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the said P. Q. then and there did,* to the great damage of the said P. Q. and against the peace of our said the King, his crown, and dignity.”

County of......Ş That B. B. late of, &c. labourer, being for an assault, (to wit.) 2 a person of a wicked and malicious dis- and beating

out an eye, position, on, &c. with force and arms, at, &c. aforesaid, in and upon M., the wife of T. W., violently did make an assault, (she the said M. in the peace of God and our said Lord the King then and there being,) and her the said M. then and there did beat, wound, and ill treat, so that her life was greatly despaired of; and that he the said B. B. with his right hand the said M., in and upon the right eye of her the said M. then and there unlawfully, violently, and maliciously did strike, by means whereof the said M. then and there, the use, sight, and benefit of her said right eye entirely lost, and was deprived of, and also by means of the premises she the said M. became sick, weak, languid, and distempered, and remained so sick, weak, languid, and distempered for a long time, to wit, from thence until the day of taking this inquisition, and other wrongs to the said M. then and there violently and maliciously did, to the great damage and impoverishment of the said T. W. and M. his wife, to the evil example, &c. and against the peace, &c. [Add a count for a common assault, according to the form of the preceding indictment.]

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County of ..... The jurors, &c. that A. B. late of the Assault and (to wit.)

false imprisonon the ...... day of ...... in the .. year of promissory the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the ...... of the note given. united kingdom of Great Britain, &c. with force and arms at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, in and upon one

ment until a

bourer,

* The words inserted in Italics are not necessarily constituent parts of indictments for assaults, but are generally introduced, and may be so introduced, or omitted, as occasion may render proper.

D. E. in the peace of God and our said Lord the King then and there being, did make an assault, and him the said D. E. then and there did beat, wound, and ill treat, so that his life was greatly despaired of; and that he the said A. B. him the said D. E. then and there with force and arms falsely, unlawfully, and injuriously, and against the will of the said D. E. and against the laws of this realm, without any legal warrant, authority, or justifiable cause, did imprison and detain in the dwelling-house of one F. G. there situate for the space of ...... hours and upwards, and until the said D. E., in order to be released from the said imprisonment, did sign and deliver to the said A. B. a promissory note under his hand, whereby he the said D. E. promised to pay unto the said A. B. six months aft the date thereof, the sum of 201. for value received; whereas that he the said D. E. has received no valuable consideration for the said promissory note; and other wrongs to him the said D. E. he the said A. B. then and there unlawfully and injuriously did, to the great damage of the said D. E. and against the peace of our said Lord the King, his crown, and dignity. [Add another count for a common assault.]

of the

A violent as- County of ... The jurors, &c. that A. B., late of the sault upon a

(to wit.) ? parish of C., in the county of M., yeowoman big with child, man, being a person of a wicked and diabolical mind and was delivered disposition, on the .... day of .... in the....

year of a dead

reign of our Sovereign Lord George, &c. &c. with force child,

and arms at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, that is to say, in the dwelling-house of one D. E. there situate, in and upon F., the wife of the said D. E., she being then big with child, and in the peace of God and our said Lord the King, unlawfully, violently, and injuriously did make an assault, her the said F. then and there did beat, wound, and ill treat; that he the said A. B. with a certain wooden table, called a card-table, which he the said A. B. then and there lifted up in both his hands, her the said F. in and upon the belly and stomach of her the said F. then and there unlawfully, violently, and injuriously did several times strike and beat,

thereby giving the said F. in and upon her said belly and stomach several grievous and dangerous bruises, by reason and means of which said striking and beating of her the said F.as aforesaid, and the bruises she the said F. received thereby, she the said F. afterwards, to wit, on the ...... of ... ... in the same year, at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, was delivered of a dead child, the same being the same child with which she was so big as aforesaid, and was then and there brought into expense, peril, and danger of her life; and other wrongs to her the said F. he the said A. B. then and there unlawfully, violently, and injuriously did, to the evil, &c. and against the peace of our said Lord the King, his crown, and dignity, [Add another count for a common assault.]

