The Paterson Bonaparte case again.We find the following letter in the newspapers. It is addressed to Prince Napoleon:
Mr. Robert Howe Gould's sense of "duty" must be very strong. It leads him to volunteer his testimony in a case in which he had not been summoned, against his own country-woman and in favor of a foreigner and a Prince. It is fortunate for a man so conscientious that duty for once lies on the same side with convenience. Prince Napoleon, besides the Emperor and the Imperial family, has on his side Mr. Robert Howe Gould.--His reminiscence of what his father said fifty-seven years ago must of course be exact, for was not the said father Judge of one of the Supreme Courts? Being such, of course it was impossible that he could err, or that his son could have a bad memory. Admirable evidence this. What sort of a Court can this French Court be, when such testimony is admitted, in a case of so much importance?--Here it would be necessary, at least, to take the man's affidavit; but there his evidence with regard to a fact happening fifty-seven years ago, seems to be admitted without even being sworn to. Mr. Robert Howe Gould's father may have been a Judge of "one of the Supreme Courts," and his opinions may still be cited in all the Courts, for aught we know. But if he meant to say, that if a foreigner, being a minor, comes to this country, anywhere, and here contracts a marriage, the law here will not hold him to his bargain, he was no lawyer. --There is a principle lying at the bottom of all law which no law will ever gainsay. That principle is, that no person can be allowed to take advantage of his own wrong. This is exactly what a man would do, if he were to marry a woman and then plead his own disability to contract, as Jerome did. With regard to the power of Jerome to contract marriage, Mr. Robert Howe Gould's father was equally mistaken, if what we have seen in the papers with regard to the French law be true. That law makes a man incapable of contracting marriage, without the consent of his parents or guardians, until he reaches the age of eighteen. Jerome was already nineteen when he contracted this marriage. It is true, his mother objected to it, being doubtless instigated by Napoleon, who was already meditating royal marriage for his brothers. But she had no authority to restrain him. The refusal of the Pope to pronounce the marriage invalid is stronger than a thousand such pieces of testimony as the letter of Mr. R. H. Gould.