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Finding aid and scan (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 2108. Letter, 7 December 1927, from Elizabeth (Jolly) Newman to Emily Jones, Strawberry, Kentucky. She describes the circumstances of her hasty marriage to James C. Newman that same day: her drunkenness during their date a few days earlier; his attempt to visit her late at night, which resulted in her eviction by the housemother at her residence; their train trip to marry in Jeffersonville, Indiana, with its abundance of “marriage parlors”; their return to Louisville, Kentucky to shop for a ring; and her plans to visit her family in Stanford, Kentucky at Christmas without revealing her marriage until she departs. She also promises Emily that marriage will not interfere with their “good times.” Includes a note from “Jimmy” promising to “love, honor, and obey.”


United States History | Women's Studies



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