#April 7, 1832: Joseph Thompson – the man who sold his wife

Nagging wives needed to be careful in 19th Century England, for, as Joseph Thompson did, her husband might put her up for sale. That’s just what happened on this day, April 7 1832, to Mary Thompson, according to this local newspaper report: SALE OF A WIFE BY HER HUSBAND AT CARLISLE On Saturday the 7th instant, the inhabitants of this city witnessed the sale of a wife by her husband, Joseph Thompson, a local farmer who was married in the year 1829, to his present wife. She is a spruce,…

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