Scriveners' Company Common Paper 1357-1628 With A Continuation To 1678. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1968.
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Form of oath, c. 1617
I, A.B. of my owne free will do sweare upon the holie Evangelistes to bee true and faithfull unto our Sovereigne lord the kinge his heires and Successors kinges and Queenes of England, and to bee true in myne office and science and to Do my deligence that all the Deedes wch I shall make to bee sealed shalbee well and trulie done after my learning and science and shalbee Dulie and advisedlie read over and examined before thensealing of the same, And especiallie I shall not write nor suffer to bee written by any of myne to my power or knowledg any Deed or writing to bee sealed where in any deceipt or falshood maie bee perceaved or in my conscience suspected to lye, nor any deed bearing date of long time past before thensealing thereof nor bearing any date of a time to come, neither shall I testefie nor suffer any of myne to testefie to my power or knowledg any blanck ch[a]rt[er] or deed sealed before the full writing thereof and neither for hast nor for covetousnes I shall take upon mee to make any deed touching inheritance of landes or estates for life or yeares nor any deed of greate charge whereof I have not cunning without good advice and informacon of councell, and all the good rules and ordinances of the Societie of Scriveners of the citie of London I shall well and trulie keepe and observe to my power, soe farr as god shall give mee grace. So helpe mee god, and the holie contentes of this Booke: