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that if one execute a recognizance to the King for keeping the peace, the charter of the
King or his releafe made to him who is bound is of no force, before that he has broken tne
peace fo that the recognizance is forfeited ; but afterwards the King can pardon or releafe,
and not before. Which note. KwA likewi(e it was fii.t, that if one ought to repair a bridge.



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luy pardone, ceo n'eft appurpos nies tant folement pur le fine que le roy mefnie averoit ; nies
nient obftant cele fine la party fera chare a faire et reparer le pont : et la caufe ell: la, pur ceo
que eft damage a toutz liges homes le roy, et a routs Ton people, et pur fon mifchief que

r s cefte chartre n'eft liarre, nient obllant que il eft le fuite Roy, cauja qua Jiipra. Et fic vide,
que le roy ne poit releller fon luit, ou il fera prejudice a"s autres, et ils ne poient aver autre
remedy ; et uncore en " Decies tantuni " ft hi party fuit nonhute le roy n'aura nul avantage
par fa fuite, mes la le roy poit aver avantage par autre voye, come par endic^ment ou
autrement, et ifllnt il n'eft mifchief. Ciuod nota. Sic iidjicniatiir.

i. s Ij- En Aftile porte en le County de D. devant jToi'tCfClIC et Boef, que paffii pur le

plaintif, la matter fuit tiel, que le tenant pleda en barre, pur ceo que fon pere fuit feift et
par proteftacion mouruft feifi, et il come fits et heir entraet donne colour al pleintif Et le dit
plaintii" dit que un J. fuit feifi de melnies les tenements, et luy enfefl^a, par forte de quel il
tuit feili tanque par le tenant dilleifi. A cpie le tenant dit, que fon pere luit feifi, et
par proteftacion mouruft ieifi, puis le dit J. abatit, et enfefta le plaintif, par force de que
il fuit feift, et le tenant come fits et heir a ion pere lur luy entra, et en fuit feifi tanque par
le plaintif diffeifi ; fur que un Davy D. entra, fur que le tenant re-entra. Et le plaintif dit,
que le pere le tenant entefi^a le dit J. qui entefte le plaintif ut Jnpra, fans ceo que J. entra
apres la mort le pere le tenant Et le tenant dit que il entra itt Jiipra, et fift le mattjr
lit Jiipra, et tout cefte matter tuit trove per le phiintit; et le plaintif pria fon Jugemert.
Et le tenant dit, que il ne ira a le Jugement, et ceo pur ceo tpie I'ilTue n'eft forfque
un jeofaile; en que les parties devent repleder ; Et fur ceo les Juftices adjornent les parties
devant eux mefmes a VVeftminfter a certain jour ; a quel jour en I'Efchequer Chambre
devant eux mefmes tout le mater fuit reherce par Catesuv, et pria Jugement pur le plainti'".
Car il dit, coment que I'iftiie ne fuit material, ceo ne fuit a purpos quand le plaintif avoit fait
a luy fuflicient title. A que le tenant dit que il entraft apres la mort le pere le tenant, eti
enfefta le plaintif. Et a ceo le plaintif dit que fon pere a luy &c. lit Jiipra &c. uft efte
fufficient fans prendre le travers : donquc quand il avoit fufficient matter en maintenance de'
fon title coment que uft de abundance prift un iftue, qui ne tuit a purpos, uncoi-e le matter
fuffii'l: trove pur le plaintif pur aver Affife &:c. A que tuit dit pur le tenant que le pie nel
fuit bon : car le tenant ad departe de ton barre, et plcde novel matter : car il dit que cefty
qui enfefta le plaintit, entraft apres la mort ion pere, et entetTa le plaintif; llir que il entra
et fuit feifi tanque par le plaintif dift'eifi, iur que un Davy D. entra; iur que il entra et fuit
Ieifi ; le quel eft un novel mater. Enfement le plaintif ad rejolnte en meintcnanci de Ibn
title, et prill I'iftu fur ceo, (|ue ne poet ffire ilTue ; donque eft tout jeofaile : car fi I'iilue i'oit



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and then the King pardon hini, this is of no avail except as to the fine which the King
himfelt would have ; but notvvithftandiiig this fine the jiarty (hall be forced to make and
repair the bridge. And the damage to .ill the King's liege men, and to all I. is people, and f. 5.
its own mifchiet are the reafons why this charter is no bar, although it is the King's fuit :
for the reaibn above. And fo fee, that the King cannot releale his fuit, where it would
be prejudicial to others, and where they caimot have other remedy ; and again, in " Decies
tantum," if the party were nonfuited the King fhall have no advantage by his fuit ; but there
the King can have advantage in another way, as by indictment or otherwife ; and fo there \a
no mifchief. Which note. And fo it was adjourned.

