Read a Love Note from Mark Twain to His Wife

If you’ve ever wondered if there was a softer side to prickly Mark Twain (née Samuel Clemens), look no farther than this extremely sweet little love note that the author wrote to his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens back in 1888. “Livy Darling,” it reads, “I am grateful — gratefuler than ever before — that you were born, & that your love is mine & our two lives woven & welded together!” Gratefuler! Swoon. Fun fact: Their first date was some twenty years prior — a Charles Dickens reading in New York City. Click through to check out the extremely hard to read handwritten version.

[Letters of Note via Neatorama]