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. For the warrant, dated 6 July 1767 and returned to the Sessions on 11 July, see SF
142245. The section of the bastardy statute quoted above, text
at note 1, also provided that “every justice of the peace upon his discretion may
bind to the next quarter sessions him that is charged or suspected to have begotten
a bastard child; and if the woman be not then delivered, the sessions may order the
continuance or renewal of his bond, that he may be forthcoming when the child is born.”