Mary Kelly was murdered at 13 Millers Court exactly ten years later."The Worst Street in London" - A pamphlet published in 1901 concerning the social conditions surrounding the lodging houses of Dorset Street, Spitalfields. Jack Mc Carthy." "Down East" - The West End takes a look at the East End (accompanied by a policeman, of course) in this article from "The Metropolitan", 14th September 1872."The rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books.Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal.Usually the tone of the letter is vague and contains assurances that the honored lady thanks the gentleman for his offer but she cannot accept his proposal.
There are usually flowery forms for written proposals from the suitor as well as a plethora of gushing acceptances from the bride-elect.To readers today the index titles for these letters sound wildly humorous.Consider the titles "Refusal on the grounds of dislike", "Refusal on the grounds of unsteadiness of the suitor", and "Refusal on the grounds that the suitor is much younger than herself".The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.by the publishing house of Dick & Fitzgerald of New York presents more letter forms for refusing a proposal than it presents for encouraging a suitor!