HC Deb 22 December 1819 vol 41 c1445

Dr. Phillimore moved for leave to bring in a bill to amend the act of Geo. 2nd, called the Marriage act. The bill would be similar to that which had received the sanction of the House last session, but which had never been discussed in the Lords, in consequence of the wish of a learned lord to have time to consider the subject. In the interval, he could say, that many cases of nullity of marriage had been decided, as atrocious as any which had excited the indignation—as distressing as any which had excited the sympathy, of the House. He meant cases in which husbands had stepped forward to take advantage of their own perjury to bastardize their issue, or in which innocent persons had been affected by the severity of a law they could not given.