The deputy receives and opens in the sheriff's name all writs, the return or execution of which belongs to the bailiff of the liberty, and issues to the bailiff the warrant required for the due execution of such writs.
Granted them return of writs, probate of wills and other privileges.
Basingstoke returned two members to parliament in 1295, 1302 and 1306, but no writs are extant after this date.
In this capacity Thomas controlled the issue of royal writs and the distribution of ecclesiastical patronage; but it was more important for his future that he had ample opportunities of exercising his personal fascination upon a prince who was comparatively inexperienced, and thirteen or fourteen years his junior.
In the 13th century Baldwin Wake claimed return of writs and a market in Aveland.