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AGONY COLUMN, a term often applied to the column in newspapers devoted to personal advertisements, such as announce ments of losses or bequests. At as early a date as 1800 the "agony column" was a medium also for matrimonial advertisements. It is sometimes known as the personal column.

See Alice Clay, The Agony Column of the "Times" 1800-187o (1881).