A hand made, cut paper valentine, which was created by Benjamin Bradford for Susannah Clarke. Text around the outside of the valentine reads: Sweet valentine takest not amiss,/Your Humble Servant sent you this./One the fourteenth day of February,/It was my lot to be merry./Lots were cast, and you I drew,/Kind fortune says it must be you./For as the grapes, grow on the vine/I chose you for my valentine./I chose you from among the rest,/The reason was, I love you best,/The rose is red, the violet is blew/Shugar is sweet and so are you/And if these lines you do refuse/Return the paper and me excuse./And if you do the same accept/A pare of gloves I shall exspect/And if you take them in good part,/We will be married with all my heart.
Handicraft; Hearts (Symbols); Paper craft; Valentines; Verses (Poetry)
31.5 cm x 31.5 cm
Undated (circa 1841)
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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