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Nixon’s Love Letters Unveiled

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California is celebrating the 100th birthday of the former president's wife, Pat, with love letters that “Tricky Dick” wrote her years before rising to power. Nixon gushed and called his future bride “dearest heart” and “Irish gypsy.” “Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you,” he wrote. “Let’s go for a long ride Sunday; let’s go to the mountains weekends; let’s read books in front of fires; most of all, let’s really grow together and find the happiness we know is ours.” The two met while auditioning for a play in Southern California and dated for two years until he proposed on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He delivered her engagement ring in a small flower basket. They married in 1940.

March 12, 2012 10:02 AM