Saturday, 31 August 2013

LATE NEWS: Italy & the Marital Bed

William Flynn’s journal The Hibernian Chronicle was published twice weekly and ran from 1768 to 1801.  The following excerpt appeared on 25 June 1772 and outlines the romantic advantages of travelling to Italy:

                        A certain great Lady was telling one of her own family,
                        that her husband had never slept a whole night with her
                        before he went to Italy: I have heard, says Lady ---,
                        who overheard the discourse, that one of the greatest
                        advantages of going to Italy is, that it teaches a man
                        to sleep all night by his wife (Vol IV, No 52, pg 403).

"By the way, you never did say why you changed our travel plans from France to Italy..."

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