Since this is the second year for our Open Letter to Your Sweetheart campaign, we thought we would inspire you with a letter from a famous person who definitely set our imaginations ablaze as we read the sensual yet tender emotions that he set to paper. Who wouldn’t want to be a recipient of a letter like this? Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the best writer/poet or even the best conveyor of emotions; you can definitely get a few pointers from Napoleon Bonaparte. His Josephine was a true muse that inspired the beautiful words written below.
Paris, December 1795
I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?… My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives!
You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.
What’s left to say but, “Hot Damn!”
P.S. Check back daily this week for other inspiring love letters. Or read the love letters from our 2015 campaign and from theromantic.com. Send your letters or poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2/12/16. The big reveal will be on Valentine’s Day.