By Stephen Parker
By the writer of "Cohabitees", this booklet strains the bounds of felony marriage because the commercial Revolution, from casual marriage practices to trendy cohabitation. alterations are positioned of their monetary, political and social contexts, visible to be the fabricated from type and gender conflict.
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Extra resources for Informal Marriage, Cohabitation and the Law 1750–1989
Because accommodation was insufficient, those prisoners who could give security for their appearance when summoned were permitted to take lodgings nearby. One class of prisoner likely to be trusted was clergymen. From the environs of the Fleet, clergymen plied their trade of conducting marriage services which, because they involved the exchange of consents to marry, had legal effect. Fleet marriages have been well-documented by a number of writers (see, for example, Howard, 1904, vol. I, p. 438).
Rather, it was thought that the population might fall. According to Fox, without a 'continual supply of industrious and laborious poor, no nation can long exist, which supply can only be got by promoting marriage amongst such people' (Cobbett, p. 70). Perhaps the only remark that can be viewed without excessive 46 Informal Marriage cynicism is that by Nugent concerning what I have referred to earlier as processual marriage. Nugent correctly saw that the removal of backing from customs whereby a marriage only became binding upon conception would be dangerous to the girl (and the rate-payer).
The issue of licenses, which avoided the need for banns, was also closely regulated. At least one of the parties must have resided in the area of the relevant church for the previous four weeks before the licence could be issued. In effect, therefore, the residence requirement was substantially the same for marriage by banns or licence because one should add seven days notice to the parson to the three weeks of banns. All marriages solemnised by licence where either of the parties (not being a widow or widower) was under the age of twenty-one were also 'absolutely null and void to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever' without the consent of the father of the minor.
Informal Marriage, Cohabitation and the Law 1750–1989 by Stephen Parker