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|I found some additional information on a British
Written by Annette J.
(9/28/2005 12:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It has always been my understanding that having a, penned by Annette J.
maritime web site. The superstitution about women and ships is an old one, and women rarely were allowed to live on a British ship prior to 1700. However, during the time period of "Persuasion," the rules were being relaxed greatly. Admiral Nelson was a leader in the cause of allowing women to accompany their men on board -- it wasn't a perk just for officers. By the 1820s it was a fairly common practice, although it was not accepted everywhere. So, CW would in on the beginning of the relaxation of the rules against women on board -- maybe he was just one of the traditionalists.
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