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For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter

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There are many ways to send a Valentine's Day greeting in 2014 -- text, email, social media.

But in 1857, there weren't so many.

A passionate love letter from Samuel Eager to Clara Dwight Marsh is being displayed at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the tiny letter along with a rare stamp is on display at the American Stamp Dealers Association convention.

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The 2-cent St. Louis Carrier stamp that sealed Eager's love note to Marsh.

The 2-cent stamp on the letter is apparently one of only six of its kind that are left.

It’s going for $50,000 at the Convention Center this weekend.

Samuel Eager was from St. Louis. He penned the letter to Clara Dwight Marsh in 1857.

Here's what he wrote:

I am dead in love, I'll flee with thee

By night or day, by land or sea

Then come along, but just to prove the matter

Tie a white ribbon, to your window shutter

Which shall by me be that fair warning

As I pass by, tomorrow morning

In haste,

your Valentine.

Marsh must have enjoyed the poem. According to their marriage certificate, Eager and Marsh married three months later.

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There was no texting, emailing, or Tweeting in 1857.

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"Can You Then Love Another" - E. Berliner’s Gramophone, New York, 1898.