1934 Courtship Letters

Lady Bird: Oct. 15-21

Letter, 10/16/34?

Lady Bird writes LBJ from Tyler, Texas, on her way home from Dallas.  She says her trip was delightful, she still has the picture proofs, and will write in more detail later when she arrives home. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/16/34? No. 2. 

Lady Bird says she feels low after returning home from Dallas but goes on to tell him about her plans for the next day.  She describes her trip to Dallas, including her dinner with Victor McCrea during which she told him she is in love with LBJ.  She asks about LBJ's job prospects with GE [General Electric] and ends by saying the answer to his "question" is "not Thanksgiving"  and she wants "until January to decide." Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/17/34?

Lady Bird expresses her concerns about LBJ's letter of Monday saying he begins to "speak of us in the past tense."  She asks him to stop urging her to marry him until they see each other in January.  She wishes he were on his way to Corpus but would hate for him to miss school.  She thanks LBJ for sending "a thing of beauty" poem.    Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/17/34? No. 2. 

[Note:  This appears to be the second half of a letter from Lady Bird to LBJ.  There are no pages 1-4.]  Lady Bird comments on his person-to-person call to her while she was in Dallas.  She tells him about an invitation to go to the theater in Shreveport, about Gene and "Lass" [Lasseter] and that Alice W. has received the photo.  Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/18/34?

Lady Bird describes her day and says she is waiting for Dorris [Powell] to come by to take her to the Little Theatre in Shreveport and hopefully bring a letter from him.  She talks about the books he has sent her, asks about law school, and describes her studying habits. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/18/34? No. 2.

Lady Bird says Dorris [Powell] was unable to get tickets for the play they had planned to attend in Shreveport.  Lady Bird says she wants to take her father to a show and try to get him interested in something besides work.  She didn't get a letter from LBJ today; she wishes she were with him; she will not quit writing to him. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/19/34?

Lady Bird tells LBJ that if he comes to Texas she will be with him "all the time you can put up with."  She asks about offers he has received from New York and South Texas.  She comments on his low spirits and encourages him to have enthusiasm for his work.  She writes about the day's activities, and ends saying "we shall find the way out of our difficulties." Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.


Letter, 10/21/34?

Lady Bird explains that she did not write yesterday because she drove to Dallas with a good friend and spent the night there.  She asks LBJ to tell her what is troubling him and tells him that she received a picture of him that he had sent.  She writes that he looks arrogant in the picture, but the more she looks at it, the more she likes it.   Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.