I was so touched by the old-fashioned sensibility of asking for a daughter's hand in marriage ... but upon closer inspection, it is clear that he is stating their intention to be married ... that same month ... and is basically just going through the formality of asking for her mother's consent. His sentiments are obviously sincere and sweet, though, and I feel so lucky to have found this treasure. I don't even think my mother remembered having it; at least I never heard her mention it, and I know I had never seen it before.
I even love the discolored and deteriorated condition of the pages! Thank goodness for scanners and Photoshop, which allow us to preserve such ephemera even as they are slowly disintegrating. I would urge anyone who has such treasures in their own family to do it now ... preserve copies in whatever way you can ... these precious memories won't last forever.