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L.b.669: Legal opinion of Sir Humphrey Davenport, 1620 June 29: autograph manuscript by Sir George More with autograph reply signed by Davenport

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Collection:Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey
Preferred Citation:Legal opinion of Sir Humphrey Davenport, 1620 June 29: autograph manuscript by Sir George More with autograph reply signed by Davenport, Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.b.669, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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leaf 1 recto

A prisoner committed to the Tower of London bringeth into
the tower for his use there, furniture for his lodging, and plate
and household stuff. Then the prisoner is attained of treason or
felony. The Lieutenant of the Tower claimeth these goods as
belonging to him by his Office. but doth not seize them nor
take them away out of the possession of the prisoner, and then the
Lieutenant giveth over his place, the prisoner still continuing
in the tower, and under the Custody of a new Lieutenant
The question is, whether these goods do
appertains to the first Lieutenant, and
whether he may take them and seize them
so long as the prisoner continueth in
the tower and useth them /.
In my opinion the goods Above-mentioned do clearly
belong to the Lieutenant of the Tower for the time
being at the time of the Attainder And not to
the successor. the not seizure of such goods by
the said former Lieutenant before the departure
of him from his said office notwithstanding

Humphrey Davenport
29. June. 1620.

leaf 1 verso

29 June 1620
Case as to the goods of one
convicted of treason of felony
being in the Tower