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Stamps And Romance
Fri February 14, 2014
For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter
There are many ways to send a Valentine's Day greeting in 2014 -- text, email, social media.
But in 1857, there weren't so many.
A passionate love letter from Samuel Eager to Clara Dwight Marsh is being displayed at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the tiny letter along with a rare stamp is on display at the American Stamp Dealers Association convention.
The 2-cent stamp on the letter is apparently one of only six of its kind that are left.
It’s going for $50,000 at the Convention Center this weekend.
Samuel Eager was from St. Louis. He penned the letter to Clara Dwight Marsh in 1857.
Here's what he wrote:
I am dead in love, I'll flee with thee
By night or day, by land or sea
Then come along, but just to prove the matter
Tie a white ribbon, to your window shutter
Which shall by me be that fair warning
As I pass by, tomorrow morning
Marsh must have enjoyed the poem. According to their marriage certificate, Eager and Marsh married three months later.
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