and claim in this way. Let him say that though from such a time he and his  ancestors and his men of such a vill (or they, such burgesses) have been and ought  to be quit of tolls and other customary dues, both on land and sea, everywhere in  the realm of England, by the charters of the lord king and his ancestors, kings of  England, if they be merchants occupying themselves about their merchandise,  with the exception of such merchandise, they, the bailiffs, distrain him and his  men (or such burgesses) for the payment of toll and other customary dues  contrary to the aforesaid liberties, in such a way that they took from such a one  who sold such a thing so much by way of toll, and from such a one so much, [and  moreover they took such a one and imprisoned him or beat and maltreated him]  and as a result of such unlawful taking he (or they) has (or have) sustained  damage to such an amount. And to show that he has such liberties and ought to  be quit by charter of the lord king and his ancestors, kings of England, he tenders  the charter of such a king, made in such a year, month, and day of his reign, which  provides that among the other liberties he grants to such a one (or his ancestors)  he grants and confirms to him that he and his heirs and their men of such a vill be  quit and free of every toll and all secular customary dues that belong to him, in  every market place and in all fairs throughout the whole of his realm, both by sea  and land, wheresoever they may come, and through all his lands wheresoever he  is able to grant liberties. He also tenders the charter of such a one, another king,  made in such a year, month, and day of his reign, which confirms the first charter  by the same words, and in this way he may tender several charters of kings, the  king's ancestors. He also tenders the charter of such a one, the king who now reigns,  made in such a year, month, and day, by which he confirms all the previous  charters by the same words, and by which he also grants that if the aforesaid  person or persons or their ancestors have not used the said liberties for a time  and have thus lost them by non-use, that nevertheless they and their heirs may use  them freely and without hindrance in the future.
Of their reply to the plaintiffs' claim.
 And such a one, the mayor, and such persons, bailiffs, come and deny force and  injuria and the unlawful taking of toll and customary dues. And they say that  before any liberty had been granted to the burgesses who are plaintiffs or to their  ancestors by any king, and before those plaintiffs had vill or borough, market or  fair, or even