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Written by Rachel G
(10/3/2009 5:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wondered if I had missed something!, penned by CarolTS
"I could not trace her beyond her first seducer, and there was every reason to fear that she had removed from him only to sink deeper in a life of sin."
I guess it's a matter of definition. The magistrate Patrick Colquhoun in his 1796 "Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis", included in his estimate of the number of prostitutes in London all women living with a man without having undergone a recognised marriage ceremony. The attitude which underlay this very broad definition was not peculiar to Colquhoun, but was shared by some clergy and moralists of the time.
"Disorderly Women in Eighteenth-Century London", by Tony Henderson. Longman/Pearson Education 1999.
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