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16 February 2012 @ 04:42 pm
absolutely darling  
A love letter written in the seventeenth century, by Endymion Porter to his wife Olive:
http://blog.themorgan.org/never-a-man-loved-a-wife-more.aspx

ETA the text of the letter:

My dear Olive,

I Received your letter by Mr. Sheldon, butt you send mee no word whether you had mine I sent you by Mr. Sanderson; it makes no matter, for I write to you so often, that it were well sum of them mite miscarrie; if it were possible to leave the Prince I would come to see you with all my harte, for I never desired it more in my Life, I have now so settled my happiness in your armes, that I take no rest owte of them, nor can I ease my paine, though my ague hathe left mee, with owte the sight of you, if my master [comes] not to towne this Shrofftide I mean to come and choose you for my Valentine, butt before I think it will bee impossible, therefore sweete Love, trouble not your selfe with the desire of seeing mee till then, and sastisfie it with this that never man loved a wife more then I do you, and maye I want God and his grace when I faile to bee

Your true loving husband,

Endymion Porter

[Postscript below] All mightie God bless my children, send mee word if you thinke Endymion will bee as prettie as the other two.
 
 
 
Constant Readerskirmish_of_wit on February 17th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Adorable!

(But given the reference to "the Prince" it seems like the letter must date from before James's death, no?)
tempestsarekind: viola readingtempestsarekind on February 17th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
That is a good point!