Ryder v. Jones, 1661
Courtship Among the Provincial Middling Sort
This chapter presents a case study on courtship from provincial England, focusing on the court case Ryder v. Jones which appeared in court in 1661. The case was filed by George Ryder, a successful young attorney, against Priscilla Jones. He claimed that they had a verbal marriage contract and asked the court to sequester Priscilla from her parents. The court granted Ryder's request and his legal harassment backfired for it annoyed Priscilla who found herself in the position of a defendant accused of reneging a formal contract.
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