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that it is a good plea; for in your cafe, if fuch foreign pleas were alleged m Wales or Ireland,
which are not pleas, I hold that they are good pleas in the fuiie cale. But m thole cales,
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42 Repo?-ts of tJic yudgJiicJits^ etc.

le cas. Mes en ceux cafes fera trie ou le brief eft porte par le Comon Ley : car ceux terres
lie furent unques rules folonque le cours de la Comon Ley d'Engleterre ; mes afcun foii,
Cheftcr, Lanchefter, et Durliani fiircnt a la Comon Ley, et conieiit que Ic l^oy ad eux' faii
Countiepaleis, come hien poif fans Parllement, uncore Ic Roy fans i'arlament ne puit prendre
fon lige home de droit: car le pie plede en Ic Countiepaleis fera enconvenient dcftre trie ou le
brief ell: porte, pur ceo que deins le Countiepaleis font divers Courts qui ont divers powers de
trier tiel ifiue, et ils doivent en tiel cafes obeir le brief Roy ; et iilint ont ufe ; come en cas que
un de Countiepaleis ioit vouche en le Comon Place, adonque le parole fera mande illonque,
et quand il eft detinue (determine ?) la, donques demander (remande r) ciens. Mes nul proces
poit eftre fait ne unque fuit fait a Gales ne a Ireland, nientobftant que font foub I'obeifance le
Roy : car fi home plede tiel en Normandy, ou en b'rance, ou Duchland, fi foit pie ou auterment
fera trie ou le brief eft porte. {Ciwhj que en tiel cas n'eft my pie. / "uie puis d Scotland, &c.)
f. j6. Et fur ceo jTOVtCfCUC demanda de Wi nslao et Brow n, Prenotariis du Comen 'lace que furent
donque, coment ad efte ufe en tiel caks. Brown : Si afcun pie foit plede, et allege en afcun
ville deins Ely, en ceft cas lera trie en le vifne prochein ajoynant que eft Guildhal ; car
font iv. Counties environ le Ifle de Ely, fcavoir Cambridge, Huntingdon, Northfolk, et
Suffolk, et fi afcun tiel matter foit allege deftre fait en afcun tiel ville, deinz mefme le .lit
Ifle de Ely, que le "Venire ficias" fera dired; a mefme le Viconte de mefme le Cjunty
prochein a la ville ou le matter eft fuppofe deins Ely, de venir Pais de la prochein vi lie
ajoynant, ifftnt ad efte fait de chofe allege en Sandwich ou ailour deins les v. Ports; mes ceo
eft deins le Coimty de Kent, et mefme le County environ les dits v Ports, et auxi iffmt eft
de la Franchife ile Bury deins le County de Suftolk, et ifftnt en touts les lieux avanditz ad
efte ufe de temps, ixc, illlnt me fenible que fera en Tauter cas. \Vinsl/u: Voftie i as
n'eft my femble a le cas que eft move ; car Ldy eft parcele de County de Cant., mes eft jn
Franchife a par luy ; iflint Sandwich deins le County de Kent eft parcele de la County. Vx
jeo entende qui ft " Praxipe quod reddat" foit porte en le Comen Bank de terres deinJ lez
ditz Franchifes le brief lera diree^te a le Viconte de Kent ou a afcun autcr Viconte, nie.i ils
auront le Conmiiffion : mes en le cas que eft move de Durham il eft un County a par luy,
et ilftnt eit Chefter et Lancafter, qui font Cquntiepaleys, et chefcun original de chofe que. eft
fait deinz le Countiepaleis fera pris illonque : purque nient femble. Et Sire, fuit ajuge en le
Comen Bank ore tarde devant Sir R. Newton, ou un brief tuit fue en le Comen Bank diiCe't
a le Viconte de L>ondres vers J. S. de C. i>i Coniitatii Chejiri.i Arinlgeruui et il fuit
utlage, et apres il vint en Londres, et fuit arrefte par " Capias utlagatum," et luit retorne
en le Comen Bank " Cepi corpus," et il pleda ijue jour de brief purchace il fuit converfe a
mefme le County de Chefter et neniy a C, et par avife ceft illue fuit trie en le County de



