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An Early Look at Warren G. Harding's Love Letters

OSUStu's picture
July 8, 2014 at 10:21am
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For our own beloved Marionaire:  

DJ mentioned in Friday's Skull Session that on July 29th Warren G. Harding's love letters to his mistresses will be released from a trust.  However, the New York Times has a sneak peek now and the letters contain quite a bit of innuendo and some borderline explicit material.  Some of it is actually romantic.

Some of the interesting bits:

The president often wrote in code, in case the letters were discovered, referring to his penis as Jerry and devising nicknames, like Mrs. Pouterson, for Phillips.

Oh, Carrie mine! You can see I have yielded and written myself into wild desire. I could beg. And Jerry came and will not go, says he loves you, that you are the only, only love worthwhile in all this world, and I must tell you so and a score or more of other fond things he suggests, but I spare you. You must not be annoyed. He is so utterly devoted that he only exists to give you all. I fear you would find a fierce enthusiast today.

Jerry — you recall Jerry, whose cards I once sent you to Europe — came in while I was pondering your notes in glad reflection, and we talked about it. He was strongly interested, and elated and clung to discussion.

Wish I could take you to Mount Jerry. Wonderful spot. Not in the geographies but a heavenly place, and I have seen some passing views there and reveled in them. 

When Carrie Phillips threatened to release their letters prior to his run for president the Republican National Committee paid her between $20-$25,000 to keep quiet.

Now to specific things. I can’t secure you the larger competence you have frequently mentioned. No use to talk about it. I can pay with life or reputation, but I can’t command such a sum! To avoid disgrace in the public eye, to escape ruin in the eyes of those who have trusted me in public life — where I have never betrayed — I will, if you demand it as the price, retire at the end of my term and never come back to [Marion, Ohio] to reside. . . . I’ll pay this price to save my own disgrace and your own self-destruction to destroy me. That is one proposal, complete, final, and covers all.

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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BroJim's picture

He was one of the worst. Thanks for sharing, OSUStu. 

I season my simple food with hunger

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

To quote my late Grandmother:

Oh my!

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AndyVance's picture

Old-school sexting... neato completo!

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Fatpants's picture

Imagine the trouble the old dog could've gotten into with a smart phone.

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Fatpants's picture

Not now Jerry, I've caught the vapors!

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jedkat's picture

Makes you think about the carton Tom & Jerry a bit differently, neh?

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

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OSUStu's picture

You know there were a lot of rumors about Mrs. Phillips having German sympathies.  Maybe that is what they were referring to!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ECSAGESTER's picture

More like Warren G. Hard-On, am I right guys? 

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NH-IO's picture

Warren G was a boss and master of his domain

September 15, 1913: “Wouldn’t you like to get sopping wet out on Superior — not the lake — for the joy of fevered fondling and melting kisses?”

January 5, 1913: “And I wanted to sit before the fire afterward, in freedom of dress, and dream of you and of loving you, intimately, until [illegible]. I like to dream in loose, flowing garb, because I can dream more intently. And I did – to alarming release. I called your name aloud thrice, begging you to come, and a voice from upstairs responded, wanting to know what I wanted.”

http://tinyurl.com/go-warren-g

The Butler's picture

...15 minutes later

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