Lyndon: Oct. 15-21
LBJ sent Lady Bird the poem, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Lady Bird acknowledged the poem in her letter of October 17. The poem may have been enclosed with a letter LBJ wrote on October 15, 1934, which is referenced in Lady Bird's letters but was not included with the collection when it was given to the LBJ Library. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.
LBJ apparently forwards a postcard to Lady Bird that he received from Gene Boehringer. Gene writes about the "Zephyr" train she is riding to Dallas and wishes LBJ could be in Dallas with Lady Bird and all their friends. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.
LBJ tells Lady Bird he is very unhappy and says that he will be faced with challenges in a few days that will either result in cheer and happiness again or challenge whatever talents he may possess. If he may still write to her, she will see the difference in future letters. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.
LBJ comments on Lady Bird's letter to him describing her conversation with Victor [McCrea] while she was in Dallas. He also comments on letters from his mother and from "Mr. Dick" [Congressman Kleberg] and mentions again the letter he wrote Lady Bird but did not mail. He describes his plans for the weekend. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.
LBJ writes in response to Lady Bird's October 17 letter to him, reassuring her of his love for her. He discusses plans for their future together, including a possible new job. He descibes seeing the play Jayhawker and his plans to go dancing Saturday night and to try "to quit being grandpa and be a boy again." Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.
Again responding to Lady Bird's October 17 letter, LBJ repeats the question Lady Bird is "prone to repeat," "Must you have all or nothing?" LBJ answers the question, "yes." LBJ describes seeing Will Rogers in Judge Priest. LBJ says he received a letter from Gene [Boehringer] telling him that Alice Wyatt "thoroughly approved" of LBJ and Lady Bird. Click on the item to see all the pages and read the transcript.