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28th June 1676
Reference Numbert16760628-6
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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A Country-fellow was tried for having two Wives ;

the first he married neer Tame in Oxfordshire, and liv'd with her several years, and had two pretty children (a Boy and a Girl) which were brought into Court to see the wickedness of the Father: After that he left that Wife, and at Harrow on the Hill married another , whom only he was pleased to own in Court; so that there needed no proof on her behalf: and as for the first woman she proved her marriage by the Clerk that was present, and by her Mother and several others, who testified a long Cohabitation, &c. so that he was found guilty , but seemed not much to lay that to heart, flattering himself with coming off by his Clergy, but in vain; for when afterwards he came to the Book, the Ordinary returned a Non legit, and he received sentence of death with the rest.


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