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.
The manner in which the patentees held the land was more significant: under both patents their tenure would be "in free and Common Soccage and by fealty only" (112) Under socage
tenure, a tenant held the lands by virtue of services to the lord.
The fourth section of that Act specifically declared that any future tenure created by the Crown had to be a tenure in 'free and common socage
'--that is, free of any pledge of exchange.