A Flute Playing Cobbler for Sale | texthistory

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My research into wife selling continues to turn up bizarre incidents. This is one of my favourites, from the Dundee evening Telegraph of 28 November 1903, claims to relate to Manchester at the end of the 18th century:

“A woman, named Price, led her husband into the market place, and publicly proclaimed that she would dispose of him to the highest bidder.

The man, who seems to have regarded the matter as huge joke, then stated his accomplishments, which ranged from bootmaking to flute-playing, and the bidding commenced. Several offers were made, and he ultimately exchanged hands for a guinea, a par of fowls, and a new dress. ”

In Leeds the town crier was requisitioned to announce publicly the sale of her husband by Mrs…

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