Know all men by these presents that we, John Ford and John Handley, 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 24th day of May 1797.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John Ford and Priscilla Mattingly, 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.
John Ford, John Handley
Witness, John Reed
Witness, William Spoonan