1873: The Faithless and the Faithful

“Mr. Lucas wooed Mrs. Markham in Middletown, Conn. He alleges he spent $600 in courting her, and that in consideration thereof she promised to join herself unto him; but though often requested, now refuses so to do, and in fact cannot do it, for the plain and simple reason that she has married a Markham, who might make objection to her becoming a Lucas. We mention the case because it is one of those rare breach-of-promise suits in which the plaintiff is a woman.” –From The Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, N. C.), Feb. 18, 1873.

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