In an Aflize brought in the county of D. before JfOVtCfCUC and Boef, which pafTed f. 5 b.
for the plaintiff", the matter was this : that the tenant pleaded in bar, becaufe his father was
feifed, and, by proteftation, died feifed, and he, as fon and heir, entered ; and he gave colour
to the plaintiff". And the plaintiff^ faid that one J. was feifed of the fame tenemenii, and
enfeoffed him ; by force of which he was feifed until difleifed by the tenant. To which the :
tenant faid, that his father was feiild, and, by proteftation, died feifed, and then tlie laid J.
abated, and enfeoffed the plaintiff, by force of which he was feifed, and the tenant, as fon
and heir to his father, entered upon him, ;uid was feifed until difleiled by the plaintiff; upon
whom one Davy D. entered, upon whom the tenant re-entered. .Vnd the plaintiff" faid, that
the lather of the tenant enfeofi'ed the fiid J., who enfcoft'ed the plaintiff" as above, without
this that J. entered after the death of the father of the tenant. And die tenant laid that he
entered as above, and made the matter as above ; and all this matter was IouikI f"or the 1

plaiiitiff; and the plaintiff" prayed his judgment. And the tenant laiii that he Ihould not go
to judgment; and this, bccaule the ifi'ue is only a jeofail, in which the parties uught to
re-plead. And thereupon the Juftices adjourned the parties to be before themfelves at
Weftminffer on a certain eiay ; on which day in the Exchequer Chamber, before them all,
the matter was rehearied by Catkscv, and lie prayed judgment for the plaintiff". For he i
faid that although the iffue was not material, that was not to the purpofe, fince tlie plaintiff had .
made out for himfelf a fufTicient title. To which the tenant faid, that he entered after the death
of the father of the tenant and enfeoff'ed the plaintiff". To this the pl,untiff"iaid that the ffatement
that his father him tX'c. as above '6lc., would have been fuflicient without taking the traverlc ;
then, fince he had fufficient matter in maintenance of his title, although he had t'.v ahiDuiaiitia
taken an ifl"ue which was not to the purpole, ffill the matter as f"uund f'or the plaintiff was
fufScient to have an Allize i^c. l"o which it was laid by the tenant that the plea v.as not
good : for the tenant has departed from his bar, and pleaded new matter; for he faid th: c lie
who enfeoffed the plaintiff" entered after the death of his father, and enfeoff'ed the plai:,ti'fl",
on whom he entered and was leiied until diff"eifed by the plaintiff", on whom one D.uy D.
entered ; on whom he entered and was feifed : which is new matter. Likewife the plaintiff
has rejoined in maintenance of his title, and took ilfue on that which cannot make an ilTue ;



