Your conduct during the last two years has been made known to me, and, viewing you in the light of a dangerous man, I do not desire anymore intimate acquaintance.
I could not reasonably expect happiness from a union with an individual who has destroyed the mental quiet of more than one young person, by his total disregard for what is due to the weaker by the stronger sex..." Indeed, men of the period seem to have had such a predilection for going astray that the "courtship" section also includes a lengthy epistle entitled "Remonstrance of a young lady against the reckless life of her future husband".
She lectures at colleges and publishes articles in the fields of 18th and 19th century women's lives, clothing and needlework, and in the area of material culture.
If you want to let your guy know how you feel about him, but you have difficulty getting the words out, try putting your emotions in a letter.
Armed with , at least they could express their refusal in a more forthright way than had the previous generation.
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You changed my life that evening and put us on a path that has brought us such joy.
Usually the tone of the letter is vague and contains assurances that the honored lady thanks the gentleman for his offer but she cannot accept his proposal.
The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.
After all, women aren't the only ones who appreciate a good love letter, and you don't have to wait for a special occasion express yourself.
As you'll see in the following examples, any time is the perfect time to remind your boyfriend just how much you love him.
In search of ways to occupy his evenings when his pocket money was limited, he often fell in with other fellows like himself.