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Charles Nettleton, Laws of the State of New-Jersey Page 259, Image 286 (Trenton, 1821) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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1820

Laws of New Jersey (1820) § 56. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person shall, by word, message, letter, or any other way, challenge another to a fight a duel, with a rapier, or small sword, backsword, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, or shall accept a challenge, although no duel be fought, or knowingly by the bearer of such challenge, or shall any ways abet, prompt, encourage, persuade, seduce, or cause any person to fight a duel, or to challenge another to fight such a duel, every person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be punished by fine, not exceeding two years or both And further, If any person shall engage in a fight a duel and another with rapier , or small sword, back sword, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, although death does not thereby ensue, or shall be a second in any such duel, then, and in such case every person so offending shall be judged guilty of a high misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be punished by fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, or imprisonment at hard labor, not exceeding four years, or both.

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