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Table of contents
THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER VII. 

 

MARRIAGE. 

 

 

WHAT IS MARRIAGE? 

 

Marriage is in law the conjugal union of man with woman, and is the 

only state in which cohabitation is considered proper and 

irreprehensible. The marriage relation exists in all Christian 

communities, and is considered the most solemn of contracts, and, 

excepting in Protestant countries, it is regarded as a sacrament. In 

some countries its celebration falls under the cognizance of 

ecclesiastical courts only, but in the United States it is regarded as 

merely a civil contract, magistrates having, equally with clergymen, 

the right to solemnize it, though it is usually the practice to have 

it performed by a clergyman and attended with religious ceremonies. 

Marriage, as a legalized custom, is of very ancient origin. It is 

doubtful whether even the primitive man was not governed in the 

intercourse of the sexes by some recognition of the union being 

confined to one chosen one. No greater promiscuity can certainly be 

supposed than occurs in the lower animals, where pairing is the law. 

The nobler animals, as the lion, elephant, etc., never have but one 

mate, and even in case of death do not remate. As men advanced, civil 

codes were inaugurated and certain protection given to the choice of 

the parties. The earliest civil code regulating marriage, of which we 

have any account, was that of Menes, who, Herodotus tells us, was the 

first of the Pharaohs, or native Egyptian kings, and who lived about 

3,500 years before Christ. The nature of his code is not known. 

 

The Biblical account extends further back, but it does not appear that 

any laws existed regulating marriage, but each one was allowed to 

choose his wife and concubines, and it is supposed that common consent 

respected the selection. Next, Moses gave laws for the government of 

marriage among the Israelites. The early Greeks followed the code of 

Cecrops, and the Romans were also governed in their marital relations 

by stringent laws. In fact, the necessity of some law regulating the 

intercourse between the sexes must have become very apparent to all 

nations or communities at a very early period. It certainly antedates 

any legal regulations with regard to the possession of property. It is 

very probable that every community did by common consent afford to 

each male one or more females, and the presumption is that such choice 

or assignment, as the case may have been, was respected by common 

agreement as inviolable. It is doubtful if ever promiscuity was the 

law or privilege with any community of men, even in their primitive 

state. The possession of reason is antagonistic to such a belief; and 

man was most probably elevated above the beast by the faculty of 

reason in this respect as in others. Promiscuous indulgence is always 


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