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pris iur le title, quel n'efl: ifTue forfque jeofailc, qui fera en autre accion ; per que me fenible
que ils repleJent. JFOVtCfCllC I A ceo que il ad dlt, que le tenant ad dcparte de ion barre,
et allege iufficient mater en meintenance de fon !)arre, et oultre ceo A ad allege c|ue il tuit
leili tanque par le plaintif dilTeifi, le quel ell un novel matter, iiFmt il ad t'ortitie la matter
en barre, et ad adde plus matter a ceo; et illint n'ell il meremeiit come un departer de Ton
barre, et le plaintit ad meintenu fon barre. Et oufter ceo ad pris un travers, le que n'elt a
purpos : mes le quel il replede ou nemy ceo eft a veier ; car jeo fcay bien en Aflife (i le
tenant plede matter en barre qui n'eft pas lufficient, et le plaintif face bon title, il ne repledera
coment que rilfue foit pris fur le title : car touts dits s'il ad bon title, ceo luffill pur le plaintif,
et le non fufficiency de la barre ne fera eux repleder. Mes autrement eft de title fi le plaintif
luy face title que ne vault, et iftue eft pris; I'ur ceo les parties repledent : car covient a le
plaintif aver fufticicnt title a aver ion Ai^fe touts dits : et illint touts dits i\ le ; itle ne vault,
et iffue pris ilir ceo, ils repledent : mes autrement eft de barre. Mes le cas icy eft autre,
car le title icy efl fufficient, et le plaintif rejoinde iufHcient en meintenance de fon title;
et ouftre il ad pris iftue que neft a purpos. Or eft a voir le quel par le prifcl de I'iflue
il ad retufe fon title ou nemy; mes tout celle matter voile aver lifer et Ipace eftr'-
bien examine. Et pur ceo gardes votre jour le Vendredie prochein apres les OctabeE d>:
S. Hillaire icy en mefme la Place. JfOl'tCfCUC dit en ceft Aftlfe (pur ceo qu'il fuit m,wi
que le pie a le title fuit double, et ceo fera bon caufe que ils repledent;) et dit que quanc,
un home plede un double pie, on ne poit demurrer pur le non fuificiency ; car le pie eft
affes fufficient et plus : et pur ceo il y ad ij matters, et chefcun d'eux eft un mater, mes sT
demurre fur le doublenes &c. Car s'il voile refpondre a un, il reliera iur luy, pur cec
que il ne reiponde a Tauter; car a deux feveralx matters nul Eey veut mettre a refpondre
fans le plus efpecial matter ike: et la caufe eft, que on demurre (ur double pie: car s'il
voile refponde a un, et ilTue pris fur ceo, et ceft matter trie, ceo eft iuiTicient : car par
le prendre de rilTue fur un le doublenes eft waive, et ceo prove bien que le matter ift
fufficient, quand un poet t'aire fin de tout. Mes s'il voile refpondre a un, I'autre voijie
demurrer fur luy, pur ceo que il ne refpondra a I'autre, ceft la caufe que on demurre
fur double pie. Shiod nota. Et fie vide, que on n'eft tenu a refpondre a double pie caiija
(jiiajiipra (I'c.



De Tenniiw lUllarii, Anno xxxvij. Men. \'\. .

f. 14 b. Affife fuit porte devant '^^ic J. JTOVtCfClie et D.wers en I'Efchequcr Clumbre.

Wangi-oru plede en barre, que un brief de Dow^r fuit porte par un l'",ftranger qui eftat le
tenant ad, et pleda que autrefois en " le premier jour de iVIay I'an," cvc. un tiel porta de



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therefore It is altogether a jeofail : for if the ifTue be taken on the title, which is not any
ifTue hut only a jeofail, it fliall he in another adion ; wherefore it feems to me that they
fl:all re-plead. jTortCfCUC .* As to what he has faid, that the tenant has departed from liis
bar, and alleges fufficient matter in maintenance of his liar; and moreover has alleged that
he was feifed until difleifed by the plaintiff, which is a new matter : he has thus fortified
his matter in bar, and has added furtlier matter thereto; and fo it is not merely as a
departure trom his bar; and the plaintiff has maintained his bar. And furthermore, he haj
taken a traverfe which is not to the purpofe : but whether they fliall re-plead or not is to be
feen ; for I know well that if in any Affize the tenant plead matter in bar which is not
fufficient, and the plaintiff" make a good title, they do not re-plead, although the iffue
be taken on the title ; for always, if he has good title, this is fufficient for the plaintiff, and
the non-fufficiency of the bar fliall not make them re-plead. But it is otherwife of t tie, if
the plaintiff make to himfelf a title which is worthlefs, and iffue is taken ; thereon the parties I.-6.
re-plead ; for the plaintiff mult have fufficient title to have his Affize always ; and fo,
always, if the title is not good, and iffue is taken thereon, they re-plead : but it is otherwife
ot a bar. But the prefeiit cafe is otherwife ; for the title here is fufficient, and the plaintiff's
rejoinder is fufficient in maintenance of his title ; and moreover he has taken an iffue which
is not to the purpofe. Now we have to fee whether, by the taking of the iffue, he has
retufed his title or not ; but all this matter requires leifure and time for inquiry. And
therefore keep your day on l^Viday next after the oftaves of S. Hilary, here in the fame ,

