. 2 Coke, Institutes
*51. 11 Hen. 7, c. 3, was repealed by 1 Hen. 8, c. 6 (1509), which, according to
Coke, recited that under the earlier act, “it was manifestly known, that many sinister,
and crafty, feigned and forged informations, had been pursued against divers of the
kings subjects to their great damage, and wrongful vexation.” 2 Coke, Institutes
*51. This is a reference to the doings of Sir Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley, councilors
of Henry VII employed in the collection of taxes and forfeitures due the Crown, who
were purported to have abused the power of proceeding by information under 11 Hen.
7, c. 3. On the accession of Henry VIII they were thrown into the Tower, accused of
various oppressive tactics; while there, they were charged with and convicted of having
compassed the death of the new king, and were executed on these grounds in 1510. 1
Howell, State Trials
under both names.
used this episode in his Clarendon Letters of 1766, attacking the use of the Admiralty
courts in the Stamp Act. See note 76