THE record before us is a small one, and represents the pleas of the Crown and the amercements for the Hundred of Swineshead and the township of Bristol, taken at Bristol before the Abbot of Reading and his fellows justices itinerant in the fifth year of the reign or King Henry the Third and the year of Grace 1221. To be precise, it is a part of the nineteenth, the whole of the twentieth, and a part of the twenty-third, membranes of Assize Roll, No. 271, preserved at the Record Office, but completed and more or less perfected by reference to a contemporary roll known as Assize Roll No. 272.' Both of these rolls contain the Gloucestershire business of the eyre of 1221, but the first, although somewhat mutilated, is the better record. It not only contains several enrolled instruments and a note of the election of the coroners, which are no where to be found on the other, but is posted up at the end of the Gloucestershire session...... '
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