I particularly like the ‘Elopement’ Notice!

The History of Love

This morning a Georgian newspaper unexpectedly arrived at a colleague’s desk. Naturally, I promptly wrested it from him and pored over it like an excited child. I LOVE eighteenth-century newspaper adverts and was delighted to find that this issue had elopements, abandoned children, a profusion of lost dogs and an escaped lunatic CALLED ‘WILDMAN’. Amazing.

So I just thought I’d share:

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ELOPEMENT.

WHEREAS MARY, the Wife of William Smith, of Irthlingborough, in the County of Northampton, has eloped from her said Husband:–

Notice is hereby given, That if she does not return to her Husband within seven Days from the Date hereof,  she will not be taken in. WM SMITH. April 10, 1802.”

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“FINEDON, April 5th, 1802.

WHEREAS JOHN MASHAM and JANE his Wife, have both absconded, and left three small Children chargeable to the Parish of FINEDON, in the County of Northampton;– a Reward of TWO GUINEAS…

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