place. In this Aflize JTOVtCfCllC ^^id (becaufe it was moved that the plea to the title
was double, and this fliall be a good caufe that they re-plead,) that when one nleads
a double plea one cannot demur for non-fufficiency ; for the plea is fufficient enough
and more ; becaufe there are two matters, and each of them one matter ; but if he
demur on duplicity &c. For if he will anfwer to one, he ffiall rely upon it, becaufe he does |
not aniwer to the other; for to two ieveral matters no law will put one to anfwer without ,
the molt fpecial matter &c. ; and the reafon is, that one ffiall demur on a double plea; for
if he will anfwer to one, and iffue is taken thereon, and this matter is tried, this is fufficient;
for by the taking of the iffue on one, the duplicity is waived; and this proves that the
matter is fiifficient, when one [ilTue] can make an end of all. But if he will anfwer to one,
the other will demur on it, becaufe he will not anfwer on the other; and this is the reafon
why one ffiall demur on a double plea. Note this. And fo fee that one is not bound to
anlvver to a double plea, for the reafon above, ^z.

Hilary 'Term, 37 Hen. VI.
An Affize was brought before %,\l 3|. JFOttCfCUC and Danvers in the Exchequer '"• 14 b.
Chamber. Wangford pleaded in bar that a writ of " Dower" was brought by a ll:ran"er
whofe elfate the tenant has, and he pleaded that heretofore, on the firlt day of May, in the



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brief de Dower ; ceo eft la forme de pleading en Inns de Chancery ; mes la forme n'eft bon,
que fuffift a dire que autrefois un porta brief de Dower, ct ne monftre nul jour. Kt s'i!
voille monftrer jour, donque autrefois fi un tiel porta brief de IJower, ceo brief porta d ite
tiel jour : car il poit faire le fuite puis le brief divers jours; uncore en le brief il n'eft forlque
un jour, et le jour appert per le brief, et pur ceo il nc bcfongne monftrer hors. Ciiiod noti .
J\irque il amende fon pleading, et dit que il fuit tiel brief en ])ower portant date tiel jour
vers ceux, et demanda par fon brief fon reafonable dower de toutes les terres et tenements
qui furent a fon baron en mefme la ville, ils adonq efteants tenants, le brief ' direfte a le
Viconte de M. retornable icy a Weftminfler devant Sir J. Prisot et les compagnons.
jTOUtCfCUC : Ceo n'eft bon : car le brief n'eft retornable devant Sir J. Prisot, eins devant .es
Juftices de la Common Place : et quand le Viconte retorne le brief la, lera devant Sir J.
I. 15. Prisot et fes compagnons; car coment que Sir J. Prisot foit Juftice a Ic temps de br.et
purchace, ne enfuift que il fera a le temps de returne ; car un autre pc it eftre adonquc.
Wangioru plede par le forme &c. &c. &c.

Brief de Error fuit fue vers deux Abbes par les adminiftrators d'un J. M. en I'Efcheker
Chambre devant le Chanceler, et devant les Barons, &c. accordant a le Statut fait \ \w le
roy E. 3. ji. ca. 12, que veut que les errours foient rcverfcs en I'Eicheker Chambre devant
le Chanceler et le Treaforer, appellant a eux les Juftices. Et le record fuit leu, que /ei t que
radminiilrators avoient fue un bille de Debte fur un taile en le Efcheker vers les Abies or
defeiidants colleftours d'un difme et quinzime, de ceo que tiel jour et an, les plaintifs
avoient un taille de xl. livres hors de I'Efchequer direfte a's dits Abbes collec'lors a dc'ivrer
a eux les dits xl. livres et a eux offrir fufficient acquitance, a tjuel temps il ont lufficient eu lour
mains, et ne voilleat delivrer ; et iftint adion accruft entre eux. iV quj les dit;. / bbes
vindrent et difent, que aClion ne 5ic. ; car ils diioient que long temps devant le jour que le
taille fuit livre a eux per les adminill:rators, le Maior d'eftaple luit brief dire(5le,a eux
contenant tiel matter ; que a le Parliament noftre Segnior le roy tenu ci a Weftminfter I'a 1 &c.,^
que come les Maiorset Conftablesde I'Ettaple avoient pris a noftre Seignior le roy x. m| marcs
a paier les foldats de Caleis, le roy granta per autorite de mefme le Parliament, que les dits
Maior et Conftables reauront les dits x. m. marcs de la dit dilme et quinfiluie, et que tout le
aiTignement fait ou a faire pur [puis ?] tiel jour, ne icra levie tancpie le dit Maior elf on foit
fatisfie de les dits x. m. marks, et que touts les f.iits ou allignements faits et directs a's collcL^ours
de la difme et quinififme foient voids, et nient levables tanque le dit Maior 1 3it fatisfie, s'il
ne fuit pur monnoie apprompt au roy ; et (|ue le Chanceler pur le temps elLi it eit fufficient
pouvoir a faire tants dcs briefs a's dits coUeiifours pur le Maior, et que font nccelTaires a eux



