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LA W S

CONCERNING THE

ELECTION

O F

MEMBERS

O F

PARLIAMENT;

WITH THE

DETERMINATIONS

OF THE

HOUSE of COMMONS

THEREON,

AND ALL THEIR INCIDENT S$

CONTINUED DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME.
THE WHOLE

DIGESTED UNDER PROPER TITLES;

ALSO AN

APPENDIX of PRECEDENTS,

WITH
A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS.

- ' ■ — ' "»

By a Gentleman of the Inner-Temple.

' m

LONDON:

Printed for W. Owen, N». it. in Fleet-Street, near Temple-Bar^

M DCC LXVIII,



PREFACE.



" "D EC AUSE the true and ancient Infti^
Jj tution of Parliament* do require the
lower Houfe, at this Time, if ever, to be
Compounded of the graveft, ableft, and wor-
thieft Members that may be found : We do
hereby, (faid King 'James the Firft, in a Pro-
clamation for a Parliament) out of the Care of
the common Good, wherein the'mfelves are
participant, without all Prejudice to the Free-
dom of Elections, admonifh all cur loving
Subjects, that have Votes in the Election of
Knights and Burgeffes, of thefe few Points fol-
lowing.

'* That they cafl: their Eyes upon the wor-
thieft Men of all Sorts, Knights and Gentle-
men, that are Lights and Guides in their
Countries, experienced Parliament Men, wife
and difcreet Statefmen, that have been prac-
tifed in public Affairs, whether at Home or
Abroad, grave and eminent Lawyers, fubftan-

a 2 tial



\o°5



rv PREFACE.

tial Citizens and Burgeffes, and generally fuch
as are interefted and have Portion in the
Eftate.

" Secondly, That they make Choice of fuch
as are well affected in Religion, without de-
clining either on the one Hand to Blindnefe
and Superftition, or on the other Hand to
Scifm or turbulent Difpofition.

" Thirdly, and Laftly, That they be truly
fenfible, not to difvalue or difparage the Houfe
with Bankrupts and neceffitous Perfons, that
may defire long Parliaments only for Protec-
tion j Lawyers of mean Account and Eflima-
tion j young men that are not ripe for grave
Confultations j mean Dependants upon great
Perfons, that may be thought to have their
Voices under Command, and fuch like ob-
fcure and inferior Perfons : fo that, to con-
clude, we may have the Comfort to fee before
us the very Face of a fufficient and well com-
pofed Houfe, fuch as may be worthy to be a
Reprefentative of a third Eftate of our King-
dom, fit to nouriih a loving and comfortable
Meeting between Us and our People, and fit
to be a noble Instrument, under the Bleffing
of Almighty God, and our princely Care and
Power, and with the loving Conjunction of
our Prelates and Peers, for the fettling fo great
Affairs, " as the proper Objects of Parliament.
See Lord Bacon's Works, 3 Vol. Qm. 387,

388.;.



CONTENTS.



( v )



CONTENTS.



I. ENGLAND.

Qualifications of the Electors for England, p.
3, 14. for Chejler and Durham, 2, 3. for
Knights of the Shire, 5. for Citizens & Bur-
gefifes, 10. Freedom of Election, 15. Riots, 17.

Qualifications of the elected Knights of the Shire,
24, 25. Citizens & BurgefTes, 25. Bribery &
Corruption, 38.

The Manner of and Proceedings at Eleclions, 41.
of Knights of the Shire, 46. of Citizens & Bur-
gefles, 52. for London, 52. the Return, 56.



II. SCOTLAND.

The Qualifications of the Electors of the Peers,
64. of the Elected, 66. The Manner of and Pro-
ceedings at the Election, 77.

a 3 The



VI



CONTENTS.



The Qualifications of the Electors of the Com-
woners, 68 of the Elected, 77. the Manner of,
and Proceedings at the Election, 80.

III. WALES, 92.

IV. The Determinations of the Houfe of Com-
mons thereon, cigefted alphabetically, and in a Se-
ries, accordingly the Order of Time, 95.



ACTS



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A



O F



PARLIAMENT, CITED.

$R. z.Ji. 2.C.4. TT* VERY one to whom it be-
j2j longeth, fhall, upon Sum-
mons, come to the Parliament.

7 H. 4. ch. 15. The Manner of the Election of
Knights of Shires for a Parliament.

1 H. $.cb. 1. What Sort of People fhall be
chofen, and who fhall be Choofers
of the Knights and BurgefTes of
the Parliament.

