Teen finds 100-year-old love letter exposing affair hidden under bedroom floor
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A teenager has exposed a 100-year-old love affair after he discovered an ancient letter written by a man begging his married lover to keep their exchange under wraps.
Loukas Cornes, 14, stumbled across the intimate letter after his TV suddenly fell off his bedroom wall and smashed onto his floor in Preston, Lancashire.
His mum Dawn Cornes, 48, said the pair were tidying up the mess when they realised the TV had damaged a floorboard that was hiding the emotion-fuelled letter, written by a man called Ronald.
In the note, the man, whose surname read as Habgood or Halgood, told his married lover how much he yearned to see her every midnight, reports The Mirror.
Speaking about the moments leading up to their discovery, Dawn 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. It was all very spooky."
After posting the letter on a Facebook group, other people helped her decipher the text in the letter.
It's believed Ronald wrote: "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.
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"I love you so much. 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."
After finding the letter, Dawn and Loukas were delighted – and said they thought it was "very sweet."
The letter isn't dated, but Dawn has been told her house was built in 1917. The mum and son only moved in this May, so she doesn't know much about previous residents.
But after asking around on Facebook, people pointed out the size of the paper and the handwriting suggested it could have been from the 1920s.
Others noted that trams haven't run in the city for more than 80 years.
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The discovery of the note ignited the curiosity of people in the group, who tried to use online archives to track Ronald down, but they couldn't find a perfect match.
One person wrote: "What a wonderful piece of history your house was hiding."
Other people mused about what happened to Ronald and his anonymous lover.
Dawn has decided she wants to keep the letter as a memento, and she plans to frame it for the wall.
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