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1694 wedding gift

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By Mark Peterson

Once in a while a researcher finds a document that changes everything. Such was the case for a 1694 document where a mother-in-law gives a wedding present to her daughter-in-law.

The document tells of a woman named Pak who is the mother-in-law of a woman named Hong. Their husbands, father and son, are named Yi.

The document says, "My husband died young, leaving me with only one son. I've always longed to have a daughter, and now, finally, with a daughter-in-law, my dreams have come true. Every time I see your face I am overcome with joy. Here on the occasion of your marriage I have a gift for you of five slaves [each is named and........

© The Korea Times