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socage

the tenure of land by certain services particularly those of an agricultural nature (as opposed to military service). More generally, the freehold tenure of land.

SOCAGE, Eng. law. A tenure of lands by certain inferior services in husbandry, and not knight's service, in lieu of all other services. Litt. sect. 117.

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The document grants privileges like the exemption from tax obligations and socage works and the protection of the property to two families and their lineages.
If the line about "wringing each Acre" refers to socage, or plow-service, Donne must have know as well that socage likewise no longer involved plows or service and had also devolved into a mere exchange of money.
The fact that the earliest rooms were held under socage tenure was forgotten long before King William's Act, and with it the idea of charter rights of local government.