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Love letters from a former First Lady reveal her **** affair with a woman ten years her junior that lasted nearly thirty years.
Rose Cleveland, the sister of the 22nd and 24th president of the United States Grover Cleveland, embarked upon a lengthy romance with Evangeline Simpson Whipple after the pair met in late 1889.
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She had been First Lady after rules stipulated unmarried or widowed presidents had to have a female relative with them in the White House.
Her brother Grover, the only American president in history to serve two non-consecutive terms, first took office in 1885 as a 47-year-old bachelor.
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And that meant Rose served as First Lady for the first two years of his administration before he married 21-year-old Frances Folsom.
Two years later, when she was 43-years-old, an unmarried Rose would meet Evangeline, then aged 33.
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After years of exchanging messages the couple would finally go on to live together, seeing out their final days in Italy. They are buried next to one another there.
A new book, Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890-1918, reveals the extent of their relationship.
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The letters had been hidden from the public until 1978 after a memo warned the letters 'strongly suggest that a **** relationship existed between the two women'.
The new book is the first time they have been printed together as a complete collection.
'Yes, I dare it, now, I will not longer fear to claim you. You are mine...
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