Perth Courier, May 5, 1882
Carleton Place—Prisoners for Kingston
Last Friday four prisoners were at the Carleton Place Junction under the charge of Sheriff Sweetland of Ottawa and Constable Gordon and Bailiff McGuire who were taking the quartet to the Kingston Penitentiary. Their names and crimes are: Griffith, for bigamy; James, incendiaries; Green and Fitzsimmons, thievery. The latter were laced together at the wrists and ankles and the former ditto.
George Griffith is a doctor and an intelligent man and made a fair speech to the jury. He had lived for many years with his wife by whom he had several children, one daughter 18 years of age. In his defense he stated he knew not what he was about when getting married and held that on that account his marriage was illegal and that he was justified in marrying Miss Goodall.
The fact of his living so many years with his first wife and of lately seeking a divorce in New York was ample evidence of his conviction and the genuiness of the marriage. The judge was quite severe on the doctor for so clearly bringing ruin into a responsible family and sentenced him to three years. His first wife was present at the trial.