Thursday, January 22, 2009

tragic love story

Speaking of epic, tragic love stories (see Ben Button below) and in honor of the impending V Day, I want to repost this page Jordan posted from Teddy Roosevelt's diary the day his first wife, Alice, died in 1884.

How sad! According to Wiki, although they were married only 4 short years, she was the love of his life. On the day they first met, he journaled in his diary "As long as I live, I shall never forget how sweetly she looked, and how prettily she greeted me." How sweet. He was such the romantic poet. Sadly, on the day Alice died, T.R.'s mother also passed away. That is a lot for a young man of 25.

His diaries and other papers (approx. 250,000 items in all!) are housed in the Presidential Papers, Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Read more of his diary entries here, here, here and here. Purchase Theodore Roosevelt's Diaries of Boyhood and Youth here.

Also, if historical love letters are your thing, I recommend Love Letters of Great Men which I received as a Christmas gift. It is quite lovely.

Via Oh Happy Day, via ffffound, via tatielle.

1 comment:

Designers' Brew said...

oh my god, devastating--to lose your wife and mother on the same day! What a sweet, heartbreaking diary entry. I always think of romantic-love marriages as such a 20th-century luxury that it's incredibly endearing to hear of ones that existed a long time ago.

Thanks for stopping by the blog (Nerdy Fashionista), by the way, but I moved! New blog is linked in my name below. I hope you'll stop by to check out the new digs!