… there was Henry Beirne (later Byrne) professing his love in a way that shamed all of us that “was to folla” wearing his genes. Translation of the message:
“This is to certify I willingly profess that Ellen Kiernan is the only girl I love, and have ever loved purely and sincerely; and in professing the same, I declare, that I have not in the least exaggerated. On the contrary no words of mine can ever describe this passionate affection which I bear so silent for her sake. Hence, I pledge myself in her presence that neither wealth nor beauty will ever change my mind. Therefore, if Ellen is satisfied with my proposition, and accepts it, I will take her to my heart as soon as circumstances will permit and there make her the happiest girl ever embraced in the arms of man. I have finished – language can do more but sincerity can never cross this limit. Ellen’s consent will be given by signing her name at the foot of this pledge.” (Signed Henry Beirne – spelling of name changed in United States). (PS: Ellen did sign.)
(More about Henry and the rest of us later).