Historical Society of Rockland’s Flashback Friday: Advice to young men

Flashback Friday: Week of July 24Journal News – July 23-24, 1970
July 23, 1870 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal


       A lady who signs herself a “Martyr to Late Hours” offers the following sensible suggestion to young men: Dear gentlemen, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, listen to a few words of gratuitous remarks. When you make a social call of an evening, on a young lady, go away at a reasonable hour. Say you come at eight o’clock, and an hour and a half is certainly as long as the most fascinating of you in conversation can, or rather ought to use his in charms. Two hours, indeed, can be very pleasantly spent with music, chess, or other games to lend variety, but, kind sirs, by no means stay longer. Make shorter calls and come oftener. A girl that is a sensible, true-hearted girl, will enjoy it better, and really value your acquaintance more.
       Just conceive the agony of a girl who, well knowing the feelings of both father and mother upon the subject, hears the clock strike ten, and yet must sit on the edge of her chair in mortal terror lest papa should put his threat into execution—that of coming down and inviting the gentleman to breakfast. And we girls understand all by experience and know what it is to dread the prognostic of displeasure. In such cases a sigh of…read more
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