Excerpt from The Baltimore Literary and Religious Magazine, for 1837, Vol. 3
As we sauntered around the room, a decently dressed woman of the lower sort, came up in great anxiety to our carrier, and hastily asked a few questions; which were positively - but with some em barrassment, answered by two or three no's. What did she want? Said I. That I would act as a witness in a marriage ceremony was the reply. Call her back, we will do it with great pleasure, and our party was conducted into one of the side chapels, in which all was in readiness - but at a stand for the want of the required number of witnesses. A priest stood on the step in front of the altar, dressed in white petticoats with long sleeves, and with a red coloured sort of yoke with long ends over his neck, and dropping down before. He held a small-book in his hand; and at his right side stood a lad ofsten or twelve years, dressed like himself except the yoke, and holding a small whisk, with a handle about afoot long the scanty hairs in the end of which was wet with holy water. In front were the parties, - and between them a pretty little boy two or three years old. It might have been the son of a former marria'gbe; but perhaps they should have been sooner married. One of e greatest evils society has to hear from the church of Rome, liesin her assumption of a divine right to make such children legitimate, and the crimes that too often find an easy excuse in the tardy exer crse of this strange claim. The ceremony commenced. A few questions were asked and answered: the hands of the parties united.
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