Hopedale History No. 5

    This is the fifth story from Hopedale that I've sent out to many of you; the first or second to a few others
    who I have recently added.  I think it's time that I stopped adding to everyone's already overloaded
    inboxes and let you decide if you want any more of this.  If you'd like to continue to receive these,
    probably twice a month, just reply and I'll keep you on the list.  

    For those of you who haven't received the earlier ones, they were Hopedale, 1842, Hopedale's Missing
    Monument, Hopedale As I Found It, and Christmas by Frank Dutcher, but actually they're all on the
    website ezine menu.  Today's new recipients were suggested by Kathy Wright.

    The item below isn't really from Hopedale but it did appear in a Hopedale publication, The Spiritual
    Reformer, so I'll use that as my excuse for including it.  The Reformer was published by Harriet
    Greene, a prominent member of the Hopedale Community..

    From the Spiritual Reformer A law against obtaining husbands under false pretenses, passed by the
    English Parliament in 1770, enacts – That all women, of whatever age, rank, profession or degree–
    whether virgins, maids or widows–who shall, after this act, impose upon, seduce and betray into
    matrimony any of his majesty’s male subjects, by virtue of scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial
    teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, bolstered hips, or high-heeled shoes, shall incur the
    penalty of the law now in force against witchcraft and like misdemeanors; and the marriage, under
    such circumstances, upon conviction of the offending party, shall be null and void.

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