Court-hand Restored, Or, The Student's Assistant in Reading Old Deeds, Charters, Records, Etc: Neatly Engraved on Twenty-three Copper Plates, Describing the Old Law Hands, with Their Contractions and Abbreviations : with an Appendix Containing the Ancient Names of Places in Great Britain and Ireland : an Alphabetical Table of Ancient Surnames : and a Glossography of Latin Words Found in the Works of the Most Eminent Lawyers and Other Ancient Writings, But Not in Any Modern Dictionaries
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Page v - Charter, the most ancient class of legal deed which the country possesses ; of Domesday Book ; and of the two oldest Pipe Rolls of the Exchequer. The four following Plates exhibit specimens of Records of various .kinds belonging to the four Courts of Chancery, Queen's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, from the end of the twelfth century to the beginning of the seventeenth. On the last two Plates will be found extracts from a Court Roll and of Accounts of various kinds and dates.
Page 95 - There is a very ancient family of the Ropers in Cumberland, who have lived immemorially near to a quarry of red spate there, from whence they first took their surname of Rubra spatha.
Page 43 - Toll paid by vassals for grinding corn at the lord's mill. Nun. Monk. Monastery; minster. Money ; mint. Mintage, right of coining; tribute paid by tenants to the lord that he should not change the money he had coined. To coin. Moneyer; banker. Mint. A nunnery. A nun. A muster. A reliquary, monstrance. To muster. A muster ; a reliquary. See Mota, Muta. A moor. Brown cloth. Mortgage. The husband's gift to the wife on the weddingday, or the day after. Murrain. Boggy.
Page xiii - From the Norman Conquest until the Reign of Henry III. the Character is in general plain and perspicuous ; of this latter Reign, however, there are many Records which cannot be read with facility, on account of the Intricacy of the Character, and the Number of Abbreviations. " The same Observations may be applied to Records from this Reign until that of Edward III. inclusive. " From this Period downwards, I have experimentally found that less Difficulty occurs in reading and translating Records,...
Page xiii - II. to that of Philip and Mary are such as may be read without much trouble. " Hitherto each Reign appears to have had a set or uniform Character ; but in the Reign of Elizabeth and her Successors, the Clerical Mode seems to have been in a great measure abandoned, and each Transcriber to have written according to his own Fancy ; and it is observable that the English Records of the 16th and 17th centuries are in general more difficult to be read than the Latin Records of preceding ages.
Page xii - Century, and were continued until the beginning of the late Reign, when they were entirely disused ; they were originally the Lombardic or Norman, but corrupted and deformed to so great a degree, that they bore very little resemblance to their prototypes. In the 16th Century the English Lawyers engrossed their Conveyances and Legal Instruments in Characters called Secretary, which are still in use. " Many Grants and Charters, especially those written by the Monks, were in Letters called Modern. Gothic,...
Page xii - The -latter characters came into general use about the middle of the sixteenth century, and were continued until the beginning of the late reign, when they were entirely disused. They were originally the Lombardic or Norman, but corrupted and deformed to so great a degree that they bore very little resemblance to their prototypes. In the...
Page xiii - Records, as far as my observation has extended, has gradually degenerated from Age to Age ; thus the Records of the Saxon era, whether written in Saxon or Latin, are infinitely more plain and legible than those of subsequent Eras ; they are also little obscured with Abbreviations, which have created much Doubt and Ambiguity in after-ages, particularly in that valuable Record Domesday Book.