We know, for instance, from a charter of Westminster's, that Oxford Street was called, in the last years of the Saxon Dynasty, "Via Militaria," and it was this road which was still in its continuation the marching road upon London from the south and west: from Winchester, which was still in a fashion the capital of England and the seat of the Treasury.

Iudiciaria, the legal reports, often called gesta, kept in a special tabularium, under the charge of military men discharged from active service. Militaria, which contained reports of all the men employed in war, their height, age, conduct, accomplishments, &c.

It was from these praedia militaria that Talon got the idea which he now transmitted to the French King with the suggestion that "the practice of these sagacious and warlike Romans might be advantageously followed in a land which, being so far away from its sovereign, must trust for existence to the strength, of its own arms."

Livy's account of the business, however, differs from Sallust's, and the expression is perhaps not authentic. "At ego scio, Quirites, qui, postquam consules facti sunt, acta majorum, et Graecorum militaria praecepta legere coeperint. Homines praeposteri!" Speech of Marius, Sallust, Jugurtha, 85. "Caesus ab utero matris."

These praedia militaria of the Romans gave Talon his idea of a military cantonment along the Richelieu, and in broaching his plans to the king he suggested that the 'practice of the politic and warlike Romans might be advantageously used in a land which, being so far away from its monarch, must trust for existence to the strength of its own arms.