on the first day of the summons or the attachment the person summoned or attached  does not appear, nor does the plaintiff, since the person summoned or attached did  not offer himself for the suit nor withdraw without day1 the writ does not fall and the  action may be continued; the plaintiff may sue when he wishes, [but] if he appears  on another day and asks judgment on the default on the first day, it will not avail  him, one default balancing the other, because equal offences are nullified by one  another as above.2 When one attached by better pledges does not come on his day,  nor within the fourth day, the plaintiff offering himself for the suit, let the enrolment  be in this form. A. offered himself on the fourth day against B. and B. did not come  etc. and made several defaults, so that he was first attached by C. and D., and secondly  by E. and F.; therefore all the pledges are in mercy. The reason is that they are no  longer to be summoned to be present to show why they did not have him as they had  pledged. Let the sheriff then be ordered to have his body on another day by this writ:  The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to have before our justices etc. on  such a day the body of A. to answer B. with respect to such a plea (according to the  form of the original writ). And at the end let this clause be added: And to hear his  judgment for his several defaults. And have there this writ. Witness etc. If he comes  on that day, and cannot save [his defaults], all the defaults are carried back to that  day and he will be amerced for them all; let him then answer to the principal plea. If  he does not come on that day, but maliciously withdraws and hides himself so that  his body cannot be found, or removes himself outside the county, beyond the sheriff's  power, and the sheriff sends word that he cannot be found in his bailiwick, let the  enrolment be in this form. A. offered himself on the fourth day against B. with  respect to such a plea etc. (as above) and B. did not come and made several defaults,  so that the sheriff was ordered to have his body, and the sheriff send word that he was  not found in his bailiwick. Therefore let the sheriff distrain him by his lands and  chattels to appear on such a day. Let a simple distress then be made, so that his  lands and chattels are taken simply into the hand of the lord king, by this writ:
Writ that he be distrained by his lands and chattels, and further distresses, in order.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to distrain B. by his lands and chattels  in your bailiwick so that he be before etc. on such a day to answer A. with respect  to such a plea etc. And at the end let this be added: And to hear