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

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UPNE, 2006 - History - 269 pages
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"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. Catharine's reflections on her single state, both published and private, enrich this history of the married Sedgwicks by offering an early nineteenth-century alternative to the marriage plot."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The World of the Sedgwicks
1
Five Marriages and a Ghost 17741842
13
Eliza Frances and Theodore
37
A Stepmother a Death a Will
53
The Watsons
70
Four Courtships 18131816
85
Harry and Robert among the Friendlies
98
Love Letters
129
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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