Category — Dueling

Tuesday, May 23. 1704.

Numb. 23.

WE told you in our last, of a Trial at Law, at the Queen’s Bench Bar at Westminster, about a Gentleman’s Assassinating another in the Street, after having twice Challeng’d him, once for himself, once for another Man – and that on a full Tryal, the Assassin was Fin’d 200 Marks, and the other 100 Pounds.

Our Scandalous Club brings a Case before them of another Gentleman, who stabb’d an Honest Man into the Back, as he was going up Stairs.

I have related both these Stories, in Order to compare our Proceedings in such Cases in England, and to shew how much more Justice is to be had in like Cases in France: Not that I would too highly applaud the French Justice, but I should be glad to make an Essay towards an Act of Parliament, for better settling this Matter in our English Laws.

As to Challenging, Assassinating, and the like, the first would have been immediate Death without Mercy, as we have seen in various Instances already, as to Assaulting a Man in the Street with Cane and Sword, endeavouring to force him to fight; I shall not pretend to say what the Court of Honour in France would have awarded in such a Case, but this I can tell, that they have been very severe in like Cases. [Read more →]

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Saturday, May 20. 1704.

Numb. 22.

OUr last Paper observ’d, that in this Evil of Duelling, as in most other Cases, several Essays were made as a Remedy before it was brought to Perfection. Lewis XIII. made as severe Edicts against it, as any body could expect, having every day some Broil or other among his Nobility; and Cardinal Richlieu claims the Honour of making the first Edict of this Nature.

But there were two Deficiencies in all they Attempted upon that Head, which the Present King of France effectually supplyed.

First, Tho’ the Edict was severe enough, the King suffered himself to be prevailed with, by Intercession, to remit the Execution of the Sentence, till he came to be Insulted in his very Pallace Royal, and have Murthers committed, and Duels fought under the very Windows of his Bed-Chamber.

This serv’d to convince the World, that this Evil was too predominant to be Cured with Common Application; that something out of the Ordinary way of Justice, must be done to suppress so uncommon a Mischief. [Read more →]

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Tuesday, May 16. 1704.

Numb. 21.

THE last Paper insisted upon the Divisions of the Confederacy, being Fatal to their Prosperity, and a Principal Cause of the present Superiority of France, to the rest of Europe.

I presume no body will pretend to call it a false Suggestion, or that it is not too true, that the Confederacy has suffer’d on this Account; If this be not a true Reason, No other can be given, but what will be a Satyr upon the whole Confederacy; since if they were United, and did they Act by Common Concert, it must be Impossible but the French Power, Leagued against by 17 Nations, besides Petty Princes, must, long since, have been reduc’d to Reason.

If then the Divisions of Europe are the Ruin of the Confederacy, they that attempt to Divide them, are accessary to the Destruction of us all, and ought to be Treated accordingly; and there I leave it, to return to the Chain of our Discourse.

I broke off the Articles of the French Authority, over their Subjects, with the Instances of the King’s severe Justice upon Duelling, and the Particulars History and living Testimony give us of the Proceedings in the Courts of Honour. [Read more →]

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Tuesday, May 9. 1704.

Numb. 19.

IF the Devil had been an Englishman, a Poor Author would certainly have been Reflected on, for saying any thing amiss of him; if a Frenchman, he must have said nothing well of him; one would have been call’d bewraying his own Nest, the other, applauding our Enemies.

Those Gentlemen who give themselves leave to Reproach these Papers with Jacobitism and Bribery, how much asham’d of themselves will they be, when the Book is whole, and all Parts may be viewed together? ’Twill Certainly Reflect both upon their Judgment, their Temper and their Honesty.

Upon their Judgments, that they could not see a Design so plainly laid down as this is, and so often repeated.

Upon their Temper, that they could not have Patience to let one Part of the Story follow another, but pass their Censure upon the Design, when they had seen but part of it.

Upon their Honesty, that they should not be able to bear the Truth, because it was said of their Enemies. [Read more →]

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