this mysterious purpose, it became indispensably requisite to ascertain the manner in which a
legimate generation should proceed; and establish that rule for its attainment, which would rebound
most to his glory, and be productive of the greatest happiness and dignity of the human race. These
high and interesting ends have been attained by the institution of MARRIAGE.
An ordinance replete with such benefits, could never have been investigated by man, or rendered
efficient by human activity. None but the blessed Maker and Governor of the world, was competent
to devise an adequate expedient for forming new and endearing relations; to impress a prevailing bias
in its favour; or enforce universal submission.
Marriage is a benevolent institution; benign in its principles, beneficial in its consequences, and the
source of blessings and comforts, when rightly improved, which cannot, by any other means, be possibly
realised. It insures a pure offspring and raises families; it alleviates cares and protects from
temptations; it produces an affectionate communication