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[Aldermen.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.

Scrutiny be concluded, shall be in the Sheriffs of the City for the Time being. And that if any Disputes or Difference shall arise at such Elections between the Sheriffs touching any Matter relating to Adjournments, Poles or Scrutinies; all such Differences shall be determined by the Lord Maior: And such Orders and Directions as he shall make, shall be observed by the said Sheriffs accordingly. And in default of immediate compliance with such Orders, the Lord Maior to proceed to the granting and taking the Pole and Scrutiny, and adjourning the said Hall from time to time, till such Pole be concluded, and the Election finished.

It was further enacted, that where any Pole or Scrutiny for determining Elections shall be granted, the Sheriffs shall finish such Poles within three Days next and immediately ensuing the first meeting and assembling of the Common Hall. And they are required then to make return of such Officers and Persons as shall be chosen, within seven Days next after finishing of such Pole. And in case of Difference between the said Sheriffs, then the Lord Maior is hereby required to finish such Pole within three Days.

Poles or Scrutinies to be finished within three Days.

Enacted further, That no Person that shall be duly chosen and elected Sheriff by the Liverymen of this City in Common Hall assembled, shall be discharged from serving the said Office after the 30th Day of August in any Year, without the consent and approbation of the Lord Maior, Aldermen and Commons in Common Council first had and obtained.

None elected Sheriff to be discharged, but by the Maior, Aldermen. &c.

Enacted further, That whereas by an Act of Common Council, June 6th, that an Act made the 21th of June 1643, repealing two former Acts, whereby the Court of Aldermen were to nominate two to the Common-Hall for Election of a Chamberlain, and four for their Election of Bridgmasters; and the Commoners to choose out of them and no other; should be abrogated and repealed: The Court taking the several Acts into consideration, enacted, That the Clause of Repeal in the said Act made the 6th of June, be henceforth abrogated, and the said Act of 21. of June is hereby revived, and declared to be in force, so far as concerneth the Repeal of the former Acts. And that for the future, the Nomination of any for Chamberlain or Bridgmasters, and the Choice of them shall be made in the Livery of the several Companies, lawfully intitled to have such Liveries, according to the Laws and Customs of this City, in Common Hall assembled, and not otherwise.

Nomination of a Chamberlain and Bridgmasters, to be in the Livery.

The Act it self (made 1695) follows.

Com' Concil' tent' in Camera Guihald' Civitat' London, die Veneris Vicesimo primo die Junij, Anno Regni Domini Willielmi Tertii, nunc Regis Angliæ, &c. Septimo: Coram Thoma Lane Mil', Major' dictæ Civitat'; Thoma Stampe, Mil' & Alderman'; Salathiel Lovell, Mil', Servien' ade Legem ac Recordat' Civitat' prædict' Edwardo Clarke, Mil'; Richardo Levit, Mil'; & Thoma Abney, Mil', Alderman'; Necnon major' parte Communiar' dictæ Civitat' in eodem Com' Concil' tunc & ibidem Assemblat'.


An ACT of Common Council for Settling the Methods of Calling, Adjourning and Dissolving the Common Halls, upon the several Elections of the Mayor, Sheriffs, Chamberlain, and other Officers usually there Chosen.

 

WHereas by reason of some Disputes concerning the Right and Power of Calling and Adjourning of Common Halls, for Election of Mayor, Sheriffs, Chamberlain, and other Officers and Persons at such Halls usually Chosen, several Disorders have arisen amongst the Citizens of this City, to the great Disquiet thereof.

Now for the preventing the like Mischiefs for the future, and that a certain and undoubted Method may be observed therein for the time to come, Be it declared by the Right Honourable the Lord Maior, Aldermen and Commons in Common Council Assembled, and by the Authority thereof, That the Right of Assembling Commons Halls, for the Election of the Lord Maior, Sheriffs, and other Publick Officers of this City, and the Power to dissolve the same, after such Elections made and finished, and not otherwise, is, and of Right ought to be in the Lord Mayor of this City for the time being.

And it is Enacted and Ordained for the future, That if after any Common Hall is assembled, for any of the Elections as aforesaid, a Poll and Scrutiny, or either of them, shall be lawfully demanded, or any other Difficulty shall arise, which may require the Adjournment of the said Hall, That then the Right of granting and taking the Poll and Scrutiny, or either of them, and Adjourning the said Hall from time to time, till such Poll and Scrutiny are concluded, and the several Elections finished, shall be in the Sheriffs of the said City for the time being, and no other; Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

But if it shall at any time happen, That any Dispute or Difference shall arise at such Elections between the Sheriffs for the time being, touching any Matter relating to Adjournments, Polls or Scrutinies, that may impead or hinder the compleating and finishing thereof within the Times hereafter for that purpose limited and appointed; That then and in such Case, all such Differences between them, the said Sheriffs, shall be determined by the Right Honourable the Lord Maior for the time being; and such Orders and Directions as his Lordship shall therein make, shall be observed by the said Sheriffs accordingly; And in default of an immediate Compliance with such Orders and Directions, That then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Lord Maior for the time being, to proceed in granting and taking the Poll and Scutiny, or either of them; and in Adjourning the said Hall from time to time, till such Poll or Scrutiny are concluded, and the several Elections finished; in like manner as the said Sheriffs should or might have done, in case no such Difference had hapned.

And it is hereby further Enacted and Ordained, That where any Poll or Scrutiny, or either of them, for determining the Elections of the Officers and Persons aforesaid shall be granted, that the Sheriffs for the time being shall finish such Poll within Three days next and immediately ensuing the First meeting and assembling of the Common Hall; And that the said Sheriffs shall and are hereby required to finish the Scrutiny, and to make Return of such Officers and Persons as shall be so Chosen, within Seven Days next and immediately ensuing the finishing of such Poll: And in case of Difference between the said Sheriffs, as aforesaid, That then the Lord Maior for the time being, shall and is hereby required to finish such Poll within Three Days next and immediately ensuing such Difference, and to finish the Scrutiny, and to make Retorn of such Officers and Persons as shall be so Chosen, within Seven Days next and immediately ensuing the finishing of such Poll, in like manner as the Sheriffs should have done, in case no such Difference, as aforesaid, had hapned.

And it is hereby further Enacted and Ordained, That no person or persons that shall be hereafter

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