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The abbreviations in this text block are typical of certain types of abbreviations in English. The sign for and appears in a fairly formal mode in one example, but in others is reduced to a simple curling slash. The omission of one m in commons and of re in present are forms taken over from usage in Latin words. The use of superscripts for small words such as with and that is common in English. Note that in this script y is only used for th when the word is abbreviated. The use of lre for lettre seems to be derived from French spelling (as used in earlier chancery documents), and the whole word letter appears in English form in this passage. However, it doesn't do to get too hung up about spelling at this date. There are also some Latin abbreviations on this page, which can be found by looking at the text pages with the transcript open.
Minutes of the York Corporation, from the Corporation House Book, of 1542. York City Archives B.16, f.19, by permission of York City Archives.

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