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Context of First, a bitt and a knock for vnder-sheriffs, serjeants, bayliffs, setters, and such vermin, catterpillars, and varlets. Or, catchpoles, fallen from twenty to one. : Secondly, with a preservative against fraudulent executors and administrators. Thirdly, and for honest executors and administrators from paying more out of their own estates, then shall come to their hands from testators or intestates. Fourthly, and for preservation of shiping from wilfull destruction by deceitfull persons to defraud purchasors and creditors of ships. In order to the saving to the people of the nation every year hereafter, a great part of the three millions of money by exacting and monopolizing officers, formerly yearly from them unlawfully exacted, and formerly proposed to be saved for them, and for the abatement of the extreme and unnecessary charges in the proceedings of the law.
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