The cutting is dated 1862 but the source isn't identified.
Overcrowding in a School Room - A detailed description of the houses at Millers Court, Dorset Street from the Whitechapel Board of Works Annual Report for 1878.
The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.
by the publishing house of Dick & Fitzgerald of New York presents more letter forms for refusing a proposal than it presents for encouraging a suitor!
Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal."The rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books.
There are usually flowery forms for written proposals from the suitor as well as a plethora of gushing acceptances from the bride-elect.
However by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today.
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Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal.
Usually the tone of the letter is vague and contains assurances that the honored lady thanks the gentleman for his offer but she cannot accept his proposal.