A Review of the Law Relating to Marriages within the Prohibited...
Marriage to a Deceased Wife's Sister Foster, T[homas] Campbell. A Review of the Law Relating to Marriages within the Prohibited Degrees of Affinity; And of the Canons and Social Considerations by which the Law is Supposed to be Justified. London: Benning and Co, 1847. viii, 158 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Moderate toning, light foxing to first two leaves, ink library stamps to title page and p. 99. $150. * Only edition. The Marriage Act of 1835 prohibited the marriage of a widower to his deceased wife's sister, reflecting Victorian anxieties around incest, family purity and the role of the church. Opposition to the Act gradually sprang up and it was repealed with the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act in 1907. Our pamphlet argues in favor of marriage to a deceased wife's sister with arguments grounded in historical precedent and canon law. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, University of Notre Dame, Harvard, University of Oklahoma).
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