Napoleon Bonaparte was a bit of a clinger. Richard Nixon was shockingly cute. And Warren Harding was a street vendor.
We learn a lot about world leaders when the love letters they wrote to their loved ones are published. The results can be either humanizing or humiliating – and both have been plentiful over the years. Check out some of the sweetest, strangest, and hottest love letters written by seven world leaders.
. 1 Richard Nixon's shockingly sweet love letters to his future wife, Pat.
Sappiest line: "Let's go for a long ride on Sundays, let's go to the mountains on weekends, let's read books in front of the fire, most of all really grow together and find the happiness that we know is ours. "
The list of words Richard Nixon has described in the past 70 years is long and not particularly flattering at 37. President of the United States as a romantic. However, it turned out that during his days in front of the White House, the brisk politician could really be on the Schmaltz.
When I look out of the window at the clouds while the sun tries to break through, I think about how much Did I mean the past two years?
Do you remember the funny guy who asked you about two years ago to go to a 20-30 women's night out?  ] Well – you know that while he's still funny – he's changed since then, but you may not know – dear – that he still gets the same thrill when you say you're with him going somewhere – which he did when you once said he could drive you in his car!
And did you know that he still looks out the window wherever you look and sends you the best that he has in love, admiration, respect and "good luck"?
And when the wind is blowing and the rain is falling and the sun is shining through the clouds (as it is) now), he still decides, as he did then, that he or anyone else is not doing anything good happened when I fell in love with you – my dearest heart –
The two met while auditioning for roles in a community theater production from The Dark Tower in 1938 – Nixon, the Thespian! – and got married after two years of courtship and maudlin letters. Although critics described their marriage as loveless and "dingy" while occupying the White House, those closest to them told a different story. Former Foreign Secretary Alexander Haig said that "[Nixon] worshiped Pat" and that the couple often watched movies or relaxed by the Camp David pool during their rare downtime.
The couple stayed together until Pat's death in 1993. Less than a year later, Richard would follow Nixon at the age of 81.
. 2 Warren Harding's X-rated letters to his lover.
The most scandalous lines: "Wouldn't you rather get wet on Superior – not on the lake – to enjoy the feverish caressing and melting of kisses?" Do you want to make the suspected occupant of the next room jealous of the joys he could not know, as we did in Richmond in the morning communion? "
Yikes. Of all the historical documents the US government would uncover, President Warren G. Harding's erotic writings could not have been on any wish list. These Ribald notes were written as Harding's Vice Governor of Ohio and later served as a senator before taking office as president in 1921. The only problem is that the letters went not to his wife Florence, but to her close marriage friend – and the couple's neighbor, Carrie Fulton Phillips – with whom he had an ongoing relationship.
In the letters Harding described the "glorious kisses and caresses" of their secret caresses, while he lamented his own marriage as "mere existence", necessary for appearance. "To the people of To chase away her trail, Harding invented garish code for his writing, calling his penis "Jerry" and her genitals "Mrs. Pouterson". ("I wish I could take you to Mount Jerry. Wonderful place," Harding once wrote.)
And it's more than just the usual letters of lust – Harding also threw in some racy poems like this small number January 1912:
"I love to suck
Hold your breath
I like to cling –
To stay there long …
I love you dressed
But naked more
Love your beauty
To worship like this … "
Finally the whole thing went south, with some theories saying Phillips & # 39; pro-German feeling Harding, as a politician during World War I, incriminated me (some even believed she was a spy) and others claimed that she got mad at his affairs with other women (Harding apparently had many).
The letters themselves were sealed by the courts until July 29, 2014. when they were released to make the whole world blush. Phillips probably should have just listened to Harding's request from a January 1913 letter when he said to her, "I've been thinking about all those letters you have. I think you [should] have a fire, throw it!"
3. Napoleon Bonaparte's turbulent love letters to Josephine.
The most fiery lines: "You will be here next to me, in my arms, on my chest, on my mouth? Take wings and come, come … A kiss on your heart and a much deeper, much deeper! "
Before Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France in 1804, he led armies, consolidated his power and overturned Josephine de Beauharnais, who would do so to his wife and empress. And a look at his early love letters shows a conqueror who is not shy about showing his passions or his affection:
"I have been depressed ever since I left you. My luck is to be close to you I will survive in your memory your caresses, your tears, your loving care. The charms of incomparable Josephine will ignite a burning and glowing flame in my heart again and again. If I am free of all care and all troublesome care, I will be in the Being able to walk I've spent all of my time with you just to love you and just think of happiness to say this and prove it to you. I will send your horse to you but I hope you will come soon me. "
But in many of his letters to her Napoleon only complains about how many notes he writes and how few he receives for it:
" I have your letters of 16. and 21. There are many days when you don't write. What do you do then? No, honey, I'm not jealous, but sometimes worried. Come soon, I'll warn you if you are late you will find me sick. Fatigue and your absence are too much. "
There may be a reason for the seemingly one-sided passion in their relationship: During the First Italian Campaign, only months after their marriage, rumors about Josephine's infidelity reached Napoleon's ears. This changed the tenor of their relationship, and in November 1796 his letters changed for the unpredictable:
"I don't love you anymore; on the contrary, I loathe you. You are a mean mean bitch. You don't write to me at all. you don't love your husband; You know how happy your letters make him and you don't write him six lines of nonsense …
Soon I hope I hold you in my arms. then I'll cover you with a million hot kisses that burn like the equator. "
Eventually, Josephine's affair with Napoleon was confirmed, and the passion he once had for her slowly faded. Both took on new lovers, but they remained officially married until 1809, when Napoleon announced plans to divorce Josephine, mainly because she could not bear children for him.
