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Tout (T. F.) and Johnstone (H.) State Trials of the reign of Henry I., 1289-93. 4to.

1906 Select cases from the Plea Rolls. In an appendix is printed Narratio de Passione Justiciariorum, a mediæval satire in which some quickwitted clerk, struck by the crisis of 1289, has narrated the events of the year in mock parable.

20. Watson (E. J.) Pleas of the Crown for the Hundred of

Swineshead and the Township of Bristol taken before Simon Abbot of Reading, Randolf Abbot of Evesham, Martin Pateshull, John of Monmouth, Ralph Hareng and Robert Lexington, Justices Itinerant, 5 Henry III., 1221. (7) + 174 pp. 8vo. Bristol.

1902 Pleas taken before the Justices Itinerant. They form part of the Coram Rege Roll, Henry III.

The tale it tells is one of discord, lust, and violence. A dozen or so of homicides, some deaths by drowning, a couple of rapes, stories of Mights of slayers and suspected persons, fines imposed on townships and pledges, deodands for deaths by misadventure, transgressions of Jews, and a very satisfactory piece of hanging are the staple contents of the record. Faint whispers of municipal life are heard, angry neighbours voice their discontent, and matters affecting quays, markets, castles, buildings, constables, bailiffs, sheriffs and coroners, discover themselves.”—Preface, 3



For Judicial Proceedings, see Civil and Crown Pleas, Chap. III.; Chancery Cases, Chap. XI.; Fines, Chap. XV.; Wales, see Chap. XXVI.; Scotland, see Chap. XXIV.; Ireland, see Chap. XXV.; Palatine Courts, see Chap. XIII.

Sect. 1.-GUIDES, Etc.

1. [Agard (Arthur)] The Repertorie of Records, remaining

in the Four Treasuries the Receipt Side at Westminster [by A. A. and] the two Remembrancers of the Exchequer, with a briefe Introductive Index of the Records of the Chancery and Tower, as also a Calendar of all those Records of the Tower, in which are contayned whatsoever may give satisfaction to the Teacher for Tenure or Tytle of anything [edited by T. Powell]. vi + 217 pp. 4to.


2. Cooper (C. P.) Proceedings of the Commissioners on the

Public Records of the Kingdom, June, 1832, to August, 1833. Vol. 1. Fol.

1833 Contains extracts from the Plea Rolls, Fine Rolls, etc. Very few

copies were printed. 3.

Account of the most important Public Records of Great Britain and the Publications of the Record Commissioners. 2 vols. xxii + (1) + 458, x + 496 pp. 8vo.

1832 4.

Remarks upon the “Reply of Francis Palgrave to those portions of the statements drawn up by Cooper which relate to the editor of the new edition of the Rolls of Parliament,” etc. 31 pp. 8vo.


5. Cooper (C. P.) Appendices to a Report on Rymer's Federa

intended to have been made to the Commissioners on Public Records. Appendix A-E (in 3 vols.). v.p. n.t.p. 4to.

[1835] For a full description of the contents of these volumes, see Catalogue of a further portion of the Library of C. P. Cooper," 8vo., 1856.

6. Cotton (Sir Robert [Bruce]) Abridgement of the Records

in the Tower of London, from the reign of Edward the Second unto Richard the Third, of all the Parliaments holden in each King's reign, and the several Acts in every Parliament; revised by William Prynne. (38) + 716 + (138) pp., fol., 1657; (26) + 716 + (138) pp., 4to.

1689 This abridgment records the substance of Acts of Parliament and other particulars, that are not extant in print, among the statutes or the Parliament Rolls (Hargr. Co. Lit. 133, b), and supplies the purpose of an useful index to the Rolls of Parliament.

“ Would be very valuable, were it more correct and more accurately printed. It is also deficient in some particulars."-Tomlin's Stats. v. I,

p. xxiii.

7. Description of the Contents, Objects and Uses of the

Various Works printed by Authority of the Record
Commission. 8vo.


8. Ewald (A. C.) Our Public Records. A Brief Handbook

to the National Archives. viii + 158 pp. 8vo. 1873

Giuseppi (M. S.) Guide to the Manuscripts preserved in

the Public Record Office. Vol. 1, Legal Records. xxiv + 411 pp. 8vo.


