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The Daily Dispatch: February 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Cause of divorce. (search)
Cause of divorce. --In the Georgia Supreme Court at Macon, on Monday, Judge Lyon, in passing upon a divorce case before the Court, took the position that personal violence was not necessary to constitute cruel treatment; and remarked that there were degradations, insults, neglects and annoyances which the ingenious malice of a brutal husband could inflict upon a wife, to which, in kind and character, corporeal punishment would be a kindness. He said the extent of the cruel treatment must be considered by the jury, and that it was their province to determine whether, under the circumstances of the case, a total or partial divorce should be granted.