creates a communion, whereby husband and wife are made ONE; so it is equally interdicted and forbidden for a man to marry with any person
related by blood or marriage to his deceased wife; or for a woman with any person related by blood or marriage to her deceased husband,
who is within the degrees above specified; under the like penalty of being declared infamous, with corporal punishment and fine.
For instance, no man may marry with his daughter in law, that is, the widow of his son, nor with the widow of his son's or daughter's son,
and so on downwards, with no widow of any of his descendants. Also, no woman may be married to her son in law, that is, with the husband
of her deceased daughter, nor with the husband of the daughter of her son or daughter, and thus with no one who has been the husband
of any of her descendants.
No man may marry his step daughter, that is, the former daughter of his wife, nor with any of the
descendants of his step children. So also no woman may be married to her step son, or the former son
of her deceased husband, nor with any of the descendants of her step sons.
No man may marry the remaining widow of his deceased brother; nor any woman the husband of her deceased sister.
No man may marry the widow of his deceased nephew, whether it be the widow of the son of his brother or sister,
nor the widow of any of his brother's or sister's descendants. So also no woman
may be married to the husband of her niece, that is, to the husband of her brother's or sister's daughter,
nor to any man who has been the husband of her brother's or sister's children's children or descendants. See
Kerkelyk Plakaat-Boek, behelzende de Plakaaten, Ordinantien, ende Resolutien over de Kerkelyke Zaaken.
door N. Wiltens. Quarto. decl. 1. page 804. &c.
Egeen man mach trouwen de negelaten weduwe van sijnen overleden broeder; noch egeene vrouwe den man van haare overledene suster.
The writer of this Dissertation recollects, that while in Europe, he received information by letters, of a member of the Church
having married the sister of his deceased wife; a case which was the first that was recollected to have happened
in America, and which excited great uneasiness. The informed communicated this to an eminent minister, (Professor H.)
and asked him, how the Church of Holland would proceed in such a case? To which he replied: "It is a case
which cannot happen in Holland. It is forbidden by the Canons of the Church, and by the civil laws of the state. Any minister
who knowingly solemnised such a marriage would be instantly deposed; the incestuous connection would be
declared null and void; and the parties severely punished."