Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser, 18 June 1913, page 8
100 years ago – Taunton – Married
On Monday last at St Mary Magdalen, Mrs Jane Mattock, Widow, aged 74 to Mr Moses Where, sawyer, aged 75, both of this town. This grotesque couple have created an unconscionable share of attention. It appears that about 20 years since, the amiable Mrs Mattock was left a widow in the bloom and loveliness of 54. In this susceptible state chance introduced her to the notice of the “gay deceiver” Mr Moses Where, who impelled by the heedless impulses of 55, exerted his sentimental eloquence with such force and success that the languishing fair one became inspired with all the enthusiasm of an Heloise and exclaimed:-
“Not Caesar’s Empress would I deign to prove,
No-make me mistress to the man I love.”
Twenty years however, having now elapsed since this enamoured pair began to act upon their unhallowed feelings, and the “hey-dey” of the blood” as Shakespeare terms it, being (we presume) over, Mr Moses Where began to feel some twitches of conscience for his unsanctified intercourse with the imprudent widow, and determined, therefore to make her an “honest woman” by marrying her. On Monday morning, accordingly the happy couple proceeded to the Church, attended by an immense multitude of spectators. The bride and bridegroom were seated in a donkey cart, and escorted by divers persons decorated with ribbons and bearing wands surmounted with feudal wreaths. Mrs Where looked “charming” and her “happy man” bowed and smiled very graciously and significantly to the applauding assembly.
On their return from the church a band of music and waving flags preceded the carriage which moved slowly through the town amidst a merry and uproarious concourse, amounting to nearly 2000 persons.
Several of the inhabitants contributed their wedding presents, and a grand dinner was provided at the Three Tuns Inn on the occasion. This evening (Wednesday) they will honour the Theatre with their presence, at which they will occupy the principal box. Where and how the honeymoon is to be spent we are not yet accurately informed. Bath and London have, of course been mentioned, but this is more rumour, and we do not choose to risk our credit by unfounded speculations on a matter of such consequence.
- Taunton Courier, June 10th, 1813.