From the rear side cover: This volume is the third in a series of transcriptions of the registers of clandestine marriages which took place 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 four new registers and three notebooks, covering the years 1716-1719,1726-1728, 1734and 1740-1742. He also describes the evidence for Fleet marriages contained in settlement examinations of the poor. Most people using the Fleet wanted a short legal ceremony without the cost and delay of banns or marriage licences. But some others wanted secrecy - a true clandestine marriage -like Robert Williams, who married in the Fleet in 1717. The Reverend Henry Gower performed the ceremony and noted in the register that the marriage should 'not be discovered' until Robert had completed his apprenticeship. 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 3, by Mark Herber
Published by Francis Boutle in 2001, 156 pages. Paperback (N7545)