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or town corporate where the said offence or offences was so committed, made or done, there to remain without bail or mainprise, by the space of three months then next ensuing, and further to the next quarter-seflions to be holden within the said shire, city, borough, liberty or town corporate, next after the end of the said three months; (?.) at which said quarter-sessions, the said person or persons so committed to the gaol as is aforesaid, upon his or their reconciliation and repentance in that behalf before the said justices of peace at the said sessions, shall be delivered and discharged out of prison and gaol, upon sufficient surety of his good abearing and behaviour, to be then and there taken by the said justices for one whole year then next ensuing, as by the discretion or discretions of the said justices then and there being, or of the more part of them, shall be thought meet and convenient: (3) and if the said person or persons so in Godbolt24.fi. gaol as is aforesaid, will not be reconciled and repent at the said pi. 343. quarter-sessions, that then the said person or persons immediately in time convenient shall be further awarded and committed to the said gaol by the said justices, or by the more part of them, there to remain without bail or mainprife, until he or they so committed and awarded to gaol as is aforesaid, shall be reconciled, and be penitent for his or their said offence or offences.
VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, The penalty That if any person or persons at any time or times after the for rescuing said xx. day of December, of their own authority and power, an offender, or willingly and unlawfully do rescue any offender or offenders so dlstu^blllS tne apprehended, taken or arrested as is aforesaid, or will disturb,
hinder or let the said offender or offenders so offending as is aforesaid, to be apprehended, taken or arrested, that then every one of the said rescuers or disturbers shall suffer like imprisonment as is aforesaid, and further shall pay, forfeit and lose for a fine, for every of his or their said offences, five pounds to the Queen's majesty, her hei,rs and successors.
VIII. And be it further enacted bythe authority aforesaid, T,
That if any of the offenders aforesaid be not taken, apprehended an ofJendwbe or arrested immediately in time convenient, as is aforesaid, but not taken, but do escape or go away, that then the said escape shall be law- d°th escape, fully presented before the justices of peace, in the said shire, city, borough, liberty or town corporate, at the next quartersessions to be holden where the said escape was made and suffered, and that then the inhabitants of the parish where the said escape was so suffered, shall forfeit and lose to the Queen's majesty, her heirs and successors, for every such escape five pounds, to be levied and taken as other like amerciaments and fines before this time hath been levied and taken upon any village, hun- 13 Ed. 1. star, dred or town, for the escape of any murderer or other felon, for *■ c. 1. not making pursuit upon hue and cry, accordingto the estatute of 3 H- 7- c. 1. Winchester, and the estatute made and provided in the third year of the worthy King Henry the Seventh.
IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That What magiall and singular justices of peace, justices of assife, justices ofstrates<hall
have authority Oyer and Determiner, and all and singular mayors, bailiffs and to enquire °j justices of peace within any city, borough or town corporate in offender's.' 1 anv Parts within this realm, within the limits of their commission or commissions, (hall have full power and authority by virtue of this act, after the said xx. day of December, to enquire of all and singular the offences and misdemeanours aforesaid, and to hear and determine the same, and to set the fines and amerciaments of the said offender or offenders as is aforesaid. Theiurisdk- ^' Provided always, and be it further enacted by the authority tionofthe law aforesaid, That this act, or anything therein contained shall ecclesiastical not in any wise extend to abrogate and take away the authority, saved. jurisdiction, "power and punishments of the ecclesiastical laws,
now standing and remaining in their force, of or for the punishment of any the offences and misdemeanours aforesaid, but that the authority, power, jurisdictions and punishments of the said ecclesiastical laws of and for any the offences and misdemeanours aforesaid mall stand in full power and strength, and to be used, and exercised in all and in every thing, as though this act had never been had and made; this present act, or any thing therein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. There shall be "^* Provided alwayj, and be it enacted, That whatsoever perbutonepu- son offending in the premisses, shall for any of the offences nifhment for afore recited receive punishment of the ordinary, having a testioue offence. monial thereof under the said ordinary's seal, shall not for the same offence eftsoons be convicted before the justice: (2) and in like wife receiving for the said offences punishment by the justice, he shall not for the same offence eftsoons receive punishment of the ordinary j any thing in this act to the contrary notwithstanding.
An aft touching certain writings made from the sixth 0/July last past, to the first day of August next ensuing.
