The intimate letters — addressed to Gunilla von Post, an aristocrat he met weeks prior to his 1953 marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier — reveal Kennedy describing their time collectively as a “bright memory of my life.”
Written between 1955 and 1956, the love letters predate Kennedy’s presidency. He was serving as a senator in Massachusetts on the time, and the notes had been written on United States Senate letterhead.
This photograph reveals a love letter that John F. Kennedy wrote to a Swedish paramour a couple of years after he married Jacqueline Bouvier, in accordance to Boston-based RR Auction. The public sale home says Kennedy wrote letters to aristocrat Gunilla von Post in 1955 and 1956, and introduced, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, that they are going to be going up for public sale. Credit: Nikki Brickett/AP
In them, Kennedy mirrored on the pair’s romantic journey to Sweden and responded to information that Von Post was set to wed. The future president advised Von Post he was “anxious” to see her, calling her “wonderful” in a single letter. In one other, he signed off merely as “Jack.”
Von Post and Kennedy first met in the summertime of 1953 in Cannes, simply weeks earlier than Kennedy and Bouvier’s September 12 wedding ceremony. According to RR Auction, they later “spent a very blissful and intimate week consummating the relationship” in Sweden in August 1955 — nearly two years into his marriage.
The public sale home additionally mentioned that “efforts on Kennedy’s behalf to end his marriage and to bring her to the United States” had been “thwarted by his father, his political ambitions, and Kennedy’s and von Post’s mutual sensitivity to the miscarriage suffered by Jacqueline in 1955.”
Another instance of the letters up for public sale is pictured right here. Credit: Nikki Brickett/AP
In a letter dated February 1956, Kennedy appeared to reply to information of Von Post’s personal marriage to landowner Anders Ekman. He wrote, “I must say I was sad to learn that, after all, you are not coming to the U.S. and you are marrying a farmer.”
Referring to the pair’s journey to Sweden, he continued, “I was planning to come back again next summer to see you…& now what will happen. In any case let me know what you are going to do.”
“If you don’t marry come over (to America) as I should like to see you. I had a wonderful time last summer with you. It is a bright memory of my life — you are wonderful and I miss you,” he concluded.
This photograph reveals an envelope that John F. Kennedy addressed to his Swedish paramour. Credit: Nikki Brickett/AP
The pair would solely see one another yet one more time, in 1958 at a Waldorf Astoria gala, the public sale home mentioned. Both attended with their companions and Von Post was pregnant on the time.
Online bidding for the letters is at present underway and can finish May 12. They are half of a bigger sale of presidential memorabilia, which additionally contains autographed photographs and private letters written by Abraham Lincoln.