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Jackie Kennedy Onassis letters describe marriage to JFK

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She was young, beautiful, privileged; studying abroad, taking a side trip to Ireland where a retired Irish priest, a family friend, became her chaperone and confidant.

"Dearest Father Leonard" wrote the young Jacqueline Bouvier, playfully describing herself "I have iron gray hair and a very imposing bearing."

"They began this extraordinary correspondence when she left Ireland and it continued until Father Leonard died in 1964. The letters tell us everything about the excitement when she first met her husband, John F. Kennedy,” Michael Parsons of the Irish Times said.

She poured out her heart about her parents’ divorce when she was ten, and the dashing young congressman who reminded her in some troubling ways of her father.

"I think the most remarkable quote is that she said about JFK: ‘He’s like my father in a way. Likes 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,’” Parsons said.

She knew what she was getting into, writing "Maybe I’m just dazzled and picture myself in a glittering world of crowned heads and men of destiny, and not just a sad little housewife. That world can be very glamorous from the outside, but if you're in it and you're lonely, it could be a hell.”

After the assassination of JFK, Jackie wrote Father Leonard "I have to think there is a god or I have no hope of finding jack again. God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see him."

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