In February, our thoughts -and holidays- turn to love and presidents, so it makes sense to peek in on love letters written by presidents, some of which are pretty strange. The wives of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson burned their love letters after the presidents’ deaths for privacy reasons, so instead we read love letters they wrote to other women. James Madison communicated with Dolley Payne Todd (before they married) through her cousin’s letters.
“He told me I might say what I pleased to you about him to begin. He thinks so much of you in the day that he has lost his tongue. At night he dreams of you and starts in his sleep a calling on you to relieve his flame for he burns to such an excess that he will be shortly consumed and he hopes that your heart will be callous to every other swain but himself. He has consented to everything that I have wrote about him with sparkling eyes.”
(Image credit: George G Milford)