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Author: Powell, Robert, fl. 1636-1652.
Title: A treatise of the antiquity, authority, vses and jurisdiction of the ancient Courts of Leet, or view of franck-pledge and of subordination of government derived from the institution of Moses, the first legislator and the first imitation of him in this island of Great Britaine, by King Alfred and continued ever since : together with additions and alterations of the moderne lawes and statutes inquirable at those courts, untill this present yeare, 1641 : with a large explication of the old oath of allegeance annexed.
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2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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Print source: A treatise of the antiquity, authority, vses and jurisdiction of the ancient Courts of Leet, or view of franck-pledge and of subordination of government derived from the institution of Moses, the first legislator and the first imitation of him in this island of Great Britaine, by King Alfred and continued ever since : together with additions and alterations of the moderne lawes and statutes inquirable at those courts, untill this present yeare, 1641 : with a large explication of the old oath of allegeance annexed.
Powell, Robert, fl. 1636-1652.

London: Printed by R.B. and are to be sold by G. Badger ..., 1641.
Notes:
"An explanation of the old oath of legeance" has special t.p.
Numerous errors in paging.
Reproduction of original in the Huntington Library.
Subject terms:
Courts baron and courts leet.
Law -- England.
Oaths -- England.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A55555.0001.001

Contents
title page
TO The Right Honourable, the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses Assembled in the Commons House of PARLIAMENT: And in that Numerous Assembly to the Worthy SPEAKER, His much Honoured, IOHN SELDEN, ESQUIER, with the rest of the Learned long ROBE.
The Table of the severall Sections in the first part of this Treatise.
THE Antiquity, Authority, Vses and Iurisdiction of Court Leets, or view of Franck pledge, &c.
The first Institution and Subordination by Moses.
The first promulgation of Lawes, and the beginning of Legall Oathes for administration of Iustice.
The first imitation of Moses in this King∣dome by King Alfred.
The first division of this kingdome by Alfred into Counties, Hundreds and Tythings.
The appointment of Officers and mak∣ing Lawes for the better ordering of the Kingdome.
The Statutes concerning the approve∣ment of wastes, woods, &c. and other Lawes derived from the Law of Alfred, cited by M. Cambden.
The manner of proceeding by Juries in those subordinate Courts of Counties, Hundreds, &c.
All subordinate Justice derived from the King and Crowne.
Three things considerable in the keeping of Tournes and Leetes, 1. Time, 2. Place, 3. Persons.
To answer one Objection for the time, that all Leets are not kept strictly infra mensem after Easter and Michaelmas.
In what Cases, and by what meanes a Leete or Franchise may be seised or for∣feited, or the Lord damnified.
Abuser.
Non user.
Refuser.
A direction for Lords in choosing of their Stewards.
The properties and qualities which a Steward ought to have.
The Authority of a Steward in Leets.
The Steward hath power in these and the like Cases, to impose a reasonable Fyne, and such fyne is not affereable nor traversable, 10. H. 6. fo. 8.
The remedies for recoverie of Fynes and Amer∣ciaments in a Leete.
Certaine Cautions in the taking of Distresses.
The last act or period of proceedings in a Court Leete is afferment.
The ministeriall part of a Court Leete in the levieing of fines and amerciaments assessed.
A speciall caution for Lords of Leets, against the Farming out of their perquisites.
The Second part of this Treatise, Which Containes, Subjectum visus Franciplegus, OR, The matters there inquirable, and presentable.
The first sort of offences which concerne power of inquirie, but not of punition, are Trea∣sons, Premunire, Pettie-trea∣sons, and Felonies.
Other Treasons which doe not touch the person of the King so neere.
Premünire and Treason.
Pettie Treason.
Felonies.
Murder.
Man-slaughter.
Felonies which doe concerne the hurt, dishonour, and detriment of the bodie, without privation of life.
Rape.
Phisyognomie defaced or disfigured.
Felonies which concerne the taking away, waste∣ing, and consuming of Life, Bodie, and Goods.
Sorcerers, Conjurers, and Witches.
Felonies which concerne the goods of any person, and first of Gods House.
Sacriledge.
Frustra petit auxilium Ecclesiae, quipeccat con∣tra Ecclesiam.
Latrocinium. Thest.
Cut-Purses, or Pick-Purses.
Petit Larceny.
Other sorts of Felonies.
All other thefts, which are Felonies at the common Law, are here inquirable, To touch some few for instruction of youth.
Burning of Houses.
Burglarie.
Robbery.
Accessaries before and after the Fact.
Escape voluntarie.
Escape negligent.
Rescue de felon
The Second sort of Offences; which doe concerne the power of a Leet, both in inquirie, and punishment, and are either grounded upon the Common Lawes, or the Statute Lawes of this Realme, and may be redu∣ced to these severall Branches hereafter following.
The KINGS Prerogative.
Chiefe Pledges.
Legiance.
Common Nusances
Incroachment on High-wayes.
Bridges, &c.
Watering with Hempe, &c.
High-wayes.
Popular Annoyances.
Boundaries.
Hedge-Breakers.
Pound-Breach.
Rescous.
Bloodshed.
Generall Grievances.
Common Barretors.
Evisdropper.
Lewd houses.
Rogues, &c.
Message of Theeves.
Masterlesse persons.
Haunters of Alehouses.
Drunkards.
Usurie.
Forestallers.
Regrator.
Ingrosser.
Assize of Bread.
Brewers and Tiplers.
Cups, Glasses.
Butchers, &c.
Victuallers.
Horsebread, &c.
Unwholesome or corrupt Victuall.
Flawing of Hides, &c.
Calves under five weekes old.
Cookes.
Malt-maker.
Millers.
Conspiracies in Butchers.
False weights and measures.
Double weights. &c.
Wines.
Deceits in Tradesmen.
Clothmakers and Labourers thereof.
Tanners. Who may bee a Tanner.
Curriers.
Cordwayner or Shoomaker.
Searchers and Sealers.
Cloth makers, Fullers, Sheeremen, Tay∣lers, Shoomakers.
Artillerie.
Unlawfull Games.
Handguns and Crosbowes
Other Lawes here inquirable, which concerne the preservation of Frye of Fish, and of certaine Fowle and beasts of Warren, as Phe∣sant, Partridge, Hare, and Co∣nies, and some beasts of chase, &c. Deere.
Fry of Fish.
Phesants and Partridges.
Tracing of Hares.
Breaking the head of any Pond.
Hunting of Deere.
Greyhounds, &c.
Other Lawes inquirable for the good of the Common Weale by ex∣presse Statutes.
Cottages and Inmates.
Musters
Horses not sufficient in length.
Horses infect.
Pillorie, &c.
Constables, Ale-conners, &c.
Purveyer.
Huy and Cry.
Outcries made without cause.
Watch and ward.
All Officers Defaults.
The profit of the King or Lord of the Leet.
Mortmaine.
Treasure Trove.
Estreyes.
Wayfes.
Fugam fecit.
Exigent.
Outlawes.
Cleri Convicti.
By-Lawes.
The Statute for view of Franck∣pledge made the eighteene yeere of King Edward the Second.
The Oath of a Constable set forth by M. Kit∣chen with the additions mentioned in the Statute of 21 Ja. which oath containes a short Epitome of the dtie and office of Constables
title page
AN EXPLANATION OF THE ANCIENT OATH OF LEGEANCE.
THE KINGS Royall office OF PROTECTION.
So much for Law.
So much of his Iustice.