Hotels rented rooms for the night, shared by many occupants, and sharing a bed entailed an additional fee. One of those "pathetic stories." They tell this story pretty well over the entire country.
As was the customary in those days, folks went to bed rather early and on announcing that he believed he would be off to bed, if they would tell him where to sleep, he'd retire.
The farmer said: "We don't have much room, but you can sleep with the hired girl." The candidate replied that he was a married man, and a candidate, too, and that if it became generally known throughout the country that he had slept with a hired girl during his campaign, that some constituents might misconstrue his motives and manners; could he have no other place to sleep?
The farmer said the only other place he could think of was in the barn.
Bundling, or tarrying, is the traditional practice of wrapping one person in a bed accompanied by another, usually as a part of courting behavior.
The tradition is thought to have originated either in the Netherlands or in the British Isles and later became common in Colonial America, It is possible the precedent for bundling came from the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, in which Ruth, a young widow, and Boaz, an older wealthy landowner, spend a night together in a grain storage room while not touching; the pair later get married.
Traditionally, participants were adolescents, with a boy staying at the residence of the girl.
They were given separate blankets by the girl's parents and expected to talk to one another through the night.
Occasionally a bundling board or bundling sack was placed between the boy and girl to discourage sexual conduct. 1846), initially argued before Judge Edmunds in the Orange Circuit Court of New York, concerned the seduction of a 19-year-old woman.
In colonial America bundling was condemned by Jonathan Edwards and other preachers. Testimony in the case established that bundling was a common practice in certain rural social circles at the time.
The practice of bundling continued in the early United States, where in the case of a scarcity of beds, travelers were occasionally permitted to bundle with locals. By the 20th century, bundling as a practice seemed to have died out almost everywhere, with only isolated references to it occurring among the Amish in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This seemingly strange practice allowed extra money to be made by renting out half a bed. This amazing increase may, indeed, be partly ascribed to a singular custom prevalent among them, commonly known by the name of bundling—a superstitious rite observed by the young people of both sexes, with which they usually terminated their festivities, and which was kept up with religious strictness by the more bigoted part of the community.