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271 Love Letter

271 Love Letter

The following letter is archived in the Library of Congress.  It was written by a young man to a young lady whose father did not approve of him:

Madam,

The great love and tenderness I have hitherto expressed for you
is false.  And I feel that my indifference to you
increases proportionably every day.  And the more that I see you,
the more I appear ridiculous and an object of contempt.  And
the more I feel disposed, inclined, and finally determined to
hate you.  Believe me, I never had the least inclination to
offer you my hand and heart.  Our last conversation has
I assure you, left a wretched insipidity, which has by no means,
possessed me with the most exalted opinion of your character. 
Yes, madam, and you will much oblige me by avoiding me. 
And if ever we are united, I shall experience nothing but the
fearful hatred of my parents added to an everlasting dis-
pleasure of living with you.  Yes, madam, I think sincerely you
need not put yourself to the smallest trouble or send or
write me an answer.  Adieu.  And believe that I am
so adverse to you that it is really impossible that I should be,
madam, your affectionate lover til death.

--T. Joth


On the surface, this seems like an ordinary "Dear John" letter, where the young man decides to break up with the young lady.  However, re-read the letter, but skip every other line:

Madam,

The great love and tenderness I have hitherto expressed for you
is false.  And I feel that my indifference to you
increases proportionably every day.  And the more that I see you,
the more I appear ridiculous and an object of contempt.  And
the more I feel disposed, inclined, and finally determined to
hate you.  Believe me, I never had the least inclination to
offer you my hand and heart.  Our last conversation has
I assure you, left a wretched insipidity, which has by no means,
possessed me with the most exalted opinion of your character. 
Yes, madam, and you will much oblige me by avoiding me. 
And if ever we are united, I shall experience nothing but the
fearful hatred of my parents added to an everlasting dis-
pleasure of living with you.  Yes, madam, I think sincerely you
need not put yourself to the smallest trouble or send or
write me an answer.  Adieu.  And believe that I am
so adverse to you that it is really impossible that I should be,
madam, your affectionate lover til death.

--T. Joth

I can imagine the father of the young lady would have read the young man's letter first and then happily delivering it himself to his daughter.  However, unbeknownst to him, his daughter would be even happier after reading this letter from her paramour!

The Bible is a rich book layered with deep meaning and truths waiting to be revealed if you study it carefully yourself.  Pick it up today and see for yourself!

  • Recommended reading: Psalms 119:15-16; John 5:39; Acts 17:11