Valentine's Day 191 Years Ago

by

Mike Welton

   
 

As this is the month of February and Valentine's Day falls within, see if you can decipher this illustrated Valentine letter (it’s called a Rebus) sent to my great, great grandfather ’s sister, a lady called Emma Hemmans. It is postmarked 2:00pm February 14th 1820.

   
 

I make no apologies for some of the names mentioned in it, I have no idea who they are or what they mean, I can only assume it was some kind of nickname they had between them.

   
  Valentine's Day rebus dated February 14th 1820 Valentine's Day rebus dated February 14th 1820
   
  Valentine's Day rebus dated February 14th 1820
Photograph - Mike Welton
   
 

The illustrated letter above deciphered.

   
 

       Deer

 

My Dear little Emma

   
 

Eye   Hope       Yew                  Liberty (Bell)Eye    Ham

 

I        hope        you will excuse the liberty        I        am

   
 

                   Inn               Letter   Toe   Yew   Sign

 

now taking in writing a letter     to     you     signing

   
 

        Butt Ass                                   Eye

 

John but  as     it is Valentines day   I   consider it

   
 
   
 

           Bull Eye      Knot                      Yew

 

Allowable - I     do not know whether you

   
 
   
 

Will                               Butt   Toe       Yew

 

will find me out or not but     to   give you some

   
 
   
 

Eye Deer      Eye Ham Yew                           Crow

 

  idea   of who I   am   you must know that Chro

   
 
   
 

           Ton                               Ass Bean

 

nonhotonthologotetibusque has been seen by

   
 
   
 

                                                       Yew        Bean

 

Altiberontefoscofornie who says you have been

   
 
   
 

           Mother and child         Yew                     Last

 

A good little girl since he left you on sixth day last

   
 
   
 

Hand        4      Eye   Ham   Well

 

And therefore   I       am     well pleased

   
 
   
 

Yew                  

 

You must know that Chrononhotonthologotetibusque

   
 
   
 

                  

 

is my old man.

   
 
   
 

                  

 

Yours Sincerely

   
 
   
 

                  

 

       Altiberontefoscofornie