On July 19, 1695, this notice appeared on page 3 of a weekly London pamphlet:
A Gentleman about 30 Years of Age, that says he had a Very Good Estate, would willingly Match himself to some Good Young Gentlewoman that has a Fortune of 3000l. or thereabouts, and he will make Settlement to Content.
It’s believed to be the world’s first lonely hearts ad. The pamphlet’s publisher, John Houghton, wrote, “‘Tis probable such Advertisements may prove useful.”
(Francesca Beauman, Shapely Ankle Preferr’d, 2011.)