Tag Archives: Early modern women

How to speculate according to the ‘merchant principle’

Price data for financial instruments and commodities was relatively easy to access during the eighteenth century. We know that price lists, such as Castaing’s Course of the Exchange, were regarded as valuable, that they were kept and that they were … Continue reading

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Breaking up and making up: another early modern courtship

Another courtship story from the Jeake family archive…. Richard Hartshorne and Barbara Harding were the parents of Samuel Jeake’s wife, Elizabeth. Richard was desperate to marry Barbara. And, as a couple in their middle age with no parents to interfere, their courtship … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Bride: an early modern courtship

When I embarked on my project to publish the Jeake family letters (read more about that here) I planned only to focus on those sent to and from Samuel, he of Astrological Diary fame, and his wife Elizabeth.[i] But correspondence preserved … Continue reading

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