The Sedgwicks in Love: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage in the Early Republic

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UPNE, 2006 - History - 269 pages
"Kenslea turns next to the Boston-based courtships of Harry and Robert Sedgwick. The brothers courted "the friendlies," a group of young women who taught them some important lessons, including the difficulties of navigating the subtle rules of social etiquette among the Boston elite. Harry meets his future wife, Jane Minot, among the friendlies, and the two commence a long-distance seven-month engagement at the end of 1816. Their voluminous correspondence, subject of the final third of this volume, reveals a young couple working out for themselves a marriage of equals, despite the legal and cultural impediments of the period. A brief epilogue considers the single life chosen by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, the youngest sister, who became a well-known and successful author.
 

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Contents

The World of the Sedgwicks
1
The Unhappy Life and Mysterious Death
13
Eliza Frances and Theodore
36
A Stepmother a Death a Will
53
The Watsons
70
Four Courtships 18131816
85
Harry and Robert among the Friendlies
98
The Engagement Correspondence
127
Roles and Responsibilities
155
Setting the Date
172
Volumes Could Say No More
199
Archival Sources
207
Index
259
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Timothy Kenslea is a history teacher at Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts

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