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Ceux sont les usages de Romney de temps dount memorie ne court, ilukis usés.

1. In primes use est de an en an eslire XII. jurés pur

garder et governer la dite vile, solom les points de lour comission a eux fait.

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In quorum

Quod de omnibus receptis et expensis suis compoturn racionabilem nobis reddere teneantur, et nos eisdem racionabilem acquietanciam super hoc faciemus. omnium testimonium, presentes literas a die confectionis predicto per unum annum duraturas, sigillo comunitatis nostre predicto fecimus consignari. Datum in plenâ comunitate nostrâ die et anno supradictis.

Forma acquietancie super idem. Universis ad quos presentes litere pervenerint, Barones de R. salutem. Cum A. de B., etc., combarones nostri in plenâ comunitate per nos fuissent electi ad regendam comunitatem nostram, ita tamen quod de receptis et expensis tenerentur nobis ad compotum, et quod novum scottum non assiderent sine consensu comunitatis, prout in comissione eis per nos factâ plenius continetur, ac jam predicti barones nostri nobis fidelem compotum de omnibus receptis et expensis juxta formam comissionis facte reddiderint; nos eisdem justiciam facere volentes, ut tenemur, eos ab ulteriori compoto reddendo et ab omni onere racione conservacionis comunitatis predicte et administracionis bonorum dicte comunitatis ante diem confectionis presentium, absolvimus in perpetuum et ab omni calumpniâ, actione, et demandâ dictam comunitatem tangentibus pro nobis et heredibus nostris quietos clamamus per presentes. In cujus testimonium sigillum nostre comunitatis presentibus literis fecimus apponi, die etc., anno etc.

2. Si ascun ne voile feire le office de juré. Item.—Si ascun baron après la élection de la dite comune, ne

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will not be obedient to serve the said office of jurat, the bailiff, or all the commonalty, shall go to his house, and the said disobedient person, his wife and his children, and the rest of his family, they shall oust from the house, and shall close the windows, and his fgoods shall they seal up and sequestrate, and so they shall remain until he is willing to submit to do the said office of jurat.

3. Sequestration infringed. Item. It is used, if the sequestration of the commonalty be broke by him upon whom the sequestration is made, or by any of his people, that the trespasser be attached and put in prison, without any deliverance being made until he will submit himself, and give satisfaction to the commonalty for the infringement.

4. The jurats may distrain. Item. It is used that the jurats may, by virtue of their office, take distress and make sequestration, without bailiff, for debts due to the commonalty; and so may their sergeants, by commandment of the said jurats.

5. The jurats may make attachment. Item.-The said jurats may make attachment, without the bailiff, upon all those whom they find rebels touching the service of our lord the king, and in all other points that touch the maintenance and profit of the common freedom of the town; and the said rebels, according to the quantity of their trespass, they may punish.

6. Also they shall be sworn. Item.-It is used from year to year, that at what hour the said jurats are elected by the commonalty, they shall be sworn, each by himself, the freedom and the customs of the commonalty to maintain, and the great and the little according to their condition uniformly to guide, and the points of their commission to maintain; and so also shall the clerk and the sergeant be sworn.

7. Common clerk and sergeant. Item. It is used that at what hour the said jurats are sworn, they may take a clerk and a sergeant, as they may agree by bargain between the said jurats, clerk, and sergeant. And also the said jurats may take in each ward two sergeants at their pleasure, voile estre obeisaunt à fere la dite offis de juré, le bailif od tote la comune iront à sa meson et le dit desobeisant, sa femme et ces enfants et autre mayné osteront de sa meson, et fermeront ces fenestres et ces us deyvont ils aseler et sequestrer, et ci ils deyvont demurer tank il se voile justizer à fere la dite office de juré.

3. Sequestre fraint. Item.--Use est, si sequestre de la comune soit fraynt par cel sur ki la sequestre soit feit ou par ascun de siens, soit le trespasour ataché et mys en prison, sanz nule déliverance faire, tank il se voile justizer et gré fere a la comune pur la freynonce.

4. Les jurés pount destreindre. Item.— Use est ke les jurés pount par vertue de lour office prendre destresse et sequestre fere sanz bailif pur dettes dues a la comune, et ci pount lour serjants par comondement de les dits jurés.

