at the usual hour for meeting . . . I then made some remarks respecting prayer meetings . . . We then rode to Mr. McWithy's a distance of about 3 miles . . . where I had been Solicited, to attend and solemnize, the matrimonial covenant betwen Mr. E. Webb & Miss E. A. McWithy . . . and having been requested, to make some preliminary remarks upon the subject of matrimony, touching the design of the All Mighty in this institution, also the duties of husbands & wives towards eac [sic] other,1 and after opening our interview with singing and prayer, I delivered a lecture of about 40 minuets in length, during this time all seemed to be interested, except one or two individuals, who manifested, a spirit of grovling contempt, which I was constrained to reprove and rebuke sharply, after I had closed my remarks, I sealed the matrimonial ceremony in the name of God, and pronounced the blessings of heaven upon the heads of the young married couple . . .
1. For a sample of his marriage counsel see 28Apr42. See also remarks at 14Jan36, 24Nov35.