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“ to any port in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and who shall be required, in writing, under the hand or “ hands of any such governor, minister, consul, or merchants, to

take on board any such seafaring man or boy, men or boys, “ being a subject or subjects of the said United Kingdom, not “ exceeding the number mentioned in the said act, for the pur“pose of carrying and conveying him or them to the said port in " the said United Kingdom, and who shall neglect and refuse to " take on board, or to carry and convey him or them accordingly, “shall for every such offence forfeit and pay the sum of £100 for each and every such man or boy whom he shall so refuse “ or neglect to take on board and to carry and convey as afore“ said, to be recovered by information at the suit of his ma“ jesty's attorney-general in his majesty's court of King's Bench “ or Exchequer at Westminster; and that in such information " the offence or offences shall and may be alleged to have been “ committed at Westminster in the county of Middlesex; and « that the court in which such information shall be brought, “ shall be and the same is hereby authorized to issue a commis“sion or commissions for the examination of witnesses abroad, “ and that the depositions taken under such commission or com“ missions shall be received in evidence on trial of such informa6 tion.” s. 2.

The third section contains regulations to be observed by masters, &c. of vessels leaving seafaring men or boys in foreign parts on account of sickness, in respect of the payment of their wages, and imposes a penalty of £20 on such masters, &c. not complying with such regulations, to be recovered as above, and authorizes the issuing a like commission to examine witnesses abroad.




OFFENCES against the persons of women are Rape-Forcible Marriage - Seduction-Stealing away Infant Children—and Compulsory Marriage of Paupers.

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Rape.(1) In treating of RAPE I shall consider, 1. What shall be called RAPE. 2. What evidence is necessary. 3. How it may be punished.

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(1) Rape was anciently felony, and Sir M. Hale says was punished with loss of life, which was afterwards reduced to what he seems to think a less severe punishment, viz. castration and the loss of eyes; and for this assertion he refers to the authority of Bracton. But it should seem that it

was not every case of rape which was so severely
punished, but apparently only the rape of a virgin,
for he expressly says : « Non autem sequitur hujus-
modi pæna de qualibet femina licet opprimatur,
Sequitur tamen alia gravis et gravior secundum quod
" nupta, vel vidua honesta vivens, sanctimonialis, vel



As to THE FIRST POINT, viz. What shall be called rape.

Sect. 2. It seems, that rape is an offence in having unlawful and carnal knowledge of a woman by force and against her will.

Sect. 3. But it is said, that no assault upon a woman in order to ravish her, however shameless and outrageous it may be, if it proceed not to some degree of penetration, and also of emission,

can amount to a rape. Bract. 147. Sect. 4. It was a question before 18 Eliz. c. 7. Whether a Dalt, c. 107.

rape could be committed on a child of the age of six or seven 1 Hale, 30. Crom, 100.

years; but by that statute, “Whosoever shall unlawfully and Dyer, 304. « carnally know and abuse any woman-child under the age of ten

“ years, shall suffer as a felon without clergy.” (2) Vide Cro. Cir. Sect. 5. Upon an indictment for this offence, it is no way maCom. c. 456. terial whether such child consented, or were forced; yet it must 3 Bur. 1696.

be proved, that the offender entered into her body, &c.

As to THE SECOND POINT, viz. What evidence is necessary. Dalt. c. 105. Sect. 6. Offences of this nature are not any way mitigated by 607.

shewing that the woman at last yielded to the violence, if such B. Par. 55. 5 Edw.4.6. her consent was forced by fear of death, or of duress. 1 Rush. Col.. Sect. 7. Nor is it any excuse, that she consented after the fact, par. 2. 100. or that she was a common strumpet; for she is still under the Bract. 147,

protection of the law, and may not be forced. But it was an

ciently said to be no rape to force a man's own concubine. S. P.C. 24. Sect. 8. Also it hath been said by some to be no rape to force Finch, 204.

a woman who conceives at the time ; for it is said, that if she 1 Hale, 628. 731.

had not consented, she could not have conceived: but this opinion seems very questionable, not only because the previous violence is no way extenuated by such a subsequent consent, but also because, if it were necessary to shew that the woman did not conceive, the offender could not be tried till such time as it might appear whether she did or not, and likewise because the

philosophy of this notion may very well be doubted of. Pulton, 134. Sect. 9. It is a strong, but not a conclusive presumption against 1 Hale, 630. a woman, that she made no complaint in a reasonable time after 633.

the fact. (3) Rush. Coll. part 2. 100.

