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Flapper, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1796, London, Middlesex Number XLIX. �_uji !ltjLJf rtlTWnrTT**! i mil iirnrimwn m i i i r in 'mi i ii hi TgTnnwirrmimniniMWiiiifi urn ~tir~m~~~mmi~-m �i .. � . -......- ------ ----............-... .. � .1- � - ., .1;-r saturday, august 6, 1796. Jujlum et tenacem propofiti vlrutn Nori avium ardor prava jubentium. . Horace. The man of firm and virtuous mind Depraved opinion cannot bind. Al THOUGH the pra&ice of Duelling has already been the fubjeft of two papers^ it is a matter of fo much importance, that I am willing to believe my readers will not be difpleafed to find it treated in a third; more efpecially as this practice frill feems to be at leaft as prevalent among my countrymea as elfewhere. In my obfervations on the lettef which I received from Mr. 0*Feather* fpring I mentioned my being inclined to hope that the principle was wearing out of fociety; and this opinion feems to receive fome confirmation from the hiftory of duelling, of which I traced? a fketch in the firft paper on this fubject. It was there fhewn that duelling began in the licentious ferocity of victorious barbarians, unreftrained by the regulations of civil government. When in that progreflive improvement, which the philofopher can generally difcover in the hiftory of man, and which he will therefore wifely conclude his own limited view of the complicated fyftem can alone prevent him from, difcovering univerfally, the violence of lawlefs anarchy began to fubfide, and give place to the operation of public/inftitutions ; thefe were neceflarily acconW modeled in fome degree to the prevailing manners of the age, and national jurifprudence adopted and licenfed, but-at'the fame time "regulated, in the judicial combat, the vindictive outrages of individual?. At length the public wifdom of communities difcovered the favage barbarity of thofe unauthorized appeals to Heaven, and difowned them. The indulgence of private refent-ment feems therefore to be lofing that place in fociety, which cafu'al circum-ftances had procured it. Driven from the protection of the laws, though T have been informed by fome of my legal friends that the queftion is ftili at ifiue whether it is, or is not an exifting part of the law of thefe kingdoms, it is now only fheltered by the remaining barbarifm of individuals ; and it feems not to be an expectation too fanguine, that in the progrefs of human improvement it may foon be wholly extirpated, and become a curious fubjeet of fpeculation to fome future antiquarian. 3 E Another
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