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year &c fuch an one brought a writ of " Dower." This is the form of pleading in the Inns
of Chancery ; but the form I.s not good ; for it fuffices to fay that " heretofore one brought
a writ of ' Dower,'" and without fpecifying any day. And if he wifhed to (liow the day, then
" heretofore iuch an one brought writ of ' Dower,' and this writ bore date on fuch a day ;"
for he can make fuit for divers days after the writ; and iVill in the writ there is only one
day, and the day appears by the writ, and therefore it is n(jt neceflary to point it out.
Which note. Wherefore he amended his pleading, and faid that there was fuch writ of
" Dower," bearing date on fuch a day againft them, and [that fhe] demanded by the writ her
rightful dower ot all the lands and tenements which were her hufl)and's in the fmie town,
they then being the tenants; and the writ was direfted to the flieriffof IVl., returnable here
to U'elliminfler before Sir J. Pkisot and his companions. J?Ol'tCfCUC .' Ihis is not good;
tor the writ is not returned before Sir j. Prisot, but before the Juftices of the Common
Place ; and when the flierifF returns the writ there it will be before Sir J. Priso ■ and his
companions; for although Sir J. Prisot was Jultice at the time of obtaining the writ, it
does not follow that he fhail be fo at the time of the return ; for another might then be
[Jullice]. Wangford pleaded by the form &c. &c.

A writ of" Error" was fued againll two Abbats by the adminillrators of owe J. M. in
the Exchequer Chamber before the Chancellor and the Barons cYc. according to the ftatute
made 31 Edw. III. cap. 12, which reqLiires that erroi's be reverfed in the Exchequei
Chamber before the Chancellor and the Treafurer, calling to them the Juftices. And the
record was read, letting forth that tlie adminiftrators had fued a bill of " Debt" on a tally out
of the Exchequer againll the Abbats, the now defendants, collectors of a tenth and fifteenth,
for that on fuch a day and year the plaintiffs had a tally of forty pounds out of the
Exchequer, directed to the faid Abbats, collectors iXC, to deliver to them the laid forty
pounds, and for them to give to the Abbats a fufiicient acquittance ; at which time they
had fufficient in their hands, but would not deliver ; and fo an aiflion arofe between them, i
To which the faid Abbats came and faid that an adion ought not, &c. For they laid that
long before the tally was delivered to them by the adminiftrators, the Mayor of the Staple '
fued a writ directed to them, containing fuch matter; that at the Parliament of our Lord
the King holden here at Weflminfter, in the year &c., whereas the Mayor and Conftables '
of the Staple had lent to our Lord the King 10,000 marks, to pay the foldiers of Calais, the
King granted by authority of the fame Parliament, that the faid Mayor and Conftables
fliould have again the faid 10,000 marks from out of the laid tenth and fifteenth, a id that
any alignments made or to be made after fuch day fliould not be levied until the faid Mayor
is, or fliould be fatisfied the faid 10,000 marks; and that all the deeds and allignmen s made
and direfted to the collecftors of the tenth and fifteenth, be void, and not leviable, until the
faid mayor be fatisfied ; unlefs it be for the money lent to the King : and that the
Chancellor for the time being fliould have full power to make fo many writs to the faid






