Our sovereign lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the King.
– The Riot Act of 1714
Cut this out and carry it with you. It will come in handy the next time you need to read someone the Riot Act.
By John M. Burt