33 personal letters from the late Jackie Kennedy are soon to be put up to auction at Sheppard's Irish Auction House, in Durrow, Ireland. Jackie spent years writing to Father Joseph Leonard, a Dublin priest. Spanning across the years, from 1950-1964, the letters detail the first lady's love for her husband, her frustration and pain over his affairs, and her incredible grief at his death.
Quotes from the letters have been released, and they are very telling of one of the most glamorous political relationships in history.
Regarding her life in the spotlight, she wrote, "That world can be very glamorous from the outside – but if you're in it – and you're lonely – it could be a Hell."
When it came to JFK's infidelities, his wife was reminded of her own father. "He's like my father in a way – loves the chase and is bored with the conquest – and once married needs proof he's still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy."
And of her grief over losing her husband, she wrote, "I have to think there is a God – or I have no hope of finding Jack again." "I think God must have taken Jack to show the world how lost we would be without him." "But that is a strange way of thinking to me – and god will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see him."
Despite how President Kennedy ran around on her, the first lady's love for him remained strong even when he hurt her.
It must have been a consolation to have such a solid friend in Father Leonard. The first lady's friendship with the Irish priest was a deep, loving one, despite them having only met twice in their lives. The letters were provided to the auction house by a "private source", and are expected to bring in around one million pounds.
The only known photo of Jackie with Father Leonard.
The letters up for auction.
Jackie with JFK.