[Aldermen.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.93

[Aldermen.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.

Com' Concil' tent' in Camera Guihald' Civitat' London' die Veneris Septimo die Junij, Anno Dom' 1700, Annoq; Regni Regis Willielmi Tertij Angl' &c. Duodecimo, Coram Richardo Levett Mil', Major' Civitat' præd', Johanne Moore Mil', Thoma Stamp Mil', Thoma Lane Mil', Johanne Houblon Mil', Edvardo Clark Mil', Humphrido Edwin Mil', ac ejusdem Civitat' Aldermannis; Salathiel Lovel Mil', Servien' ad Legem, ac Recordat' dict' Civitat', Johanne Parsons Mil', Wil' Gore Mil', Jacobo Houblon Mil', & Thoma Rawlinson Mil', ac ejusd' Civitat' Aldermannis, & Carolo Duncombe Mil', Aldermanno ac un' Vic' dictæ Civitat' necnon majori parte Communiar' in eodem Communi Concil' tunc & ibidem assemblat'.

IT is Ordered, That the Act of Common Council made in the Maioralty of Sir Robert Ducy, Knight and Baronet, relating to the Choice, Election and Confirmation of Sheriffs for this City and County of Middlesex: As also another Act in the time of the Maioralty of Sir William Ashurst, Knight, which Repeals two Clauses in two Acts of Common Council made in the several Maioralties of the said Sir Robert Ducy and Sir William Pritchard, Knights, touching such Choice, Election and Confirmation, be Printed together, and that each Deputy and Common Councilman of the several Wards of this City have one of the said Books when Printed.
GOODFELLOW.

The several Acts follow.

Commune Concilium tent' in Camera Guihald' Civitat' London', vicesimo die Julij, Annoque Regni Dom' nostri CAROLI nunc Regis Angliæ, &c. Septimo, Coram Roberto Ducy, Mil' & Baronet' Majore Civitat' London, Thoma Middleton, Mil' & Aldermanno Civitat' London, Nicholao Rainton, Radulpho Freeman, Thoma Moulston, Rowlando Haylin, Roberto Parkhurst, Johan' Poole, Chr. Cletherow, Ricard' Fenn, Mauritio Abbot, Mil' & Alderman', Henrice Garway, Rowlando Backhouse Aldermannis: VVillielmo Acton Mil', & Baronetto, ac Aldermanno, Humphrido Smith & Edmundo VVright, ejusdem Civitatis Aldermannis; Anthony Abdy & Roberto Cambel, ejusdem Civitat' Vicecom', ac major' parte Communiar' de Communi Concilio ejusdem Civitat' assemblat', ubi tunc & ibidem Enactitat' fuit, prout sequitur.

WHereas an Act of Council made the Fifth day of May, in the Thirty fourth Year of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, of England, &c. in the Time of the Maioralty of Sir William Webb, Kt. deceased; one Act was made and ordained, for touching and concerning the Choice, Election and Confirmation of the Sheriffs of this City, and the County of Middlesex. And whereas also divers other Acts of Common Council have been made touching the same, Be it therefore Enacted by the Lord Maior, Aldermen and Common Council of this City, That the said Act made the said Fifth day of May, in the Four and thirtieth Year aforesaid, and all other the said Acts made touching or concerning the Choice, Election and Confirmation of the Sheriffs of this City and County of Middlesex, shall be void and of none effect, for that the same Laws have not taken so good effect as might be wished, by reason that the Penalties and Forfeitures therein contained, have been over-mild, and thereby his Majesty's Service have been in danger of prejudice, and the good Citizens of this City, by reason of often refusal of the said Office of Shrievalty have been much troubled and disquieted: For better Reformation whereof, Be it now therefore Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Lord Maior and Aldermen and Commons in this Common-Council assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from henceforth for ever the Day as well for Confirmation and Allowance of such Persons as hereafter should be chosen and elected by the Lord Maior of this City for the Time being, to be Sheriffs of the said City and County of Middlesex; as also for the choice and election of such other Persons as by the Lord Maior, Aldermen and Commons shall be chosen to be Sheriffs of the said City and County of Middlesex. shall be yearly holden on the Four and twentieth day of June: And if it shall happen by the Death or Refusal of any of the said Person or Persons so to be chosen or elected, as aforesaid, or by the Death of any Shrieve of this City, departing in the Time of his Shrievalty, or upon any other occasion whatsoever, there shall be just cause to make a new Election; then the same shall from time to time be at such Day and Time, as by the Court of Lord Maior and Aldermen for the time being, shall be ordered and appointed: And that no Freeman of the said City, so to be chosen or elected, as is aforesaid, shall be discharged or exempted from the Execution of the said Office of Shrievalty by supposition or excuse of Defect, or insufficiency of Wealth, except he will voluntarily take his corporal Oath before the Lord Maior and greater part of the Aldermen, in open Court of the Lord Maior and Aldermen for the time being, That be then is not of the Value of Ten Thousand Pounds in Lands, Goods and separate Debts, and do likewise bring with him Six other Citizens, Freemen of the said City, of good credit and reputation, such as the Court of Lord Maior and Aldermen for the time being, shall allow, who shall likewise voluntarily testify upon their corporal Oaths, That in their Consciences they believe, that the said Person so to be chosen or elected Sheriff, hath deposed and sworn truly concerning his Value, as is aforesaid. And it is likewise ordained and enacted by the same Authority, That if any Person, being a Freeman of this City, shall be chosen or elected Sheriff of the same City and County of Middlesex, and publication thereof by open Proclamation being made in the Guildhall in the place where the Court of Hustings is usually holden in the presence of the Lord Maior and Six Aldermen for the time being (at the least) or in the absence of the said Lord Maior, then in the presence of Eight Aldermen of the said City for the time being (at the least;) and being called to come forth and give his consent to take the said Office of Shrievalty upon him, shall not personally appear before the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen for the time being, in the Inner Chamber of the Guildhall aforesaid, at the next Court there to be holden (unless he have such reasonable Excuse as the Lord Maior and greater part of the Aldermen for the time being, shall in open Court allow) and then and there become bounden to the Chamberlain of the said City, for the time being, and his Successors, by his Deed Obligatory, in the Sum of One thousand Pounds, with Condition, That if he shall personally appear in the publick Assembly in the Guildhall of the same City on the Vigil of St. Michael the Arch-Angel then next following at the Time in that behalf accustomed, and then and there take upon him the Office and Charge of Shrievalty of the said City and County, That then the said Obligation shall be void; Or if such Person so to be chosen or elected, shall before the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen openly declare his Refusal to take upon him the said Office, Then every such Person which shall make such Default in Appearance, or which shall not become bounden, or which shall declare his Refusal, as aforesaid, shall

Preamble to some old Acts repealed.

Day of Election to be Midsummer-day yearly.

In case of Death or Refusal, the Day for a new Election to be appointed by the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen.

None to be excused for want of Wealth, unless upon Oath he is not worth 10000l.

Any Person chose and called out on the Hustings and refusing to hold or sign Bonds, or not appearing, to forfeit 400l.

Forfeit