Archive of the month: Puzzling correspondence

The Archive of the month for March shows an example of a nineteenth century rebus letter. Rebus puzzles (or "enigmas") emerged in the fifteenth century and became a common form of amusement. They appeared in almanacs and personal correspondence to friends and relatives.

Extract from a rebus letter

"Learning her catechism"

The rebus letter shown in the Archive of the month is taken from the papers of William C. Green, who came to King's in 1851. The letter was written by Green's sister-in-law Mary Tovey to Green's daughter. See Archive of the month.

3 March 2010