A treat from our Franklin collection: the Valentine poem Eleanor Porden wrote in 1823 for her fiancé, John Franklin. We’re very lucky to have two versions – here’s the original draft:
And here is the letter she sent him on 14 February 1823, with her handwriting ‘disguised’:
The symbols on the letter (presumably purporting to be Inuit) tie in with the mention of Coppermine River, the river in North Canada John Franklin had traveled down during his Coppermine Expedition of 1819 to 1822. Eleanor seems to be writing as if she is an Inuit woman – see the post about Miss Green Stockings to find out more!