3 H. 6. ch. 7. What Sort of Men fhall be
Choofers ; and who fhall be chofen
Knights of the Parliament.

10 H. 6. ch. 2. Certain Things required in him
who fhall be a Choofer of the
Knights of Parliament.

a 4 Who



( v »l )

23 H. 6. ch. 14. Who fhall be Knights for the
Parliament. The Manner of their
Election. The Remedy where one
is chofen and another returned.

34 &? 35 H. 8. An Act for making of Knights
ch. 13. and BurgefTes within the County

and City of Chejier.

35 H. 8. ch. 11. The Bill for Knights and Bur-

geffes in Wales, concerning the
Payment of their Fees and Wages.

5 Eliz. c. 0. An Act for Punifhment of fuch
as mall procure or commit any wil-
ful Perjury.

29 Eliz. c. 5. An Act for the Continuance an,d
perfecting of divers Statutes.

21 Jac. c. 28. An Act for continuing and re-,
viving of divers Statutes, and Re-
peal of divers others.

25 C. 2. ch. 9. An Act to enable the County
Palatine cf Durham, to fend Knights
and BurgefTes to. ferve in Parlia-.
menr.

^oC.i.jk.z. c.i. An Act for the more effectual
pveferving the King's Perfon and
Government, by difabling Papifts
from fitting in either Houfe of
Parliament.

\}V& M. c, 1. An Act for removing and pre-
venting all Questions and Dilputes



v



i ( ix )

concerning the AfTembling and fit-
ting of this prefent Pajliament.

iW.&M.ft.i. An Act for the Abrogating of
cb. 8. the Oaths of Supremacy and Alle-

giance, and appointing other Oaths.

iW.&M.c,\%. An Act for exempting their
Majefties Proteftant Subjects, dif-
fenting from the Church of Enr-
land, trom the Penalties of certain
J-aws.

i W. &? M. An Act declaring the Rights and
Setf. 2. cb. 2. Liberties of the Subject, and fet-
tling: the Sucefiion of the Crown.



o



2 IV. £5? M. ft. 1, An Act to declare the Right and
cb. 7. Freedom of Election of Members

to ferve in Parliament for the
Cinque- Ports.

§W.& M.c.y. An Act for granting to their
Majefties certain Rates and Duties
upon Salt, and upon Beer, Ale, and
other Liquors ; for fecuring cer-
tain Recompences and Advantages
in the faid Act mentioned, to fuch
Pcrfons as mail voluntarily ad-
vance the Sum of ten hundred
thoufand Pounds towards carrying
on the War againft France.

§W.i2M.c.io. An Act for granting to their
Majeftigfi feveral Rates and Duties
upon Tonnage of Ships and Vef-
fcls, and upon Beer, Ale, and
other Liquors i lor fecuring cer-
tain



C x )

tain Recompenccs and Advantages
in the faid Act mentioned, to fuch
Perfons as fhall voluntarily advance
the Sum of fifteen hundred thou-
iand Pounds towards carrying on
the War againft France.

7 W. 3. ch. 4. An Act for pe venting Charge
and Expence in Elections of Mem-
bers to ferve in Parliament.

7 W. 3. ch. 7. An Act to prevent falfe ancf
double Returns of Members to
ferve in Parliament.

7 & JV. 3. c. 25. An Act for the further regulat-
ing Elections of Members to ferve
in Parliament; and for the pre-
venting irregular Proceedings of
Sheriffs and other Officers in the
electing and returning fuch Mem-
bers.

i 6? 8 JV. 3. e. An Act for the better Security
27. feci. 19. or " bis Majefty's Royal Perfon and
Government.

10 & 1 1 JV. 3. An Act for preventing irregular

ch. 7. Proceedings of Sheriffs and other

Officers, in making the Returns of
Members chofen to ferve in Par-
liamement.

1 1 & 12 JV. 3. An Act for granting an Aid to

c b t 2. bis Majefty by Sale of the forfeit-

ed, and other Eftates and Interefts
in Ireland - t and by a Land -Tax in

England*,



, ( XI )

TLngland, for the feveral Purpofes
therein mentioned.

j 2 £*? 13 W. 3. An Act for the further Limita-
ch. 2. tion of the Crown, and better fe-

euring the Rights and Liberties of
the Subjects.

12 &* 13 /F. 3. An Act for granting an Aid to
ch. 10. his Majefty, for defraying the Ex-
pence of his Navy, Guards and
Garrifons for one Year, and for
other neceffary Occafions.

