retracts [his appeal], no matter at what time, and the sheriff and coroners, or  others who have record,1 record that he confessed to the theft before them, the  approver will henceforth be regarded as convicted and condemned, because of the  confession. If he persists in that intention before the justices, though2 he has not  retracted let him then make his confession afresh before them and bind himself to  convict so many, as many as he appeals, in order to have his life and members, as  was said above. This concession no one may grant him save the king himself3 or  the king's justice, the king's permission having been specially given him by word of  mouth or by writ, as follows:
A writ in which the king grants authority to his justices to grant an approver life and members.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Know that we give you authority to grant his  life and members to such a one who has turned approver before you and confessed  to theft (or some other felony) on condition that he wages4 the duel and convicts  by his body or by the country five appellees (or so many) or more if you can induce  him to do so, to do which he has bound himself before you, as you have informed  us. Witness etc.5 The sheriff ought then to attach all those appealed; if he is negligent  in this matter let a writ be sent to him in this form:
That the sheriff attach those whom the approver appeals.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you, if you have any thief turned  approver in your bailiwick who has openly confessed his theft (or other felony)  before [our] serjeant or bailiff and other reputable men and has appealed any of  his confederates of theft (robbery, homicide or any other felony) to cause them  to be attached at once according to the custom of our realm so as to have them  before us or our chief justice at our summons or that of our said chief justice.  Witness etc. There is another writ on the same matter for arresting those appealed  by the approver and bringing them before the justices:
Of arresting those appealed by an approver who confesses that he is a thief.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you without delay to arrest A. whom  B., a confessed thief, is appealing in our court before etc. of confederacy and theft  (or any other felony) and to bring him as speedily as you can (or to cause him to  come) before our said justices at