The Public Records Of The State Of Connecticut Page 271-272, Image 275-276 (Vol. 2, 1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

  • Year:
  • 1779

An Act to Prevent the Practice of Dueling. Be it enacted by the Governor, Council and Representatives, in General Court Assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any person within this State shall challenge the person of another, or shall accept any such challenge to fight at sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, such person so challenging or accepting shall forfeit and pay into the treasury of this State for every such offence, being thereof convicted before the superior court of the testimony of one or more credible witnesses, confession of the party offending, or other sufficient evidence, the sum of one thousand pounds, and shall also find sufficient sureties to the acceptance of such court for his good behaviour during life; and such person shall also be disabled ever after from holding any office of profit or honour under this State; and if such convict shall be unable or neglect to pay the said forfeiture, he or they shall be closely imprisoned for the term of one full year.