at a day and place which our sheriff of Essex will make known to you, to cause to  come before him A. and B., witnesses named in a charter which D. in our court before  our justices etc. produces under the name of E. etc. (as above).1 And in addition eight  (or twelve), knights as well as others etc. of your county, by whom the truth of the  matter etc., to recognise on their oath, together with F. and G. from the county of  Surrey, other witnesses named in the same charter, and together with eight, both  knights etc., of the same county (and so as to several counties if there are witnesses  resident in several different counties) whether the said E. etc. (as above). And meanwhile  let them so inform themselves thereof that they may more fully certify our said  sheriff of Essex thereon. And have etc. Witness etc. And let like writs be sent to the  other sheriffs. If the witnesses and recognitors do not come on the day given them, let  the sheriffs then be ordered as before by the writ which begins thus:
If the witnesses and recognitors do not come on the first day.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We well remember that at another time we ordered  you to cause to come, at a day and place which our sheriff, such a one, would make  known to you etc. (in every respect as above). And at the end of the writ let this threat  be added, namely, and so conduct yourself in this matter that we do not have to  proceed severely against you.
Inquests of this kind are varied according to the diversity of pleas.
 Inquests of this kind are varied in many ways, according to the kinds of pleas and the  answers of the parties, as frequently happens in assises and writs of entry, as where  one says that he holds the land2 in fee and the other that he holds it only for a term of  life or years and the like, as is said above in the tractate on entry.3
When the witnesses and recognitors appear
[in court].  When the witnesses and recognitors appear in court, and, after taking their oath, say  that they were present when the gift was made, that in their presence the charter of  gift was read and heard, homage taken with due formality, and seisin lawfully given  to the donee, the charter will be valid and the gift good. If they say this and speak of  hearing, that they heard it said that the charter was made and homage taken, though  none of them was then present, but that they were present when seisin was given the  donee by a steward or messenger, by rod