Even the long-deceased aren’t safe from having their scandalous texts aired.
A UK mother and son were flabbergasted after discovering a 100-year-old love note hidden under a broken bedroom tile.
“It was all very spooky,” Preston’s Dawn Cornes, 48, told Jam Press of the concealed love letter, detailing a torrid affair between a man and a married woman, which she discovered this week while cleaning her house with her 14-year-old son Loukas.
According to Dawn, her teen son was “cleaning his room, when the 55 inch TV fell from his dresser and smashed some of the hearth tiles.
“As we were cleaning up, we decided to take the tiles up,” the mother said. “My son said ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we found something hidden, like the deeds to the house’ and then proceeded to find the letter.”
While not the most legible, the letter was written by a man named Ronald Habgood or Halgood, who implores his married lover to keep their relationship secret, Jam Press reported.
Dawn has since posted the intriguing text to a Facebook group, where members tried their hands at deciphering it.
They believe it reads, “My own darling, My own my own will you try every morning to come and see me. But please don’t tell anyone because it must be a secret for just your ears and mine because if anyone got to know you meet me and you a married woman there would be trouble so remember darling.
“I love you so much,” it continued. “Don’t tell and meet me every day if you can at midnight at Fulwood tram corner. Hoping to see you darling, Your own boy, Ronald.”
The letter wasn’t dated, but Dawn was told her house was built in 1917 — although she doesn’t know much about the previous occupants after having only moved in this past May. Meanwhile, other online decoders estimated that the note could be from the 1920s due to the writing and paper size.
Another clue to the letter’s age was the fact that it mentioned trams, which have not been running in the city for over 80 years. Some social media sleuths tried to track Ronald down via online archives but to no avail.
Suffice to say, the century-old scandalous text made a splash on social media, racking up more than 3,000 likes.
“What a wonderful piece of history your house was hiding,” gushed one fan, while another wrote, “I think this is my favorite post ever on here! What a sweet discovery!!!”
Another commenter said, “Frame it!!! What a treasured keepsake.”
Others wondered whatever became of the writerly nest-wrecker.
“We thought it was a very sweet love letter, and were excited to find it,” said Dawn.