Resisting a royal request, 1504
Catalogue reference: C 65/130, m. 9


FORASMOCHE as the Kyng Our Sovererign Lord is rightfully intitled to have two reasonable Aides according to the Lawes of this Land, the one Aide for the makyng Knyght of the right noble Prince his first begoten Son Arthure late Prince of Wales, decessed, whose soule God pardon, and the other Aide, for the marriage of the right noble princesse his first begotten Daughter Margaret, nowe married unto the Kyne of Scottes, and also that his Highnesse hath susteyned and borne grete and inestimable charges for the defense of this his Realme and for a ferme and a perpetual Peace with the Realme of Scotland, and other many Counties and Regions, to the grete wele, comfort and quietness of all his Subgecttis : the Commens in this present parliament assembled, considering the premises, and that if the same Aides shuld be of theym levied, and had, by reason of their Tenures, according to the auncient Lawes of this Land, shuld be to theym doubtefull, uncerteyn and great inquietness, for the serche and non knowledge of their severall Tenures, and of their Landes chargeable to the same, have made humble Peticion unto his Highnesse, graciously to accept and take of theym, the somme of XLm li, aswell in recompense and satisfaccion of the said two Aides, as for the said grete and inestimable charges which his Grace hath susteyned and borne as is aforesaid, to the wele, suerte and comfort perpetuall of theym, their heyres and successours, Upon the which Peticion and offer so made, his Grace benignely considering the good and loving mynde of his subjettes , and to eschewe and avoyde the grete vexacions, troubles and inquietnes, whiche to theym shuld have ensued, if the said Aides were levied perceryved and taken, after the auncient Lawes and fourme as the said comens in their said Peticion have considered

Modern English

Forasmuch as the king our sovereign lord is rightfully entitled to have two reasonable aids according to the laws of this land, the one aid for the making knight of the right noble prince his first begotten son Arthur late Prince of Wales, deceased, whose soul God pardon, and the other aid, for the marriage of the right noble princess his first begotten daughter Margaret, now married unto the king of Scots, and also that his highness has sustained and borne great and inestimable charges for the defence of this his realm and for a firm and a perpetual peace with the realm of Scotland, and other many counties and regions, to the great well being, comfort and quietness of all his subjects : the commons in this present parliament assembled, considering the premises, and that if the same aids should be of them levied, and had, by reason of their tenures, according to the ancient laws of this land, should be to them doubtful, uncertain and great unquietness, for the search and non knowledge of their several tenures, and of their lands chargeable to the same, have made humble petition unto his highness, graciously to accept and take of them, the sum of £40,000 as well in recompense and satisfaction of the said two aids, as for the said great and inestimable charges which his grace has sustained and borne as is aforesaid, to the well being, surety and comfort perpetual of them, their heirs and successors, upon the which petition and offer so made, his grace benignly considering the good and loving mind of his subjects , and to eschew and avoid the great vexations, troubles and unquietness, which to them should have ensued, if the said aids were levied, perceived and taken, after the ancient laws and form as the said commons in their said petition have considered.

 


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