Regency Advertisements: Mr. Horder, the elegant dancing or fencing master

  Appearing in 1807 La Belle Assemblee, the ad for Mr. Horder’s services does make you wonder why he removed from his Academy to teach under “reasonable terms”.

Joan Smith: An Infamous Proposal

SHE DESIRED NOTHING MORE THAN A BIDDABLE HUSBAND. . . . Emma, having gone at seventeen directly from her papa’s home to her husband’s arms, is now widowed at age twenty-two–and quite naive in the ways of the world: in particular, how to find herself another match! Thus, she proposes to Lord Hansard, eyeing him as a husband who would let her enjoy her freedom … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Dining in Hotels

Regency Reader Question I’ve just finished & enjoyed Rose Lerner’s well-researched “True Pretenses” set in a country town in 1808. In it, the hero invited the well-born heroine out to dinner at a hotel. What were the “rules” that governed dinner in restaurants? What sort of chaperonage would be expected? Where (in London) would a gentleman take a lady for dinner? Any advice would be … Expand

Regency Advertisements: John Ingram’s Furniture Warehouse


Appearing in La Belle Assemblee in 1807, this ad for John Ingram’s furniture warehouse appeals to the upper orders. I found a later ad in 1832’s Cobbett’s Weekly Register advertising for the same warehouse, aimed at budget conscious shoppers: