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Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

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Harris v. Lingard, 1699–1701

Harris v. Lingard, 1699–1701

Courtship Among the London Middling Sort

(p.48) 3 Harris v. Lingard, 1699–1701
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on courtship from provincial England, focusing on the case Harris v. Lingard in 1701. The case was filed by organ maker Rene Harris against Jack Lingard. Abigail Harris became pregnant by Jack but the parental power exercised by the Lingard parents forced Jack to abandon Abigail to her fate. The revelations about Abigail's many other flirtations provided Jack with enough justification to do so.

Keywords:   courtship, court case, Harris v. Lingard, Rene Harris, Jack Lingard, Abigail Harris, provincial England

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