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LIFE, TRAVELS, SUFFERINGS, CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCES,
AND LABOUR OF LOVE,
IN THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY,
ANCIENT, EMINENT, AND FAITHFUL SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE IN GREAT PEACE WITH THE
LORD, THE 13th OF THE 1lth MONTH, 1690.
SIXTH EDITION. IN TWO VOLUMES.
And they that turn many to righteousness, shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.
Dan. xii. 3.
PRINTED BY ANTHONY PICKARD
LIFE, TRAVELS, SUFFERINGS, AND CHRISTIAN
AMONG the exercises and troubles that Friends had from without, one was concerning Friends' marriages, which sometimes were called in question. In this year there happened to be a cause tried at the assize at Nottingham concerning a Friend's marriage. The case was thus. Some years before two Friends were joined together in marriage amongst Friends, and lived together as man and wife about two years. Then the man died, leaving his wife with child, and leaving an estate in lands of copyhold. When the woman was delivered, the jury presented the child heir to its father's lands, and accordingly the child was admitted ; afterwards another Friend married the widow. And after that, a man that was near of kin to her former husband, brought his action against the Friend that had last married her, endeavouring to dispossess them, and deprive the child of the inheritance, and to possess himself thereof as next heir to the woman's first husband. To effect this, he endeavoured to prove the child illegitimate, alleging, “The marriage was not according to law.” In opening the cause, the plaintiff's counsel used unseemly words concerning Friends, saying, “ That they went together like brute beasts," with other ill expressions. After the counsels on both sides had pleaded, the judge (viz. Judge Archer) took the matter in hand, and opened it to the jury, telling them,