Posted by Pearl/mr on January 24, 1998 at 09:30:58:
I have read so many Regency Romance novels that I should know by now how the 'settlements' worked when a couple became betrothed. I know that the female's dowry (the larger the better the chances for a good marriage) went to the proposed groom. But what I can't understand is the two-way street. He had to provide money to the father of the intended bride. What was the purpose? It seems that it amounted to an exchange, undoubtedly heavier on the groom's side, but still a form of exchange. Can someone clear this up for me? Many thanks.
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