Following his agreement to rule in accordance with the rules set out in Magna Carta, King John announces the end of the civil war, 19 June 1215 (C 66/14).
The king [sends] greeting[s] to the sheriff, the foresters, the warreners, the keepers of the rivers, and to all his bailiffs in the same county (). Know that durable peace has been restored through the grace of God between us and the barons and the freemen of our realm, just as you will have been able to hear and see through our charter which we had made thereupon, [and] which we order yet again through public law to be kept firmly throughout our whole bailiwick; wanting and strictly ordering that you, sheriff, following the form of the aforementioned charter make everyone from your bailiwick swear to the 25 barons, concerning whom mention is made in the aforementioned charter, at the order of the same men or of a majority of them, in front of them or in front of those men whom they will have appointed as a proxy for this purpose through their letters patent, and on the day and in the place which the aforementioned barons or their proxies will have prearranged for this to take place. We wish and we also order that 12 knights from your county, who will be selected from the same county in the first session of the county court which will be held in your region after the reception of these letters, swear concerning the evil customs which ought to be investigated, both relating to sheriffs and their officers, foresters for the fosters, and warreners for the warrens, for the rivers and their keepers, and [any evil customs]are to be abolished by them, just as it is contained in the charter itself. You, therefore, all, just as you love us and our honour, and the peace of our lord, should observe everything contained in the charter without any violation and you should make it be observed by all, lest because of your failure or through your transgression, it may happen that the peace of our realm should (God, forbid!) be again disturbed. And you, sheriff, should proclaim our peace throughout your bailiwick and you should order that it be kept firmly. And we send to you as a testimony to this business our letters patent. With me myself as a witness at Runnymede, on 19 June, in the 17th year of our reign.
Original translation by Maroula Perisanidi.
The king sends greeting to the sheriff, the foresters, the warreners, the keepers of the rivers and to all his bailiffs. Know that peace has been restored between us and the barons and the freemen of our realm, through the grace of God.
You will have seen and heard of our charter which we made, and we order that this charter is kept firmly throughout the land according to the law. We strictly order that you make everyone under your jurisdiction swear an oath to the 25 barons mentioned in the charter, either before the barons themselves or before those whom they have appointed for this purpose.
We wish also, and order that 12 knights from each county, who shall be selected in the county courts, swear an oath to remedy the evil customs that are to be investigating, relating to sheriffs, foresters, warreners, and the keepers of rivers. In this way, any evil customs are to be abolished, as is contained in the charter itself.
We order that, just as you love us and our honour, and the peace of Our Lord, should observe everything contained in the charter without exceptions, and you should make the charter be observed by all, in case, God forbid, the peace of our realm should be disturbed once again.
You, sheriffs, should proclaim our peace throughout your bailiwick, and you should order that this peace should be firmly kept. And we send to you as a testimony to this business our letters patent. With me myself as a witness at Runnymede, on 19 June, in the 17th year of our reign.