"Marriage is to be discouraged in
the Regiment as much as possible. A regiment has generally
more women than can possibly be allowed to embark on foreign
service. Two or three women per company may do very well;
if they are industrious - when there are more they are often
much distressed. Officers must explain to the men the many
miseries women are exposed to, even in England, when there
are too many of them, particularly on service - and by every
sort of persuasion prevent their marrying if possible"
From the Standing Orders of the Norwich
or 106th Regiment published in 1785.