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wich, he proceeded to Canterbury, where he was met by Earl Godwin, who stretched forth his right hand to the prince, swore fealty to him, and took him under his protection. They proposed travelling by a circuitous route to London. When they came to Guildford, a royal seat in Surrey, Godwin divided his people into parties of twenty, twelve, and ten, and asfigned apartments to each. Having entertained Alfred, and his men, with abundance of meat and drink, they retired to rest ; but as soon as they were all fallen into a deep sleep, Godwin’s followers, well armed, crept privately into the houses where the guests were lodged, removed their weapons, and bound them hand and foot in iron chains. The next morning they were led out in this situation to the amount of six hundred ; they were seated in rows; some were beheaded, and some were scalped. The prince himself was brought to London. With his hands tied vehind his back, he was led into the prefence of Harald, who gave way to the most indecorous joy on seeing the royal youth in chains. The king oldered the
MEMOIRS OF EMIN ENT PERSONS.
account of Aldo MANUzio, the famous
I. order to compel public accountants to come to account, the King's Remembrancer used to issue periodically, a writ of Dyffringas ad Computandum to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, commanding them to distrain the lands and chattles of the defaulters, and produce their bodies before the Barons of the Exchequer within fifteen days of the next term. The writ, however, was never executed, though often levelled at persons who had millions to account for. The Commissioners of Accounts observe, “The long usage of office warrants the Sheriff to give it under his hand, and to confirm it by his oath in the Court of Exchequer, that the Treasurer of the Navy is not to be found, either in the City of London, or in the County of Middlesex; and that the Paynaster-General of the Forces has neither lands nor chattles in either of those districts, by which he can be distrained.”