Know all men by these presents that we, James Phillips and Samuel Grundy, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors. We bind ourselves ,our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of September 1798. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound James Philips and Winny Cummins for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.
James Phillips, Samuel Grunday
Sir, it is my opinion upon the statements made to you by James Phillips that you are bound to issue a marriage license for I do not think that a Clerk can legally take notice of any former marriage, the law having requested bond and security to answer that purpose.
Washington County, Kentucky