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trial fliall be hnd where the writ is brought, by the Common Law ; for thofe lands were
never ruled according to the courle of the Cumnio.n Law of Lngland ; but once on a time
Cheiler, Lancalter, and Durham were under the Common Law; and although the King has
made them counties palatine, as he can well do without P.irliament, Hill the King cannot,
without his Parliament, take liis liege men from the law; for the jdea pleaded in the county
palatine fliall not be properly tried where the writ is brought; becaufe in the county
palatine are divers courts which have divers powers to try Uich an iilue; and they ought
in fuch cafes to obey the King's writ ; and fo they have been tiled to do; as in cale that ond
of a county palatine be vouched in the Common Place, then the parol fliall be fent
there ; and when it is determined there, then it fliall be remanded here. But no procefs can
be made, or ever was made, to Wales or Ireland, notwithflanding that they are under the
King's obedience: for if one plead fuch a plea in Normandy, or h'rance, or Gei many,
whether it be plea or otherwife Ihall be tried where the writ is brought. (I believe hat in
fuch cafe it is no plea. J'i.ie pojl of Scotland, tvc.) And thereupon jFOVtCfCUC demanded of
WiNSLAD and Brown, who were then Prothonotaries of the Common Place, what had been
the praflice in fuch cafes. I^kown : If any plea be pleaded and alleged in any town in
Ely, in fuch cafe it fliall be tried in the nearefl adjoining venue which is a Gifildhall; for
there are four counties round the lile of Ely, viz., Cambridge, Huntingdon, Norfolk, and
Suffolk; and if any fuch matter be alleged as done in any fuch town within the fame lile of
Ely, the " V'enire facias" fliall be direfted to die fame flierifT of the fame county near to the
town in Ely where the matter is iuppofed, to lummon the " Pais" of the neighbouring venue;
this has been done on a matter alleged in Sandwich or elfcwhere within the Cinque Ports;
but this is in the county of Kent, and the fame county furrounds the faid Cinque Ports:
and alfo it is the fame in the Kranchife of Bury, in the county of Suffolk; and io in all
places aforcf^iid has been the cullom from time, ike. So it ieems to me it fliall be in the
other cafe. Winslao : Your cafe is not fimilar to the cafe which is moved: for Ply is
parcel of the county of Cand:)ridge, but is a liberty by itfelf ; fo Sandwich in the county of
Kent is parcel of the county. vVnd I think that if a " Pr;vcipe quod reddat" be brought
in the Common Bench, for lands within the fiid liberties, the writ Ihall be direded to the
flieriff of Kent, or fome other flieriff ; but they fliall have the conuiiilhon. But in the
cafe of Durham, r.ow moved, it is a county by itfelf, as well as Chefter and Lancaller, uhich
are counties palatine ; and every original of a thing done in the county palatine fliall be t;d-;en
there : wherefore it is not at all finfilar. And, Sir, it was but lately adjudged in tlie Comi ion
Bench, before Sir R. Nl-wton, where a writ was iued in the Common Bench, tlireeled to the
Sheriff of London, againft "J. S. of C. in the county of Chefler, F.lquire ;" and lie was . ut-
lawed, and afterwards he came to London, and was arrefled by a " Capias utlagatuni," anil a
" Cepi corpus" was returned into the Common Bench ; and he pleaded tiiat on the day of the
writ purchafed he was refiding [at M. .?] in the fame county of Cheller, and nut at C, and



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44 Reports of the Juclgnie?iis^ etc.

