Kōrero: Lesbian lives

Love letter

Love letter

Ada Magill and Molly Gore lived together in Eastbourne near Wellington, and were life companions. A note written to Magill by Gore to commemorate their 33rd anniversary in 1947 survives. 'Carissima mia' (my dearest) is written on the front of the envelope. The letter, which includes a secret message at the bottom (probably containing the initials of the two women at the start and end), says:


For my dearest.
On our 33rd anniversary – in gratitude for everything – for just being you and for all that you do so cheerfully for me. I can't imagine life without you, Ada. I am filled with thanksgiving to God for you. Thank you, my dearest.
Please buy yourself an "airing horse" or anything else you want and take the rest (if any!!) to help with the extra expense you are incurring.
I'm sorry I can't write a letter. Too tired, but please dearest, always know in your heart deep down that I am deeply, deeply grateful to you. My words are few but my word thoughts are deep and filled with love for you.

M. G. H. Y. I. H. R. D. O. A. M.

All my love

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Private collection, Alison J. Laurie

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Alison J. Laurie, 'Lesbian lives - Early relationships and networks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/30275/love-letter (accessed 22 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Alison J. Laurie, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Aug 2018