Stabbed! Like a million times, Captain Cook

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If you are currently despairing or feeling annoyed about Valentine’s Day, try putting it into perspective; at least you are not being stabbed to death as Captain Cook was, 234 years ago today. Now go read the eminent Kate Beaton’s comic, The Death of James Cook. On a more serious note, here’s a lovely Valentine’s card, c.1822, from The British Postal Museum & Archive:

1822
Appoint the day

And lets away
To Hymens gallant choir
Then bless’d with thee
I’d happy be
Nor have one more desire.