Amendment I (Petition and Assembly)
William Lambarde, Eirenarcha 175--76 1614 ed.
An unlawfull Assembly, is the companie of three or moe persons, disorderly comming together, forcibly to commit an unlawful act: as, to beate a man, or to enter upon his possession, or such like. . . .
A Route is a disordered assembly of three or moe persons, moving forwarde to commit by force an unlawfull acte. For it is a Route, whether they put their purpose in ful execution, or no, if so be that they doe goe, ride, or move forward after their first meeting. . . .
A Riot, is thought to bee, where three or moe persons, be disorderly assembled to commit with force any such unlawfull acte, and do accordingly execute the same. . . .
And thus (upon the whole reckoning) an unlawfull assembly is the first degree, or beginning: a Route, the next step, or proceeding: and a Riot the ful effect and consummation, of such a disordered and forbidden action.
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