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Poetry

Love is an emotion that is usually spoken or physically demonstrated. But when this emotion is expressed in writing, the correspondence becomes a record of that love.   A letter reveals the personalities of writer and recipient, the nature of the relationship, and the levels of intimacy and trust. It is a personal statement meant only for the intended recipient, who may read and re-read the letter before responding. Letters help separated partners feel closer to one another.   


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Oh this heart shall be thine till another shall sigh

"To Miss S___," from Mr. C
No date

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES
MG-268 SERIES 2 THE SAMUEL R. SLAYMAKER II, WHITE CHIMNEYS COLLECTION

To think how all that love hath flown,
Transient as every faithless kiss!


Poem from a Broken-hearted Valentine
No date

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES, DOCUMENT COLLECTION

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Dear Lizzie, mem'ry still doth cling
Around thy image fair;
Where'er I go, where'er I stay,
I plainly see it there.

John Ellis of East Coventry Twp., Chester County was a merchant at the time the
poems were written. He later appears in the Census as a farmer. John and Lizzie did not marry.

Poems to Lizzie Worrest by John Ellis
1849

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES, DOCUMENT COLLECTION

More constant than the evening star...

Frederic Worrest at Pequea P.O., Salisbury Twp. is identified as a teacher in the 1850
Census. The poet is unknown.


Valentine Poem to Frederic Worrest
1851

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES, DOCUMENT COLLECTION

 

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Love Letters

Before the telephone, e-mail, and text messages, people relied on letters to carry sentiments and information to loved ones..



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