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Struggling to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? Here is some eighteenth-century inspiration (and some of them seem terribly familiar…)

1. To sort out your love life (whatever form that may take)

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Resolv’d to be Married!!                                        Resolv’d to live Single

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Resolv’d to turn away Betty, having form’d a more desirable connection with Jenny

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2. To learn something new

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Resolv’d to be as captivating as possible

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3. To be more healthy

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Resolv’d to live very abstemious

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4. To stop embarrassing yourself in public quite as often

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Resolv’d to bid farewell to Scandal

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5. To be a bit more brave

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Resolv’d to be meek no longer

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6. To consider a career change?

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Resolv’d to indulge the World with no more works of Genius ’till better paid for them

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7. To adopt a new outlook on life (you’re never too old…)

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Resolv’d to lead a new Life

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8. That all important 1st of January feeling: NEVER DRINKING AGAIN!!

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Resolv’d not to drink so much in future

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Myself, I intend to be as captivating as possible. A Happy New Year to all of you!

Emily x

- Images: Detail from ‘A Long String of Resolutions for the New Year’ by G. M. Woodward (1792)

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