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Friday, June 14, 2013

The duelling of the Colony of Virginia

Some of the servants of the colonists were as fiery in nature as their masters and as quick to resent an affront. A servant of Christopher Calvert who resided (in 1661) on the Eastern Shore, sent a challenge to Goslin Van Netsen, a citizen of Dutch origin.  The challenge was accepted and a duel fought. The servant was badly wounded. Thereupon, Calvert was ordered by the county court to pay for all the fees which Dr. George Nicholas Hacke should charge for medical assistance to the injured man. However, ultimately the medical expenses were to be shared with Van Netsen, who had inflicted the wound. And the court ordered that Calvert was to be compensation by an extension of the servant's term in the colony.  Source: Northampton County Records, Vol. 1657-64, p. 132.
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