Defamation, 17th Century style

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Extract from Quarter Sessions Records

The Hertfordshire County Sessions, Calendar of the Sessions Books (Quarter Sessions Records 1658-1700), contains the following intriguing entry:

Robert King the elder of Whethamsted with intent to defame William Hinds, Constable, after he had arrested Edward Slaughter, a vagrant, publicly spoke these words "you have done more than you can answer in apprehending Edward Slaughter and you are a rogue and I will prove you one and you dare not have him before a Justice of the Peace".

However, Hinds did dare.  Unfortunately the result is not recorded. Ed. 

This item was published in the Society's Newsletter 113, June 2011

This page was added by John Wassell on 28/01/2012.

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