In the first years of the colonies there existed a formal ceremony of betrothal called in Plymouth a pre-contract.
But for my pre-contract, I had striven long ago to win her, and had been a happier man, mayhap.
Among the New England colonists there was a formal ceremony of betrothal, called a pre-contract or contraction.
A frail fibre of hope offered itself in the story of the pre-contract with the Count of Lorraine.
The documents relating to the pre-contract were not sent; his vexation converted a shadow into a reality.