The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Sheriffs.]96

The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Sheriffs.]

such Person or Persons shall forfeit and pay Six hundred and twenty Pounds of lawful Money of England, to the Use of the Maior and Commonalty and Citizens of the said City, to be recovered in the Name of the Chamberlain of the said City, by Action or Bill of Debt Original, to be commenced and prosecuted in any of the Courts of Record of the Queen's Majesty, her Heirs and Successors, within the said City.

PROVIDED, That nothing in this Act contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to take away or diminish the Payment of the Sum of Twenty Marks, to be employed towards the Maintenance of the Ministers of Newgate, Ludgate and the Two Compters, pursuant to an Act of Common-Council made the Sixteenth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord, One thousand six hundred fifty and six.
ASHURST.

To which I add another Act (tho' made some Years before) qualifying Commoners as well as Aldermen, to bear the Office of Sheriff; and made capable of being chosen thereunto: Sir Robert Clayton Maior. And for the adjourning the Election to the next Day, following Midsummer-Day falling on a Sunday.

Com' Concil' tent' in Cam'a Gui'hald Civit' London' die Veneris decimo quinto die Junij 1694. Anno; Regni Dom' Will' & Dom' Mariæ nunc Regis & Reginæ Angl', &c. sexto, coram Will' Ashurst, Mil' Major' dictæ Civit'; Roberto Clayton, Mil'; Patienc' Ward, Mil'; Will' Pritchard, Mil'; Roberto Jeffryes, Mil'; Thoma Lane, Mil'; Edr'o Clark, Mil'; Franc'o Child, Mil'; Ric'o Levitt, Mil'; Thoma Cook, Mil' Alderman' & Thoma Abney, Mil', & Will' Hedges Mil', Vic' & Alderman' dictæ Civit' nec non major' Parte Coi' ar' dictæ Civitat', in eod' Coi' Concil' tunc & ibm' Assemblat'.

This day the following Act past into an Act of this Court.

WHereas by a Clause in an Act of Common Council made the twentieth day of July, in the seventh Year of the Reign of King Charles the First, in the Maioralty of Sir Robert Ducy, It was amongst other things Enacted in the words following, That the Lord Maior of this City, for the time being, shall not at any time hereafter choose or elect any Commoner of this City to be Sheriff of the City of London, and of the County of Middlesex, so long as there shallt hen be an Alderman of the City Eligible to the said Office.

Which said Clause, in respect of Accidents or Circumstances, may not at all times be convenient to be practised.

And whereas by another Clause in an Act of Common Council, made the sixth day of June, in the thirty fifth Year of King Charles the Second, in the Maioralty of Sir William Pritchard, Knight; It was amongst other things Enacted in the words following, That the Person who shall be Nominated and Elected according to ancient usage by the Lord Maior of this City, for the time being, to be one of the Sheriffs of the City of London, and County of Middlesex, and such Election shall be declared to the Commons of the said City assembled in Common-Hall upon the twenty fourth Day of June, shall there by the said Commons be confirmed and allowed to be one of the Sheriffs of the said City and County accordingly: And that upon proposing the said Person to de confirmed to the said Common Hall, in case any Hands shall be holden up in token of Confirmation, the said Person shall be taken to be confirmed, and allowed, and then another Person shall be chosen by majority of Hands to be the other of the said Sheriffs, and to join with him that shall be so confirmed.

Which said Clause being not only repugnant to Reason, but contrary to the Rules and Methods of Elections;

Be it therefore Enacted by the Maior, Aldermen and Commons in Common Council assembled, and by the Authority of the same, that the said several Clauses before-recited, and either of them, and every Article and Thing contained in them, or either of them, shall be, and are hereby repealed, annulled and made void.

And whereas by several Acts of Common Council, the Election of Sheriffs, Chamberlain, Bridgmasters, and Auditors of the Chamberlain and Bridghouse Accounts, and Aleconners, are appointed on Middsummer-day yearly, except the Sheriff or Sheriffs, Chamberlain, or other of the said Officers, for the time being, shall die, or for just Cause be removed: And whereas in some Years (as in this present Year) Midsummer-day hapneth to fall on the Lords day, commonly called Sunday, which ought to be kept holy, and is a necessary and required part of the Service of God, and enjoyned by the Laws and Statutes of this Realm;

Be it therefore Enacted and Declared, That from henceforth, whensoever Midsummer-day shall happen to be on the Lords Day, commonly called Sunday, that the Election of the Sheriffs, Chamberlain, Bridgmasters, Auditors of the Chamberlain and Bridghouse Accounts, and Aleconners, shall be on the Day next following, any Act or Acts, or any other Usage to the contrary notwithstanding.
GOODFELLOW.

The Election of Maiors, Sheriffs, and other considerable Officers of the City, is done at a Common Hall, as it is called. But divers Contests and Animosities have happened between the Court of Aldermen and Commoners in and about these Common Halls, and the Elections made therein. To regulate therefore and settle these matters of Common Hall for Time to come, and that Quietness and Peace might be maintained at them, an Act of Common Council was made, Sir Thomas Lane Maior, intitled, For settling the Method of calling, adjourning, and dissolving the Common Halls, upon the several Elections of Maiors, Sheriffs, Chamberlains, and other Officers, usually their chosen. Occasioned, as the said Act set forth, by Disputes of the Right and Power of calling and adjourning Common Halls, such Elections of Maiors, &c. Whereby several Disorders had arisen among the Citizens. Therefore it was declared by the Lord Maior, Aldermen and Common Council, that the Right of assembling Common Halls for such Elections, and the Power to dissolve the same after such Elections made, and not otherwise, is and of Right ought to be in the Lord Maior. And it was Enacted, that if after any Common Hall is assembled for any Election, a Pole or Scrutiny, or either of them be lawfully demanded, or any other Difficulty shall arise, which may require the Adjournment of the Hall; then the Right of granting, and taking the Pole, or Scrutiny, and adjourning of the said Hall from time to time, till such Pole or

Act for settling Common Tryals and for Poles and Scrutinies.

Scrutiny