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Nathaniel Pendleton’s Second Statement of the Regulations for the Duel, [10 July 1804]

Nathaniel Pendleton’s Second Statement of the
Regulations for the Duel1

[New York, July 10, 1804]2

1. The parties will leave town tomorrow morning about five o Clock, and meet at the place agreed on. The party arriving first shall wait for the other.
2. The weapons shall be pistols not exceeding eleven inches in the barrel. The distance ten paces.
3. The Choice of positions to be determined by lot.
4. The parties having taken their positions one of the seconds to be determined by lot (after having ascertained that both parties are ready) Shall loudly and distinctly give the word “present.” If one of the parties fires, and the other hath not fired, the opposite second shall say one, two, three, fire, and he shall then fire or lose his Shot. A Snap or flash is a fire.


11 July 1804.

AD, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

2Pendleton dated this document “Monday. 11 July 1804.” In 1804, July 11 was a Wednesday. The first sentence of this document indicates that the date should be Tuesday, July 10.

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