From the rear side cover: This volume is the second in a seriesof transcriptions of the registers of clandestine marriages which took place in the area in and around the Fleet Prison in London between the years 1680 and 1754. Mark Herber describes the fascinating history of these marriages and introduces two new registers and a minister's notebook, covering the years 1678-1679,1707-1709, 1728-1730 and 1737-1740. One of the registers records marriages performed by the notorious Dr Wyatt, who made a fortune from the Fleet marriage trade, which he summed up as follows:
For by lying, bullying and swearing,
To extort money from the silly and unwary people,
You advance your business.
The registers are published with the author's explanatory notes, page references for the original documents held at the Public Record Office, and an index of places and of surnames.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
Clandestine Marriages in the Chapel and Rules of the Fleet Prison 1680-1754, Vol 2, by Mark Herber
Published by Francis Boutle in 1999, 119 pages. Paperback (N7544)