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|Duelling with pistols
Written by Anselm
(9/29/2009 11:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby lucky to be alive ?, penned by Jeffrey
1. The point of duelling was not to kill but to satisfy honour.
Consequently, it's almost certain that the Willoughby-Brandon duel was with pistols. As duelling pistols by this stage were beginning to be more accurate, I think it would be somewhat unusual for both parties to escape scot free. Therefore, I think the most likely scenarios would have been that one party fired to hit and missed, while the other fired into the air or the ground, that both parties fired to miss, or that both fired to hit but one party's pistol misfired, upon which the seconds (the parties' assistants) decided that honour had been satisfied. Brandon, as the challenger, would have fired first, if they did not fire simultaneously.
I wonder what one can make of all this?
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