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[001] county of Essex proceeded from ignorance, nor may he be said to be contumacious
[002] who has lawfully made his defence in one county court though appealed and outlawed
[003] in another for the same deed, through ignorance and error, we, therefore,
[004] with the counsel of our magnates, pronounce that outlawry void and we have
[005] pardoned B. for it if ever it existed. Therefore we will and order that the same B.
[006] have our steadfast peace therein forever. In witness whereof etc.’ There is also
[007] another writ on the same matter, where one falsely indicted before the justices by
[008] one covetous of his land has been outlawed and has subsequently surrendered
[009] himself to the king's prison.

Where one has been falsely indicted before the justices and has afterwards surrendered himself to the king's prison; the king remits the outlawry.

[011] ‘The king to the sheriff, greeting. It has been shown us on A's behalf that when he
[012] was abroad, at the time our justices were last on eyre in your parts, some of his
[013] neighbours, coveting his land, maliciously caused him to be indicted for theft,
[014] though he was not guilty, and stated that they held him suspect thereof, so that
[015] our aforesaid justices gave instructions that unless he appeared to stand trial on
[016] the said indictment he should be exacted from county court to county court and
[017] outlawed according to the custom of our realm. The same A., having returned and
[018] heard of this, trusting in his own innocence and faithfulness, surrendered himself
[019] to our prison at such a place before he had been outlawed in your county court,
[020] but your county court, not knowing this, as you have said, continued the process
[021] of exaction begun against the said A. and outlawed him while he was in prison.
[022] We, having regard to A's honesty and the county court's ignorance, have pardoned
[023] him the outlawry so promulgated against him, on condition that he find adequate
[024] security for standing his trial if anyone wishes to sue against him. Therefore we
[025] order you, having received from him safe and secure pledges in the manner aforesaid,
[026] to cause him to be released from prison, and to cause it to be proclaimed
[027] throughout your whole county that he has our steadfast peace. And that no one is
[028] to harass or aggrieve him by reason of that outlawry. Witness etc.’

Where he who was said to be slain returns alive and well.

[030] If a homicide is charged to some timid man and he has fled and been outlawed
[031] at someone's suit, or has been indicted and has fled, and he who was alleged to be
[032] slain afterwards makes his appearance alive and well, the king of his grace remits
[033] the outlawry by this writ:

A writ where one said to be slain returns alive and well.

[035] ‘The king to the sheriff, greeting. Know that our justices who were last on eyre in
[036] your county record that when A. in our court before


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