Legal readings of Sir Francis Moore, Early seventeenth century
Scope and Contents
Readings in the Middle Temple, 5 James I, upon the statute 43 Eliz. I c. 7, an act to redress the misemployment of lands, etc., given to charitable uses, in eight divisions. Prefixed to them is ‘My speache at the beginninge’. These readings appear to be throughout in the handwriting of the author. At the beginning of the volume are two leaves of notes by Moore, in which he says he ‘began his readings on Mondaye, 3o August 1607, anno 5o Jac., and ended them the 14 August, in respect the plague much increased, the certificate beinge 77’. He gives the names of the benchers who were his assistants; the names of the ‘cubbardmen’ assigned to him; of the barristers called by him; of the stewards of his feast; of those admitted to the house in his readings; of the readers in the other inns of court; and of the preachers on 8 August, ‘the daye of the Kinge’s delivery from the treason of Earl Gowrey in Scotland’. He also enumerates the gifts at his readings, with the names of the donors. On a slip of paper pasted in at the end of the book is a memorandum concerning the delivery by Thomas Pacy the elder to William a Powell of the deeds of two houses in Bristol held of the abbot and convent of Tewksbury, dated 4 December [blank year] Hen. VIII.
- Early seventeenth century
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Language of Materials
In the Library by the mid 1750s.