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A TABLE OF THE CONTENTS
THIS ENSUING TREATISE.
WHAT the Use of the Law principally consisteth in
Surety to keep the peace
Action of the case, for slander, battery, &c.
Appeal of murder given to the next of kin
Manslaughter, and when a forfeiture of goods, and when
Felo de se, felony by mischance, deodand
Cutting out of tongues, and putting out of eyes, made felony. 374 The office of the constable
Two high constables for every hundred, and one petty constable for every village
The King's Bench first instituted, and in what matters they
Subdivision of the county courts into hundreds
The charge of the county taken from the earls, and committed yearly to such persons as it pleased the king
The sheriff is judge of all hundred courts not given away
The justices of assize have at this day five commissions by
The course the judges hold in their circuits in the execution
Of property of lands to be gained by entry
Property of lands by descent
Three rules of descent
Customs of certain places
Every heir having land is bound by the binding acts of his
In escheat two things are to be observed
Concerning the tenure of lands
The reservations in knight's service tenure are four
Knight's service in capite is a tenure de persona regis
The institution of socage in capite, and that it is now turned
into money rents
Ancient demesne, what
Office of alienation
How manors were at first created
Knight's service tenure reserved to common persons
Soccage tenure reserved by the lord.
Villenage or tenure by copy of court roll
Court baron, with the use of it
He that standeth mute forfeiteth no lands, except for treason
He that killeth himself forfeiteth but his chattels
Flying for felony a forfeiture of goods
Lands entailed escheat to the king for treason
person attainted may purchase, but it shall be to the king's
Property of lands by conveyance is first distributed into
What livery of seisin is, and how it is requisite to every estate
Of the new device, called a perpetuity, which is an entail with an addition
The inconveniences of these perpetuities
The last and greatest estate in land is fee simple
The difference between a remainder and a reversion
by letters of administration
Where the intestate had bona notabilia in divers diocesses, then the archbishop of that province where he died is to commit administration
An executor may refuse the executorship before the bishop,
But it is otherwise with administrators
Property by legacy
Legacies are to be paid before debts by shop books, bills unsealed, or contracts by word
An executor may pay whieh legacy he will first. Or if the executors do want, they may sell any legacy to pay debts
When a will is made, and no executor named, administration
is to be committed cum testamento annexo
THE USE OF THE LAW.
THE use of the law consisteth principally in these two things: the one, to secure men's persons from death and violence: the other, to dispose the property of their goods and lands.1
For safety of persons, the law provideth that any man standing in fear of another may take his oath before a justice of peace, that he standeth in fear of his life; and the justice shall compel the other to be bound with sureties to keep the peace.
If any man beat, wound, or maim another, [or give out false words that may touch his name,] the law giveth [an2 action of the case, for the slander of his name; and] an action of battery, and an appeal of maim, by which recompense shall be recovered to the value of the hurt and damage.
If any man kill another with malice, the law giveth an appeal to the wife of the dead, if he had any, or to the next of kin that is heir in default of a wife; by
1 The printed edition has "three things," the "third" being "for preservation of their good names from shame and infamy."
2 The parts in brackets are omitted in Sloane MS.; and the form of the sentence, in which the damages seem grammatically attributable only to the action of battery, &c., inclines me to think that these are additions.