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liverance faire, ne resonable retourner as dits jurés par sa letre, soit une wythirnaine ajugé pris sur lui et sur totes ces tenonts, et retenu tankil voile fere delivrance de la dite destresse et gré de le trespas, solom le poynt de la chartre notre seignur le Roy à nous granté"Et prohibemus ne quis eos injuste disturbet neque mercatum eorum super forisfacturam nostrarum decem librarum.”

27. Withirname. Item.—Use est que nule Withirname ne soit pris en nule manere caas, avant ceo kil seit ajugé solom sa nature que ele demostre ou pursuy.

28. Claym de part. Item.—Use est que chescun frank home puet claymer part de chescun manere marchandise, sil soit sur la kai, sil ne soit que principal marchont sache dire pur kai il ne deit part receyvre. Fet à saver de les enchesons, un est si il nest pas frank home de la franchise, ou convykt en perjurie, ou kil fut fuant la vile par cause de la servise notre Seignur le Roi, ou kil ait fait encountre la franchise des Cynk Ports, par kai ele est blemysé. [“ Com apiert par lour chartre - Concessimus quod de legalibus rebus et mercandisis que ipsos in forinsecâ terrâ vel Hiberniâ debito modo emere contigerit, nullus de rebus et mercandisis illis sit illorum particeps, nisi cum illis qui voluerit eorum baronum inde participet quoquo modo.”] Et en cas que estrange home achate merchandise en absence de frank receans, nekedent ils averont la moité par le pris sils

le pris sils se voilount clamer. 29. Merchandis. Item._ Use est que nul oste des Flemyngs, ou de autre alien, ne horsmene son oste alien de ville pur merchandises à achater, tant com il i a tiel marchandise en ville à vendre. [Et fait à saver que nul Flemyng ne autre alien ne vendra ne achatera sinon en presence de son oste et quil a primes kongé de le bailiff.]?

1 The words in brackets are interpolated by a more recent hand.

the money

30. Form of fine. Item.— It is used, that when a man and his wife, or any other, are to sell land or tenements within the franchise, or any other right, as by way of fine, for which it is necessary to have the common seal for record, the bailiffin presence of some barons shall privately examine the party defendant in full court, in manner as they do at common law. And he who shall

pay rendered for the said lands and tenements, shall pay to the commonalty for the fine twelvepence; and the clerk, according to his trouble for the indentures, of which the one indenture shall remain in the common hutch (chest) for the maintenance of the said record, and the other indenture shall remain with the suitor, sealed with the common seal.

31. The horn shall be sounded for a court. Item.-It is used, that at what hour the bailiff shall hold the court of the town, he shall cause to be sounded the common horn twice at least in two places of the town, in the market and at the cross, to warn parties, plaintiffs and defendants, and the good men and people of the town, who have business in the said court, or who shall please to come into the said court.

32. Term of summons. Item. It is used, that no man resident in the town, be he free or not free, shall come before the commonalty to answer any plaintiff in any manner of plea, if he have not warning three days before the court day; and that by summons, except in pleas of trespass and account, in which a man shall come by attachment and every stranger, in all other places, shall come by distress.

33. Alienation of goods pending a plea. Item.—It is used, that no manner of man aliene his lands, tenements, or chattels, within the franchise, pending any plea against him, unless he find security to the bailiff.

34. [A person apprehended on suspicion.] [Also it is used, that if any be taken with goods by way of suspicion, the bailiff, in the presence of good folks, shall him arraign how he came by these goods; and if he will for to abide,

30. Fourme de fyn. Item.—Use est la que un home et sa feme ou tiel autre sount à vendre tere ou tenements deyns la franchise, ou tiel autre droit, com par veie de fyn, par kai il bosoigne daver le comune seal pur record, le bailif en presence dascuns barons privement examinera la partie defendant en pleyn court, à la manere come il fount à la comune loi. Et celui que paiera le deners pur les dits teres et tenements rendus, paiera à la comune pur le fyn xijd. et le clerk soun travail pur les endentures dount la une endenture remayndra en la comune Hwche, pur le dit record mayntener, et lautre endenture demura od le suter aselé od le comune seal.

en deux

31. Le corn sera soné à court. Item.—Use est que à quele houre le bailif tendra le court de la vile, il fera soner le comune corn deux foits à meyns, lues de la vile, en la marché et à la crois, pur garner les parties plentifs et defendants et les bones gents et puple de la vile, quount à fere en la dite court, ou que plerrount en la dite court venir.

