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which he is known for a fellow-baron, at the suit of the party let him be condemned to death. And if no suit be made, let him remain in prison.
38. Inquest of death. Item.-It is used, that if a man be slain, or by any manner of accident suddenly die within the limits of the franchise, that is to say, in the town or the port, commencing at the entry of the haven up to a certain boundary named Redhill near Appledore, within the two walls, no other coroner shall have cognizance to sit upon the death except the bailiff of the town, who shall come and survey the corpse, and shall bury it, and then he shall take an inquest of the neighbourhood, how, and in what manner, and by what arm, and by whom, he came by his death; and this shall be done under the seals of those who are on the inquest. And if any man be indicted of the death, let him be taken by the bailiff and put in prison, until the day of the hundred, and let his goods be seized. And, if suit be made against him, let him have his quest as is aforesaid. And, if he be guilty, let his lands, tenements, and all his goods be forfeited. And, if no suit be made against him who is indicted, let him remain in prison.
39. A new warden. Item. At what time our warden of the cinque ports, by death or by will of our lord the king, shall be removed, and that our lord the king by his letters-patent hath sent and ordained another warden, he is wont to send his letter to the bailiff, to be at a certain day at Shipway, forty days before the said day of Shipway, and then the bailiff shall cause the common horn of the town to be sounded, and assemble the commonalty, and read the said letter in full assembly, and choose six discreet men with him, to appear before the warden the same day, which men then before the said warden, together with the other barons of the cinque ports, have to hear the said warden read his commission of office. And one of the mayors, with the as ent of all the other barons of the ports, shall say to him—“Sir, it is accustomed that every warden at bis first coming shall swear by the allegiance which he owes to our lord the king, and by his knighthood that he will, according to his power, guard and maintain
porte par kai il est conus combaron, à la sute de partie soit ajuggé à la mort. Et si nule sute soit fait demurge il en prison.
38. Enqueste de mort. Item.-Use est
que si home soit occys, ou par ascun manère aventure sodeinement devye deyns les limites de la franchise, cest à savoir deins la vile ou le port, kest comensont al entre de la hevene tank à un certaine bounde nomé Readehel juste Apuldre, par entre les deux murs, que nul autre coroner ne deit aver conusance à soer sur la mort sinon le bailif de la vile, quil irra, surveiera le corps, et lenterrera, et depuis il prendra enqueste de la visenée coment et à quele manère et par quele
et par kai il vint à la mort, et ceo sera fait south les seals de ceux ques soient en la enqueste. Et si ascun soit endité de la mort, soit il pris par le bailif et nys en prison tank à la jour de hundred et ces biens arestus. Et si sute soit fait vers lui ait sa queance com devant est dit. Et sil soit nocif soiont ces teres tenements et tuts ces biens forfetes. Et si nul sute soit fait vers celui endité, demurge il en prison.
39. Novel gardeyn. Item.--A quele houre que notre gardein des Cynk Ports par mort ou par la volunté notre Seignur le Roi soit remué, et ke notre Seignur le Roi par ces letres patentes un autre gardein ath mandé et ordeiné, soleit il mander sa letre al bailif quil soit à un certain jour à Schipweie, par XL jours avant la dit jour de Schipweie, et donk le bailif fra soner le comune corn de la vile asembler la comune et la dite letre en plein assemble liser et choser vj prudes homes od lui, de apperer devant le gardein à mesme le jour, les queux iluk devant le dit gardein semblement od les autres barons de Cynk Ports ount à oier del dit gardein lire sa commission de son office. Et un des meirs, del assent de tuts les autre barons de port dirra à lui, “Sire, acustumé est que chescun gardein à sa primère venue jurra par la ligeance kil deit à notre Seignur le Roi et par sa chivalerie,
the franchise, usages, and customs of the cinque ports," and that same day shall nothing more be done. And when afterwards the said warden pleases to have an assembly of the cinque ports, to do that which pertains to his office, he shall send his letters of summons as is above said, that the bailiff and six barons of Romney come before him on such a day for reasons touching the court of Shipway. And in case that the said court be not summoned forty days before, as is above said, no mayor, bailiff, nor any other person shall go thither, nor shall they receive blame, nor be amerced.
40. Point of Shipway. Item.—It is used that no Shipway shall be holden unless the warden be there in his proper person sitting, and with him the mayors and bailiffs of the cinque ports, first to make inquest by twelve barons there sworn, if any man has spoken treason against our lord the king or his kingdom. Item,—If any man has counterfeited the seal of our said lord the king, and of false moneyers, and treasure found and concealed ; and whether any commonalty has given any false judgment; and whether any town of the ports, which was called upon by our lord the king for its service, has withheld it; and whether any bailiff has received any other custom than he ought of right, or has not made due executions as pertains to his office, or that he has in any manner resisted the franchise of the cinque ports.
