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oyal charter in feudal times. Such special privileges—as for instance the exemption of boroughs from the ordinary sessions of the county court, under Henry I. Stubbs, Constitutional history, i., 625.—were in their nature grants from an external source, and were in nowise inherent in the position or mode of origin of the Teuton men. I believe it has not been determined at what precise time this step was taken, but it no doubt long antedates the Norman conquest. It is mentioned by Professor Stubbs as being already, in the reign of Henry III., a custom of immemorial antiquity. Stubbs, Select charters, 401. It was one of the greatest steps ever taken Stubbs, Select charters, 401. It was one of the greatest steps ever taken in the political history of mankind. In these four discreet men we have the forerunners of the two burghers from each town who were summoned by Earl Simon to the famous Parliament of 1265, as well as of the two knights from each shire whom the King had summoned eleven years before. In these four discreet men sent to speak for t