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July 3, 2022

Marriages in the nude

In colonial New England, there were many instances of women getting married in the nude or in their underwear. According to an old English tradition, if a woman married “in her shift on the king’s highway”, her husband would not be responsible for her prenuptial debts. To preserve decency, these marriages were performed at night. – but not always. There were some couples that found they could comply with tradition and still be discreet during daylight hours. In one case, one couple got married while the woman stood in the closet, with only her hand showing. ~ One night stands in American history

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