25th February 1895
Reference Numbert18950225-278
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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278. HENRY KNOLLYS FARLEY (40) , Feloniously marrying Margaret Nicoll Forbes, his wife being alive.

ELIZA MILLEN . I am a widow, and live at 158, Blackfriars Road—I was present on August 7th, 1876, at St. John's Church, Walworth, when the prisoner was married to Emma Mason—my husband and I signed the register as witnesses—I knew them for about seven years, and then lost sight of them, but I saw his wife ten years back.

MARGARET NICOLL FORBES . I live at 7, Clarendon Street, Stockwell—I went through the ceremony of marriage with the prisoner on July 27th—I had known him four years—I understood he had been married—I met his wife about eighteen months ago, both before and after my marriage.

Cross-examined by the prisoner. The banns had been put up at Batter-sea—the wedding was fixed for Sunday morning, and when the time came you refused to go to church.

By the COURT. I did not know he was married when I married him—I had no money—I am not the prosecutrix.

BENJAMIN MORGAN (Police Sergeant P). I took the prisoner on February 1st on another charge—he said, "Very good"—I produce the certificate of the two marriages—his wife is in Court now—I have not seen the children—the police are prosecuting him.

Prisoner's defence. I went through the second ceremony not for my own sake, but simply for her sake, who loved me not wisely, but too well.

GUILTY .— One Day's Imprisonment.

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