In Cecilia’s memory album, there is an image of a few small violets or pansies. Today, on Valentine’s Day, it would make a perfect card.
Memory Page #7925
Below the image of the pansies is a handwritten message in French:
Mes pensées sont à vous
Et Vous suivront partout
(My thoughts are with you
And will follow you everywhere)
The image illustrates the poem, as the name of the flower, Pansy, is derived from the French name, Pensée, which means “thought”.
The friend who gave Cecilia this card didn’t want to sign her name but only gave a clue: J…e
The most common name in the 1840s that started with J and ended with e was Josefine. But other rather common names with French spelling were Jaquette and Julie. Only Cecilia would have known who wrote the endearing text.