Catalogue description Chancery: Registers of Affidavits

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Details of C 41
Reference: C 41
Title: Chancery: Registers of Affidavits

Registers containing entries, in full, of affidavits sworn in the court of Chancery, including some for which the originals are now missing.

Date: 1615-1747
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The surviving original affidavits are in C 31

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 53 volume(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

On 26 December 1616 Richard Frampton, gentleman, was created register of affidavits by letters patent. Those letters specified that all affidavits should be registered and entered before any other instrument dependent on them, such as an order, decree or report, could be drawn. By 1617 the court was already making an order forbidding clerks and attorneys to evade this requirement.

These volumes are not known to have been kept after 1747, although no reason for their cessation is known. The last of many references to the registers in the printed orders of the court was in 1743, when its fees were regulated.

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