have there this writ. Witness etc. If licence to rise is denied an essoinee in the court  of a baron or another lord, or the demandant maliciously suppresses the writ lest  the essoinee be viewed, let a writ of the lord king be sent to the steward of the court  in this form.
If in the court of a baron or another licence to rise is denied, the lord king will give licence on the default of such persons.
 The king to such a one, steward, greeting. It has been shown to us on behalf of A.  that when B., in your court (or in the court of such a one, your lord) claimed so  much land against the same A. by our writ of right, and the same A. essoined himself  of bed-sickness against the same B. outside the fee of your lord, so that you  could not cause him to be viewed, nor did the same B. sue as he ought to have that  same A. viewed by four knights, according to the custom of our realm, but rather  maliciously kept him for a long time confined, and [that when] the aforesaid A. sent  to you at the aforesaid court and sought licence to rise and to appear in your same  court to answer to the same B. on the same plea, according to the law of the land  and the custom of our realm, you in the same court denied him licence to rise. And  because in denying that licence to the aforesaid A. he was manifestly wronged, we,  on your failure,1 have given him licence to rise, to answer the aforesaid B. with  respect to the aforesaid land according to the law and custom of our realm. We so  notify you and the aforesaid court. Witness etc. It may thus be seen that the lord  of a court and the bailiff can give an essoinee licence to rise, and if they may, a fortiori  the sheriff and the county may.
When the four knights come to the place where the essoinee ought to lie.
 [When] the four knights lawfully sent, after many delays or immediately within the  first day, come to the place where the essoinee lies or ought to lie to see etc., they  then either find him or do not. If they do not find2 him, and all so testify together  on the day given, he who ought to be essoined is then either present in court or he  is not. If he is not present, let the land be taken into the lord king's hand,3 either  by the great or the little cape, according as the essoin was cast before the tenant  appeared in court or after, and accordingly let proceedings be taken against him to  default, as will be explained more fully below [of defaults.] If he is present and  denies the essoin completely, we must then see whether the essoin was cast before  an appearance in court or after. If before, he may well deny