Cheftcr per un " Mittimus" direfte :i le Juftice illonquts comiiKindant luy de faire proces
a le Viconte dc I'e/iirc' fj.iias xij lul toiiihuviuhiDi cxitiini p;\t'dittiiiii ; ct tuit remar.de
ciens. Purque, iNtc. (I'',t verum dixit, Lit patet I'rin. xxiij llcnrici lixti Ro. ccccxj.) [Brown
follows.] jTOVtCfCliC : Nicntfcmble; car mil iflue poit eftre trie en Efcoce ; pur que eft
reaion que ceo foit trie ou le brief eft porte, mes ils de la Countypaleis purront trier un chol:
fait illonque alTez bien nonobftant que le brief foit commence icy, come en le cas de voucher.
Et auxi fi " Precipe quod reddat" foit poite deins le Comitiepaleis, et le tenant vouche en
auter County qui eft a la Common Ley, ils doivent mander le parole cieiens de taire
proces, &c., ou fi auter iftue foit joine de chofe fait en auter County que eft a la Common
Ley, ils doivent mander le paroix cieins de faire proces, et trier cleins, et c|uand eft trie
fera mande a eux a doner Jugement, fi foit pie de terre ; mes C\ fjit pie perfonel de chofe f it
en auter County, qui eft a la Comon Le\ , le parole fera mande cieins en le Comon Ban!;,
et illonque fera determine, et Jugemen.t fera done cieins; car ils ont illonque tailly le party
de droit. (,_^.;^/.'.r;v hoc.) Car fi le defendant demurre illonques le party n'aura u iques
Execucion : mes vice verfa fi un pie perfonel foit pris en le Common Bank, et iftue foit
joine deins le Countypaleis, ilz doivent trier, et quand eft trie, demander cieins. J^i rque
lemble a nous toutz que eft plus convenient que ceil; matter plede fera trie deins le Co intie
paleis de Durham, et apres fera mande cieins, &c. Starkey : Brief de Dette tut ])orte
en Londres et le plaintife declare fur un leas fait en Londres de terre en Lancafte.- : :t le
defendant plede furrendre ou le terre eft : and tuit tenu que liftlie fera trie a Lancafter. Et
■vide H. i6, Ko. 420, ou Ric. de W. Chevalier fuift brief de " I'^ormedon" vers J. Gr 'flay
Chevalier de E. et fa feme en le County de Cheftre deins le County paleis; et pioces
continue tanque le " Petit Cape" fuit agarde, et a le jour de " Petit Cupe" retornc les
tenantz allegerent cretain d'eau a Ruglay en le County de Staftbrd. Et alii e co)itra. Ceft
matter fuit mande en le Comon Bank deftre trie, c\:c. Et puis JTOttCfCUC demanjla de
WiNSLAD, ^\ le plaintif et le defendant apperent, et un iftue eft joine dun Countiepaleis,
cornent auroit ils jour en Countypaleis. Winsi.ad : Sir, en ceo cas Pattorney le party
certifiera le Court illonque de la jour a fon peril, et iffint mefme le jour fera done. Mes
vide en le dit cas de Savage, ou les parties auront jour ad prvximuni Com. Chejler, ^Jc,
tenendum, et ne limit mil jour en certein, &c

En Bank le Roy im " redifieifm " fuit remue par brief d'Error, que un des Coroners
devant que le "redilTeifin " fuit fue, ne fuit Coroner a le temps, &c. Et alii c contra. Et
fur ceo iftue pris et en rEfchequer Chambre. JFOftCfCllC move a les autres Juftices
coment femble a eux que cefte ifilie fera trie, fcavoir par Pais ou par record.; Piusot :
Toutz les Coroners font faitz par brief, qui eft matter de record ; purque femble que eft plus



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therefore this ifTue was tried in the county of Chefter, by a " mittinuis" diredled to the Juftice
there, commanding liim to make procefs to the flicritfof a " Venire facias xij.," to terminate
the ifTue aforefaid ; and it was rcmandcil hither. Wherefore, &c. (And h.j was right, as
appears in Trinity Term, 23 Wen. VI., Roll 411.) [Brown follows.] jTOVtCfCUC : It is f- :!6 b.
not (Imilar; for no ilTue can be tried in Scotland; wherefore it is right tliat it fliould be
tried where the writ is broughc ; but thofe of the county palatine will be able to try a thing done
there, well enough, notwithftanding the writ be commenced here ; as in the cafe of Voucher.
And alfo if a " Pritcipe quod rcddat" be brought in the county palatine, and tlie tenant vouch
in another county, which is under the Common Law, they mufl; fend tlie parol hither to make
procefs &:c., or if another ifTue be joined on a matter done in another county which is under the
Common Law, they mult fend the parol hither to make procefs, and to be tried here ; and wlien
the cafe is tried, it fhall be fent to them to give judgment, if it be a plea of land ; hut it it be a
perfonal plea of a thing done in another county which is under the Common Law, tlu parol
/hall be fent hither into the Common Bench ; and here it fhall be determined, and iudgment ■
given here ; for they have in the other place filled to right the party, (^^t.i're this.) Vov if the
defendant demur there, the party fhall never have execution. But -viie verja, if a perfonal plea
be taken in the Common Bench, and iflue be joined in the county palatine, they mult try it,
and when it Is tried, remand it here. Wherefore It feems to all of us that it Is moft convenient
that this matter pleaded fhall be tried in the county palatine of Durham, and afterwards fhall
be fent here, &c. St.^rkey : A writ of " Debt" was brought in London and the plaintiff
declared on a leafe, made in London, of land In Lancafler ; and the defendant pleaded a fur- ^

