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Some of the cases reported in these volumes are apparently not reported elsewhere. The first case of the series is 'Jones o. Harris,' in which the plaintiff as serjeant-at-arms for the marches of Wales prefers his bill against Sir Thomas Harris for his fees. The last is an anonymous case against an executor to recover a debt.
Gg. II. 21. A folio, on parchment, 200 pages, double columns, of about 40 lines each, handwriting of the xith or with century.
1. Nomina episcoporum CENOM ANNICE URBIS [Mons] ; Nomina pontificum PitauensIUM (Poitiers]; Nomina episcoporum Nanneticensium [Nantes]; Nomina archiepiscoporum CANTUARIE; Nomina episcoporum Amsianensium (Amiens) ; Nomina episcoporum Belu ACENSIUM [BEAUVAIS); Nomina archiepiscoporum SenonensIUM [Sens]; Nomina episcoporum PARISIENsium; Nomina episcoporum Aurelianensium (Orleans) ; Nomina episcoporum Siluanettensium [Senlis]."
These lists occupy 3 pages, and appear to have been drawn up in 1162.
2. HISTORIA ANGLORUM nouiter edita ab HENRICO Hunt-
Cym in omni fere litterarum studio dulce laboris lenimen...
Unde comparet quante rex Stephanus audacie et animi pericula non reformidantis fuerit.
Printed, with numerous variations, in Savile's Scriptores post Bedam, Francof. 1601 ; according to which edition the present MS. breaks off at P. 394.
3. “Libellus Bede presbyteri de TemPORIBUS minor :' in 22 chapters. Begins (p. 183):
Tempora momentis, horis, diebus, mensibus, annis, seculis, et etatibus diuiduntur... Printed in Bede's Works, ed. Giles, vi. 123 sq.
4. • Libellus Bede de NATURA Mundi,' or 'de NATURA RERUM;' in 51 chapters. Begins (p. 190):
Operatio diuina que cuncta creauit et gubernat... According to the colophon (p. 199), this tract is said to be chiefly taken 'de libro plinii secundi Naturalis Hystorie.'
Printed, as above, vi. 99 sq.
Bound up with these treatises is a leaf of some older MS. (? written in the with century). One of the chapters is entitled 'Item Versiculus de transitu Sancti Martini episcopi.'
Gg. II. 22. A folio, on parchment, containing 140 leaves, in fine preservation and beautifully written in Latin (with coloured letters and illuminated initials), in a hand of the xivth century.
EXTRACTS FROM THE DECRETALS OF GREGORY. This is a manuscript of great beauty, and contains a gloss occupying 5 folios from fol. 59–64.
At folio 9 a piece of silk has been sewn into the parchment to preserve the illuminated initial.
Gg. 11. 23.
The volume consists of REPORTS OF Cases in all the three courts from Mich. 2 to Mich. 11th James 1st, some of which are not to be found among the published cases. Many of them have the pleadings set out very carefully.
The first case is that of Weldinge v. Coppinge in the King's Bench, the last is Chamberlaine's case in the Exchequer,
Gg. II. 24. A folio, on vellum, containing ff. 116, in double columns, with 28 lines in each column. It has illuminated initials and occasional borders. Date, the xvth century. There are catchwords after every 8th leaf.
PSALTERIUM CUM Canticis, Vigiliæ MORTUORUM, &c.
The Kalendar occupies ff. 2—7, the next leaf containing the beginning of the Psalter is lost, and f. 9 begins in the middle of Ps. iv. 1....justitie mee: in tribulacione dilatasti michi. A leaf is also lost between ff. 41 and 42, and 67 and 68 : the Psalms end f. 86, and the Canticles follow with the Litany, which ends f. 98,-after a blank leaf the Vigiliæ Mortuorum begin f. 100, and in f. 110 b the fifteen Oos, and the MS. ends f. 115u with S. Bernard's Oratio devota de nomine Ihesu.