"HERE it hath phased Almighty God the sixth day os July last past to call out of this transitory life unto his mercy our late sovereign lord King Edward the sixth, by ana immediately aster whose decease the imperial crown of this realm, with all dignities, dominions, hmours, pre-eminences, prerogatives^stiles, authorities and jurisdictions, to the fame united, annexed or belonging, did not only descend, remain and come unto our most dread sovereign lady the Queen's majesty, but also the fame was then immediately and lawfully invested, deemed and adjudged in her Highness most royal person, by the due course es inheritance, and by the laws and statutes of this realm:
II. Nevertheless the fame her Highness most lawful possession was for a time disturbed and disquieted by the traiterous rebellion and usurpation of the lady Jane Dudley, wife unto Guilford Dudley, Esq; otherwise called the lady Jane Grey, and other her complices, during the time ofthe which said rebellion and usurpation, divers estatutes, recognisances, indentures, obligations, acquittances, grants, patents, evidences] and other writings, were made and devised between and to sun
dry of the subjects of this realm, whereupon divers questions, suits and
Obligations, writings, &c. made from the sixth of July last, and before the
by the lady Jane Dudley. No patents, grants, writings, &c. made by the
An act for the limitation of prescription in certain cafes.
WHERE at a parliament holden at Westminster the twenty- Certain writs fourth day of July in the thirty second year of the reign of the and acts late King of famous memory, King Henry the Eighth, it was enacted, "hereunto the That no manner of person or persons should from thenceforth sue, have mitation made er maintain any writ of right, or make any prescription, title or claim 32 H. 8. c. 1. of, to or for any manors, lands, tenements, rents, annuities, commons, shall not expenfions, portions corrodies or other hereditaments of the possession often*his or their ancesor or predecessor, and declare and alledge any further seisin or postejjion of his or their ancestor or predecessor but only os the seism or possession of his ancestor or predecessor which hath been, or then was or JJyall be, seised of the said manors, lands, tenements, rents, annuities, commons, pen/ions, portions, corrodies or other hereditaments within threescore years next before the teste of the fame writ, or next before the said prescription, title or claim, sued, commenced, brought, made or had after the making os tie fame act:
II. And where also it was further enacted by the authority afore- A rehearsal of said, amongst other things, that no person or persons Jhould after that part of the make any avowry or cognisance for any rent, suit or service, or alledge ' at" °' i% H* anyseistn of any rent,suit or service, in the fame avowry or cognisance, touching limiin the possession of his or their ancestors or predecessor or predecessors, tation of preor in his own poffejfion, or in the post'cfjion of any other whose estate he icription, Jhould after that pretend or claim to have, above fifty years next before the making of the said avowry or cognisance.
IIL And where by the fame ail it was also further enacted amongJl other things, That if any person or persons at any time after that, did sue any of the said actions or writs for any manors, lands, tenements or other hereditaments, or make any avowry, cognisance, prescription, title or claim of or for any rent, suit, service or other hereditaments, and could not prove that he or they, or his or their ancestors or predecessors were in actual postejjion aud seism of and in the fame manors, lands, tenements, rents, fuitsi services, annuities, commons, pensions, portions, corrodies or other hereditaments, at any time or times within the years before limited and appointed in the fame act, in manner and form as is aforesaid; (2) that if the fame seism were traversed or denied by the parly plaintiff, demandant or avowant, or by the party tenant or defendant, that then and after such trial therein had, all and every such person and persons and their heirs, Jhould from thenceforth be utterly barred for ever of all and every the said writs, actions, ovowries, cognisance, prescription, title and claim after that to be sued, had or made of and for the fame manors, lands, tenements, hereditaVietits pr other (hepremisses, or any part of the fame, for the which
the same aclion, writ, avowry, cognisance, prescription, title or claim, should at any time be had, sued or made: Certaindoubts ^' Upon which said act doubt and ambiguity hath risen and been moved upon moved, whether a writ os right os advowson, a Quare Impedit, the said statute Jure Patronatus, or assise os Darein presentment, may be tnainoi 3* H. B.c.i. tained by any person or persons, bodies politick or corporate, whereas the fame person or persons, bodies politick or corporate, their ancestor or predecessor, or he or they by whom he or they do claim, cannot lay the Esplees, seisin or presentment, in him or themselves, or the ancestor or predecessor os them or any os them, or in him or them by whom he or they do claim, within threescore years next before the teste of the fame writ of right of advowson Quare Impedit or assise of Darein presentment, and Jure patronatus; (2) and also whether any person or persons, bodies politick or corporate, having a seigniory by reason os any casks, honours, manors, lands, tenements or hereditaments of him or them holden by knights service, may maintain a writ of right of ward, or a writ of ravi/hment of ward, for any casks, honours, manors, lands, tenements or hereditaments holden by knights service, or for the body of any ward that he or they claim by reason of any such tenure by knights service, whereas he or they have not been seised of the same services within threescore years next before the teste of any Certain writs such writs: (3) for the explanation and plain declaration whereof, and acts and in avoiding of the said ambiguities and doubts, be it enacted
