[LOVE LETTER.] Manuscript letter, unsigned, addressed to Miss Caroline Need of Westhorpe [House], Southwell, Nottinghamshire [c.1830?].
Single leaf (195 x 319 mm), from a half-sheet of Jellyman gilt-edged wove paper; folded as a letter with red wax seal with the Royal Arms; a few spots, small holes at crease corners, seal seemingly cut round (for opening) then reaffixed.
An anonymous love poem, written to Caroline Anna Need (1813/4–1887), daughter of Lt. Gen. Samuel Need (d.1839) of Fountain Dale, Nottinghamshire. She later married Edward Lewis Crewe (1803–1874), of Repton Park, Derbyshire (son of Sir Henry Crewe of Calke Abbey). The poem was seemingly written in reply to one by Caroline herself: I have seen your lines upon Waltzing dear Carry But Waltzing will never induce me to marry, I assure you it is not at all to my taste To see other mens hands encircle your waist, And on Friday although you may say what you please I saw Captain Thingumbob give you a squeeze … The use of the Royal Arms on the seal (curiously inverted) was presumably intended as a joke, or perhaps to put Caroline off the scent.
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