goods and chattels


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goods and chattels

Everything that one owns. I can't believe you're moving tomorrow and you still haven't packed all your goods and chattels.
See also: and, good
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Though Murray argues that, in practice, English legal records tend not to adhere to Bracton's theory on suicide, (46) in fact the Crown's responses to petitions for the return of confiscated goods and chattels support the leniency provided by Bracton for those who slay themselves in bodily pain or under high fever, regardless of whether or not they are 'deranged' or 'delirious'.
The original petitions by surviving family members and executors seem to have presented explanations of suffering to justify the return of goods and chattels.
The Crown then instructed the Sheriff or Coroner to gather further evidence on the case so that the Crown could decide whether or not to grant release of the goods and chattels to the petitioner.
The writ presents the circumstances of Roberts death, and then orders the Sheriff to look further into the case and decide whether or not the messuage should be returned to Alice and the goods and chattels to Robert's executors.
A response by the Crown to a petition for the return of goods and chattels of suicide Nicholas Prat, sent in 1293 to the Sheriff of Cambridge, uses techniques similar to the two cases above.
Additional writs composed during the reign of Edward I use infirmity to mitigate the consequences of suicide in order to restore goods and chattels to suicides' family members, further indicating the particular appropriateness of infirmity for legal discourse on suicide.
The first writ is an order sent in 1284 from the Crown to the Sheriff of Lancaster, ordering the Sheriff to deliver the goods and chattels of William, son of Robert de Dokesbury, to his wife Emma.
Similarly, in 1286 the Crown sent a writ to the Sheriff and Coroners of Berkshire ordering the return of confiscated goods and chattels of Robert de Derby to his wife Dionisia.
The extant writ is the response that was then sent from the Crown to the Justices in Eyre, while the Eyre was still underway, so that Nicholas's goods and chattels could be returned to his wife Emma with immediate effect.
69) However, madness does not act here as a mitigating explanation for the Crown's release of goods and chattels.
But it is crucial to recognise that the discourse of infirmity, and the emotional significance of that discourse during this period, underpins the Crowns rhetorical position of compassion and the decisions to restore suicides' confiscated goods and chattels.
The capacity of infirmity as a context for explaining, and justifying reactions to, suicide is seen even more clearly in the writs issued during the reign of Edward I in response to petitions for the return of confiscated goods and chattels of an individual convicted of a Jelonia de se.