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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 justly 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 since 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 same 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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