So after a while instead of "villein" he became a "copyholder."
The last was practically the counterpart of the mediæval English copyholder.
Most former electors and every leaseholder and every copyholder were now excluded.
This copyholder was undoubtedly the descendant of the Welsh serf of mediæval times.
A copyholder without legal remedy may seem little better than a tenant in mere villenage, except in name.
He drove a delivery wagon for a grocer, ushered at a theater, was even a copyholder in the proofroom of a newspaper.
For it is the destruction of the inheritance and against the nature of a copyholder for life.
In 1581 it interferes to protect a copyholder who has been kept out of his holding by the Dean and Chapter of Peterborough.
The copyholder must not commit waste either by cutting 117 down timber, &c., or by neglecting to repair buildings.
A tenant at a quit rent is, to all intents and purposes, a proprietor; a copyholder is not less so than a freeholder.