A briefe SUMMARY OF THE LAVVES and STATUTES OF ENGLAND, So far forth as the same do concerne the Office of Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Bayliffs, Constables, Churchwardens, and other Officers and Ministers of the Commonwealth.

Together with Divers other Matters not onely acceptable for their rarity, but also very necessary for their great use and profit, for all persons, but especially for such as bear Office in this Common-wealth.

Collected by Nicholas Collyn, of the Honorable Society of Lincolns-Inne, Esquire; and sometimes Reader there; and an ancient Iustice of the Peace & Quorum in the County of Middlesex; and one of the four Pleaders of the honorable City of LONDON.

LONDON, Printed by T. L. for Mathew VValbancke, at Grayes-Inne-Gate, 1655.


THis abridgement of the Laws and Statutes following, was Penned by one that was an ancient Iustice of the Peace in the Country, which he did for his own convenience and ease: it being more plain and ful, and yet more briefe and compendious, then any abridgments that are in Print, and an easie Pocket-book to be carried about with facility as occasion may be offered, containing in few words, most plainly & fully the effects & meanings of al laws & Statutes, that concern the Iustices of the peace either in their Sessions, or out of the same, or that do concern the offices of Sherifs, Mayors Baylifs, Constables, Churchwardens, Overseers for the Poor, Surveyors of the Highways, and al other officers and ministers of the Peace and Commonwelth. This manuscipt wth som others, wereleft by the Author, or Collector, with som of his neerfriends, who are redy & wiling, according to his mind, to make the same more comon, that so it may be the more useful to al officers and Magistrates, that have occasion to inform thēselvs what the substance of the Law and Statuts are, that so they may per form their several offices and duties in such manner as they ought to do. The penner here of did it the first for his own particular use, not once intending any other thing: but when some of his intimate friends who bore office in the Common wealth, had once the knowledg of it and had perusedit, they would never be vvithout it, but made more use of it for a help to their memory, than of any Printed Booke whatsoever.

And as it was profitable to som few, so it may by the publishing of it, be to many more for the future.


• ALehouses, &c. fol. 1.

• Abjurgation, see Recusants 5.

• Affray, see Constables 18.

Agnits Dei, see Rome.

• Apprentices, see Labourers 11.

• Archery, fol. 4.

• Armour, fol 5.

• Arrow-heads, see Archery 2.

• Artificers, fol. 6.

• Assize of Bread and drink, fol 8.


• BAdgers, &c. fol. 9.

• Bark, fol. 10.

• Barator, ibid.

• Bailment, see Prisoners 7.

• Bakers, see Assize and Artificers 1.

Bastardy, fol. 11.

• Battery, see Assault.

• Beggars, see Vagabonds.

• Bigamy, see Matrimony.

• Bowyers, see Archery.

• Brasier, see Pewter.

• Brewer, fol. i3.

• Bridges, see high wayes, 16.

• Buckstalls, ...

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A briefe summary of the lavves and statutes of England so far forth as the same do concerne the office of justices of the peace, sheriffs, bayliffs, constables

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