thereunto the and declared by.the Queen's highness, with the assent of the lords shall not ex- spiritual, and temporal and the commons in this present parliatend. ment assembled, and by the authority of the same, That the said
former act made the said xxxii. year of the reign of the said late King Henry, or any article, clause, sentence or matter therein contained, (hall not extend to any writ of right of advowson, &)upre Impedit or assise of Darein Presentment, nor 'Jure Patronatus; (4) nor to any writ of right of ward, writ of ravishment of ward, for the wardship of the body or for the wardship of any castles, honours, manors, lands, tenements or hereditaments holden by knights service, nor to the seisor of the wardship of the body of any ward or wards, or to the seisor or wardship of any castles, honours, manors, lands, tenements or hereditaments holden by.knights service; (5) But that all and every person and persons, bodies politick and corporate, their heirs and successors, and the heirs and successors of every them, (hall and may have, maintain and pursue all and singular the said writs of right of advowson, Square Impedit, assise of Darein Presentment, Jure patronatus, writs of right of ward, ravishment of ward, and also seise the wardship both of the body and of the castles, honours, manors, lands, tenements and hereditaments, holden by knights service, in like manner and form, to all intents, constructions and purposes, as they, or any of them should or might have done, made or pursued, before the making of the said act made in the said xxxij. year, as though the fame act had never been had or made; any thing in the said former act to the contrary notwithstanding. 21 sac. \. c. 16.
An ail that the counterfeiting os strange coins being current within this realm, the Queen's highness sign manual, signet or privy seal, to be adjudged treason.
1 FORASMUCH as by the laws of this realm small and no due and condign punijhment is at this present time provided for such evil disposed persons asjhall counterfeit or forge such kind of gold or silver of other realms, as is not the proper coin of this realm, and yet permitted and suffered by the Queen our sovereign lady's consent, and heretofore hath been permitted and suffered by the consent of her most noble progenitors, to be currant inpayment within this her realm, nor for such persons asjhall counterfeit the Queen's highness sign manual, or privy signet or privy seal; by reason whereof divers evil disposed persons are encouraged and boldned daily to perpetrate and commit the said several offences:
II. For remedy whereof be it enacted by our said sovereign Treason to lady the Queen, the lords spiritual and temporal, and the com- forge the coin toons in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority ofotherreaIm$ of the same, That if any person or persons hereafter faMy ^Xm^the* forge and counterfeit any such kind of coin of gold or stiver as King's sign is not the proper coin or this realm, and is or shall be currant manual, dc. within this realm by the consent of the Queen, her heirs or sue- *S Ed- 3cessors: (2) Or if any person or persons at any time hereafter 's" c",J* do falsty forge or counterfeit the Queen's sign manual, privy signet or privy seal; (3) that then every such offence shall be deemed and judged high treason: (4) and the offenders therein, their counsellors, procurers, aiders and abettors, being convict according to the laws of this realm of any of the said offences, shall be likewise deemed and adjudged traitors against the Queen, her heirs and successors, and the realm, and shall suffer and have such pains of death, forfeiture of lands, goods and chattels, and also lose the privilege of all sanctuary, as in the cafe of high treason is used and ordained.
C A P. VII.
An act touching proclamations upon fines.
WHEREAS upon fines levied with proclamations doubts have of Fines levied late arisen by reason of adjournment of terms, in which pro- before the jusclamations should have been made according to the form limited for pro- tlces °* tn« clamations upon fines by the statute made in the fourth year of King ftTMn„f M Henry the Seventh, and were not by reason of such adjournments had force notwithne made, according to the purvey of the fame estatute: Handing pro
II. Be it therefore enacted, That all fines, as well heretofore clamations be
levied as hereafter to be levied, before the justices of the com- notmad^» °T
, - , l ■> 1,,. realon oracl
mon place, or any manors, lands, tenements or other heredita- joumments.
ments, whereupon the proclamations have not or shall not, by 4 H. 7. c. 14,. reason of adjournment of any term by writ, be duly made, shall be of as good force, effect and strength to all intents, constructions and purposes, as if any term heretofore so adjourned, or that at any time hereafter shall be so adjourned, had been