Monday, November 9, 2009
A young, able politician, capable of going to the United States Senate, desires a matrimonial alliance with a young, wealthy lady; a political writer preferred. Address Preston Firman, Boston, Mass.
It sure is interesting to see that political ambition hasn't changed a whole lot. I also like how confident Preston is. He's young, he's able, and he's capable of going all the way to the United States Senate. I wonder why his ambitions stop there? Why not the governor of a state? Why not the presidency itself? Now, in my very cursory internet research, I cannot find a former senator named Preston Firman, but I don't even know if that information is available online, where one would search for it if not, and whether or not I care enough to try. It really doesn't matter much anyway. What's really more intriguing to me is how straightforward he is.
He's not looking for a loving wife, he's not looking for a pretty wife, he's just looking for a wealthy wife, presumably to fund his campaigns or to support his lavish lifestyle while living on a senator's measly salary. (Not that he'd be the only politician to take advantage of his rich wife.) I guess there are some women who were equally ambitious and might be willing to marry a man they expected to be politically successful - since women couldn't really run for office they couldn't become senators themselves (the first elected female senator wasn't until 1931).
I also like that he's hoping to marry a "political writer" (does this sound more like a job application than a marriage proposal to you?). I'm not entirely sure what that means. A woman who writes political speeches? Or a journalist who writes on politics for the news? Since neither of those were jobs considered appropriate or even possible for women, I'm not sure that makes any sense. Maybe he just wants a woman who is politically savvy, although requesting a writer specifically suggests he means something else. In a sense this is a somewhat progressive idea: rather than just a good wife who will stand by his side smiling and raising good, moral children, he apparently wants to meet someone who would be able to participate in his career.
Or, he figures he needs to be married to become a successful politician and why not get a free secretary in the process.
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