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Context of By His Excellency the Honourable Robert Monckton, : captain general and governor in chief, in and over the province of New-York, and the territories depending thereon in America, and major general of His Majesty's forces. To any Protestant minister of the Gospel. Whereas there is a mutual purpose of marriage between [blank] of the one party, and [blank] of the other party, for which they have desired my licence [sic], and have given bond, upon condition, that neither of them have any lawful let of impediment of pre-contract, affinity, or consanguinity, to hinder their being joined in the holy bands of matrimony: therefore to authorise and impower you, to join the said [blank] in the holy bands of matrimony, and them to pronounce man and wife.
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