Its canons of construction--noscitur a sociis, ejusdem generis, expressio unius est exclusio alterius, reddendo
singula singulis, and more than a few others--are a morass of Latin into which many law students and even judges have sunk.
Celeritate enim conjungendorum actuum, is actus qui solvendo, et soluto pretii vice reddendo
expiendus quasi per occultum intermortuus videtur" (HUGONIS DONELLI, Opera Omnia.
talione et conpositionis summam pro non reddendo
talione [LL VI, 4, 8 y passim].
REED DICKERSON, THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF STATUTES 233 (1975) (describing reddendo
singular singulis "referring each to each").
Super secundo deponit eundem esse verum et reddendo causam scientiae su[a]e dicit et deponit that he was personally presente in the house articulated togethr wth one Edward [CO--Stoninge] Stone [CO--wher and when aboute] at the tyme of the sessions in the night season aboute a xij monethes since vt modo recolit et tempus et diem aliter perfecte non recordatur And then and ther sawe the articulated Wim Appowell put his hande vnder the Coates of one woman beinge then and ther presente [M--standinge vppon a forme] but her name this depont knoweth not And the Cause of all ther beinge ther was to see pappett players which was then and ther a handlinge et aliter nescit deponere.
Super quarto et quinto deponit That at the said tyme and in the same place [CO--after the Dawncinge was Donne this deponent] while the poppett playinge was in the hall or while some parte of it was the articulated Wim Powell was in the parlor of the said houss wth one hawkes his wief sittinge by the fiar ther et reddendo causam scientiae su[a]e Dicit that as by Chaunce this deponent did looke in to the parlor he saw them sittinge ther by the fier as aforsaid And that when diuers other persons were at the Doore mindinge to Comme in, he the said Wim Powell percevinge it, Conveyed the said woman out at a backe Doore of the said parlor.
Cum tandem iste bonus et rehgiosus vir ponitur in senectute et extremitate vite sue in qua ipsum duellare oporteat, reddendo
rationem de omnibus factis suis.