In the beginning is written ‘This boke perteignyth unto Thomas More sonne of Roger More Esquyer gyvyn by his Grauntffader John Husee in November 1547.' And on other blank leaves occur the names of John Ffish, George Hussey 1643, Mary Ffarmor 1574, and Nathaniel Ffauster.
Several of the leaves have been mutilated for the sake of the initial
Gg. II. 25. A folio, on paper, of 466 pages. There are no pages numbered 188, 417, 418; numbers 21-24 occur twice ; 447 to the end are not paged and contain an index to the volume, of which the title is
• EXTRACTED OUT of GenerALL HISTORIES both Divine and Hystoricall. Ano. Dmni 1663, by John Jackson.'
Most of the information here collected together was extracted from the works of well-known authors, named by the collector, and the whole seems to be an historical common-place book relating chiefly to England. The latest entry seems to have been made in the year 1694.
Gg. II. 26. A folio, on paper, consisting of 81 numbered pages, in good preservation and well written in English in a hand of about the middle of the xviith century.
'CAUSES IN CHANCERIE GATHERED BY SIR GEORGE Davys ONE OF THE MASTERS OF THE CHANCERIE Anno 1601 out of THE LABOURS OF MR WILLIAM LAMBERT.'
The treatise does not seem to be in print.
Gg. II. 27. A folio, on paper, containing 86 pages, nearly the whole of which is blank; what little manuscript there is, is in English, in a small neat legible hand of the commencement of the xvuth century.
A Law COMMONPLACE Book.
Gg. II. 28.
The contents are
The Earle of LEICESTER His COMMON WEALTH.' Written and published by Parsons the Jesuit in 1641.
2. “A short veiw of K. Henry THE THIRD his raigne, written by Sir Robt. Cotton 1624.' Printed in 1627.
3. 'BoswORTH FEILD: by J. B.' A poem by Sir John Beaumont, Bart., published 1629.
4. “A Speach or argument made in the Commons house of parliament at a generall Committye of the whole house CONCERNINGE THE NEW IMPOSITIONS UPPON MARCHAndize lately imposed wthout assent of p'iam', and the right and lawfullness thereof. Ano 8 J. R.'
Gg. II. 29.
A LAW COMMONPLACE BOOK AND BOOK OF PRECEDENTS.
Gg. II. 30. A paper-book, in folio, containing 126 numbered pages, in good preservation, and written in Law-French in rather an obscure running-hand of the period embraced in the work.
· REPORTS COMENCEANT PASCH. 19 JAC. ET 3 Car.'
Nearly all these cases are in print, the greater part of the volume consisting of a transcript of Benloe's Reports. Edition, 1661. On the fly-leaf at the commencement appears as follows:
“The Book of Robert Nicholas,' together with a note 'Mem” to examine this book by the Little Book anned to it.'
The Robert Nicholas above mentioned may have been the person recorded by Whitelock (p. 405) as a Commissioner of the Great Seal, Anno 1649.
Gg. 11. 31.
A Collection of Rules, ORDERS, AND FORMS OF PROCEEDING
There is nothing more usuall than the name of Equitie and scarce
"A Probleme whence it comes to passe that the Court of Chancerie of late is soe frequented above other the common law courts at Westminster.'
Gg. II. 32. A large quarto, on vellum, containing 113 leaves, the pages mostly in double columns, of about 45 lines each, beautifully written in a black-letter hand of the xu th century. The first leaf contains two curious illuminated pictures, and the larger capitals are variously coloured and ornamented throughout. The titles of the books and sections are in rubric, and there are a great variety of notes in several later and sometimes very minute hands: a hand of the xviith century has made references to the Grammatici Latini of Putsch, and added titles in some cases.
1. A grammatical extract of 22 lines without title or author's name. fol. 1. Begins:
Sciendum est quod versus totus constans sive spondeis sive dactylis unius dicitur esse figuræ.
Taken (with considerable alterations) from Diomed. Lib. III. p. 495. Ed. Putsch.