My mother has been going through old newspaper records, and occasionally sends me little tidbits such as this one. Published on 14 March 1860 (a year before the Civil War began), it appeared on page 1, column 8 of the Arkansas True Democrat:
Democratic Apostle and a Convert
Down in Egypt, Illinois, Deacon Smith one day was called upon to marry an old couple, not less than sixty years of age. The crowd assembled at the old log school-house to see the happy couple joined together. The deacon and the marital candidate rose.
“Mr. Jones,” said the deacon, “and Sarah Long, stand up. Do you, Mr. Jones, take Sarah Long, whom you hold by the right hand, to be your lawful and wedded wife, so long as you both shall live?”
“No sir, Deacon Smith,” said Jones; “so long as both shall agree.”
This matter being understood, the Deacon proceeded:
“Do you, Sarah Long, take Mr. Jones, whom you hold by the right hand, to be your lawful wedded husband, so long as you both shall live?”
“No, sir, Deacon Smith, so long as Mr. Jones shall vote the democratic ticket,” replied the patriotic female.
The happy couple were joined together, and went on their way rejoicing.
It reminds me of the old wisdom that a suitor must agree with his fiance’s mother on religion, and her father in politics. The happy couple in this article just modified those instructions a bit.