10. Hall (H.) Studies in English Official Historical Documents. xvi + 404 pp. 8vo.

1908 A methodical guide to the pursuit and use of original documents, more

especially those which are collectively known as charters and records. 11.

Formula Book of English Official Historical Docu

ments. Part I.: Diplomatic Documents. 8vo. 1908 12.

Formula Book of English Official Historical Documents. Part II.: Ministerial and Judicial Records. + 229 pp. 8vo. London.

1909 It gives a selection of surveys, royal and other inquests, judicial inquisitions, and in the appendix one or two samples of the ordinary

mediæval process in the King's Courts. 13.

Red Book of the Exchequer: A Reply to Mr. J. H. Round. 18 pp. 8vo.




Hall (H.)

Repertory of British Archives.
England. 8vo.

Part I.:


15. Illingworth (W.) Observations on the Public Records of the Four Courts at Westminster. 8vo.

1831 Only 50 copies printed.

16. Index to the records. See Strachey, No. 28, infra.

Jones (E.) Index to Records. See p. 71.

17. Lambard (W.) Pandecta Rotulorum, or an account of all

the Rolls, Bundells, Membranes, etc., in the Tower. n.d.

18. [Nicolas (Sir N. H.)] Public Records; a description of the

contents, objects, and uses of the various works printed by authority of the Record Commission. 8vo. 1831

Attributed to C. P. Cooper by Halkett and Laing.

19. Office of General Remembrance of Matters of Record for

the ease of the Subject in their Searches. 4to. 1617

20. Pike (L. 0.) Public Records and the Constitution ; a lecture. 39 pp. 8vo.

1907 Invaluable for scholars in connection with development of Courts and Government Departments.

21. Powell (T.) Direction for Search of Records remaining in

the Chancerie, Tower, Exchequer, with the Limnes thereof. Editions: (13) + 78 pp. ; 16mo., 1622; 16mo.,


Proceedings of the commissioners for the arrangement and

preservation of the public records of the kingdom, 1806, 1808, so far as relates to Scotland; ordered by the House

of Lords to be printed, 11th April, 1808.

Repertorie of Records. See Agarde (A.). 23. Report of searchers for originals, records, and manuscript

copies of charters and statutes, in England and Ireland, with observations on the public records of Ireland. By order of the commissioners upon the public records of the kingdom. Ordered by the House of Lords to be printed, 30th June, 1807, with an appendix of charters, statutes, and documents.

25. Reports from the Select Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the Public Records of the Kingdom. Fol.

[1801] Contains much valuable information, 26. First and Second Reports from the commissioners appointed

to execute the measures recommended respecting the Public Records, 1800-19, with Appendix of Facsimiles, etc. Fol.

[1812-20] For a list of the Reports of the Commissioners, see Gross, Sources of

English History. 27. Scargill-Bird (S. R.) Guide to the Various Classes of Docu

ments preserved in the Public Record Office. 8vo., 1891 ; 3rd edit., 8vo.

1908 28. [Strachey ()] Index to the Records, with directions to

the several places where they are to be found, short explanations of the different kinds of Rolls, Writs, etc., a list of the Latin Sir-Names and Names of Places, as they are written in the old records, explained by the modern names, also a chronological table shewing the year answering to the particular year of each King's reign, the several parliaments, and the titles by which our Kings are styled in the records. (8) + 182 pp. 12mo.

1739 This work is now of little value.”-Gross, S. E. H. 29. Thomas (F. S.) Hand-Book to the Public Records. lxii + 482 pp. Ill. 4to.



(For Judicial Proceedings, see CHAP. XI.) 1. Calendar of Various Chancery Rolls, Supplementary Close

Rolls, Welsh Rolls, Scutage Rolls, 1277-1326, in the
Public Record Office. 4to.

1912 The Welsh rolls include the report of commissioners sitting locally as

to the laws and customs of Wales. 2. Cartæ antiquæ. (Ayloffe, Sir J.] Calendars of the Ancient

Charters, etc., and of the Welch and Scotish Rolls now remaining in the Tower of London, etc. (2) + lxx + (1) + + (32) pp. 4to 1772; 4to.

774 The earliest records of the Court of Chancery, extending from soon after the Norman Conquest to the time of Henry VIII. They consist of appropriations of churches, endowments of vicarages, feoffments,

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