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of Stepney and Hackney.

And for Lands descended from the Part of the Father; the next Cousin of the Part on the Mother, not able to inherit those Lands, ought to be Gardian. And if the Lands came from the Part of the Mother; then the like Cousin of the Part of the Father ought to be Gardian, if that Person will accept thereof. And upon their Refusal, or not praying to be admitted Gardian, at the first or second Court after that Infant ought to be admitted; then may the Steward admit any other of the Kindred of the Infant (to whom his Lands cannot descend) to be Gardian. And if None of the Kindred will accept of the Gardianship; then may another be admitted. And every Gardian shall account to the Heir of the Profits, and Repair the Copyhold Tenements of him whose Gardian he is: And upon Admittance shall be bound to the Lord for the Time being, with Condition for Performance thereof, in such Sum as the Homage of the said Court, or the greater Part thereof shall like of. And of the Lands of every Infant under fourteen Years of Age, that shall be a Purchaser; a Gardian shall be admitted, and shall so demean himself in such Manner, as for the Gardian of an Infant (having Lands by Descent) is limited and appointed.

Who shall be Gardian.

See Article 37.

The Kindred refusing to be Gardian.

And shall be bound to the Lord for Performance.


They to whose Use Lands are surrendered, ought within three Years after the Presentment take them up.

 

ITem, every Person, to whose Use any of the said Lands or Tenements shall be surrendered, ought to come within three Years after the same be presented, and take up the same by himself, if he be of Age, and to be admitted as aforesaid, and pay his Fine, or else by his Gardian, as is aforesaid.


The Lord may distrain for the Fines; or by Default of Distress, seize the Lands.

 

ITem, if any of the said Heirs, Aliens or Gardians, do not pay their Fines within one Month after the same Fines be extracted, and the Extracts delivered to the Reeve or his Deputy for the gathering thereof, and by them or either of them demanded; then it shall be lawful for the Lord or Lords of the said Manour or Manours for the time being, or his or their Officers to distraine, and avow as for Rents: And for Want of Distress, to seize the Lands and Tenements, for the which the said Fine or Fines are to be paid, and to enjoy the same to his or their own Use, until he or they shall be fully satisfied, and paid the said Fine or Fines, to be paid by him or them that so ought to pay the same.


The like he may do for non Payment of the Quit-rent.

 

ITem, if any customary or Copyhold Tenant of the said Manours, or of either of them, shall not pay his Rents for his Copyhold, for which the same is due, and demanded by the said Reeve or his Deputy, then it shall be lawful for the Lord or Lords of the said Manour or Manours for the time being, or his or their Officers to distraine and avow. And for Want of sufficient Distress, to seize the Lands and Tenements out of the which the same ought to be paid, and to take and enjoy the Rents, Issues, and Profits of the same to his or their own Use, until he or they shall be fully satisfied and paid the same Rents by him or them that so ought to pay the same.


Who shall be the Gardian.

 

ITem, that when any Tenant dieth seized leaving his Heir under the Age of fourteen Years, the next of the Kin (to whom the said Lands and Tenements cannot descend) shall have, if he shall require it, the Custody of the Heir, and of this Lands and Tenements, committed unto him for the Use of the Heir, until he come to the Age of fourteen Years, as is aforesaid, and then he to chuse his own Gardian, and the former Gardian at any time after (upon reasonable Request) to yield Account to the Heir, of the Profits of his Lands received.

See Article 33.


Tenants may let Leases for 31 Years and four Months, without any Licence or Fine.

 

ITem, if any Person or Persons be disposed to let his or their customary Lands or Tenements to any other Person or Persons, and to their Executors and Assigns, for the Term of one and thirty Years, or less; the same Person or Persons have and shall have full Power and Authority, to set or let to farm his or their Copyhold Lands, or Tenements to any Person or Persons, their Heirs, Executors, and Assigns, for the Term of one and thirty Years and four Months, or less, in Possession from the Time of the making thereof in writing, without any Licence to him or them to be granted, and without paying Fine to the Lord, or incurring any Forfeiture or Seizure of or for the same: So as the same Lease do not exceed one and thirty Years and four Months, from the Time of the making thereof. But such Lease is and ought to be presented to the Homage of the Manour, whereof the Lands or Tenements so leased are held, within one Year after the making thereof: or else the same Lease so made, and not presented as aforesaid, shall be void and of none Effect.

See the Abstract of the Indenture.

If such Leases be not presented to the Homage within one Year after the making, they shall be void.


Either Manour is upon every Change of Lord, to pay five Pounds for Recognition Money.

 

ITem, the Custom of the Manour is, to give to the Lord of every of the said Manours, upon the Change of every Lord, at the next Court after the first Entry, bona fide, ten Pounds of lawful Money of England; that is to say, out of each Manour five Pounds, for the Recognition and acknowledging the Services, which is to be levied and collected by the Reeve for the time being; amongst all the said Copyholders of the said Manours, respectively, according to the Rates they shall be taxed at, by the Homage at the next Court to be holden, after the coming of the new Lord.


How the Reeve of either Manour is to be chosen.

 

ITem, the Homage of every of the said Manours ought yearly (at the general Court to be holden next after Michaelmas) to elect and chuse several Reeves for every of the said Manours; that is to say, to elect and chuse two customary Tenants, either of the said Persons named Parties to the said Presents, their Heirs or Assigns, or of others not named, to bear the Office of the Reeve for each of the said Manours: Namely, he that was before in Election (if he be alive) and one other: or if he be dead, two other, to the Intent the

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