5. Jurés pount fere attachement. Item.—Pount les dits jurés fere attachement sanz le bailif sur touts iceux quils trovont rebels, tochont le service notre Seigneur le Roy, et en touts autres poynts que tuchont la mayntenonce et le profit de la comune franchise de la vile, et les dits rebels solom la quantité du trespas puniser.

6. Auci seront ils jurés. Item.—Use est de an en aun, a quel houre que les dits jurés sount par la comune elluz, ils deyvont estre jurés, chascun par soi, la franchise et les usages de la comune mayntener, et les grants et les petits solom lour afferont unement amener, et les poynts de lour comission mayntener, et issynt deyvont le clerk et le serjant estre juré.

7. Comune clerk et seriant. Item.-- Use est qe a quele houre qe les dits jurés sont jurés, pount prendre un clerk et un seriant com

ils pount par entre les dits jurés clerk et seriant acorder par bargeyn. Et auxi pount les dits jurés prendre en chescun garde ij seriants que lour to levy their rates in their ward by their commandment, and to this shall they be sworn without taking any bargain of the said commonalty.

8. If any abuse a jurat. Item.—It is used that if any man abuse any of the jurats, or lay hands on him, by which the peace of our lord the king is troubled, the bailiff has power to attach him, and put him in prison, without deliverance being made until he shall have satisfied the commonalty by taxation of the other jurats; and also that he be not delivered until he hath made satisfaction therefor to the jurat against whom the trespass was done, as they shall agree between themselves, or by taxation of the other jurats, and in like manner towards the clerk and sergeant.

9. Fighting in presence of the jurats. Item.—It is used that if fighting or riot be made in the presence of the jurats, or of any jurat, the said jurats or jurat may attach the parties in maintenance of the peace of our lord the king, and send them to prison, and deliver them to the bailiff, together with the cause. And the said bailiff shall receive them and put them in ward, until one and the other party have found good security for the peace; and upon that shall they be liberated, and the sergeant of the bailiff shall have his fee of the one and the other, and such attachment may each jurat make in the absence of the bailiff. 10. A free man may

distrain. Item. It is used that every free man dwelling in the said franchise may, in the absence of the bailiff, distrain his foreign debtor by his goods found within the said franchise, and deliver it to the bailiff with his plaint; and the bailiff shall receive the distress, and shall give a day to the parties upon the plaint. And it is to be observed, that notwithstanding the said free man may take distress in the manner aforesaid, yet may he not deliver it without the bailiff.

11. The bailiff shall not break open a writ. Item. It is used that, at what time our lord the king and our warden sends his writs to the bailiff and barons, the bailiff shall plerount, à lever lour culets en lour garde par lour comondement et à ceo deyvont ils estre jurés, sans nule bargeyn prendre de la dite comune.

8. Si ascun maudie jurés. Item._Use est, que si ascun maudie ascun des jurés ou met mayn sur lui, par kai la pes nostre Seigneur le Roy soit trubblé, ait le bailif power de lui attacher et mettre en prison sanz déliverance faire, tank il avra fait gré a la comune par taxacion des autres jurés. Et auxi kil ne soit delivré tank il en ath fait gré al juré vers ki le trespas est fait com ils purount entre eux accorder, ou par taxacion de les autres jurés, et en mesme la manere vers clerk ou serjant.

9. Contak en presence jurés. Item.—Use est que si contak ou riote soit faict en présence des jurés ou de ascun juré, les dits jurés ou juré pount atacher les parties en mayntenonce de la pees nostre Seigneur le Roy, et les amener à prison et les délivrer à bailif ensemblement od la cause, et le dit bailif les receyvra et mettra en garde tank lun et lautre partie ount trové bone sécurité de la pees, et sur ceo soient ils delivrés et le serjant du bailif aura son fee de lun et lautre, et tiel atachement puet chescun juré faire en absence du bailif.

10. Frank home puet destreyndre. Item._ Use est que chescun frank home receant deyns la dite franchise puet destreyndre en absence de le bailif son foreyn detour par son chatel trové deyns la dite franchise et le déliverer à bailif ove sa pleynte et le bailif receyvra la destresse et dorra jour à les parties sur la pleynte. Et fait à saver que nekedent que le dit frank puet prendre destresse en la manère susdit, il ne la puet déliverer sanz bailif.

11. Le bailif ne brusera mandement. Item.—Use est que à quele houre nostre Seigneur le Roy et nostre gardeyn mande ces mandements as bailif et barons, le

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