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RULES and ARTICLES
For the Better
G O V E R N M E N T
M A JE S T Y's
Horse and Foot Guards,
Note, The Alterations in the Articles of War
for the Year 1749. (as contained in the
RULES and ARTICLES
For the better Government of Our Horse
and Foot Guards, and all other Our Forces in Our Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland, Dominions beyond the Seas, and Foreign Parts.
A R T I CLE I. LL Officers and Soldiers, not having just Impediment, shall diligently frequent Divine Service and Sermon, in the Places appointed for the assembling of the Regi
ment, Troop, or Company, to which they belong. Such as wilfully absent themfelves, or, being present, behave indecently or irreverently, shall, if Commissioned Officers, be brought before a Court-martial, there to be publickly and severely reprimanded by the President; if Non-commissioned Officers, or private Soldiers, every Person so offending shall, for his First Offence, forfeit Twelve Pence, to be deducted out of his next Pay; A 2
for the Second Offence, he shall not only forfeit Twelve Pence, but be laid in Irons for Twelve Hours ; and, for every like Offence, mall suffer and pay in like Manner : Which Money, so forfeited, shall be applied to the Use of the fick Soldiers of the Troop or Company, to which the Offender belongs.
ARTICLE III. Whatsoever Officer or Soldier shall presume to speak against any known Article of the Christian Faith, Ihall be delivered over to the Civil Magistrate, to be proceeded against according to Law.
ARTICLE IV. : Whatsoever Officer or Soldier shall profane ang Place dedicated to Divine Worship, or fall offer. Violence to a Chaplain of the Army, or to any other Minister of God's Word; he nhall be liable to such Penalty, or corporal Punilhment, as shall be inflicted on him by a Court-martial.
ARTICLE V. No Chaplain, who is commissioned to a Regiment, Company, Troop, or Garrison, shall absent himself from the said Regiment, Company, Troop, or Garrison (excepting in case of Sickness, or Leave of Absence) upon Pain of being brought to a Court-martial, and punished as their Judgement, and the Circumstances of his Offence, may require.
ARTICLE VI. Whatever Chaplain to a Regiment, Troop, or Garrison, shall be guilty of Drunkenness, or of other scandalous or vicious Behaviour, derogating from the Sacred Character with which he is invested, Thall, upon due Proofs before a Court-martial, be dis. charged from his faid Office.
A R T ICL E I.
HATSOEVER Officer or Soldier shall presume to use
traiterous or disrespectful Words against the Sacred Person of His Majesty, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, or any of the Royal Family ; if a Commissioned Officer, he shall be cashiered; if a Non-commissioned Officer, or Soldier, he shall suffer fuch Punishment as shall be inflicted upon him by the Sena tence of a Court-martial.
ARTICLE II. Any Officer or Soldier who shall behave himself with Contempt or Disrespect towards the General, or other Commander in Chief of Our Forces, or shall fpeak Words tending to his Hurt or Dishonour, shall be punished, according to the Nature of his Offence, by the Judgement of a Court-martial.
ARTICLE III. Any Officer or Soldier, who shall excite, cause, or join in, any Mutiny or Sedition in the Troop, Company, or Regiment, to which he belongs, or in any other Troop or Company in Our Service, or on any Party, Post, Detachment, or Guard, on any Pretence whatsoever, shall fựffer Death, upon Conviction before a Courtmartial.
ARTICLE IV. Any Officer, Non-commissioned Officer, or Soldier, who, being present at any Mutiny or Sedition, does not use his utmost Endeavours to suppress the same, or who, hearing Words tending to Mutiny and Sedition, does not, without Delay, give Information thereof to his Commanding Officer, ought to be reputed accefsary to the Mutiny, and to be punished by a Court-martial with Death, or otherwise, according to the Nature of the Offence.
Any Officer or Soldier, who shall strike his superior Oficer, or draw, or offer to draw, or shall lift up any Weapon, oz offer any Wiolence, against him, being in the Erecution of his Dffice, on any Pretence whatsoever, or shall disobey * any lawful . Orders.