Petition from 150 years ago notes new noun: ‘wife-beating’

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COAG in the news for communique on reducing violence against women yesterday … and coincidentally came across this while researching next book…. from a parliamentary petition of 150 years ago.
‘That newspapers constantly detail instances of marital oppression, “wife-beating,” being a new compound noun lately introduced into the English language, and a crime against which English gentlemen have lately enacted stringent regulations’
Read the full petition from ‘The Carlyle Letters’ HERE
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