This week we are exploring the theme of separation.

‘I left my heart within your sweet breast at my departing from you, and am united there with you in spite of this tedious intermission of my joy, which makes me live here like a man without a soul.’

Endymion Porter wrote these words to his wife Olive while he was away in Madrid accompanying Charles I on a mission to the Spanish Royal Court. Clearly infatuated with Olive, Endymion wrote extensively to her during their five-month separation. Thirty letters were penned by him and two from her are held at The National Archives.

During the pandemic, people all over the world have been separated from those they love. Like Endymion, why not put pen to paper and write a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a long time. What would you like to say to them? How has your separation left you feeling?

Find out how to submit your letter

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Discover the full letter and transcript here.