A Digest of the Statute Laws of Kentucky, of a Public and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Session of the Legislature, Ending on the 24th February, 1834 With References to Judicial Decisions Page 578-579, Image 584-585 (Vol. 1, 1834) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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  • 1800

An Act more effectually to suppress the practice of Gambling and Dueling. § 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person within this Commonwealth, shall challenge, by word or writing, the person of another to fight at sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, such person, (a) so challenging, shall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, being thereof lawfully convicted, in any court of record within the Commonwealth, by the testimony of one or more witnesses, or by the confession of the party offending, the sum of five hundred dollars, or shall suffer twelve months’ imprisonment, without bail or mainprize. (b) And the person who shall accept of any such challenge, shall, in like manner, upon conviction, forfeit and pay the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, or suffer such imprisonment, for and during six months; and if any person shall willingly and knowingly, carry and deliver any written challenge, or shall verbally deliver any message, purporting to be a challenge, or shall consent to be a second in such intended duel, and shall be thereof legally convicted, as aforesaid, he or they so offending, shall for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, or suffer three months imprisonment, as aforesaid: and moreover, the person challenging, and the person accepting the challenge, the person delivering the same, and the person consenting to become a second to either of the parties, shall, for every such offence, be excluded from office and suffrage, within this Commonwealth, for the space of seven years after conviction.