Pope Innocent II writes to Ralph, abbot of Newbattle, and the brethren, taking the said church into his protection; all the possessions and goods which the monastery possesses from the gift or grant of the Nobleman David, king of Scots, and Henry, the earl, his son, or in future shall possess by papal grant, by the liberality of kings or the gifts of the faithful, may remain with the abbot and his successors. The abbey is exempt from tithes on new lands brought under cultivation by them or at their expense. They are also exempt from tithes on the offspring of their animals. None of the brothers, after making their profession, shall be permitted to depart the cloister without the permission of the abbot and all the congregation, no one may intend to depart without the surety of common letters; he permits the right to celebrate divine office privately and quietly during a general interdict. None of the men are permitted to disturb the monastery or carry away its possessions. Should any secular person attempt to go against this, after three warnings if he should not make amends, he may lost his honour and be liable to divine justice, and subject himself to retribution.
23 February 1143 X 24 September 1143
1143, pontifical year 14, which ran from 23 Feb. × death of Innocent II