I was sent out to Jamaica, to espouse a bride already [courted] for me

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 27) | Genius

Quotation:Mr. Mason, he found, had a son and daughter; and he learned from him that he could and would give the latter a fortune of thirty thousand pounds: that sufficed. When I left college, I was sent out to Jamaica, to espouse a bride already courted for me. My father said nothing about her money; but he told me Miss Mason was the boast of Spanish Town for her beauty: and this was no lie.

Context: Mr. R was explaining how he had been deceived into the miserable marriage.
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand "courted" here. I think "to courte" here means "to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo". but how does the meaning work here. :confused:
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    It was an arranged marriage, in other words. He hadn't courted her or wooed her as the prospective husband does in English custom. That had been done for him, but of course it would have been a negotiation, not a 'courtship' as we understand it.
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