HC Deb 11 March 1812 vol 21 cc1252-3
Mr. Wilson

rose, and after a few prefatory observations, entered into the origin and nature of the provisions of the law, as it now stood, respecting marriages contracted without the due consent of parents and guardians. He stated, that in consequence of many scandalous abuses prevailing at the period of the existing enactments, the other House of Parliament had directed the Judges to prepare a Bill for the purpose of remedying the evil. It could not now be alleged that the same grounds existed for continuing, as there undoubtedly were originally for making the provision to which his motion would refer. The hon. and learned gentleman then gave a representation of the act, as it affected illegitimate minors and orphans, without guardians legally appointed. He stated it to be his intention not to extend his proposed remedy to Ireland, nor to persons already married. He concluded with moving for leave to bring in a Bill to explain and amend an Act commonly called the Marriage Act, of the 26th Geo. the second.—Leave granted.