The Word on the Street
home | background | illustrations | distribution | highlights | search & browse | resources | contact us

Broadside entitled 'Copy of a Curious Love Letter'



Love Letter,   

From a young Gentleman in this neighbour-   
hood, which   was found   near this place, this   
morning, addressed to Miss N. S?, a young lady
belonging to this town, which will prove very
interesting to the public in general.                        

Directions for Reading it.                                 

Hast thou no pity on my woes ?                     So read straightforward and be curst.
Dos thou at me turn up thy nose?                 But if thy heart to me incline,                           
I'll make my declaration first,                             Oh! jump o'er every fine.                                 

MADAM,?The great affection I have hitherto expressed for you
is false,   and   I now feel that my indifference towards you
increases every day,   and the more I see of you,   the more      
you appear ridiculous in my eyes, and an object of contempt.      
I feel inclined, and in all respects disposed and determined to      
hate   you.       Believe   me,   I never in the least   intended to      
offer you my   hand.       Our conversation has,   I assure you,      
left a tedious and wretched insipidity, which by no meas has      
possessed me with the, most exalted opinion of your character ;      
your inconstant temoer   would   always   make   me miserable ;      
and if ever we are untited, I should experience nothing but      
the fearful hatred of my parents, added to the everlasting dis.-      
pleasure in living with you.      I have indeed a faithful heart      
to bestow ; but, however, I do not wish you to imagine that it is
at your service, for it is impossible I could give it to one more
inconstant and capricious than   yourself, and one who is less      
capable to do honour to ray choice and to my family.                     

Yes, Madam, I beg and desire you will be persuaded that      
I think sincerely, and you   will do me the greatest   pleasure      
to avoid me.    I shall readily excuse your taking the trouble      
to return an answer to this:   for your letters are always full of      
nonsense and impertinence, and have not the least shadow of      
wit   or   good   sense.       Adieu, and believe truly, that I am      
so averse to you, that it is impossible 1 should ever be,                  
Madam, your affectionate lover, J. C??e.         

previous pageprevious          
Probable period of publication: 1820-1830   shelfmark: L.C.1268
Broadside entitled 'Copy of a Curious Love Letter'
View larger image

NLS home page   |   Digital gallery   |   Credits

National Library of Scotland © 2004

National Library of Scotland