As alia matrona. Olim quidem corruptores virginitatis (2) Sir M. Hale is of opinion that it is rape to “ et castitatis suspendebant et eorum fautores; modernis have carnal connexion with an infant under the tamen temporibus aliter observatur, quod pro corrup age of twelve years, because, he observes, twelve tione virginis, amittuntur membra, ut prædictum est, years is the age of consent in a female. (H. P.C. et de aliis sequitur alia gravis pæna corporalis, sed p. 731.) But Mr. J. Blackstone says that the law tamen sine amissione vite et membrorum." (De has been generally held to extend to infants under Coronâ, lib. 3. 146.)

ten, (4 Com. c. 15.), though it should seem, he The law thus continued till 3 Ed. 1. and then adds, that infants between ten and twelve are still by st. of W. 1. it was enacted, " That none ravish under the protection of the stat. of W. 1. “ or take a damsel within age with her consent nor (3) By the ancient law, according to Bracton, “ against her consent, nor no dame, damsel of age, “ Cum igitur virgo corrupta fuerit et oppressa, statim “ nor any woman against her will ; and if any do “ cum factum recens fuerit, cum clamore et hutesio “ it, the party may sue within 40 days and com debet accurrere ad villas vicinas et ibi injuriam sibi “ mon right shall be done ; and if none sue within illatam probis hominibus ostendere, sanguinem, et vestes “ 40 days, the king shall have the suit, and the " suus sanguine tinctas, et vestium scissuras, et sic ire .“ party convict shall suffer two years imprison debet ad propositum hundredi et ad servientem do“ ment, and be ransomed at the king's pleasure." “ mini regis et ad coronatores et vicecomitem et ad priBy the statute of W. 2. c. 34, “Rape is again mum comitatum faciat appcllum, 8c." (De Corona, “made felony."


As to THE THIRD POINT, viz. How rape may be punished.

Sect. 10. All who are present and actually assist a man to B. 2. c. 29. commit a rape, may be indicted as principal offenders, whether ...7. 89.

Dalt. c. 107. they be men or women. (4)

Hutt. 115. St. Tr. 1. 366. Rush. v. 2. p. 93. Vide Lord Baltimore's Case, 4 Burr. 2179. Sect. 11. It is said, that of old time it was felony, and conse- 1 Hale, 627. quently punishable with death, especially if the party ravished Bract. 147,

148. were a virgin, unless such virgin would accept of the offender S.P.C.21. for her husband, in which case she might save his life by 'marry- 22, 23. ing him. But afterwards it was looked upon as a great misde- 2 Inst. 181.

Dalt. c. 99. meanor only, but not felony; and the offender was punished Crom. 32. with the loss of his eyes and testicles : and by the statute of con. Westminster, 1. c. 13. it was reduced to a trespass, subjecting the offender to two years imprisonment, and a fine at the king's 2 Inst. 180. will. But the smallness of the punishment proving a great en- Quære F. Utl. . couragement to the offence, it was made felony again, by the

B. Cor. 169. statute of Westminster, 2. c. 34, and by 18 Eliz. c. 7. it is excluded from the benefit of clergy. (5)

Forcible Marriage. By 3 Hen. 7. c. 2. IT IS RECITED, “ That women, as well "maidens as widows and wives, having substances, some in “ goods moveable, and some in lands and tenements, and some “ being heirs apparent unto their ancestors, have, for the lucre of such substances, been oftentimes taken by misdoers con“ trary to their will, and after married to such misdoers, or to “ others by their assent, or defiled, to the great displeasure of “ God, and contrary to the king's laws, and disparagements of “ the said women, and utter heaviness and discomfort of their friends, and to the evil ensample of all others;" AND ENACTED, “ That what person or persons that taketh any woman so against “ her will unlawfully, that is to say, maid, widow, or wife, that “ such taking, procuring, and abetting to the same, and also receiving wittingly the same woman so taken against her will, “ and knowing the same, be felony, and that such misdoers, “ takers, and procurators to the same, and receitors knowing the “ said offence in form aforesaid, be reputed and judged as prin“cipal felons.”

