M Elizth Bradford[1]
Dundalk [3]

Dear Madm.
I fear you have thought me forgetful of my promise but I assure you want of time and not inclination prevented my Writing to you. I hope now to give you such information respecting your Property in the County of Monaghan[4] as shall Satisfy any Doubts you have had concerning it heretofore.
From the time of Marriage the Law looks upon the Husband and Wife but as one person, for this reason the Law gives the Husband an Absolute power of disposing of her personal property No act of hers being of any force to affect or transfer that which by the Intermarriage she has resigned to the Husband, but the Freehold and Inheritance of the Wife is Subject to other Rules and Regulations, for the Husband by the Marriage does not become Absolute Proprietor of the Freehold Inheritance [toh] he is intitled to receive the Profits of it during life but has no power to dispose of it without her consent[5]. The Marriage is a Gift in Law to the Husband of all the Wifes Chattles and of these alone he may Dispose but of her Freehold Inheritance he cannot without her Concurrence, therefore after the decease of the Husband the Inheritence reverts back to the Wife.
I have carefully perused several Cases Similar to yours and upon the most Minute Investigation find that you are Intitled to the Clear Residue of the Freehold you possessed before Marriage there not being any Disposition of it made to your Husband before that time. I am with best Wishes to you and family
Dr Madm,
Dublin 27th Feb. 1792
Your very Obedt Servt
Geo. Jackson[6]


[1] Elizabeth BRADFORD née BREAKEY (1758-1844) widow of Thomas BRADFORD (abt 1739-December 20, 1790)

[2] Cavananore, Co. Louth

[3] Dundalk, Co. Louth is the largest town close to Cavananore

[4] This connection to Monaghan is interesting as there are other BRADFORD families in the Ballybay area. Need to follow this up!

[5] This probably clarifies Elizabeth BRADFORDs right to freehold property inherited before her marriage. This need is likely occasioned by the death of her husband in 1790 and her need to assert her rights against her only son, Andrew Coulter BRADFORD (see later documents, esp. 1809).

[6] George JACKSON was a solicitor in Dublin. He was also a son of George JACKSON (1718-1782) & Margaret O’Laughlin (-1797)