Reducing old maids and increasing the population…

June 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

polygamy1The Connecticut Courant issue of Hartford dated October 18, 1790 contains a curious piece taken from a Virginia newspaper, noting that:

“…a serious petition is now drawing up…stating arguments in favour of polygamy, from the plain principles of reason: and praying that a man may legally marry two wives.  This, it is thought, will be the most effectual means to extirpate the numerous race of old maids, and increase the population of the United States…”