Taken from Statutes of Canada, 1887, chap. 129, An act for the relief of John Monteith. [Assented to 23rd June, 1887.]
WHEREAS John Monteith, of lake Rosseau, in the district of Parry Sound in the Province of Ontario and Dominion of Canada, hotel-keeper, has, by petition, humbly set forth that he and Mary Ann Monteith, formerly Mary Ann Wright, are both British subjects, and that the said John Monteith is resident and domiciled in this Dominion, and that the said Mary Ann Monteith, until her elopement as hereinafter mentioned, was resident and domiciled in this Dominion, but is now supposed to be a resident of the United States of America; and that a marriage in due form of law was had and solemnized between them, in the Province of Ontario, on the thirty-first day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy; and that on the eleventh day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, the said Mary Ann Monteith deserted her said husband and their four children, issue of their said marriage, and eloped with one William G. Norton, with whom she committed adultery; that since the date last aforesaid she has remained separate and apart from her said husband; and whereas the said John Monteith has made proof of the facts above recited, and it is expedient that the prayer of the said petitioner should be granted: Therefore Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows :-
1. The said marriage between John Monteith and Mary Ann Monteith, his wife, is hereby dissolved and shall henceforth be null and and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.·
J. Monteith may marry again
2. It shall be lawful for the said John Monteith hereafter to marry any other woman whom he might lawfully marry in case the said marriage had not been solemnized.
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