If all seconds were as averse to duels as their principals, very little blood would be shed in that way.
Duelling makes a virtue of pride and revenge; and, in defiance of the laws, both of God and man, assumes itself the right of avenging its own wrongs, and even exults in the blood of its murdered victim.
A duellist is only a Cain in high life.
Duelling, as a punishment, is absurd, because it is an equal chance whether the punishment falls upon the offender, or the person offended.—Nor is it much better as a reparation, it being difficult to explain in what the satisfaction consists, or how it tends to undo an injury, or to afford a compensation for the damage already sustained.
Duelling, though barbarous in civilized, is a highly civilizing institution among barbarous people; and when compared to assassination is a prodigious victory gained over human passions.