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Forney's composition argues that dueling is an abominable practice that does not curb indecency toward women or prevent people from transgressing on the rights of others, as its proponents claim. These goals are best reached by observing the laws and cultivating one's self-respect.
It has been said, that the laws of our country were inadequate for
the redress of wrongs, were it not for dueling. But instead of being applied
& used for the protection of persons, it is made the creature of his will,
appropriated solely for the purpose of gratifying ambition, for we often find
it arising from the most trivial circumstances, taking place from the
midnight-expedition, or over the bottle or gaiming table. It cannot be argued,
upon the grounds of truth, to have any tendency over the reformation of
manners, for experience
Moreover the boasted advantages, are to restrain any violence or
indecency7 to the female
sex, and to curb that insolent haughtiness so repugnant to the feelings of
every good & virtuous man. But what are these? Is there one person in this
enlightened body who can say with candour, the fear of a challenge would
restrain him from any violence or indecency8 to
No—a more9 noble & much more commendable principle actuates, the human breast, self reputation the fountain of every generous & patriotic action. But grant that any person, so vile & base as to be guilty of such conduct, who would be so regardless of his own reputation as to enter the lists with a seducer, a ravisher or a murderer? I can confidentially answer in the negative.
For the better investigation of this subject, permit me,
Eastern hemissphere & involved all
Nevertheless the practice of duelling, has been considered to be
attended with some beneficial consequences.13 But what these are, the
promoters of duelling leave us to find out—As for myself I have
advantages are, the promoters of duelling Their boasted advantages are,
as I have had occasion already to observe, to restrain men from transgressing
the rights of one another, & to prevent any indency to the female sex.
These arguments are too futile to be confuted, they only deserve to be
mentioned that they may be dispised. The violations of the laws of the land,
public justice sufficiently punishes the aggressors14 —And as for
the violations of the rules of decorum & breaking the bounds of modesty
& dencency as it respects15 the female sex,
the contempt & abhorrence in which he is held by
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I should be truly afflicted, to think that the people of the
Duelling has already become odious & despicable in the eyes of
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