Pictures Of Life In England And America; Prose And Poetry

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byDean Dudley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1851 Excerpt: ... the law requires your presence all the time the books are out. As we stood in the doorway thus talking, a poor old cripple came crouching along. "Well, old fellow!" bawled out the parson, "what good can you do us? What service can you render us this morning? Sheer off, sheer off! we've no occasion for your presence just now." The old Parish Records. The clerk took out a huge pile of old manuscripts from the iron box. Thinking it would take me about a week to inspect so many, I asked what they would charge for the perusal. "My customary charge is sixpence (12 cents) for each year passed over, and the clerk makes out his own bill for his services; however, as you are not looking up titles, but only genealogies, you may examine the registers for five shillings ($1,25) per hour." "I must attend to some business at the vestry," said the clerk, "and if you please, we'll carry the books up there." The room was full of buxom brides and merry bridegrooms, who had assembled to get their marriage certificates from the regular minister according to his requirement. Taking a seat by the fire, 1 began my search, and the church functionaries began their work for Hymen. The first record was in 1539. Parish registers were introduced in England by Lord Cromwell, in 1538. Marrying at the Vestry. "Who are you?" says the parson, pointing to a crookedlegged little fellow. "John Flippington, please." "Do you want to get married V "Ay, please ye." "Which is yer gal?" «'Ere she be." "John Flipper-snapper, come hither and sign your name." "I can't write my name, please ye." "Poh! nonsense, walk up and sign your name like a man. Well, then, come and scratch your mark." "What trade are ye, John?" asked the clerk. "Coal-heaver, please." "Blue-eyed wench, what's your name?" "Sarah ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1851 Excerpt: ... the law requires your presence all the time the books are out. As we stood in the doorway thus talking, a poor old cripple came ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217248241

ISBN - 13:9780217248242

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