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tanque &c. Et il comniaiida eux per niefiiie Ic biiet a pnicr a Ic tiit Maiur iv. c. livres de
la dit difme et quinzifnie, et qiie Ic Maior fcra a aux liifficeiit acquitance : et dit que li
dit Maior offVit a eux fufficieiit acquitance, et puis, devaiu le dit taille, le Due de York
porta un taille de c. livres, direfte a eux [pur] le Lpiel eux ofFrit acquitance, et que let-
pleintifs vindrent ove lour tallies, et difoient que oullre les i\'. c. livres' ils n'avoient rien
en lour mains. Et I'adniinillreurs demurrerent fur ceft nuitter ; et agarde fuit en I'Efchequer
per les Barons que ils feront barres. Et de ceo or ils poitent breve d'Error, et allignent
I'errour en ceo que ils agarderent que les pleintifs ieiruient barres, ou ils deveroient
agarder que ils recoveront ; car le pie en barrc eft double, et enfement le pie nc vault.
En primes il eft double matter par caufe de I'Aifl: de Parliament, que \\\x\ taille ou alTigne-
f- 15 b. ment fera admis, allowe, ou jirofere tanque le Maior 6>:c.; le quel eft lufficient mattere ; et
que le payment al' Due de York, et que ils n'avoient rien ouftre ceo; et .' ir, le pie n'eft
bon ; car I'Adt eft lit Jupra, " que nul homme lera fervi tanque le Maior ^>:i . foit fatisfie : "
donq puilTent bien les colleftors aver barre le Due de York des ces c. livres, et per caufe de
le dit Ad; ils ne voillent, mes paiaal' dit Due, le quel iera dit fans garrantie, et done fent les
c. livres en loin- mains ; et par confequens fuffift pin- xl. livres ; et enfement n'y ad nul / Hi
en le Parliament en tait forfque un rehercel, le quel ne poit etre bon ; car s'il foit m I t el
' Aft, donq eft le paienient lans garrantie; quod Yelverton. Le Chief Baron difoit i ue le
pie ne vault pur autre caufe bic, pur ceo que le Ac5l eft conditionel, " tanque le Maio- fuit
latisfie de x. M. marcs," et n'ont furmis en fait que les dits x. M. marcs furent uncore apaicr.
Sicome le roy grante un annuite pur terme d'autre vie a prendre de le cuftome de tiel lieu,
et le Roy grante un autre anninte a prendre de melme le cuftome ; or ft j'ay u.ie
' Deliberate" purque il portera im bille de Dette vers eux, ceo 11'eft pur eux adire que Jio
avois un " Deliberate " direifte a eux. Et coment ils n'avoient rien en lour mains; m s
ouftre ceo il covient a eux monftrer coment cefty a qui vie I'annuite fuit grante eft uncore en
pleine vie, ou autrement ils ne ont caule a paier a luy les dits iv. c. livres, purque ils devrbnt
lurmettre en fait que ils font a paier uncore, autrement ne vault. Purque [cv.c]
jTOl'tCfCllC * Qu^nt '-^ ceo le pie eft affy bon, et n'eft femblable a votre cas qui n'eft que
matter en fait, le quel covient eftre furmis en fait, ou autrement ne vault : mes icy s'ils n'ont
rien affaire (ou s'ils font paies ou nemy) mes alovver le " Deliberate." Sicome nous qui fun us
JufTiices ont a paier de noftre falaire, ceo fufScient garrantie pur luy coment que nous ne
fimius paies a devant : car lequel nous fumus paies adevant ou nemy, ceo n'eft a purpos a luy.
Et iftint fuit rOpinion de la Court. Et quant a ceo c|ue Yelverton dit, que il covient
furmettre en fait que il y ad tiel Afte, ceo ne fera force : car fufftll a luy que le brief,

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colledors for the mayor as Hiould be neceniiry for them, until tN:c. And he commanded
them by the fame writ to pay to the faid Mayor 400/. out of the (aid tenth and fifteentli, and
that the faid Mayor fhoiild give them a kifficient acquittance. And lie faid that the faid
Mayor offered them a fuflkient acquittance; and then, and Iiefore the faid tally, the Duke
of York brought a tally tor 100/. direfted to them, and offered them an acquittance; and
that the plaintiffs came with their tallies : and they laid that beyond the 500/. they had
nothing in hand ; and the adminiffrators demurred in that matter : and it was adjudged by
the Barons in the Exchequer that they fliould be barred. And thereupon they now bring a
writ ot " Error," and alfign error in that they adjudged that the plaintiff's ihould be barred,
when they ought to have adjudged that they ffiould have recovered ; for the plea in bar is
double, and alfo the plea is of no avail. And firft, it is a double matter, by reafon ot the



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