Puritan Board Sophomore
Here is another Puritan for you, if better to clarify:2. The case of all the rest is harder. They
that part by consent, to avoid mutual hurt, may not marry again: Nor the
party that departeth for self-preservation, or for the preservation of
estate, or children, or comforts, or for liberty of Worship, as aforesaid:
Because it is but an intermission of Conjugal fruition, and not a total
dissolution of the Relation: And the innocent party must wait to see
whether there be any hope of a return.
This does not address willful desertion. There is not consent in willfull desertion.
"Of divorce are two sorts. 1. One lawful. 2. The other unlawful: lawful
divorce is that, that is made for lawful causes: Now, hereabout is all the
controversy. What are lawful causes of divorce? ...
Madness, or danger of life.
Answ. Neither doth this break marriage. In such cases, holy means may be
used, for avoiding the danger; but, no attempt of divorce permitted;
perhaps, that which they call separation, â thoro, & mensâ; but none such,
as whereby marriage should be utterly dissolved.
Lawful causes two only. 1. Adultery, Matth. 19. & 5. 2. Malitious
William Sclater - A Brief and Plain Commentary w/notes on Malachi