32. Terme de sommonse. Item.- Use est que chescun home receant en la vile, seit il frank ou nient frank ne vendra en comune à respondre à nul pleyntif en nul manere plé, sil neit garnisement par iij jours devant le jour de la court, et ceo par summonse, forke en plées de trespas et dacounte, en ques home vendra par attachement; et chescun estrange en tuts autres plés vendra par destresse.

33. Alienacion de biens plé pendont. Item.-Use est, que nul manere home ne aliene ces teres, tenements ou chateux deyns la franchise pendount ascun plée devers lui, sil ne trove securité à bailif.

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be his warrant that he take them to whom he them brought to abide. The bailiff shall give him a certain]" day to seek his proof, and, before his going before the good men, he shall put his seal upon the goods arrested, and they shall remain in the custody of the bailiff. And if the said suspicious person come at the said day, or within the said day, with his proof, and prove that the goods are lawfully his by the same person whom he made his voucher, and by other good men, let the said goods be released. And in case the suspicious person come not at the said day, let the goods be forfeited.

35. If an appellant withdraws his appeal. Item.-If any appellant withdraw his appeal that he has made before the bailiff against any man, and says that he was illadvised in his appeal, let him be attached by his body, and put in prison at the pleasure of the king, and his goods and chattels arrested, until he shall have made satisfaction and return to the party, and the same person who has been appealed against shall be released.

36. Proof of goods. Item.-If the goods of any good and lawful man be among the goods of a felon, which by chance are bailed to him, if the possessor of these goods can prove his right by good and lawful men, and the felon contradict not his claim, but testifies that they are his goods, let them upon his proof be delivered to him, inasmuch as a baron cannot forfeit other men's goods.

37. Of a purse-cutter. Item.-If any be found cutting a purse within the franchise, at the suit of the party let him be put in the pillory, and afterwards, at the said suit, let one ear of his head be cut off, and let him be led to one end of the town, and he shall abjure the town without any return. And if he be found another time in the said manner, let him have judgment as before, and lose his

And if he be found the third time in the manner, and it found that he has lost his ears, or bears any other sign by

1 The title and the portion within brackets are borrowed from the copy of the Romney Custumal, in Lyon's History of Dover Castle. This copy contains sixty-four articles, of which this is the tenth.

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jour de quere soun garant, et devant son aler devant bons gents mettra son seal sur les biens arestés, et ils demuront en la garde du bailif. Et si le dit suspecionous al dit jour vienge ou par entre le dit jour, od son garant, et prove ces biens lealment estre les siens, par mesme la persone kil fist soun voucher, et par autres bons gents, soiont les dits biens deliverés. Et en caas que celui suspecionous ne vienge al dit jour soiont les biens forfetés.

35. Si apelour recrée soun apel. Item.-Si ascun apelour recrée soun apel kil en ath fait devant bailif vers ascun, et dit kil estoit malement conus en soun apel, soit attaché par soun corps, et mys en prison à la volunté le Roi, et ces biens et chateux arestus tankil avra fait gré et asseth à la partie, et mesme la persone par lui apelé soit delivere.

36. Prove de biens. Item.- Si biens dascun bon et leal soiont entre le biens dun felon queux par aventure à lui sount bailés, si le possessour ces biens puet prover par bons et leals, et que le feloun ne contredie sa chalenge mes le tesmoigne kils soiont ces biens, soiont eux sur sa prove à lui deliverés, pur ceo ke baron ne puet forfere autres biens.

37. De trenchour de bourses. Item.—Si ascun soit trové trenchont une bourse deyns la franchise, à la sute de partie soit mys sur le pilori, et depuis à sa dite sute soit sa une oraile de son chief trenché, et amené à lun fyn de la vile, et abjurera la ville sans ascun revenir. Et sil soit autrefoits trové en la dite manère ait le juggement com devant et perde sa autre oraile. Et sil soit la tierce foits trové en la manère, et trové soit kil ath perdu ces orailes ou autre signe

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