Author: Francis Nicholson

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

Marriage of Dr. Blair and Sarah Harrison (June 2, 1687)

In this anecdote, recorded by Governor Francis Nicholson, Sarah Harrison Blair refuses to vow to obey her husband during their wedding ceremony, flouting the standards of her time and social class. The wedding service that the minister would have used to marry the Blairs comes from the Book of Common Prayer, first published in 1549. It was not until 1928 that “obey” was removed from the wife’s vows in a revision of the Book of Common Prayer, which was offered as an alternative to the original form.