Having worked on this project for over a decade, I owe more debts than I can possibly repay. I want to thank the anonymous readers for Manchester University Press and the entire staff there. I am also deeply grateful to my wonderful mentors, Marty Wiener, Martha Vicinus, and John Gillis, who never hesitated to give support, advice, and letters when needed. I’m particularly indebted to the two readers of the original 900-page manuscript, Gail Savage and George Robb, who helped plan the necessary cuts and who, for some reason, are still friends with me. I also thank commentators at various meetings where I gave papers, too numerous to specify, and the readers of separate chapters, including Julie Early, Rod Phillips, and Nancy Fix Anderson. My colleagues at Samford University, especially the chair, Dr John Mayfield, offered much support and encouragement. Similarly, I also want to thank the 2002–03 fellows of the National Humanities Center, particularly the Victorianists: Harriet Ritvo, John Kucich, Diane Sadoff, Molly Rothenberg, and Jonathan Riley. Joshua Bearden put together the Bibliography, and for that I am grateful. Finally, for intellectual and practical support while in England, I thank John and Sue Stewart.
I also owe much to the librarians at many institutions, including the British Library; National Archives (Kew); University College, London; Bishopsgate Institutional Reference Library, London Metropolitan Archives; British Library of Political and Economic Science; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; the Institute of Historical Research; University of Michigan Library; Duke University and Law Libraries; Lambeth Palace Archives; National Research Library, Chicago; Centre for Northwest Regional Studies, Lancaster University; Bodleian Library; the Women's Library, London Metropolitan University; and, especially, the National Humanities Center, Triangle Park, NC. Anyone who has spent a year at the NHC knows how helpful and supportive the staff is, and my year was certainly no exception. I also received crucial monetary support from Judson College, Samford University; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Rockefeller Foundation, which funded my sabbatical year at the NHC.
The following works have been previously published and are part of this manuscript, and I thank the publishers for permission to include any copyrighted materials here. These include the following: ‘Through the medium of the passions : cohabitation contracts in England, 1750–1850’, Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Consortium on Revolutionary Europe (1994), 181–9; ‘Bigamy and cohabitation in Victorian England’, Journal of Family History 22 (1997), 286–306; ‘He could not hold his passion : domestic violence and cohabitation in England, 1850–1900’, Crime, History & Societies, 12 (2008), 25–44; and ‘Love is always free : Anarchism, free unions, and Utopianism in Edwardian England’, Anarchist Studies, forthcoming.