February 7, 2014
Romance in the Revolutionary City
By Claire Weaver
Even in revolutionary times, St. Valentine’s Day still meant crushes and flowers. Find out more about colonial courtship.
L is for LOVE LETTERS from colonial suitors’ love letters. These were so important for wooing girls that some hopeful paramours bought instruction manuals to help them perfect their sappy notes.
O is for a gentry girl’s ONLY job: finding a husband.
V is for a clever young swain’s acrostical VALENTINES. They put today’s Hallmark cards to shame.
E is for the proper ETIQUETTE a colonial suitor had master to impress his crush. Eighteenth-century had standards!Claire Weaver, a student at the College of William & Mary, is a Colonial Williamsburg Foundation intern.
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