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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Marriageable Women

From The (Atchison, Ks.) Globe of Mar. 15, 1879:

Last summer a Swedish girl, who had just arrived in this country, walked into the office of Superintendent Jackson at Castle Garden and said, "I want you to marry me." Mr. Jackson was much surprised and somewhat alarmed at this abrupt demand, but was soon relieved by finding that she wanted him to perform the ceremony. The incident got into the papers, and since then the Superintendent has received letters from hundreds of young men, old batchelors, and widowers, asking him to furnish suitable wives for them from the immigrants, and offering him liberal compensation therefor. These letters come mainly from the west, where women are comparatively scarce, but Mr. Jackson invariably responds that there is, unfortunately, no matrimonial bureau attached to Castle Garden.

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