}2 W. 3. fh. 6. An Aft for the further Security
of his Majefty's Perfon, and the
SuccefTion of the Crown in the Pro-
teftant Line, and for extinguishing
the Hopes of the pretended Prince
of Wales, and all other Pretenders,
and their open and fecret Abettors.

1 Ann, ft. 1. c.22. An Act to declare the Altera-
tions in the Oath appointed to be
taken by the Aft, intituled, " An
Ad: for the further Security of his
Majefty's Perfon, and the Succef-
fion of the Crown in the Protectant
Line, and for extinguifhing the
Hopes of the pretended Prince of
Wales, and all other Pretenders,
and their open and fecret Abettors,
and for declaring the AfTociation
to be determined.

2&? 3 Annch.if. An Acl: for the public Regi-
ftring of all Deeds, Conveyances
and Wills that fhall be made of

any



r ( xii )

any Honours, Manors, Lands, Te-
nements or Hereditaments within
the Weft-Riding of the County of
York, after the nine and twentieth
Day of September, One thoufand
feven hundred and four.

i& $Ann,ch.$. An Act for the Union of the
two Kingdoms of England and
Scotland.

6 Ann, ch, 6. An Act for rendering the Union
of the two Kingdoms more entire
and complete.

$ Ann, ch. 7. An Aft for the Security of her
Majefty's Perfon and Government,
and of the Succeflion to the Crown
of Great Britain in the Proteftant
Line.

6 Ann, ch. 23. An Act to make further Provi-
fion for electing and fummoning
fixteen Peers of Scotland, to fit in
the Houfe of Peers in the Parlia-
ment of Great Britain, and for try-
ing Peers for Offences committed
in Scotland, and for the further re-
gulating of Elections of Members
to ferve in Parliament.

6 Ann, ch. 35. An Act for the public Regi-
ftring of all Deeds, Conveyances,
Wills, and other Incumbrances
that (hall be made of, or that may
affect any Honors, Manors, Lands,
Tenements, or Hereditaments
within the Eaft Riding of the Coun-
ty



( xiii )
ty of York* or the Town and
County of the Town of Kingflon
upon Hull, after the nine and twen-
tieth Day of September* One thou-
fand feven hundred and eight ;
and for the rendering the Regifter
in the Weft Riding* more com-
plete.

7 Ann* cb, 20. An Act for the public Regi-
ftring of Deeds, Conveyances, and
"Wills, and other Incumbrances
which mall be made of, or that
may effect any Honors, Manors,
Lands, Tenements, or Heredita-
ments, within the County of Mid-
dle/ex* after the twenty-ninth Day
of September* One thoufand feven
hundred and nine.

9 Ann, ch. 5. An Act for fecuring the Free-
dom of Parliaments by the further
qualifying the Members to fit in.
the Houfe of Commons.

io Ann* c. 19. An Act for laying feveral Du-
ties upon ail Sope and Paper made
in Great Britain* or imported into
the fame •, and upon chequered and
ftriped Linnens imported •, and
upon certain Silks, Callicoes, Lin-
nens and Stuffs, printed, painted,
or ftained ; and upon feveral
Kinds of ftamped Vellum, Parch-
ment and Paper ; and upon cer-
tain printed Papers, Pamphlets,
and Advertifements ; for raifing
the Sum of Eighteen hundred

thoufand

ft



( *iY )

thoufand Pounds, by way of Lot-
tery towards her Majefty's Supply;
and for Licenfing an additional
Number of Hackney Chairs; and
for charging certain Stocks of
Cards and Dice; and for better fe-
curing her Majefty's Duties to arife
in the Office, for Stamp-Duties by
Licences for Marriages, and other-
wife; and for Relief of Perfons
who have not claimed their Lot-
tery Tickets in due Time, or have
loft Exchequer Bills, or Lottery
Tickets ; and for borrowing Mo-
ney upon Stock (Part of the Capi-
piral of the South Sea Company)
for the Ufe of the Public.

10 Ann, ch. 23* An Act for the more effectual
preventing fraudulent Conveyances
in order to multiply Votes for
electing Knights ofSJiires to ferve
in Parliament.

