Delaware County Reports Volume 1

Delaware County Reports Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... for such a decree shall come into Court with clean hands. When the wife is the complainant she must show that she has in all respects demeaned herself as a kind and affectionate wife, and that her own conduct has not provoked the cruelty or personal indignity of which she j complains. Where the conduct of the husband is but a retaliation upon the wife, for her own improper act or demeanor, she is without remedy, unless indeed, the retaliation be excessive, and the provocation small. Courts of justice are not governed by the rules of chivalry in deciding what is, or is not, sufficient cause for divorce. Much depends upon the temper and disposition of the parties in their intercourse with each other. What would be a sufficient indignity or act of cruelty to a sensitive, kind and affectionate wife, might not be enough for a coarse, brutal, or quarrelsome one. The acts complained of must be considered in connection with the character of the parties, and the common sense of the jury, rather than by any fixed legal rules. The libellant in this case complains: 1st. Of cruel end barbarous treatment by her husband, endangering her life. 2d. Of indignities to her person, rendering her condition intolerable and life burdensome, and 3d, that he actually turned her out of doors. The testimony upon the trial took a very wide range. The libellant offered herself as a witness, and detailed at large every act of alleged cruelty and indignity of which her husbond had been guilty, during the entire fourteen years of their married life. She showed such vindictive bitterness against him, and such a disposition to exaggerate every trivial disagreement between them, as to very much prejudice her case with all who heard her testimony. The sum total of her complaints...show more

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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657933X
  • 9781236579331