9 GEO. IV. C. 31 (OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON ACT

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1828—SECT 22)

And be it enacted, That if any Person, being married, shall marry

any other Person during the life of the former husband or wife,

whether the second marriage shall have taken place in England or

elsewhere, shall be guilty of Felony, and being convicted thereof

shall be liable to be transported beyond the Seas for the Term of

Seven years, or to be imprisoned, with or without hard Labour, in

the Common Gaol or House of Correction, for any term not

exceeding Two years; and any such Offence may be dealt with,

enquired of, tried, determined, and punished in the County where

the Offender shall be apprehended or be in custody, as if the Offence

had been actually committed in that County: Provided always,

that nothing herein contained shall extend to any Second Marriage

contracted out of England by any other than a subject of His

Majesty, or to any person marrying a Second Time, whose Husband

or Wife shall have been continually absent from such Person for

the Space of Seven Years then last past, and shall not have been

known by such Person to be living within that Time, or shall extend

to any Person who at the Time of such Second Marriage, shall have

been divorced from the Bond of the First Marriage, or to any Person

whose former Marriage shall have been declared void by the

sentence of any court of competent jurisdiction.