is probably what you’re thinking about the big picture made atop Empire State. But I mailed them today, dearest! One to your mother--I thought she’d like the big one better--, one to Alice. Both in guaranteed-not-to-bend pasteboard. Goodnite my darling, darling. Thanks a million times for all you do for me. Devotedly, Bird