Middlesex County Records: Volume 2, 1603-25. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1887.
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(1.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS
From 3 Edward VI. to the End of his Reign.
N.B.—That the number of the convictions for capital felonies in this account so greatly exceeds the combined number of the felons who were sentenced to be hung, had benefit of clergy, or were reprieved, is chiefly due to the largeness of the proportion of the bills that exhibit no memorandum of sentence. In the numerous cases where nothing more than Po se cul ca nul appears over a culprit's name, I have not thought right to assume as a matter of course that he was sentenced to be hung, as he might have been pardoned, or have escaped from or died in gaol before sentence.