Curious Advertisement From the Pittsburgh Gazette

Pittsburgh, Dec. 23, 1789.

JULY the twenty-seventh day My wife Betsey ran away From bed and board,–and this did say, “She would no longer with me stay.” Since she has left me without cause I’ll give her time enough to pause. That she may see her grievous error, When I live happy with a fairer. So I forewarn both great and small To trust her any thing at all, For of her contracts from this day One farthing’s worth I will not pay. Dennis O’Bryan

Citation: Glasgow Advertiser (Glasgow, United Kingdom), 19 November 1790, available at the Scissors and Paste Database,