render where the land lies ; and it was held that the IfTue fhould he tried at Lancaiter. And
fee U. 16, Roll 420, where Richard de W., Knight, fued a writ of " h'ormedon" agiinfl J.
Greflay, Knight, of E., and his wife, in the county of Chefter, within the county palatine;
and procefs continued until the " Petit cape" was awarded ; and on the day of the return
of the " Petit cape," the tenants alleged a flood at Ruggeley, in the county ot Stafford ; I
and the others the contrary. And this matter was remanded into the Common Bench to be j
tried, &c. And then jTOVtCfCtlC aflced of Winsi.ad, if the plaintiff and defendant appeared,
and an IfTue be joined for a county palatine, how fliall they have a day In the county palatine }
WiNSLAD : Sir, in tliat cafe the attorney of the party fliall certify the court there of the day,
at his peril, and lb the fame day fhall be given. But fee the laid cafe of Savage, where the
parties had a day "at the next County Court of Chefter, &c. to be holden, Hcc." and no ^
day Is limited tor certani, &c.

In the King's Bench a " Rediffeifln "was removed by writ of " Error," tor that one or the 1". i-.
Coroners before whom the redilTeifIn was fued was not Coroner at the time, tVC Aik the
others faid the contrary. And thereupon iflue was taken. And in the Exchequer Chamber,
JFOrtCfCllC put it to the other Judges how they think that the IfTue flvall be tried ; by Pais
or by Record.'' Prisot: All the Coroners are made by writ, which is matter ot record;



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convenient ellre trye par le record ; car le brief eft retuurnahle en le Chancery. [Martin
ani.! others follow.]

De Tcruiino Pafclu-, Anno xxxiii. Men. \'I.
• '''• En ['Elchequer Chambre jTOl'tCfCUC reherfa conient en Parlement derrein pafTe, un

fpecial AS. pallli enconter John PylkinLi;ton Efquier pur rape d'un feme hors de N. ike. et
reherfa reftee^ de I'AcT:, et comcnt par niefme 1 Ad fuit grante, que proces fera fait a le
Vicente de F,. de fan-e certein jiroclamacion en ini ville, celt alT.ivoir que le dit John doit
apparer devant les Seigniors a VV. a un certein jour, &c. a ref|X)ndre a tranfgrelTion contenus
en le dit Afte, &c. et s'il ne voile, &:c. adonque ii fera atteint de la tranfgrellion, &c. et
paieroit un certein fonic a la party, &c. et il difoit coment les proclaimacions furent faits et
returnes en le Chancelrie ; et le dit J. n'apparull: my, ivc. ; et puis apres le dit J. hfit pris el
mis en le IJank. le Roy en le garile de le iMarflial pur certeines caufes ; pur c uc un tranfcript
de le dit Acle ove un " Mittimus " fuit mande hors de la Chanceilerie dn-_L^ a nous, ,^'c.
Far que le Marflialle tuit charge ove luy pur mefme le condemnacion contenue en mcfme
I'Afte : et or il vient et allegea par fon confeil que le dit Aele n'eft my fufficient en Ley . et
pria eftre diihiys, &c. car la bill que fuit en direil a"s Comunes palTa eux bien et uit
endoffe en tiel fornie, " Soit bailie a's Seigniors ; " et meime la bille pafl'a le Ro\ et les
f. 17 b. Seigniors, mes ou la bille voiloit, que le dit John refpondroit, &c. devant le b'l. lie de
Pentecofl; adonque prochein enfuant : pur que les Seigniors endolTcront la Ijille en tiel ,'orMie.
" Les Seigniors grantent en cas que il n'appert devant le b'efte de Pentecoft, que fera anno
dni Millefimo c.c.c.c. li,"' &c. fcavoir a le Pentecoft prochein apres Tauter Eefte, contenu en
la bille: Et pource les Seigniors granterent plus long jour que fuit grante par les comu les
en quel cas les coniunes devoient aver le bille areremayn, etde allent a le grant les Sei;. nit rs,
et ilTuit ne tuit my; par que il femble I'Afte voide, &c. Et fur ceo le brief de "Mittunus"
et I'Afte furent leus, tvc. et le brief tuit tiel, Rex Jufticiarus Ju'is, &c. Trtuijirtpcio
cujiijdam hilLt coram nobis in CaiicelLiria nojlra in filacio, &c. exhibit cV et aucioritate H.tiini
Parliament nojJri, &c. eonfirmat.e verj'us J. P. &c. vobis mittimus, &c. JfOl'tCfcUC .'
Moy femble que nous ne poimus autrement entendre mes que IMcte eft bone icy ; car le roy
ad efcripte a nous par fon brief, et ad nous certifie que la bill eft conferme par auddrite
de Parliament. Purqui. Ili.ingwort[i, CZ:/;/./)';.'/'!?/? : Ceo ne puit eftre entendu icy come
vous ditez ; car le brief, qui eft tait torfque par un Clerk de la Chancery, ne puit f lire un
Ade de Parliament bone, fi foit vicious en luy mefme ^'c. Et i\ ilz de h Chancery
mandent a's Juftice de Comen Bank un tranicrijn d'un fine par un " mittimus," et en fait eft
nul tiel fine, par que ils de Comen Bank teloient brief (.ie "Scire facias" hois tie le
tranfcript &c. ne fera la party receu adire que eft nul tiel fine {'jnaji diceret f.c). Lur ceo que

