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out fees paid, which there being no man to prosecute, there can be no man likewife to pay, and fo the King loofeth his moiety, when his title appears by verdict.

3. It falleth out sometimes in informations of weight, and worthy to be profecuted, the Informer dyeth, or falls to poverty, or his mouth is stopped, and yet fo as no man can charge him with compofition, and fo the matter dyeth.

4. There be fundry feifures made, in cafe where the lawes give feifures, which are releafed by agreements underhand, and fo money wrefted from the subject, and no benefit to the King.

All feifures once made ought not to be discharged, but by order of the Court, and therefore fome entry ought to be made of them.

3. The Officer in fuch cafe is to inform the King's learned Counsel, that they may profecute if they think fit.

4. The Officer is to take knowledge of fuch feifures, and to give information to the Court concerning them.

This is of more difficulty, because feifures are matter in fact, whereas fuites are matter of record: and it may require moe perfons to be employed, as at the ports where is much abufe.


There be other points wherein the Officer may be of good ufe, which may be comprehended in his grant or inftructions, wherewith I will not now trouble your Majefty, for I hold thefe to be the principal.

Thus have I according to your Majesty's reference certified my opinion of that part of Sir Stephen Proctor's projects, which concerneth penal lawes: which I do wholly and most humbly submit to your Majefty's high wisdom and judgement, wishing withal that fome conference may be had by Mr. Chancellor and the Barons, and the rest of the learned Counsel, to draw the fervice to a better perfection. And moft fpecially, that the travels therein taken may be confidered and difcerned of by the Lord Treasurer, whofe care and capacity is fuch, as he doth always either find or choose that which is best for your Majesty's fervice.

The recompence unto the Gentleman, it is not my part to presume to touche, otherwise than to put your Majesty in remembrance of that proportion, which your Majefty is pleased to give to others out of the profits they bring in, and perhaps with a great deal leffe labour and charge.

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A Certificate to the Lords of the Council, upon information given, touching the Scarcity of filver at the Mynt, and reference to the two Chancellors, and the King's Sollicitor.


It may please your Lordships,

CCORDING unto your Lordships letters unto us directed, grounded upon the information, which his Majefty hath received concerning the fcarcity of filver at the Mynt, we have called before us as well the officers of the Mynt, as fome principal Merchants, and spent two whole afternoones in the examination of the bufinefs; wherein we kept this order, fifft to éxamine the fact, then the caufes, with the remedies.

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