A New Hampshire Valentine Warning of 1850

00valentineST. 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.

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