+ Sect. (4) An infant under 14 years of age is by law has the following passage : “ Je rapporte de Brunan presumed incapable to commit a rape, for the law “ (who was another writer on the Criminal Law of presumes him impotent as well as wanting discre. “ France) à ce sujet un exemple memorable, qui fait tion ; but he may be a principal in the second de " assez sentir combien cette preuve est dangereuse et gree as aiding and assisting, if it appear that he “ equivoque (sc, de Viol) et combien le juge doit se had a mischievous discretion, as well as in other tenir en garde contre ces sortes d'accusations. Un felonies. (1 H. H. P. C. 730.)

juge ayant condamné un particulier, qu'une femme (5) It is said by Barrington, (Observation on “uccusoit de viol, à lui donner une certaine somme par the Ancient Statutes,) that rape anciently meant " forme de dommage et interéts; il donna en meme seduction of the female, and not a forcible carnal "tems à ce particulier la permission d'enlever à cette knowledge, which was denominated“ viol.Though "femme l'argent qu'il venoit de lui donner, ce que le this has been denied by others, yet he seems sup- "jeune homme n'ayant pu faire, à cause de la resisported by good authorities for the distinction. It “tance vigourcuse que lui oppose cette femme ; le juge may also be matter of curiosity to state, that the “ ordonna à cette derniere de restituer la somme, sur le famous judgment of Sancho Panza, in the rape “fondement qu'elle auroit pu encore mieux defendre son cause which came before him while governor of “corps que son argent si ele l'eût voulu.(Vonglans, Barataria, is not a fictitious case, but is to be found edit. Par. 4to. p. 498.) This is the exact case in in a learned writer on the Criminal Law of France. which Sancho gave judgment, and it accorded with Vonglans, in his cbapter on the " Viol," or Rape, that of the French judge.

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* Sect. 2. But by 3 Hen. 7. c. 2. s. 1. it is provided, “ That “ this act shall not extend to any person taking any woman only “ claiming her as his ward or bond-woman.”

+ Sect. 3. By 39 Eliz. c. 9. “ All and every person and per“ sons as shall be convicted or attainted of or for any offence “ made felony by the said act 3 Hen. 7. c. 2. shall lose his and “ their benefit of clergy: provided always that this act shall not a extend to take away clergy, but only from such person and “ persons as shall be principals or procurers, or accessaries be“ fore such offence committed.”

In the construction of the 3 Hen. 7. c. 2. the following points

have been resolved. 1 Hale, 660, Sect. 4. First, That the indictment must expressly set forth,

both that the woman taken away had land or goods, or was heir Tt. 468. Far. 101, 102. apparent, and also that she was married or defiled, because no Hobart, 182. other case is within the preamble of the statute to which the C. Car. 483.

enacting clause clearly refers; for it does not say, that “what Dalis. 22. “ person, &c. that taketh any woman against her will,” but 1 And. 115. “ what person that taketh any woman so against her will." 3 Inst. 61. Savil, 59. 12 Co. 20. 100. 110. Hobart, 182. Sect. 5. Secondly, That the indictment ought also to allege

that the taking was for lucre, because the words of the preamble

are so. C. Car. 485. Sect. 6. But it need not set forth, that it was with an intention

to marry or defile the party, because the words of the statute neither require such an intention, nor does the want thereof any

way lessen the injury. Hobart, 189. Sect. 7. THIRDLY, That it is no manner of excuse, that the C. Car. 485.

woman at first was taken away with her own consent, because if 1 Hale, 660.

