The following Anecdote was printed in The Hibernian Chronicle for 12 November 1772:
In the summer of 1771, a certain Baronet sent his Lady
from town to his country seat; but being himself
detained by business, he was prevented for several days
from following her. In the mean time, one of his most
intimate friends and dearest companions proposed to the
Knight to pay his Lady a visit in his absence, with a view
to divert her in her retirement till the arrival of her husband.
The Knight not only gave his proposals a friendly reception,
but gave him the following introductory bill, addressed to
“My dear, May 29, 1771
“Please to pay to the bearer, on sight, the full
sum or number of three kisses---value received,
and place to the account of,
My dear, yours for ever.”
The Lady, like an obedient wife, honoured the bill on
demand; but the friend unluckily continued to draw such
large sums of the same commodity upon credit, that the whole
bank of love was at length exhausted, and the Knight, on his
arrival at home, found her to be a bankrupt. In a word, the
affair was discovered, and a divorce was sued for andobtained (Flynn, Vol IV, No 92, pg 726).
|"Come now, Lady Crawley! Though it's true the account has been settled, you would be remiss to ignore a rising interest!"|
Flynn, William. “Anecdote.” The Hibernian Chronicle 12 November 1772. Print.