1819.106: Report of Committee relative to Petition of Jones Green.

Published: 1819

Full Title: [Report of committee relative to the petition of Jones Green, a delegate from Stafford, to the effect that his affair with John Strother does not come within the purview of the act to suppress duelling; and pointing out the unconstitutionality of this act so far as it attempts to create a disqualification of members of the general assembly not prescribed by the constitution itself].

Author: Virginia. House of Delegates.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Ritchie

Description: Unrecorded


Green had been challenged to a duel that was resolved without recourse to weapons; after his election to the December 1819 Assembly, that election was challenged by his opponents in Stafford on grounds of having violated the dueling act; Green's objection to his subsequent disqualification was referred to a select committee, whose report was printed herein; the committee agreed with Green that he had not violated the act by engaging in combat, but they did find that the act itself was constitutional, and so binding on Green, who had refused to take the mandated oath against duelling required of all Assembly members; the result was that his disqualification was upheld, and he was expelled from this Assembly. No copy known extant; Thomas Ritchie, the public printer, was ordered on December 20, 1819, to print 250 copies of this report for use of the Assembly, so the attributions here to the partnership then conducting Ritchie's press.

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