This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol1 Introduction To The Study Of Law Legal History", by Albert H. Putney. Also see: Popular Law-Dictionary.
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the passage of a number of important English statutes, which have been brought to America and constitute part of our present system of laws. In 1535 the famous Statute of Uses (27 Henry VIII) was passed. This statute will be fully treated in the next chapter and under the subject of Equity Jurisprudence. The same year saw the passage of the statute requiring the enrollment or registration of all deeds of Bargain and Sale. By the Statute of Wills (32 Henry VIII) it was provided that any person might dispose of, by will, two-thirds of his land held in chivalry and all of his land held by socage tenure. In the fifth year of Edward VI it was enacted that the testimony of two witnesses should be required to convict of treason. During the reign of Elizabeth, there was passed the action against fraudulent deeds, alienation, etc. (13 Elizabeth, Chap. V) and the Statute of Charitable Uses (43 Elizabeth, Chap. III), which will be considered under the subject of Equity Jurisprudence. The reign of Charles II (1660-1685) has well been described as a period of good laws and bad government. Upon his accession to the throne, the vexatious incidents of different feudal tenures were abolished by a law entitled "an act taking away the courts and wards and livers and tenures in capite, and by knights in service, and purveyance, and for settling a revenue upon his Majesty in lieu thereof." Sixteen years later was passed the famous statute of Frauds (29 Charles II, Chap. III) the text of which will be found in full as Appendix 0. Three years afterwards the so-called Habeas Corpus action regulating the service and return of this writ was enacted (31 Charles II, Chap. II).