Close rolls

CLOSE ROLLS, or close writs, Eng. law. Writs containing, grants from the crown, to particular persons, and for particular purposes, and, not being intended for public inspection, are closed up and sealed on the outside, and for that reason called close writs,in contradistinction. to grants relating to the public in general, which are left open and not sealed up, and are called letters patent. (q.v.) 2 Bl. Com. 346.

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The former will thank her for wading through reams of official documentation (calendars of close rolls, proceedings of privy councils, and so on) to extract valuable data.
Godber, `Roll of Bedfordshire Supervisors of the Peace, 1314', Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, xxxii (1952), 59; Calendar of Patent Rolls 1313-1317, 331, 405, 506-7, 589; Calendar of Close Rolls 1313-1318,323.