Marriages in the West (1867)

Marriages in the West (1867) contains a small portion of a vintage article written by Auguste Carlier and published Marriage in the United States in 1867. (Translated from the French by Benjamin Joy Jeffries, A.M., M.D.)

Section VI is titled “Marriages in the West.” This sheds light on the attitudes and perspective of Victorian Americans toward marriage, setting the west, mail-order brides, correspondence courtships, and courtship in general. This small section, provided below, is definitely worth a read!

Note: with the exception of the title (Marriages in the West) and one example of “We” beginning a sentence, the capital W appears like a V with a tail on the left-hand stem. This typeface seems to be intentional, as it occurs throughout.

Example: Kristin Holt | W looks like V. From within Marriages in the West, 1867.

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Kristin Holt | Marriages in the West (1867) Part 1.

Part 1: Marriage in the United States, 1867, by Auguste Carlier.

Kristin Holt | Marriages in the West (1867) Part 2.

2: Marriage in the United States, 1867, by Auguste Carlier.

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3: Marriage in the United States, 1867, by Auguste Carlier.

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4: Marriage in the United States, 1867, by Auguste Carlier. “… most energetic appeal to the women of all lands to flock there. It says that the last census, taken in June, 1856, shows that the excess of the male population in Iowa is thirty-three thousand six hundred and forty…” Women were scarce!

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5: Marriage in the United States, 1867, by Auguste Carlier.

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You’ll find the entire book available in these locations:

  1.   Archive.org
  2.   Making of America Books
  3.   Amazon
  4.   Google Books
  5.   Forgotten Books

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