6 Am. L. Rev. 57 (1871)
Married Women

handle is hein.journals/amlr6 and id is 69 raw text is: MARRIED WOMEN.

MARRIED WOMEN.
COMMENTARIES ON THE LAW OF MARRIED WOIMN UNDER THE STATUTES
OF THE SEVERAL STATES AND AT COMMON LAW AND IN EQUITY. By
JOEL PRENTISS BISHOP. Vol. I. Philadelphia: Kay and Brother. 1871.
AcCORDING to the preface, this is the first of two volumes in
which the author has undertaken to elucidate the American
Law of Married Women.    He has so divided the subject as to
bring within this one most of the elementary principles which
governed it before the enactment of recent statutes. The other
volume (now nearly completed) will be devoted principally to
what has been done by legislation and judicial decision thereon.
In 1632 there was published in London a very singular treatise,
The Lawes Resolutions of Womens' Rights; or the Lawes
Provision for Woemen. The author's name is not upon the title-
page. This book is a remarkably clear statement of the law as it
then was, in so far as it bore upon the rights of women, whether
married or single. It probably now has little value except as a
curiosity, but still is very entertaining.  With this exception,
there is no book other than Mr. Bishop's which treats fully of the
status of the wife without, to a great extent, confusing it with that
of the husbahd; and neither Mr. Bishop nor the anonymous
writer is wholly free from this confusion. The status of the hus-
band is a very different thing from the status of the wife. The
rights and duties belonging to them, far from being reciprocal, are
very dissimilar, flow through different channels, and are derived
from different principles of law. This confusing of two different
things, this thinking that they must be complements the one of the
other, has given rise to some of the strangest reasoning, some of
the most glaring non-sequiturs that can be found in the whole
range of legal writing.
To make Mr. Bishop's book perfect in itself, it should treat of
all the rights and all the duties which together make up the status
of a wife. The author says, There are a few topics which some
lawyers would deem appropriate to this production omitted, for the
reason that I have already discussed them in my works on the
'Criminal Law' and on the 'Law of Marriage and Divorce.'

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