12 Ann, ch. 5. An Act to explain a Claufe in an
Ad of the laft Seffion of Parlia-
ment, intitled, " An Act for the
more effectual preventing fraudu-
lent Conveyances, in order to mul-
tiply Votes for electing Knights of
Shires to ferve in Parliament, as
far as the fame relates to the afcer-
taining the Value of Freeholds of
forty Shillings per Annum,

12 Ann, Seff, 1. An Act for the better regulating
ch % 6. the Elections of Members to ferve

in



( xr )

in Parliament for that Part of Great
Britain called Scotland.

iiAn.ft, i. CIS- An Act for making perpetual
an Act made in the feventh Year
of the Reign of the late King Wil-
liam, intituled, " An Act to pre-
vent falfe and double Returns of
Members to ferve in Parliament/*

i Geo. ft. 2. c.4.. An Act to explain the Act made
in the twelfth Year of the Reign
of King William the Third, inti-
tled, " An Act for the further Li-
mitation of the Crown, and better
fecuring the Rights and Liberties
of the Subject."

1 Geo. ft. 2. f.13. An Ad for further Security of
his Majefty's Perfon and Govern-
ment, and the Succefiion of the
Crown in the Heirs of the late
Princefs Sophia, being Proteftants;
and for extinguishing the Hopes
of the pretended Prince of Wales,
and his open and fecret Abettors.

% Geo. c. 8. An Act for redeeming feveral
Funds of the Governor and Com-
pany of the Bank of England, pur-
suant to former Proviioes of Re-
demption •, and for fecuring to
them feveral new Funds and Al-
lowances redeemable by Parlia-
ment ; and for obliging them to
advance further Sums not exceed-
ing two millions five hundred
thoufand Pounds, at five Pounds

per



( xvi )

per Centum, as mall be 'found tie-
ceflary to be employed in lefiening
the national Debts and Incum-
brances •, and for continuing cer-
tain Provifions formerly made for
the Expences of his Majefty's civil
Government, and for Payment of
Annuities formerly purchafed at
the Rate of five Pounds per Cen-
tum \ and for other Purpofes in this
Act mentioned.

3 Geo. c. 9. An Act for redeeming the year-
ly Fund of the South Sea Company
(being after the Rate of fix Pounds
per Centum, per Annum) and fet-
tling on the laid Company a yearly'
Fund, after the Rate of five Pounds
per Centum, per Annum, redeem-
able by Parliament ; and to raife
for an Annuity or Annuities at five
Pounds per Centum, per Annum,
any Sum not exceeding two Mil-
lions, to be employed in lefTening
the national Debts and Incum-
brances ; and for making the faid
new yearly Fund and Annuities to
be hereafter redeemable in the Time
and Manner thereby prefcribed.

6 Geo. c. 18. An Act for better fecurlng cer-
tain Powers and Privileges intend-
ed to be granted by his Majefty,
by two Charters for AfTurance of
Ships and Merchandizes at Sea, and
for lending Money upon Bottom-
ry j and for restraining leveral ex-
travagant



( xvii )

travagant and unwarrantable Prac-
tices therein mentioned.

1 Geo. 2. ch. $6. An Act to difable any Perfon

from being chofen a Member of,
or from fitting and voting in the
Houfe of Commons, who has any
Penfion for any Number of Years
from the Crown.

ii Geo. i. c. 1 8. An Act for regulating Elections
within the City of London •, and for
prefer ving the Peace, good Order,
and Government of the faid City.

2 Geo. 2.^.24. An Act for the more effectual

preventing Bribery and Corruption
in the Election of Members to
ferve in Parliament.

2 Geo. 2. c. 25. An Aft for the more effectual
preventing and further Punifhment
of Forgery, Perjury, and Subordi-
nation of Perjury ; and to make it
Felony to (leal Bonds, Notes, or
other Securities for Payment of
Money.

7 Geo. 2. c. 16. An Act for the better regulat-
ing the Election of Members to
ferve in the Houfe of Commons,
for that Part of Great Britain called
Scotland',, and for incapacitating
the Judges of the Court of Seffion,
Court of Judiciary, and Barons of
■ the Court of Exchequer in Scotland,
to be elected, or to fit or vote as
b Members



( xviii )

Members of the Houfe of Com-
mons.

S Geo. 2. ch. 6. An Act for the public Regi-
flring of all Deeds, Conveyances,
and Wills, and other Incumbrances,
that fhall be made of, or that may
affect, any Honors, Manors, Lands,
Tenements or Hereditaments, with-
in the North Riding of the County
of Tork, after the nine and twen-
tieth Day of Sept ember ', One thou-
fand feven hundred and thirty -fix.

8 Ceo. 2. ch. 30. An Act for regulating the Quar-

tering of Soldiers during the Time
of Elections of Members to ferve
in Parliament.