she afterwards refuse to continue with the offender, and be forced against her will, she may from that time as properly be said to be taken against her will, as if she had never given any consent at all; for till the force was put upon her, she was in

her own power. Fulwood's Sect. 8. FOURTHLY, That it is not material whether a woman Case, C. Car. so taken away be at last married, or defiled, with her own con493. 2 Vent. 243.

sent or not, if she were under the force at the time, because the See also offender is in both cases equally within the words of the statute, Swinden's and shall not be construed to be out of the meaning of it, for Case, 5 St. Tr. 468.

having prevailed over the weakness of a woman, whom by so

base means he got into his power. 3 Inst. 61. Sect. 9. FIFTHLY, That those who after the fact receive the Dalis. 22.

offender, but not the woman, are not principals within this staS. P. C. 44. Far. 132.

tute, because the words are," receiving wittingly the same woman so taken, &c.” but it seems clearly, that they are accessaries

after the offence, according to the known rules of common law. C. Car. 482. Sect. 10. Sixthly, That those who are only privy to the

marriage, but no way parties to the forcible taking away, or consenting thereto, are not within the statute.


Sect. 11. SEVENTHLY, That where a woman is taken by force c. Car. 488. in the county of A. and married in the county of B. the offender Hobart, 183. may be indicted and found guilty in the county of B. because 1 Hale, 60 the continuing of the force there amounts to a forcible taking within the statute.

+ Sect. 12. EighthLY, That the woman thus taken away and Fulwood's married, may be sworn and give evidence against the offender Case, Cro.

Car. 484. who so took and married her, though she be his wife de facto; but it seems, that there ought to be concurring evidence to prove i Hale, 661. the whole fact.

+ Sect. 13. NINTHLY, It is said (a) to be questionable, whe- (a) 1 Hale, ther if a woman, thus forcibly married, freely without constraint 661. live with him who thus marries her any considerable time, her examination may be read in evidence on the trial. But it has been since ruled, (b) upon debate, that a wife is a competent (6) Rex v. Perevidence for as well as against her husband, on the trial of an in- ry, Bristol

him dictment on this statute, although she has cohabited with him


" 1794. from the day of her marriage.

Seduction. By 4 and 5 Philip and Mary, c. 8. IT IS Recited, “ That Punishment of maidens and women children of noblemen, gentlemen and others, such as take as well such as be heirs apparent to their ancestors, as others, &c. within sis?

away maidens, having left unto them by their father, or other ancestor and teen years of friends, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, or other great sub- age, &c.

3 H. 7. c. 2. stances in goods and chattels moveable, for and to the intent to advance them in marriage, somewhat like according to their degrees, and as might be inost for their surety and comfort, as well for themselves as of all other their friends and kinsfolks, be oftentimes, unawares to their said friends or kinsfolks, by flattery, trifling gifts, and fair promises, of many unthrifty and light personages, and thereto by the intreaty of persons of lewd demeanour, and others that for rewards buy and sell the said maidens and children, secretly allured and won to contract matrimony with the said unthrifty and light personages, and thereupon either with slight or force oftentimes be taken and conveyed away from their said parents, friends, or kinsfolks, to the high displeasure of Almighty God, disparagement of the said children, and the extreme continual heaviness of all their friends; which ungodly dealing, for lack of wholesome laws to the redress thereof, remaineth a great, familiar, and common mischief in this our commonwealth :" it is therefore ENACTED, “ That it shall not “ be lawful to any person and persons to take or convey away, or “ cause to be taken or conveyed away, any maid or woman child 3 Mod. 168, “ unmarried, being under the age of sixteen years, out of or from 169. “ the possession, custody or governance, and against the will of " the father of such maid or woman child, or of such person or “ persons to whom the father of such maid or woman child, by his last will and testament, or by any other act in his life-time, “ hath or shall appoint, assign, bequeath, give or grant the order, “ keeping, education or governance of such maid or woman “ child, except such taking and conveying away as shall be had, “ made or done by or for such person or persons, as without

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