Scanned, proofed and corrected from the original magazine edition for enjoyable reading. (Worth every penny spent!)
At one time or another, we, most likely, have been read "The Riot Act".
Here is an opportunity to read the actual text to British Parliamentary Law passed in 1714 entitled: "The Riot Act" and appended to it is the text from Henry Fielding's "The Case of the Bosavern Penlez, Who Suffered on Account of the Late Riot In The Strand, In which the Law regarding these Offences and the Statute of GEORGE THE FIRST, commonly called the Riot Act, are fully considered."
And a further quote from Fielding as excerpted from the begining of his work:
"IT may easily be imagined that a man whose character hath been so barbarously, even without the least regard to truth or decency, aspersed on account of his endeavours to defend the present government, might wish to decline any future appearance as a political writer; and this possibly may be thought by some a sufficient reason of that reluctance with which I am drawn forth to do an act of justice to my King and his administration, by disabusing the public, which hath been, in the grossest and wickedest manner, imposed upon, with relation to the case of Bosavern Penlez, who was executed for the late riot in the Strand.
"There is likewise another reason of this reluctance with which those only who know me well can be certainly acquainted; and that is my own natural disposition. Sure I am, that I greatly deceive myself, if I am not in some little degree partaker of that milk of human kindness which Shakspeare speaks of. I was desirous that a man who had suffered the extremity of the law should be permitted to rest quietly in his grave. I was willing that his punishment should end there; nay, that he should be generally esteemed the object of compassion, and, consequently, a more dreadful example of one of the best of all our laws."