Hartford: Peter B. Gleason and Co. Printers, 1811. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 31 pages. Some light foxing and soiling; a very good copy. Item #13853
"The author of the following pages neither wishes, nor designs to invite and encourage a marriage with a wife's sister; nor with a first, nor second, nor third cousin; nor with the most distant relation, either by blood, or affinity, nor with any particular person. In forming connexions of the matrimonial kind, neither the examples, nor advice of others ought to have such influence with any, as will probably terminate in their unhappiness. And of this the parties must judge for themselves, after they have considered all the circumstances, for they are, and ought to be at perfect liberty to decide for themselves, in an affair of such magnitude." The clergyman Prudden makes a reasoned and sympathetic argument to allow marriage of a widower to his deceased wife's sister, based in part on an examination of the expected passages in Leviticus. American Imprints 23766.