I guess "Personal Ad's" have been around for years!!
Linda J. Hauley
Mandy Pemberton wrote:
The following extract appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine in
1743 - it is a bit disjointed but I found it very amusing. Read it if you
"In the Daily Advertiser on the 9th appeared an advertisement which
occasioned much Speculation. It ran thus:
"If a single Lady about 40, of good Reputation and 3 or 4,000£ fortune, who
has seen enough of the Follies of the Town to make her relish the Pleasures
of a country life and is willing to change her condition, will appoint time
etc by a line directed to KY."
To this some answers were inserted, one on behalf of a Lady a few years
under 40, with all other qualifications, but who desired to live 3 or 4
months in Town in a sober way with her relations. This KY admitted.
Another appointed to be seen at the Masquerade, but he had not timely
Notice. In compliance with another, he walked by the Water Side, and
afterwards complained of not being met. But a reply was published, that he
was seen there and the Lady "Thank'd him for his condescension, and laments
that she did not like his person so well as his proposals";
Another Lady desired his reasons for taking this method. Which in the 29th,
he published in these words - "The great reason is, his younger years, till
30, were employ'd in foreign parts; and the last 10 years in a private
Retirement with a few select friends, and an agreeable Lady, whom he has had
the great misfortune to lose, and as these circumstances contracted the
circle of his acquaintance so as to not afford him a Lady suitable to him he
took this unusual method; that his Intentions are just and honourable, that
he is allied in good Families, is ready to meet any person of credit before
as many witnesses as they please and is afraid of no enquiry, as to his
estate and reputation.
Concludes another advertisement on the 26th which desires the Ladies not to
play at bo-peep with him, thus:
Tho fields and groves are my peculiar care,
No sweets has Eden, if no Eve is there."
I wonder who this gentleman was and whether he was successful in finding the
==== DEVON Mailing List ====
The DEVON-L mailing list is co-sponsored by GENUKI/Devon
) and the Devon FHS