9 Geo. 2. dp. 18. An Act for reviving and conti-

nuing the Acts therein mentioned,
and for explaining and amending a
Claufe in an Act made in the firft
Year of the Reign of his late Ma-
jefty King George the Firft, inti-
tied, " An Act for making the
Laws for repairing the Highways
more effectual, relating to the ap-
pointing Scavengers in Cities and
Market Towns, and the Ordering
the Afleflments for the repairing
and cleanfing the Streets therein."

9 Geo. 2. ch. 38. An Act to explain and amend fo
much of an Act made in the fe-
cond Year of his prefent Majefly's
Reign, intitled, " An Act for the
more effectual preventing Bribery

and



( xix )

and Corruption in the Election of
Members to ferve in Parliament,"
as relates to the commencing and
carrying on of Profecutions ground-
ed upon the faid Act.

13 Geo. 2. c. J. An Aft for naturalizing fuch
Foreign Protectants, and others
therein mentioned, as are fettled
or fhall fettle, Jn any of his Ma-
jefty's Colonies in America.

1 3 Geo. 2. c, 22. An Act for the more effectually
preventing fraudulent Qualifica-
tions of Perfons to vote as Free-
holders in the Election of Mem-
bers to ferve in Parliament for fuch
Cities and Towns as are Counties
of themfelves in that Part of Great
Britain called England.

j 5 Geo. 2. c. 20. An Act to exclude certain Offi-
cers from being Members of the
Houfe of Commons.

16 Geo. 2. c. 11. An Act to explain and amend
the Laws touching the Election of
Members to ferve for the Com-
mons in Parliament, for that Pare
of Great Britain' called Scotland \
and to reftrain the Partiality, and
regulate the Conduct of returning
Officers at fuch Elections.

lS Geo. 2. c. i8« An Act to explain and amend

the Laws touching the Elections of

Knights of the Shire to ferve in

b 2 Parliament



( xx )

Parliament for that Part of Great
Britain called England.

19 Geo. 2. c. 28. An Act for the better regulat-

ing of Elections of Members to
ferve in Parliament for fuch Cities
and Towns in that Part of Great
Britain called England^ as are
Counties of themfelves.

20 Geo. 2.C.44.. An Act to extend the Provi-

fions of an Act made in the thir-
teenth Year of his prefent Majef-
ty's Reign, intitled, " An Act for
naturalizing fuch Foreign Protec-
tants, and others therein mention-
ed, as are fettled, or fhall fettle in
any of his Majefty's Colonies in
America, to other Foreign Protef-
tants who confcientioufly . fcruple
the taking of an Oath.

22 Geo. 2. c. 44. An Act to enable fuch Officers,

Mariners, and Soldiers, as have

been in his Majefty's Service fince

..his Acceflion to the Throne, to

exercife Trades.

31 Geo. 2. c. 14. An Act for further explaining
the Laws touching the Electors of
Knights of the Shire to ferve in
Parliament for that Part of Great
Britain called England.

33 Geo. 2. c. 20 An Act to enforce and render
more effectual the Laws relating to
the Qualification of Members to fit
the Houfe of Commons.

1 2 Geo.



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2 Geo. 3. c. 25. An Act for naturalizing fuch

Foreign Proteftants as have ferved,
or fhall ferve for the Time therein
mentioned, as Officers or Soldiers
in his Majefty's Royal American
Regiment, or as Engineers in Ame-
rica.

3 Geo. 3. c. 15. An Act to prevent occafional

Freemen from voting at Elections
of Members to ferve in Parliament
for Cities and Boroughs.

3 Geo. 3. c. 24. An A£t to prevent fraudulent
and occafional Votes in the Elec-
tions of Knights of the Shire, and
of Members for Cities and Towns
which are Counties of themfelves,
fo far as relates to the Right of
voting, by Virtue of an Annuity
or Rent- Charge.



ADVERTISEMENT.



THE Editor thinks it incumbent on him to
inform the Public that they will find " Lord Lyt-
tkton's Hiftory of the Life of King Henry the Se-
cond," " L. C. Baron Comyns's Digeft of the Laws
of England •" " Doftor Blackjlone's Commentaries
on the Laws of England;" " JVhitelockeh Notes
upon the King's Writ for choofing Members of
Parliament, by Doctor Morton" largely quoted in
this Work.