And the inquest shall be made by two, three, or four men of Romney, and all the other towns assembled. And if any man of the cinque ports be found guilty by the said inquisition of treason spoken against the king or the kingdom, or counterfeiting the king's seal, or a false moneyer, immediately by the said warden and all the mayors of the cinque ports, let him be condemned to death. And if any be convicted of (concealing) treasure found, let him be condemned in all his goods and chattels, at the will and at the mercy of our lord the king ; but he shall not suffer death for this. And if any commonalty be convicted of giving false judgment, they shall be condemned to have the franchise of the town seized into the hands of the king, until they shall have a new grant from the king. And in case that one prosecute
la franchise, usages et custumes des Cynk Ports par soun pover gardera et maintenera ; et mesme le jour nient plus ne deit estre fait. Et quant après que le dit gardein assemblé des Cynk Ports plest aver à faire ceo ke ap [arti] ent à soun office, il mondera ces letres de sommons com est susdit, que le bailif et vj barons de R. vienent devant lui à tiel jour pur enchesons tuchons le court de Schipweie; et en cas que la dite court ne soit som [onsé] par XL jours devant com est susdit, ne soleient ascun maire bailif ne ascun autre iluk vener, ne blame receyvre nestre amercié. •
40. Point de Schipweie. Item.-Use [est] que nule Schipweie deit estre tenus sans le gardein ne soit iluk en
sa propre person seant, et od lui les mairs et bailifs de Cynk Ports, à de primes fait enquere de xij barons iluk jurés, si ascun ath purparlé treson vers notre Seignur le Roi ou sa reame. Item, si ascun ath contrefaite le seal notre dit Seignur le Roi, et de faus monaiour, et de tresor trové et conselé; et si ascun commune ath doné ascun faus juggement; et si ascun ville des ports que fust comendé de par notre Seignur le Roi davoir sa service, et le ath retreit; et si ascun bailif ath receu autre custume que de droit devereit, ou kil nath fait due execucions com à soun office apertient, ou ke le franchise de Cynk Ports en ascune manère ath contreluté. Et la enqueste sera faite par ij, iij or iiij de R. et tuts des autres villes semblés. Et si ascun des Cynk Ports soit trové coupable par la dite inquisicion de treson purparlé vers le roi ou la reame, ou contrefaite le seal de roi, ou faus monaiour, tost par le dit gardein et tuts les maires des Cynk Ports soit ajuggé à la mort. Et si ascun soit convikt de tresor trové, soit il ajuggé à tuts ces biens et chateux à la volonté et à la grace notre Seignur le Roi. Mes il ne suffra pur icele la mort. Et si ascune comune soit convikt en faus juggement doné, lour sera ajuggé que lour franchise de lour ville soit seisi en la main le Roi tank ils purount aver novel grace du Roi. Et en cas que ascune pursue vers ascune comune sur faus juggement doné, et la dite comune se puet aquiter, la persone que pursua vers la dite comune soit attaché et emprisoné notre gardein, tank il avera fait grée à la dite comune par taxacion de autres
any commonalty for false judgment given, and the said commonalty can clear itself, the person who prosecuted the said commonalty shall be attached and imprisoned by our warden until he shall have made satisfaction to the said commonalty, on the taxation of the other commonalties of the cinque ports. And in case that any commonalty be convicted that it has withdrawn its service from our lord the king when it was commanded thereto by our said lord, let them have the same judgment as they would have for giving false judgment, as is above said. And [in like manner) if any bailiff be convicted of custom improperly taken, or of not having made due execution, or that the franchise of the cinque ports has been injured by him.
41. The king's coronation. Item. It is used, that when it happens that any king of England is crowned, the barons of the cinque ports are wont, upon summons of the king's brief directed to them, to come to the same coronation to do their due service, and he shall receive their honours (homage) in the court forty days before. That is to say, on the day of the coronation shall the two flags of silk be holden and carried between the king and the queen by thirty-two barons of the cinque ports, and by no other, and the above said thirtytwo barons or more shall come in a suit of cloth furnished at their own cost, but their expenses during the time that they are at court shall fall upon their commonalties; and when they have done their office, the aforesaid barons of the cinque ports shall have both the cloth and the apparel, as they bore them between the king and the queen. Whereof the barons of Hastings and their members shall have the flag and all the apparel, and the barons of Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich, shall have, of right, the other flag with all the apparel. And the thirty-two barons, together with the other barons of the cinque ports who please to come thither, are wont to have the table at the right hand of the king in the hall, as of their ancient right, and in what place soever the barons of the cinque ports are permitted to eat with him. And in the same manner the barons of the cinque ports are wont to have at every episcopal consecration the right table in the hall.