Words of advice for husbands – from 19th century letters

Married couples often wrote letters to one another while physically apart; reasons for travel were often catalysed by the desire to see family and friends, or travelling for business (often the men in these two denominations). Letters, while limiting and restrictive in copious ways, offer us a small glimpse into the experience, ruminations, and expectations... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Engagement of James Miller

In November 1841, James Miller published an advertisement in the Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette. In a couple of paragraphs, Miller offers the time, place, and method of a proposal for his beloved. However...in case she fails to reciprocate, he warns that an unfavourable answer will result in him forgetting her and finding a more... Continue Reading →

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