ERRATA,



Page Line for read

2 in Notes Mor. Wbitel. &c. 2 Mor. Wkittl. Sec,
14 25 dele, " and of Bribery and Corruption*'

20 30 Cudody Cuftody

200 15 delt " The Oaths for this laft Head are to

be found under Title Bribery ; the
Reft are as follow, except for Lon-
don and Scotland, which fee, 1 ' and
infert " See Appendix."



LAWS, &c.



TH E Commons make the third fiftate of
Parliament, and confift of Knights of Shires,
Citizens and Burgeffes; and all ought to be elected
by Writ, ex Debito Juftitia ; and they reprefent all
the Commons of the Realm, 4 Inft. 1.

The * Beginning of their Attendance in Parlia-
ment feems to have been fince the fortieth Year of
Hen. 3. and the firft Writ for their Election, 49
Hen. 3» Cot. abr. Pr<ef. 11, 12, 13. b.

In the Election of Knights, Citizens and Bur*
gefles to ferve in Parliament confifts the Exercife
of the democratical Part of our Conftitution : for
in a Democracy there can be no Exercife of Sove-
reignty but by Suffrage) which is the Declaration
of the People's Will. In all Democracies there-

* One great Point, which a modern noble Hirtorian, and
the moft able by far that England ever produced, hath demon-
ftrated that the Origin of the Houfe of Commons, particularly
the Right of the Boroughs to fend Members to Parliament, is of
a much earlier Date than 49 Hen. 3. the Period afligned by
Mod other Hiftorians : He aflerts and prove?, that this Right,
and the Exercife of it, is as ancient as the firft Introduction of
the Anglo Saxon Government into this Ifland : that it was
brought over by the Saxons, from Germany, where it had been
enjoyed by that free People from Time immemorial ; and that
it prevailed in England, during ail the Reigns ofcrthe Saxtrn
Kings and vvas never abolifhsd even under thofe of the Nor-.
mam. See Lord Ljttletons Hiftory of the Life of Htn. 2. Vol.
i. p. 27 3 to 286. Vol. 3. p. 62 to 114.

B fore



( 2 )

fore it is of the utmoft Importance to regulate by
whom, and in what Manner, the Suffrages * ars
to be given. In England, where the People do not
debate in a collective Body, but by Reprefentation ;
the Exercife of this Sovereignty confifts in the
Choice of Reprefentatives. The Laws f have
therefore very ftrictly guarded againft Ufurpation
or Abufe of this Power, by many falutary Provi-
fions, which may be reduced to thefe three Points,

i. The Qualifications of the EleBors.

3. The Qualifications of the Eletled.

3. The Manner of and Proceedings at Elections .

Thefe we fhall confider as they affect,

I. England ; II. Scotland ; III. Wales.

. I. ENGLAND.

Previous to our general Inquiry, we will men-
tion the few Particulars concerning

1. Chejler; 2. Durham.

1. Chejler.

By Stat. 34 fc? 35 Hen. 8. c. 13. feci. 1. « The
County Palatine of Chejter, fhall have two Knights,
and like wife two Citizens to be Burgefles for the
City of Chejler, to be cholen by Procefs, to be
awarded by the Chancellor of England, unto the
Chamberlain of Chejler, his Lieutenant or Deputy ;

* The Athenians were (o jnftly jealous of this Prerogative,
that a Stranger who interfered in the AiTemblies of the People,
was punifhed by their Laws with Death ; becaufe fuch a Man
yas efteemed guilty of High Treafon, by usurping thofe Rights
of Sovereignty, to which he had no Title. Black. Com. 165.

*t Mir. Wbittl. on Gowru. cUij>. 77. fol. 97, 9S.

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and like Procefs to be made by the Chamberlain,
&c. to the Sheriff of Cbejler ; the Election to be
made under like Form as is ufed within the County
Palatine of Lancajier, or any other County and
City where fhall be Knights and Burgeffes of Parli-
ment." See Stat. 18 Geo. 2. c. 18. feci. 12.

By Stat. 10 Ann c. 23. feci. 7. " The Sheriff of
the County Palatine of Chefier, againft every Elec-
tion of Knights of the Shire, fhall caufe {even
Tables, and no more, to be made at the Cofts of
the Candidates, within the Shire Hall of the Coun-
ty, for taking the Poll, viz. Two at the upper
End, Two at each Side, and One at the lower
End of the Hall."

2. Durham.

By Stat. 25 Car. 2. c. 9. " The County Palatine
of Durham may have two Knights for the County,
and the City of Durham two Citizens to be Bur-



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