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“1 do solemnly declare, that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, A. B., [naming himself or herself ] may not be joined in Matrimony to C. D. [ naming the other party ].” (Sec. 20.) Also that each of the Parties shall say to the other,
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, A. B., ( naming himself or herself ] do take thee, C.D., [ naming the other party ] to be my lawful wedded wife [ or husband ].”
If this solemn declaration and form of words, or either of them, be omitted from the Ceremony, it will not be a Marriage ; and the Registrar must not on any account register as a Marriage any Ceremony from which those words have been omitted ; but when both or one of the Parties shall be Welch, and unable to speak English, the following translation into Welch may, in all places wliere the Welch tongue is commonly used or preferred, be used instead of the English words. (1 Vic. c. 22, s. 23.)
TRANSLATION OF THE SOLEMN DECLARATION.
CYFIEITHIAD O'R MYNEGIAD DIFRIFOL. I do solemnly declare that I Yr wyf fi yn ddifrifol yn know not of any lawful impe- hysbysu, na i diment, why I, A. B., may not rhwystr cyfreithlawn fel nad be joined in Matrimony to ellir fy nghysylltu i, A. B., C. D.
mewn priodas a C. D.
TRANSLATION OF THE CONTRACTING WORDS.
CYFIEITHIAD O'R GEIRIAU AMMODOL. I call upon these Persons Yr wyf fi yn galw ar y bobl here present to witness that sydd yma yn bresennol i dystioI, A. B., do take thee, C. D., laethu fy mod i, A. B., yn dy to be my lawful wedded Wife gymmeryd di, C. D., yn Wraig (or Husband).
briod gyfreithlawn (neu yn Wr priod cyfreithlawn) i mi.
The following General Regulations have been issued by or under the direction of the Registrar-General for the purpose of
securing the decorous demeanour of all persons present at the Marriage :
“ The Registrar must, both by his own example, and by admonition (if requisite) to others, do all in his power to enforce and maintain the due observance of order, solemnity, and decorum, at the solemnization of Marriages in his presence ; and he must remember that, although, with a view to the prevention of Clandestine Marriages, it is provided that Marriages in his presence shall be solemnized with open doors, and he is therefore not entitled to forbid entrance, yet he is authorized, and hereby required, to repress any unseemly and disorderly conduct, and eject any person so offending; and he may require the assistance of the Peace Officer, if it be necessary for that purpose. It is also especially enjoined that in his own conduct he observe the strictest decorum ; and that he shall not give just cause of complaint by manner or language offensive to the feelings of those at whose Marriage he may be required to attend. Any representation to the Registrar-General, whereby it may
be proved to him that any Registrar has so offended, will be followed by the immediate dismissal of such Registrar.”
At the same time the officiating Minister will use his endeavours (if in any case they should be necessary) to induce the parties to comply, in a manner suitable to so solemn an occasion, with the regulations which the Registrar, to whom also the utmost courtesy should be shown, is bound by law to see fulfilled.
4. The Registering of the Marriage.--The Marriage being solemnized, the Registrar must immediately afterward, and on the spot, (that is, at or in some part of the same building,) Register the Marriage by making the requisite entries in the Marriage-Register Book, which he must bring with him, together with pen and ink, for that purpose.
The particulars required for the proper legal Registration of the Marriage will probably be better understood by presenting the Form provided for the Registration of Marriages by Stat. 6 & 7 W. IV. c. 86, Schedule C, adapted to the case of a Marriage in a Wesleyan Chapel.
1847. MARRIAGES solemnized at City-Road Chapel, in the District of Saint Luke, in the County of Middlesex.
William Hastings 24 years Bachelor Carpenter 3, Castle Street Peter Hastings Upholsterer Sophia Ann Mitchell 22 years Spinster
17, Piccadilly William Mitchell Builder
John Cox, Registrar.
This Marriage was solemnized William Hastings,
in the John Hastings, between us,
Sophia Ann Mitchell, Š presence of us, 1 Mary Mitchell. [The words and figures in Italics are to be filled in as the case may be.]
The Registrar will fill up the top line, beginning 1847, by inserting the name and locality of the Chapel, the SuperintendentRegistrar's District, and the County, in which the Marriage is Solemnized.
In the column under the head “ When Married,” he must insert the day of the month in words, and the year in figures.
In the column under the head “ Name and Surname," he must insert the names and surnames of the parties, first of the man, and then of the woman ; writing, not merely the initials, but the names and surnames at full length.
In the column under the head “Age,” he must insert “of full age,” or “ Minor,” as the case may be; but, if the parties enable him to do so, it is better that he should insert the precise age of each party,
In the column under the head “Condition," he must insert whether “ Bachelor,” or “ Spinster,” “Widower,” or “ Widow.”
In the column under the head “Rank or Profession," he must insert the rank, profession, trade, or calling of one or both of the parties.
In the column under the head - Residence at the time of the Marriage," he must insert, not merely the Town or Parish, but the name, or street, and number of the house, (if it have any name or number,) in which each is then resident.
In the column under the head “Father's Name and Surname,” he inust insert, at full length, the name and surname (if known) of the father of each of the parties ; and this he must do, although such father be deceased.
In the column headed “ Rank or Profession of Father,” he must insert the rank, profession, trade, or calling of the father (if known) of each of the parties.
It is absolutely necessary that all the foregoing particulars should be ascertained and inserted in the respective columns, except those belonging to the last two, respecting the name and
description of the father, which cannot always be known. It is therefore enjoined that the Registrar in the course of his inquiries shall carefully guard against offence to the feelings of the parties; and it is recommended that with respect to the particulars to be inserted in those two columns, he shall merely ask the parties whether they can furnish him with the means of filling them up, and if they answer in the negative, he shall not require the reason ; nor shall he insert any words in explanation of the omission, such as, “not known," or " information refused," but shall leave the columns blank.
All the preceding entries must be written by the Registrar, except the signature and designation of the Minister, before whom the marriage was solemnized. And in order to insert the name of the Religious Community according to the rites and ceremonies of which the marriage has been solemnized, the Registrar must seek information from the person by whom the marriage has been solemnized, and must insert such name of the Community as he may give to it, and no other.
Along the line following the words “ This Marriage was solemnized between us," the parties married must (if they can write) respectively write their names (if not at full length, at least so that they may not be mistaken for other similar names) and surnames, the woman inserting, not her married, but her maiden surname, or, if she were a widow, her last married surname.
Along the lines following the words “ In the presence of us,” the two witnesses must (if they can write) respectively write their names and surnames in the same manner.
If any of the parties before mentioned cannot write, they must be desired to make their mark, and the Registrar must write after or against such mark, “the Mark of [inserting at full length the name and surname of the party]."
Lastly. The Registrar must sign the Register immediately under the signature of the person by whom the parties were married; writing his name and surname in his accustomed mode, and after them the word “ Registrar.”