Greatest love letter of all time
It was written by Johnny Cash to wife June Carter on her 65th birthday
Johnny Cash wrote a love letter for his wife June Carter Cash that puts even Richard Mercer’s Love Song Dedications to shame.
Cash’s letter to “the greatest woman I ever met” was also voted the greatest love letter of all time, according to a new poll.
Written in 1994 for Carter Cash’s 65th birthday, Cash wrote:
“Happy Birthday, Princess,
We get old and get used to each other. We think alike.
We read each other’s minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me.
You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the No. 1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
Happy Birthday, Princess.
Carter Cash met Cash after her family had performed with him for a number of years. In 1968, Cash proposed to Carter Cash during a live performance in Canada. They wed in March and were together until Carter Cash’s death in 2003. Cash died four months after his wife.
In second place was Winston Churchill’s letter to his wife, Clementine Churchill, which he wrote in 1935.
In seventh place King Henry VIII expresses his love for Anne Boleyn, which may have been romantic if he hadn’t later executed her.
Lastly, in 10th place, it was Jimi Hendrix’s letter to a mystery girlfriend telling her to spread her wings.
The poll, according to the Daily Mail, was by British life insurance company Beagle Street, hoping to encourage Brits to be more romantic.
The results revealed that 38% of women had never written a love letter, compared to 24% of men admitting to sending one in the last year.