11 JULY 1931, Page 18


Recently in reading some old marriage licences, I lighted on one which astounded me, and I think will have a like effect on your readers. It ran thus : "Thomas Herbert, senior, of Hanley Castle, Co. Worcester, alleges the marriage of his son Thomas Herbert of same, bachelor, aged 12 years and Mary Morris of St. Sepulchre, about 11, her parents dead and she at the disposal of said Thomas -Herbert senior, her father-in-law and guardian assigned by will, 16 June, 1619." —J. P. BACON-PHILLIPS, Burgess Hill, Sussex.