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Isabella Byron: the ale-drinking, toyboy-chasing 18th-century countess

NEW VIDEO UP! Meet the irresistible Isabella Byron – ale drinker, poet, toyboy chaser & strategic swooner extraordinaire Travelled Europe with a conman Spent her 50s dancing in moonlit French meadows Addicted to love #HouseOfByron...
From: The History of Love on 12 Apr 2020

William, the ‘Wicked Lord’ Byron – actress abducter & cowardly killer?

Dearest readers, A new video is UP! See below for a quick intro to the angry, dissipated career of William, 5th Lord Byron – known to history as ‘the Wicked Lord’ or ‘Devil Byron’/ Features actress abduction, a wolf, &...
From: The History of Love on 10 Apr 2020

A Welch peasantry

A series of ten prints showing the Welsh men, women and children in a variety of settings, mostly in rural landscapes with trees and wooden fences. Author: Taylor, T. (Thomas), active 1804. Title: A Welch peasantry / sketched from life by T. Taylor....
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 3 Jun 2019

Maternal management, or, A plot discovered

The plot hatched by a mother to marry her daughter to an old wealthy colonel is discovered. Both the mother and daughter are fashionably dressed in large dressess, hats and large sleeves. The mother stands on a veranda looking down at her daughter seated...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 30 Apr 2019

The Early Years: John Adams Lists Abigail’s Faults and Abigail Replies!

As a young country lawyer, John Adams thought he seemed to lack focus. “Ballast is what I want, I totter, with every Breeze. My... The post The Early Years: John Adams Lists Abigail’s Faults and Abigail Replies! appeared first on Journal of...

The Love Letters of Alexander Scammell

One of our oldest known stories is The Odyssey, in which Odysseus travels from the Siege of Troy on various adventures to reach his... The post The Love Letters of Alexander Scammell appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Podcast: C18th chat-up lines, with Dan Snow

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, a look back at my chat with Dan Snow about love, romance and sex in the 18th century, including some of my favourite historical chat-up lines & a bit of a swoon over Sharpe and/or Mr Darcy. Podcast link below:...
From: The History of Love on 14 Feb 2018

Dating disasters of the Regency era

Confession: First Dates is my televisual jam. (For the uninitiated, in brief: strangers are set up on dates at a London restaurant by a suave Frenchman called Fred {above}, said date is filmed, & they are then subjected to having their dating style...
From: The History of Love on 31 Jan 2018

” to be united with a gentleman of respectable connexions”

In 1796, when HARRIOT WASHINGTON was twenty years old, she caught the eye of Andrew Parks, a young merchant. He wrote to George Washington on April 1 seeking his consent to marry Harriot and asked Harriot’s Aunt Betty, with whom she was still living,...
From: In the Words of Women on 6 Jul 2017

“what shall I Due! Due?”

JEMIMA CONDICT, at the ripe old age of twenty-on, ponders in her journal whether, and whom, she should marry. It seems she had an eye on a cousin but was not sure whether a union with a close relative was forbidden by her church. So she decides to consult...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Mar 2017

“he will make thee a good husband”

After DOLLEY PAYNE TODD recovered from yellow fever and the death of her husband and her younger son in 1793 she began to be seen in Philadelphia society once again. Soon she received a note from a friend conveying a request from Aaron Burr that she meet...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Sep 2016

Breaking up and making up: another early modern courtship

Silver-cased watch, London 1640-50, BM Collection Another courtship story from the Jeake family archive…. Richard Hartshorne and Barbara Harding were the parents of Samuel Jeake’s wife, Elizabeth. Richard was desperate to marry Barbara. And,...
From: Dr Anne L. Murphy on 24 Feb 2016

The Reluctant Bride: an early modern courtship

From Edward Phillips’, ‘The Misteries of Love and Eloquence’, 1658 When I embarked on my project to publish the Jeake family letters (read more about that here) I planned only to focus on those sent to and from Samuel, he of Astrological...
From: Dr Anne L. Murphy on 24 Jan 2016

“you have nothing to fear from any rivals”

The correspondence between Esther De Berdt in England and Joseph Reed in America continued. Esther remained constant in her love as did Joseph, although circumstances kept them apart, not least the deteriorating relations between the colonies and the...
From: In the Words of Women on 24 Sep 2015

“Do you want to hear that I still love?”

Esther DeBerdt was born in London, the daughter of a merchant who was also the colonial agent for Massachusetts. American Joseph Reed had come to London in 1764 to study law. The two met and fell in love. Joseph proposed but she wrote to him in November...
From: In the Words of Women on 17 Sep 2015

“The tremendous majesty of her tete . . . “

Molly Tilghman of Maryland wrote to her cousin Polly Pearce in January of 1789 describing the hat of one of woman and the hair of another at a ball she attended. Other tidbits of gossip too. Wicked and amusing. Fain wou’d I dissect Miss [Anna] Garnett...
From: In the Words of Women on 7 Sep 2015

“who but you . . . are the Cock of the Company”

For your delectation, more gossipy correspondence between two Maryland girls: Henrietta Tilghman (the sister of Tench Tilghman who was an aide to General Washington) and her cousin Mary Pearce known as Polly. (See previous posts here and here.) Henrietta...
From: In the Words of Women on 31 Aug 2015

” . . . to see you well settled in the World.”

After the rather somber story of Frances Slocum, perhaps it is time to present a few entertaining excerpts from the gossipy letters of Mary and Henrietta Tilghman, called Hetty. (See a previous post.) Their brother was the well-regarded Colonel Tench...
From: In the Words of Women on 20 Aug 2015

How to Choose a Spouse, 1879

Adelaide Claxton, Courting (1868) "Bright red hair and a florid complexion indicate an excitable temperament. Such should marry the jet-black hair and the brunette type. The gray, blue, black or hazel eyes should not marry those of the same color. Where...
From: Ask the Past on 3 Jun 2015

Knitting sheaths – every household should have one!

This knitting sheath is a bit of a mystery object. Looking at it today, it is difficult to work out what it actually is as these tools have fallen out of popular use. Times have changed and technology has moved on, but in Elizabethan times the knitting...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 26 May 2015

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