County of.... The jurors, &c. that A. B. late of the For challeng

{ (to wit.) parish of C., in the county of M., yeo- at the same

ing a persoa, man, being a person of a wicked and turbulent temper and time holding a disposition, and unlawfully, wickedly, and maliciously de- drawn sword. vising and intending to disturb, molest, and disquiet C. D., gentleman, the said C. D. being a person of good name, fame, credit, character, and reputation, and a man of a quiet and peaceable temper and disposition, and to instigate, excite, move and provoke the said C. D. to fight a duel with him the said A. B.; that he the said A. B. might thereby kill and murder him the said C. D., and to cause and procure the said C. D. to break the peace of our said Lord the King, he the said A. B. in order to complete, perfect, and bring to effect his said wicked and unlawful purposes, on the ......day of ...... in the ...... year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the ...... now King of Great Britain, and with force and arms at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, then and there having and holding a drawn sword in his right hand,* unlawfully, openly, wickedly, and maliciously, without any just cause or provocation

The hand, or weapon of any kind, held in a menacing manner, constitutes an assault.

whatsoever, did challenge, and, as much as in him lay, endeavour to move, incite, instigate, and provoke the said C.D. to fight a duel with him the said A. B., by reason whereof he the said C. D. was then and there put under great fear and danger of losing his life, and other wrongs to him the said C. D. he the said A. B. then and there unlawfully, wickedly, and maliciously did, to the great damage of him the said C. D.; in contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws, to the evil and pernicious example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace, &c. [Add. another count for a common assault.]

&c.

For taking a

County of ......S That A. B., late of the parish of C., in gun from a

(to wit.)

the county of ...... yeoman, being a person, and using threats, person of a wicked and diabolical mind, and often unruly

and turbulent disposition, on the...... day of ...... in the

.. year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, &c. with force and arms at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, in and upon one C. D., in the peace of God and the said Lord the King then and there being, unlawfully, violently, wickedly, and maliciously did make an assault, and him the said C. D. then and there did beat, wound, and ill treat, so that his life was greatly despaired of. And that he the said A. B. with great force and violence then and there unlawfully seized and laid hold of a certain gun, which he the said C. D. in his right hand then and there had and held, and the said gun from him the said C. D. did then and there unlawfully, and in a forcible manner, take away; and the said gun being then and there charged with gunpowder and leaden shot, the said A. B. with force and arms to, at, and against the said C. D. did point, direct, and level, and did wickedly and maliciously threaten to shoot off and discharge; and other wrongs to him the said C. D. he the said A. B. then and there violently, wickedly, and maliciously did ; to the great danger, terror, and affrightment of him the said C. D.; to the evil example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace, &c. [Another count for a common assault.]

County of ..... That T. R., late of, &c. on, &c. with For an assaull, (to wit.) force and arms, at, &c. aforesaid, did ing a dog to

and encourag unlawfully incite, provoke, and encourage a certain dog, bite, called a mastiff, of and belonging to the said T. R. to bite him the said A. B., by means whereof the same dog did then and there grievously bite the said A. B. in and upon the right leg of him the said A. B., and the said leg of him the said A. B. was thereby then and there grievously hurt, wounded, and lacerated, to the great damage of the said A. B., and against the peace, &c.

County of... That J. T., late of, &c. gentleman, For an assault (to wit.)

land B. P., late of, &c. esquire, being by two per: persons of wicked minds and malicious dispositions, and whom borsenot regarding the laws of this kingdom, and having con

whipped the

prosecutor. ceived great malice, hatred, and ill will towards R. E., on, &c. with force and arms, at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, unlawfully and maliciously did make an assault upon the said R. E. then and there being in the peace of God, and our said Lord the King, and that the said J. T., by the procurement and instigation of the said B. P., with a certain large horsewhip, which he the said J. T. in his right hand then and there had and held, and also with the fists of him the said J. T. then and there unlawfully, maliciously, and violently did strike and beat him the said R. E. in and upon the head, face, back, and arms of the said R. E., and giving to him the said R. E. then and there by such striking and beating of him the said R. E. with the horsewhip aforesaid, and also with the fists of the said J. T. divers severe and dangerous cuts, strokes, bruises, and blows in and upon the head, face, back, and arms of him the said R. E., by means whereof the said R. E. was then and there grievously hurt and injured ; and the said J. T. and B. P. then and there unlawfully and maliciously did other wrongs to the said R. E., in contempt, &c. and against the peace of, &c.

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