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of Sir yo/iH Fortc/ciie. 47

wherefore it feeins that it is more fitting that it be tried by the record ; for the writ is
returiiiible into Chancery. [Martin and others follow.]

EnjJer •Term, 33 Hem. VI.

In the Exchequer Chamber JFOl'tCfCUC rehearfed how in the Parliament laft pa'd, a i. 17-
fpecial ad pafled againft Joim Pylkington, Efquire, for tlie rape of a woman out of N. tvc.
and rehearfed the effedt of the aft, and how by the fame a6l it was granted that procefs
fhould be made to the fherift'of E. to make certain proclamations in a town, namely, that
the faid Jcjhn mufl appear before the Lords at \V. on a certain day, &c., to anfwer the
trefpafs mentioned in the faid aft, &c. ; and that if he would not, &c., then he fliould be
convicted of the trefpafs, &c., and ihould pay a certain fum to the party, <S:c. And he then
ihowed how the prochiniations were made and returned into the Chancery, and that t le faid
J. did not appear, 6.:c., and that afterwards the fiid J. was taken and put in the King's
Bench in the cuflody of the Marflial for certain caufes ; wherefore a tranfcript of the faid ae^ '
together with a " Mittimus," was fent out of Chancery direc'ted to us, &:c., whereby the
Marflial was charged witli him for the fune condemnation contained in the aft; and now he
comes and .dleges by his coimfel that the laid aeT: is not fuflicient in law; and prays to be
releafed, iS:c., tor the bill that was direfted to the Commons pafTed them properly, and was
endorfed in this form : — " Let it be delivered to the Lords;" and the fame bill paffed the
King and the Lords ; but whereas the bill recjuired that the faid John fliould anfwer, (bv:c., | ,- 1,.
before the Feaft ot Pentecoft then next enfuing, the Lords endorfed the bill in fuch form : —
" The Lords grant in cale that he fliall not appear before the Eeail of Pentecolt, whicli
fliall be in the year of our Lord 1452, &c.," that is, at the Pentecofl; next after the other
I-'eafl mentioned in the bill ; and therefore the Lords granted a more diftant day than was
granted by the Commons : in which cale the Commons ought to have liad the bill back
again, and have agreed to the grant ot the Lords ; but this was not done ; wherefore it '
feems that the aft is void, i\'c. And thereupon the wj'it ot " IVlittimus " and the aft were i
read, &c. ; and the writ ran thus : — " The King to his Juflices, <?cc. A tranfcript of a
certain bill in our prefence in our Chancery filed, cvc, and by the authority of our lafl 1
Parliament confirmed againfl J. P., &c., we fend to you, &c." jTOl'tCfCUC : It feems to me
that we cannot otherwife conclude than that the aft: is good here ; tor the King has written
to us by his writ, and has certified us that the bill was confirmed by the authority of 1
Parliament. Wherefore, l'cc. Ii,i,iN'c;woRrn {Cli'wf Baron): It cannot be underflo 'd as
you fiy ; for the writ, which is only made by a clerk ot the Chancery, cannot make '^ood
an Ac!-t of Parliament which is vicious in itielt, tkc. And if thofe of the Chancery were
to fend to the Juiliices of Commoii Bench a tranlcript ot a fine, by a " Mittimus,"' when in
faft there is no fuch fine, whereupon they ot the Common Bench were to make a writ of
"Scire facias" out of the tranlcript, &c., fliall not the party be received to lay that there is



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48 Reports of the 'JudgJiieiits^ etc.

