Marriage, among the Iroquois, appears to be a verbal contract be tween the parties, which does not affect the rights of property. Goods, personal effects, or valuables of any kind, personal or real, which were the wife s before, remain so after marriage. Should any of these be used by the husband, he is bound to restore the property or its worth, in the event of separation. It is not uncommon at pre sent to find a husband indebted to a wife for moneys loaned of her,
1. Having doubts, I omit to fill this blank.
Wife s Right to Property
Derived from payments or property, which she owned, and still owns, in her own right; and it is a cause of union in some cases where, without this obligation, a separation would probably ensue.
Marriage is therefore a personal agreement, requiring neither civil nor ecclesiastical sanction, but not a union of the rights of property. Descent being counted by the female, may be either an original cause or effect of this unique law.
Source: Notes on the Iroquois or, Contributions to the Statistics, Aboriginal
History, Antiquities and General Ethnology of Western New York, By Henry R.
Schoolcraft, 1846, Senate Document, Twenty-Four.
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