ST. VALENTINE’S–On Thursday, St. Valentine will hold his annual festival. Single ladies and gentlemen may expect the usual quantity of favors, while “the little god Cupid” acts as post-boy. Old bachelors should fortify their bosoms with an extra covering of linen, as the mischievous archer sometimes plays the dickens with tender breast-works.
Romantic girls should exercise caution in the distribution of their gilt-edged missives, or they may find love-lorn swains susceptible enough to admit the “soft impeachment.” Finally, ladies, one and all, look out for the males on the morn of Valentine; and if you get caught, avenge yourselves by lass-ooing the rogues who wish to entangle you.
From: February 12 1850; New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, NH) Vol XCVI, Issue 7, page 2.