le brief que il ad fait ne fcra iin l)on fyn ou nc hut nul fine, &c. Purcjue, &c. Et piiii ils
manderent pur Kirkbv des rolles, et pour I-'auxcs, Ci.ukkl uf. i.e Paui.kmi \'r, pur ei"^re
pris de la forme ct cours de le Parlement, iSvfc. JFOVtCfClIC relierfa le matter a eux : purqiie.
KiRBV : Sir, le cours de le Parlementeil tiel, &c. [IviRRuiiv and l''Ai'xi;i ilate the forms; and
Prisot and Marrk AM follow.] jTOVtCfCUC I C'eft un iAe^le de Parlement, et nous voillonui .
eftre bien avife, devant que nous anulloms afcun Ade fait en le Parlement : et paraventure V
matter doit attendre jufques a le prochein Parlement, adonquez nous poimus eltre certifie par
eux de la certeintie de la matter : mez nonobflant nous voillomus eftre avifes que fera fait, &c.
* * * * * * * *

f. 18 b. Fuit tenu ibidem (en le cas d'Frowike) per JfoltCfCUC, ci'ie- un Idiot ne fera recu de

pleder par gardein ne prochein amy, mais tous foiz il iera en propre perfon en chefci. n
accion porte envers luy, et qui cunque veut pleder le meliour pie pur luy, 1 fera admis, &:c.



De '■Jermhio Michaelh, Anno xxxiv Hen. \'^I.

f. 22 b. Joliii Ji-is Efquier auterfois fuit brief de Dette de c livres envers les Executors I'un

Canon de Lichfield, et il counta lur un obligation fait par lour teftator, &:c. ]£t ils plederent
" nient le fait de lour teilator : " et a un " nifi prius " a S. Martins le derreine Terne fuit
trove le fait le teftator, &c., et damages. Et ore Wangforij rehercea le matter, et pria fon
Jugement, fcavoir de la principal dette des biens le mort, s'ils ont, et fi nemy, des b.en; les

f. 24. executors propres, &c. [Littleton, Wangford, and others follow.] A auter jour en

I'Efchequer Chamber Prisot rehearcea celt matter. jTOVtCfCllC ,' Moy femble qijie le
Jugement des biens le mort tantum^ &c. ; car eft diverfite ou ell: le fait I'executor, et ou l.e fait
le tefl:ator, ckc. ; et fi chefcun executor fera compelle de conuftre chefcun fait monftre clivers
eux, fera grand inconvenience, &c. ; car {\ le Jugement leroit des biens les executors propres,
&c., adonque il ne voillent dedire nul maner fait par doubte de perdre lour biens propres, et
iifmt pur tiel doubte chefcun executor voil confefl'er chefcun faux fait, &c., et les Iiiens
le teftator iftint leront torcieufement expendus et paies. Mes fi lexecutor plede un releas fait
a luy mefme, auterment eft ; car ceo eiT; fon fait tlemefiie, &c. : et voflre cas n'ad ni)' ell:e
fbvent fois ajuge devant ces heures, mes nient moins uncore le execucion a 1 elle ajuge
fovent fois de recoverer des biens de mort, fi ^;c., et fi nemy, des biens 1-s- executors
propres, &c. : mes fi ceft Jugement f\iit ore prenfierement eftre ajuge, jeo entends que nul
Juge ore voille ajuger que le plaintif recovere des biens I'executors propres, &c. Mes pur
ceo que tants dez Jugements ont efte dones en cele cas, pur ceo que la Ley elt ore ilFmt, &c.,
et I'ufage fait Ley fans auter reafon. Car I'ufage en brief de Dette eft, que fi le defendant



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no fuch fine ? (implying that he wouKl). Bccaufe the writ which was made would not make
a good line, where there was no line, eVC. Wherefore ^c. And then they fent for
KiRKEBV of the Rolls, and for Fauxes, Clerk of the Parliament, to inquire of the form
and courfe of Parliament, &c. jFOVtCfCUC rehearfed the matter to them. Whereupon
KiRKEiiv : Sir, the courfe of Parliament is, &c. [Kirrebv defcribes the praftice of Parliament
generally, and I-'auxts tells the courfe on this particular bill. Prisot and Markham
follow.] jTOVtCfCUC : This is an Aft of Parliament; and we wifl"! to be well advifed i- i8 b.
before we annul any acT: made in Parliament ; and perhaps the matter ought to (land over
until the next Parliament, and then we can be certified by them of the certainty of the
matter \ but notwithftanding, we would be advifed as to what fliall be done, &c.

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