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The Art of Conversing with Fluency and Propriety
How a Lady Should Be Spoken of by Her Husband.- It is equally improper for a gentleman to say “my wife,” except among very intimate friends; he should mention her as “Mrs. So and So.” When in private, the expression “my dear,” or merely the Christian name, is considered in accordance with the best usage among the more refined.
Thornwell, Emily, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO COMPLETE ETIQUETTE, New York, Belford, Clarke & Company, 1884