Long distance romances
Posted by Lou on June 12, 1998 at 19:54:05:
In response to Proposing marriage by letter, written by CathyW on June 11, 1998 at 21:41:03
] In Emma, Robert Martin proposes to Harriett Smith by letter even though he lives in the area.
] What about a navy or army man not stationed nearby? If he were assured of the lady's affections and the positive response of her parents, would this be possible?
Cathy, I have been reading a book concerning the history of weddings and courtship. There is a section in it about proposals, and as I gather from it, proposals by letter were quite common (there are some sample letters which were published in a 'lover's manual' in the mid 1800's, instructing men on how to do it!;-)
The only problem with a military man would be the time the letter took to get to his intended. Perhaps if he was very unlucky, someone else would have gotten to the young lady first. :-D
What I wonder is would he send a letter to her parents to solicit their permission?
- Thanks for the help, Lou....... CathyW 02:05:46 6/13/98 (3)
- Further info... Lou 13:03:44 6/13/98 (2)
- letters and engagements Emelye 07:55:20 6/19/98 (0)
- Thanks again, Lou. I had forgotten about the dowry.(nfm) CathyW 13:37:28 6/13/98 (0)
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