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From The Times October 31, 1803:

" .... in consequence of information received, a duel was expected to take place between Captain B of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards, and Captain M of the Royal Navy, a warrant was issued by a Magistrate to arrest both parties, and soon after Captain B was brought to the office in Bow-street, and obliged to enter into bail to keep the peace, himself in £500 and two sureties of £230 each. Captain M appeared afterwards, and entered into like security....."

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It sounds like one protagonist in a duel had fought his last. From The Times June 10, 1817:

" .... early on Saturday morning, the 31st ult. a duel was fought at Portsmouth, between Sir Thomas Staines, of the Royal Navy, and Major Holbrook, and there is a great danger that the wound Sir Thomas has received will deprive him of his only arm. A lady is said to have caused the dispute between these two officers ...."

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Mil Goose wrote:
It sounds like one protagonist in a duel had fought his last. From The Times June 10, 1817:

" .... early on Saturday morning, the 31st ult. a duel was fought at Portsmouth, between Sir Thomas Staines, of the Royal Navy, and Major Holbrook, and there is a great danger that the wound Sir Thomas has received will deprive him of his only arm. A lady is said to have caused the dispute between these two officers ...."


He did not lose his one remaining arm and subsequently commanded two of H.M. Ships. Staines was famous not only for his acts of gallantry under fire but also for being the first RN officer to sight Pitcairn Island subsequent to the BOUNTY mutiny and meet the survivor and the descendants of the BOUNTY mutineers (in 1814, whilst searching for an American frigate which was supposed to have rounded the Horn to join the USS ESSEX in the Pacific).


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.....The Times November 26, 1804:

" .... two naval officers belonging to an armed ship in Long Reach, some days since, went on shore at Greenhithe to determine a point of honour. One of them measured twelve paces, but the other declared he would not fight unless they held the opposite corners of a handkerchief, and fired together. This was objected to; and they returned on board without further breach of the peace ...."

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From The Times, of October 27, 1809:

" ........ Tuesday morning Mr B a Surgeon of his Majesty's Navy, and Lieutenant G of the Guards, met on Wimbledon Common to decide an affair of honour. The first shots failing in their effect, they had recourse to the second, when Mr B was shot dead on the spot, and Lieutenant G so badly wounded, that no hopes are entertained of his recovery. The seconds immediately absconded. The quarrel originated about a lady ......"







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From The Times, of December 23, 1790:

" .... on Saturday an officer of the Marine corps, and a Gentleman of the Navy, made two attempts to fight a duel, on South Sea Common and at the back of Haslar Hospital, and were both times prevented by the vigilance of the Magistrates, who ordered them and their seconds to be taken into custody, and give security to keep the peace ....."





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I've just acquired an interesting volume of poetry published in 1763 which contains 'An Ode to a Friend Injured in a Duel'. The sentiments are rather quaint and can be roughly paraphrased thus: 'Don't waste your energy risking your life in duels when you can more honourably risk it for your country..' A few choice gems:

'Too many gallant youths have bled;
Too much of British blood been shed
By Britons' swords, and that foul monster's* laws:
Youths that might else have nobly dared;
More glorious wounds and dangers shared
For Britain's just defence, and virtue's injured cause....

Has Britain then no other foes
That thus her sons their lives expose
To private wars and feuds and civil fray?
Does Spain insult her flag no more?
Does Louis yet his thoughts give o'er
Of universal rule and arbitrary sway?.....etc. etc.

*foul monster - this is Custom that demands disputes be settled by duels.


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From The Times, August 30th, 1786:

".... The duel took place last Thursday at Newington between Lieutenants M. and S. of the navy; the latter being mortally wounded is since dead. At the point of his departure from this world he acknowledged he was the aggressor, and gave the challenge last Monday ......"


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From The Times January 4th, 1791:

" ... Friday morning last, in consequence of an unhappy dispute concerning the present state of Politics, a Duel was fought on the Beach in front of Haslar Hospital, Portsmouth, between a Mr L. of Gosport, and a Lieutenant in the Navy. After the exchange of a case of pistols each, the Lieutenant unfortunately received a shot in his thigh, which brought him to the ground - he was immediately carried to the house of a Surgeon who seemed to think that amputation of the limb must ensue.

As the wounded Gentleman's life is supposed to be in some danger, the seconds were instantly taken into custody, and Mr L. made his escape ....."



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The Times, April 19th, 1808:

" ........... Saturday morning a meeting took place on Southsea Common, near Portsmouth, between Capt. Manby, of his Majesty's ship Thalia, and Captain Ramsey, of the Royal Marines; but while they were settling the distance at which they should fire, the Honourable Captain Boyle arrived on the ground, and declared, that by the order of Admiral Montague, Capt. Manby was his prisoner. Captain M, of course, surrendered himself, as under an arrest, and after some words of altercation, the parties left the ground. ....... "

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The Times, April 19th, 1808:

"........... A duel was fought on Saturday morning on Twickenham Common, between Mr D -Y, and American gentleman residing in Nottingham-street, and Capt W- of the Navy, in consequence of a dispute at a coffee house in Covent-Garden, on Friday evening The parties are half-brothers, and the dispute was a family one. From the first fire no injury was sustained, and Mr M-L, second to the American Gentleman, interfered to adjust the difference, but he did not succeed, and on firing again both were wounded, Mr D - , dangerously in the shoulder, and the Captain in the pistol arm. ....... "

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Mil Goose wrote:
"........... A duel was fought on Saturday morning on Twickenham Common, between Mr D -Y, and American gentleman residing in Nottingham-street, and Capt W- of the Navy, in consequence of a dispute at a coffee house in Covent-Garden, on Friday evening The parties are half-brothers, and the dispute was a family one."

I wonder what the story was behind this duel. Sounds like something from a novel!

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The Observer, August 26th, 1798:

" ...... PLYMOUTH - on the 15th inst. a duel was fought near Cawsand, between a surgeon's mate, of the Force, gunboat, and a midshipman. After having fired at the distance of twelve paces, they advanced to six, and the midshipman, after an exchange of two brace of pistols more, was shot through the vertebrae. He is now in the Royal Hospital, having lost the use of his lower limbs . ...."

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