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Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1681-1683
Volume 70, Preface 23   View pdf image (33K)
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                         Introduction.            xxiii

     of May 15, 1676 Concerning Marriages (Archive II, 522), itself a restatement
     of an earlier law (Archives I, pp. 442-443), it was provided that all persons
     desiring to be married should first publish their intentions at the chapel door
     for three weeks before the ceremony and only then might they apply to a priest,
     minister, parson or magistrate. Anybody who was married without this publi
     cation was fined 1000 pounds of tobacco, and the person who married them
     had to pay 5000 pounds. Edward Lunn, the informer in this case, charged that
     Anthony Demondadier, justice of the peace for Baltimore County had privately
     married Christopher Randall and the widow Johannah Norman without special
     license from the Proprietary, and that he must therefore pay the 5000 pound
     penalty. Justice Demondadier replied that Lunn had waited too long: that more
     than the statutory year had gone by after the ceremony before Lunn filed his
     information. The Court went into the time element and decided that Lunn's
     charges were not sufficient to maintain his action. The justices said that Justice
     Demondadier might go without day, and that he might recover from Lunn
     1031 pounds of tobacco, with execution (post, 121-126).
     


 
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