Chancery and Lord Chancellor's Office: Crown Office: Docket Books
Registers of dockets, summaries for official record of appointments made or recalled by letters patent, commissions, proclamations and writs. The introduction of the wafer seal in 1878, and its extension to further instruments in 1916, limited their contents.
Appointments docketed consist chiefly of peers, baronets, bishops and judicial officeholders. Commissions include those of array, musters, lord lieutenancy, justices of the peace, oyer and terminer, gaol delivery, sewers, charitable uses, mortmain and special ad hoc inquiries.
Military commissions are included during the Civil War, when Charles I used the great seal instead of the signet. The Civil War also gave rise to many writs of pardon and indemnity, which reappear in the Jacobite era, but pardons for non-political offences occur regularly.
The election writs, summonses to the Lords, regulation of parliamentary meetings (and of convocations) and arrangements for royal assents to bills derive from the duties of the clerk of the Crown.
Nearly all dockets are dated, usually no more than a few days later than that on the warrant that brought them into being. Many of the volumes have indexes.
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