1The king to the sheriff, greeting. Such a one has complained to us that such a  one disseised him wrongfully and without judgment of his free tenement in such a  vill after the last return of the lord king from Brittany to England. Therefore we order  you, if he has made you secure with respect to the prosecution of his claim, to cause  that tenement to be reseised of the chattels which were taken in it and to cause the  tenement and the chattels to be in peace until the first session when our justices come  into those parts. In the meantime cause twelve free and lawful men of that neighbourhood  to view the tenement and cause their names to be written down. And summon  them by good summoners to be at the aforesaid session before the aforesaid our  justices prepared to make a recognition thereof. And put by gage and safe pledges  the aforesaid, [the disseisor], or his bailiff if he has not been found, that he be there  at that time to hear that recognition. And have there the summoners, the names of  the pledges and this writ. Witness etc. Impetration having been made in this way,  let the writ, as was said above, be delivered to the sheriff at once and without delay,2  lest the thing originally made litigious by diligent impetration become non-litigious  by negligent prosecution.
The duty of the sheriff when he receives the writ.
 The duty of the sheriff is this: at the outset to take pledges for prosecuting from the  plaintiff, whether there is one plaintiff or several, unless they have found pledges in  the court of the lord king or pledge their faith because of their poverty, as the writ  will state. From a single plaintiff let him take two pledges at least, persons sufficient  to pay the amercement due the lord king if the plaintiff retracts or does not proceed:  persons sufficient to pay the amercement, that it may not be necessary for him to  answer as to the amercement for them. If a husband and wife are plaintiffs, it  suffices if the two find two sufficient pledges, because of their unitary right and  because they are one body though different souls, and [thus] there will be but one  amercement if one or both retract or do not sue, because the default of one redounds  to both. The same will be true as is evident, of several suing in common on one disseisin  and injuria, since they are, so to speak, one body, and therefore a single security, by  two pledges, suffices, according to some, because if one should be embarrassed by  the burden of sureties3 he would be compelled