American Presidents

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

This letter from Lyndon Johnson was sent to Miss Claudia Taylor, or Bird Taylor - his future wife, Lady Bird. It was written on Tuesday, October 23, 1934 and mailed the following day.

House of Representatives
Tuesday Noon

My dear Bird;

T he postman brought me several interesting, stimulating letters from friends in Texas. I wish you were here to sit on the arm of my chair and read them over my shoulder.
This morning I'm ambitious, proud, energetic and very madly in love with you. I want to see people - want to walk thru' the throngs - want to do things with a drive. If I had a box I would almost make a speech this minute. Plans, ideas, hopes - I'm bubbling over with them. For fear you might think me too conceited I'll stop there but there is so much more guiding my pen this morning than when I wrote you of my worry about this time last week. You are apparently always so free from concern that when I feel as I do this morning I think how cruel it was to ever let you know how despondent I felt last week.

This morning I've written letters so freely - Just finished one to Alice Wyatt. She will probably think I've reverted to the eighteen year old stage but I could feel no restraints. Dictated all of my mail in a jiffy, had coffee with Joe Bailey's secretary, and before lunch I've finished my day at the office. A letter from you on the afternoon mail will make this day such a perfect one.

The postman brought me several interesting, stimulating letters from friends in Texas. I wish you were here to sit on the arm of my chair and read them over my shoulder. People are so good to me. Even one of my best Washington friends, realizing how much I appreciate letters, chose to chide me with an early special before I had my breakfast at the hotel. For almost a week I was busy - busy - working and worrying and the letter says "What I need badly now and then is a special person, a loyal friend to whom I'm particularly attached, to talk to. But when I need him he's sure to be off with bankers, lawyers and the big men of the nation generally who are laying out a future for him. ( went driving with M. Dick's bankerfriends Sunday) So that's how the weekend goes when I'm in need of solace. If I go astray, I'll tell you what he will be like - he'll be about fifty, somewhat mellowed in his point of view toward the triumphs of this life, he'll be rather quiet, and he'll acutally be interested in what I'm doing". After the work is all done today we will meet and have a highball and most probably talk about you and her author - (and he isn't fifty). Then Ben Crider, a boy who helped me in school, writes at length. He had very pleasant work with the Fed. Land Bank and tells me more about his marriage, his work, my family and my friends. Just recently he has been transferred to the hill country from So. Texas. You may remember meeting him when you went to Corpus.

But, darling, with all of the nice things coming at once I haven't had a letter from you since Saturday - it was written Thursday. Not fussing, just checking up on Uncle Sams efficient postal service.

When you write again tell me about Austin and your schooldays there. Tell me about what you did - when you studied and what you did for entertainment and just how much (entertainment) a "young man" in law school can have. Tell me you love me if you want to and if you don't I'll believe you do anyway and keep on loving you every minute and it may be "completely" - suggestions from loved ones not withstanding.

Here is a big hug - kiss and the everlasting love of

Lyndon Baines

[The above letter is reproduced with assistance from Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, Texas.]

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