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PREFACE.

ſeveral in the Appendix to this Edition, not taken Notice of by his Lordſhip, or to the Editor's Knowlege, by any other Perſon whatever; of which ſme contain Matter of great Uſe, as well as Curioiſity.

It now remains to ſay ſomething with regard to the Tranſlation. It has been obſerved by Mr. Serjeant Hawkins, that the old Tranſlation hath obtained a kind of preſcriptive Authority : And, he adds, that it is eaſy for the Reader to correct the Miſtakes in it, by the Help of the Original. But, with Deference to the Serjeant's Sentiment in this Reſpect, it muſt be obſerved, that the Tranſlation is intended for the Benefit of thoſe who are not qualified to reſort to the Original ; therefore the Editor hath ventured to correct ſuch Miſtakes as were moſt obvious in the old Tranſlation, and hath endeavoured throughout to make it more conformable to the Original. In the early Statutes, the Errors of the Verſion are exceedingly nu- merous, more particularly in the Statute de Officio Coronatoris . In many others likewiſe, the Reader will perceive frequent, and very material Miſtakes. Nevertheleſs, as it might ju{ls}}tly be deemed Preſumption to alter the old Tranſlation, which, by long Uſe, hath acquired a kind of preſcriptive Authority, it hath been Judged proper to leave the Text, as it ſtands in former Editions, and to inſert the propoſed Amendment in the Margin, whereby the learned Reader will be able to determine for himſelf, and may either adopt or reject the Marginal Alteration., as his better Judgment ſhall direct him.

The Editor hath obſerved the ſame Method throughout ; having every where left the Text, as it is printed in the laſt Edition, and inſerted in the Margin ſuch Alterations and Additions as he hath thought proper to make, which are diſtinguiſhied by an Italick Type. He rather choſe to adopt this Plan, that the Errors and Inaccuracies, which may have eſcaped from his Pen, may be more open to Detection. The Reader, therefore, is apprized, that, for every Word printed in Italicks, the preſent Editor ſtands accountable.

Middle-Temple. 1762.

OWEN RUFFHEAD.

concerning Juſtices of the Peace. {N. B. There being no ſuch Number, this is probably intended for 2 R. 2. nu. &2. for allowing Fees to Juſtices of the Peace ; which Conjecture is the more probable, ſince his Lordſhip adds that the Act he mentions was a profitable Law for the juſtices.) 8 R. 2. nu. 31. of the Juriſdiction of Constable and Marſhall. (N. B. This hath been ſince printed.) — 20 R. 2. nu. 29. for legitimating- the Children of John Duke of Lancaſter. — 5 H. 4. nu. 24. for Muſtering of Men. (N. B. This hath been ſ ince printed.) — 8 H. 4. nu. 36. exempting Clergy from muſtering Men. — 11 H. 4. nu. 28. againſt Bribery and Brocage in great Officers, Judges, &c. — 11 H. 4. nu. 63. concerning Attornies. — 6 H. 6. nu. 27. that no Man ſhall marry any Queen of England, without the King's Licence. (N. B. The Biſhops gave a conditional Aſſent to this Bill, i. e. so far as the fame did not ſwerve from the Law of God, and ſo as the ſame imported no deadly Sin) — 9 H, 6. nu. 24. concerning Fees of King's Council and other head Officers, & c.

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