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    MacArthur sends a love letter to his future wife Louise Brooks

    Douglas MacArthur Autograph Letter Signed to Future Wife Louise Cromwell Brooks, with Related Archive. This incredible archive of letters and photographs features a 1921 love letter from MacArthur to divorced socialite Louise Cromwell Brooks, whom MacArthur married the following year. The archive also contains five lengthy Autograph Letters Signed from Louise's mother to her daughter, as well as eight Autograph Love Letters Signed and one Autograph Note Signed from actor Lionel Atwill to Louise (whom Louise married after divorcing MacArthur in 1929). The archive also contains seventeen original (ca. 1920s-30s) black and white photographs and twelve original negatives for those prints, measuring approximately 3" x 5", featuring military parades and General and Mrs. MacArthur in formal and casual poses, including several unusual beach poses of MacArthur. Finally, this archive includes a large group of original newspaper clippings (ca. 1920s-30s) mentioning General MacArthur, Louise Cromwell Brooks, and Lionel Atwill.

    Louise Cromwell Brooks and Douglas MacArthur met in 1921. Then serving as Superintendent of West Point, MacArthur fell passionately in love with Louise and sent her the steamy love letter included in this archive. Six pages, penned on recto only, on his "Superintendent's Office, United States Military Academy" letterhead, 5.25" x 8.5", West Point, New York, December 7, 1921.

    Beginning "Wonder Girl of the World," MacArthur's boldly penned letter reads, in part: "I am back with my whole being pulsing and vibrating with the molten glory that you have poured into my veins. Each time I see you I think that no man could love a woman as I love you. Each time on leaving I seem but to love you more. You have been with me each moment of the trip back; the echo of that golden voice lulled my ears, the warmth of those soft fingers soothed my brow, the fragrant breath from those tender lips found my parching mouth. The glory which radiates and surrounds you has raised me from the commonplace of the world to the heights of the truly blessed."

    Louise and Douglas married on February 14, 1922. Eight months later, General George Pershing transferred MacArthur to the Philippines, reportedly because Pershing himself was interested in Mrs. MacArthur. Just one year into their marriage, Louise's mother, Mrs. Edward Stotesbury, sent several letters to Louise which are included in this archive, advising her daughter on her marriage. Her letter of November 7, 1923, reveals private matters in a glaring light. In part: "[your] letters have made me sick with distress and sympathy. . . . Your quarrels and his striking you are (disturbingly) dreadful to me. . . . I do not think you were made to marry." Following this, Mrs. Stotesbury sent an even more revelatory letter dated April 22, 1924. In part: "I warned you constantly to be careful when you talk about Pershing. . . . Pershing is frightfully vain and I am sure hates you for the ridicule brought upon him at the time of your marriage. He holds you responsible of course, and you can't blame him for hating it."

    Louise and Douglas divorced in 1929, and within a year Louise married actor Lionel Atwill, whose many letters included here are just as passionate and romantic. That marriage ended in 1943; she later married and divorced again. Letters show light to moderate toning and wear.


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