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An Act to suppress duelling, Adopted from the Virginia Code, in Nathaniel Pope, Laws of the Territory of Illinois (1815).

| | 1810

any person who shall hereafter wilfully and maliciously, or by agree- ment fight a duel or single combat with any engine instrument or weapon, the probable consequence of which might be the death of either party, and in so doing shall kill his antagoni...

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Crimes and Punishments, in Compiled and Revised Laws of the Territory of Idaho 326 (M. Kelly, Territorial Printer 1875).

| | 1875

Sec. 35. If any person. shall, by previous appoint-ment or agreement, fight a duel with a rifle, shot-gun, pistol, bowie knife, dirk, small sword, back sword, or any other dangerous weapon, and in so doing shall kill his antagonist or any other person ...

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George Clark, The Criminal Laws of Texas. Comprising the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, as Published by Authority, with Annotations of All Decisions in Criminal Cases from Dallam to Eighth Court of Appeals Reports Inclusive Page 205-208, Image 253-256 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1881

Offences Against the Person, Dueling, Article 610. Dueling, Etc. How punished. – Any person who shall, within this State, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State...

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1879 Mont. Laws 359, Offences against the Lives and Persons of Individuals, ch. 4, § 23.

| | 1879

If any person shall, by previous appointment or agreement, fight a duel with a rifle, shot-gun, pistol, bowie-knife, dirk, small-sword, back-sword, or other dangerous weapon, and in so doing shall kill his antagonist, or any person or persons, or shall...

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 232-233, Image 278-279. (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1877

Crimes Against the Public Peace, If any person shall by word, message, letter, or any other way, challenge another to fight a duel, with a rapier, or small-sword, back-sword, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, or shall accept a challenge, although not ...

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1874 Id. Sess. Laws 326, Offenses Against the Persons or Individuals, § 36.

| | 1874

Any person who shall engage in a duel with any deadly weapon, although no homicide ensue, or shall challenge another to fight such duel, or shall send or deliver any verbal or written message, purporting or intending to be such challenge, although no d...

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Bonnifield, The Compiled Laws of the State of Nevada. Embracing Statutes of 1861 to 1873, Inclusive Page 563, Image 705 (Vol. 1, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1873

Of Crimes and Punishments, § 35. If any person shall by previous appointment or agreement, fight a duel with a rifle, shotgun, pistol, bowie knife, dirk, smallsword, backsword, or other dangerous weapon, and in doing shall kill his antagonist, or ...

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Edmund William McGregor Mackey, The Revised Statutes of the State of South Carolina, Prepared by Commissioners under an Act of the General Assembly, Approved March 9, 1869, to Which is Prefixed the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of South Carolina Page 710, Image 788 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1873

Of Offenses Against the Person, § 7. Whoever shall challenge another to fight at sword, pistol, rapier, or any other dangerous weapon, or who shall accept any such challenge, shall, for every offense, on conviction thereof, be deprived of the righ...

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Amos Randall Johnston, The Revised Code of the Statute Laws of the State of Mississippi : As Adopted at January Session, A.D. 1871 Page 559-560, Image 559-560 (1871) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1871

Dueling and Challenging to Fight, § 2531. Every person, who shall challenge another to fight a duel, or who shall send, deliver, or cause to be delivered, any written or verbal messages, purporting or intended to be such challenge, or who shall ac...

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1869 Wash. Sess. Laws 202, An Act Relative to Crimes and Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases, ch. 2, §§ 22-23.

| | 1869

§ 22. Every person who shall engage in a duel with any deadly weapon, although no homicide ensue, or shall challenge another to fight a duel, or shall send or deliver any written or verbal message, purporting or intending to be such challenge, alt...

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R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia Page 816, Image 834 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1866

Offenses Against the Public Peace and Tranquility, § 4516. (4443.) Dueling. If any person shall deliberately challenge, by word or writing, the person of another, to fight with sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, or if any person so challenged ...

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1863 Id. Sess. Laws 442, An Act Concerning Crimes and Punishments, § 39.

| | 1863

If any person, with or without deadly weapons, upon previous concert and agreement, fight one with another . . . should death ensue to any person in sucgh fight, or should any person die from any injury received in such fight, within one year and one d...

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1861 Nev. Stat. 61, An Act Concerning Crimes and Punishments, ch. 28, § 36.

| | 1861

Any person who shall engage in a duel with any deadly weapon, although no homicide ensue, or shall challenge another to fight such duel, or shall send or deliver any verbal or written message, purporting or intending to be such challenge, although no d...

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1859 Wash. Sess. Laws 107-08, An Act Relative to Crimes and Punishment, and Proceedings in Criminal Cases, ch. 2, §§ 14-15, 23.

| | 1859

§ 14. If either party to a duel be killed, the survivor shall be deemed guilty of murder in the second degree. § 15. If any person shall, by previous appointment made within, fight a duel without this territory, and in so doing shall inflict ...

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1855 Ill. Criminal Code 365, Offenses Against the Persons of Individuals, Div. V, § 43.

| | 1855

If any person hereafter shall willfully and maliciously, or by agreement, fight a duel or single combat with any engine, instrument or weapon, the probable consequence of which might be the death of either party, and in so doing shall kill his antagoni...

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Laws of the State of Mississippi ; embracing all Acts of a Public Nature from January Session, 1824, to January Session 1838, Inclusive Page 736, Image 738 (Jackson, 1838) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1838

An Act to Prevent the Evil Practice of Dueling in this State, and for other Purposes, § 5. Be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall be guilty of fighting in any corporate city or town, or any other town, or public place, in this ...

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1838 R.I. Pub. Laws 3-5 (Jan. Sess.), An Act Concerning Crimes and Punishments.

| | 1838

§ 6. Every person who shall be convicted of voluntarily engaging in a duel, with any dangerous weapon, to the hazard of life, shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, nor less than one year. § 7. Every person who shall be convicted of c...

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1837 Miss. Laws 288, An Act To Prevent The Evil Practice Of Duelling [sic] In This State, And For Other Purposes, § 1.

| | 1837

Every person who shall hereafter challenge another to fight a duel, or who shall send, deliver or cause to be delivered any written or verbal message purporting or intended to be such challenge, or message, or who shall knowingly carry or deliver any s...

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Robert Looney Caruthers, A Compilation of the Statutes of Tennessee, of a General and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Present time: With References to Judicial Decisions, in Notes, to Which is Appended a New Collection of Forms Page 325, Image 330 (1836) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1836

Felonies, § 56. If any person within this state shall fight a duel, or shall deliberately and maliciously challenge, by word or writing, any other person, to fight with sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, or shall deliberately and maliciously i...

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