Decades-old love letters provide a glimpse into the relationship between former President George H.W. Bush and his then-fiancée Barbara.

IJReview posted some of the couple’s 1943 love letters, which were provided by the Bush Library.

In a letter written on U.S. Navy stationary, Bush writes to Barbara about how “desperately happy” he was to see their engagement announcement in the paper.


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“I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day,” he wrote.

Bush wrote the letter to Barbara during his training to become a World War II pilot, which he discussed in their correspondence. He said that he wanted to head to war to "meet and defeat our enemy," but added that he hoped his job there would "be over before long."

"Even now, with a good while between us and the sea, I am thinking of getting back," he wrote. "This may sound melodramatic, but if it does it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have made my life full of everything I could ever dream of— my complete happiness should be to hear of my love for you."

Read the letters on IJReview.com.


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