Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Eyes, saws, ships and horsewhips.

Much like a hundred-year-old flirty text message, this love letter is written in a puzzling language of icons called a rebus. It was discovered in the Swansea University Archives, among the minutes of the temperance society (they who abstain from the drinking of alcohol) and dates back to 1890. Transcript follows:

My Dearest Fanny,

I am writing these few lines to tell you that I cannot live any longer without you. I worship you always. I think you are a beauty and the nicest girl I ever saw and I adore you. Oh exquisite Fanny, do not despise me for loving you so well. I shall be broken-hearted if you desert me. Can you meet me on Monday night, when I will take you to the Star Music Hall. I hate that Bill Robinson, who is hanging after you and I intend to horsewhip him when I see him. I shall be delighted to hear from you at once. Do not let my suit be fruitless. Reply by next post to

Your loving

William Weightman


Roy said...

different world, same issues. :(

Lily Turner said...


Andrea said...

faaaaabulous. i would love one of those ;-) the shortest letter taking the longest time to decode...and enjoy. how romantic. what a great find x

arcadia said...

ek is mal hieroor ;-)