The course of true love

The Ipswich Journal of November 16 1728 carried this sad advertisement:

Whereas Elizabeth the Wife of John Danford of Martlesham in the County of Suffolk, Blacksmith, hath lately Eloped from her said Husband, and carried with her several Houshold Goods and some Money: These therefore give Notice, that is any Person give the said Elizabeth any Credit, or Entertainment, without the knowledge of her said Husband, such Debts shall not be paid after the Date hereof, and if any such Persons shall entertain her, of the said Goods, without given Notice, or bring the said Goods to the said John Danford, they with be Prosecuted. As Witness my Hands the 18th Day of November Anno Dom. 1728. JOHN DANFORD.

Happily, two weeks later came this announcement:

Whereas by an Advertisement of the 23d of November last in this Paper, ’twas inferred that Elizabeth the Wife of John Danford of Martlesham in the county of Suffolk, Blacksmith, had Elop’d from him with some Effects and Money, and that no Person should entertain her, This is to give Notice to all Persons, that the said Elizabeth is return’d again to her Husband with his Effects and Money. JOHN DANFORD.

Or perhaps, not so happily. A month afterwards, the Ipswich Journal readers were entertained with this next notice in italics:

January 3, 1729. Whereas it was Advertis’d in this Paper of Nov. 23 that Elizabeth the Wife of John Danford of Martlesham in the County of Suffolk, Blacksmith, had lately Eloped from her said Husband, and carried with here several Houshold Goods and Money: These therefore are to give Notice to all Persons, that the said Elizabeth was not Elop’d from her Husband, but gone to see her Sisters, and carry’d away no Goods, but I did this in my Passion which I now Repent, but she shall have the same Liberty as a Wife ought to have. JOHN DANFORD

I hope she was satisfied.

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4 thoughts on “The course of true love

  1. Chamberville

    Well, really. You can hardly blame her for making him admit his mistake publicly. The first correction just said she was back; it didn’t admit that she hadn’t done anything wrong so the scandal still stood. It’s not really the kind of thing one could laugh off.

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