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Lady Mary Hamilton—l cannot, the Pope having decided she was never married, call her Princess of Monaco—is engaged to a Hungarian noble. When the Church next gives her its nuptial benediction she will become Countess Tasselo-Pesselitch-Tolrna. Should she quarrel with him I do not suppose she will be able to repudiate him on the plea she urged in liberating herself from Albert, of Monaco. “ Compulsion” was the ground on which she petitioned Leo XIII. to free her from marital fetters. Those who “ compelled” her were the Emperor and Empress of the French. They made up the match. A Jesuit father, devoted to the house of Grimaldi, also used undue influence, both with the Empress, the Duchess of Hamilton, and the Lady Mary. Lady Mary was supposed in her girlhood to be the spoiled pet of father and mother. Nevertheless her will was so little consulted on the occasion of her wedding, that at the altar, in the Palace of St Cloud, she said to herself — “ I don’t take this man ; I abhor him ; I shall never count him as a husband.” Her unexpressed abhorence and mental reservation were the sole pleas urged by doctors of canon law charged with her suit. No whimsical passions of the Prince of Monaco were alleged, no prior fiancailles, no effeminacy of constitution. Not having a navy of his own, the divorced Prince, who likes a seafaring life, is an officer on board a frigate of Don Alphonso, and is cruising on the West Coast of Africa. A cousin of his is preparing to dispute the final clause in the Papal judgment. You may remember that in declaring Lady Mary had “ never been married ” the Pope also declared the child born to her when she was supposed to be Princess of Monaco, the “ legitimate heir of the Prince. ” The fi; s’; clause involves the contradiction of the second, unless his Holiness can make black white.— Truth,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 97, 8 May 1880

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LADY MARY HAMILTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 97, 8 May 1880