The Library of Congress on Tuesday posted online hundreds of pages of correspondence between the nation's 29th president, Warren G. Harding, and his longtime mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.
The collection mostly contains letters penned by Harding before his presidency, according to the library.
The letters were sealed for 50 years, but many of the more revealing and salacious tidbits were reported by several news organizations in recent weeks based on transcripts from Ohio lawyer James Robenalt, author of The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War. Robenalt unearthed the letters on microfilm while conducting research at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Fair warning: While some of the letters deal with such weighty historical matters as World War I — Philips was supportive of Germany, according to the Library of Congress — Harding was not shy about expressing his feelings about their affair in sometimes provocative language.
To give you a sampling of the tone and tenor of the Harding letters, here's an excerpt the Times highlighted in a recent story on the collection:
From Dec. 24, 1910:
I love you more than all the world and have no hope of reward on earth or hereafter, so precious as that in your dear arms, in your thrilling lips, in your matchless breasts, in your incomparable embrace
Harding, who died in office in 1923, is often rated by historians as among the nation's worst chief executives.