Wife Selling as Farce

I love this – my favourite so far of the many wife sales I have recorded. It comes from the Doncaster Gazette of March 1803:

“A fellow sold his wife as a cow in Sheffield market place a few days ago. The lady was put in the hands of a butcher, who held her by a halter fastened round her waist. ‘What do you ask for your cow?’ said a bystander. ‘A guinea’ replied the butcher. ‘Done’ said the other and immediately led away his bargain. We understand that the purchaser and his ‘cow’ live very happily together.”

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