4. Joseph Stalin's playful love letters to his wife Nadya.
Most uncharacteristic line: "I miss you so much Tatochka – I am as lonely as a horned owl. "
The man who once said coolly:" When the opposition disarms, everything is fine and good. If she refuses to disarm, we will disarm ourselves, "was also known to end his love letters to his second wife, Nadya, with the delightful farewell," My kisses! Your Joseph. "
Not many letters from Stalin have survived, but according to Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar author Simon Sebag Montefiore, we know that the notes were handled by the Soviet secret police. The two were rarely out of contact for a long time. In the letters he called her her nickname Tatochka, but unlike Napoleon's attempts to contact a seemingly indifferent Josephine, Nadya's responses were far more loving: "I kiss you passionately only as you kissed me when we said goodbye! "
But the relationship was also fiery. The couple fought often and Nadya threatened to leave Stalin and take her children with them. At a party, when Nadya was blown up, Nadya was found dead.
5. The extramarital love letters from King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.
A line that fits a king: " And to get you to do it more often. Remember me, I will send you one through the holder of this money [letter] Dollar killed by my own hand late at night, hoping that when you eat of it, you will think of the hunter. "
Sending a freshly killed goat that was not announced to your loved one can lead to an injunction in modern times, but when King Henry VIII sent a messenger to Anne Boleyn around 1527, she knew that she was officially courted by the most powerful man in the country. When the letter (and the game) arrived, Henry was still technically married to Catherine of Aragon, his first wife – but since she could not produce a male heir to the king, wandered looking at Anne, the two exchanged letters for years waiting for the marriage to be dissolved (the Church of England needed to be set up to do this)
When Henry's letters did not brag about his last killing , They were surprisingly moving and vulnerable to a man notorious for settling his disputes in the Tower of London, and Henry often confessed his love anxious, fearing that Anne would not return his feelings.
"It is absolutely necessary that I get this answer after I have been struck with the arrow of love for over a year and not and yet I am sure that I will find no place in your heart and in your affection."  After all the courting, Henry and Anne's marriage would only last three years. Unable to give him a male heir – just like Catherine – Henry's eyes wandered again. In order to annul the marriage that he once so urgently requested, Henry was charged with alleged adultery and conspiracy against Anne, who was executed in May 1536.
. 6 George H.W. Bush's detailed letters to Barbara.
The most touching lines: "I love you, precious, with all my heart, and knowing that you love me means my life. How many times have I thought of the immeasurable joy that will one day be ours Children are lucky to have a mother like you. "
All love letters George HW Bush wrote to his future wife Barbara that during his time in World War II, only a few months after the engagement was one from December 1943 besides this one lost. The letter paints the picture of a 19-year-old who desperately wants to return home to his new fiancé but is still committed to war. With over 500 words, young Bush has a lot to say.
“Over time, our departure is getting closer. For a long time I was looking forward to the day when we would go on board and set sail. It seemed like I could only wish for a while to achieve that goal, but bar, you've changed all of this. I can't say I don't want to go because that would be a lie. We have worked with a single goal for a long time to be equipped to meet and defeat our enemy. I want to go because it's my part, but going now isn't an adventure, it's a job that I hope will be over soon. Even now, with a little time between us and the sea, I'm thinking about coming back. That may sound melodramatic, but if it does, it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have filled my life with everything I could ever dream of – my complete happiness should be a sign of my love for you. "
And when he was not writing to Barbara, he was writing about Barbara. Existing Letters HW The letters to his mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, are full of declarations of love for his young friend." [I] Miss Bar something great, but I take it is only natural, "he wrote." It is really a pain – so close and yet so far. "
7. Winston Churchill's timeless letters to his wife Clementine.
Most romantic lines:  "Time flies quickly, but it is not pleasant to see how big and growing the treasure we have amassed amidst the storms and stress of so many eventful and millions of tragic and terrible years? "
The rough exterior of the British Bulldog may have played great on the world stage, but in the privacy of pen and paper, Winston Churchill proved to be a loving, sentimental husband to wife Clementine. The two were only four months old in 1908 Courtship is engaged, and a handful of their letters to each other have survived to this day.
In an early note from September 1909, Winston wrote: "Sweet cat – I kiss your vision as it rises before my mind. Your dear heart often beats in my own. God bless you darling, keep you safe. "The letter is accompanied by a drawing of a galloping pug -" Pug "is the nickname that Clementine had for Winston. For Winston, Clementine was his" cat ".
The couple's 56-year marriage remained over the decades, the world wars and peace, lovingly. In a letter from 1935, Churchill simply summed it up: "What it was for me to live in your heart and in your company all these years cannot convey idioms."