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Marriage bet between Hawthorne and Jonathan Cilley. Autograph document signed, Brunswick, Me., November 14, 1824. Source unknown.

A barrel of Madeira wine was at stake on whether Hawthorne, then a senior at Bowdoin, would remain unmarried for twelve more years. Fellow classmate Horatio Bridge agreed to hold the note and faithfully notified Cilley (then a congressman) at the appointed date that Hawthorne had won the wager. Cilley was killed in a duel before he could honor the debt—the death prompted federal legislation outlawing dueling. all text © Bowdoin College, 2009.
(courtesy of Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine)
citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/image.php?name=MMD2786