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four Burgeffes of the Common- Council of the faid
Borough.

Calne,

Veneris, 22 die Decembris, 1710.

i. Refolved, That the Right of Election of

Members to ferve in Parliament for the Borough

of Calne, in the County of Wilts, is in the Inhabi-

I 2 of



( ii6)

tants of the faid Borough, having a Right of Com-
mon, and being fworn at Ogborn-Court.

Marti s, 25 die Februarii, 1723.

2. Refolved, That the Right of Election of Bur-
gefles to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Calne, in the County of Wilts, is in the ancient Bur-
gefies of the faid Borough only.

3. Refolved, That the Right of returning Bur-
geifes to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Calne, in the County of Wilts, is in the Guild-Ste-
wards of rhe faid Borough.



'o'



Martis, 19 die Apr Ms, 1743.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do iffue his Warrant
to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ
for the electing of a Burgefs to ferve in this prefent
Parliament for the Borough of Calne, in the County
of Wilts, in the room of Lieutenant Colonel William
Elliot, who, fince his Election for the faid Bo-
rough, hath accepted the Office of one of the
Equerries to his Majefty.

Mart is, 24 die Februarii, 1746.

A Complaint being made to the Houfe, at the
Requeft ol the BurgefTes of the Borough of Calne,
in the County of Wilts, that an undue Attempt
had been made to influence them, in giving their
Votes for a Member to ferve in Parliament for the
faid Borough, by the Promife of 1 500 /. to be de-
pofited in a Banker's Hands for that Purpofe, to be
fpent, or distributed, as the major Part of the Elec-
tors fhall think proper.

And a Letter figned W. Liverland, and dated
London, January 13, 1746, directed to Mr. Wil-
liam Hale, and brought to him, as the Houfe was
informed, by Mr. Stephen Hale, (in which Letter
that Depofit is promifed for that Purpofe) was
brought up to the Table, and read.

Ordered,



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Ordered, That W. Liverland do attend this
Houfe, on this Day feven- night.

Ordered, That William Hale do attend this Houfe
upon this Day feven-night.

Ordered, That Stephen Hale do attend this Houfe
upon this Day feven-night.

Note. Afterwards Liverland, not attending, was
ordered to be taken into Cuftody, and not being
found, a Proclamation, with a Reward for appre-
hending him, was publifhed, in purfuance of an
Addrefs for that Purpofe.

Cambridge*

Jovis, 9 die Februarii, 1709.

1. Refolved, That the Right of electing Bur-
gefTes to ferve in Parliament for the Town of Cam-
bridge, is in the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Freemen not
receiving Alms.

Veneris, 2 7 die Mai 'i, 1715.

2. Mr. Hampden (according to Order) reported
from the Committee, &c.

Refolved, That it is the Opinion of this Com-
mittee, that the Mayor, Bailiffs and Bnrgeues of
the Town of Cambridge, may hold a fummon's
Common-day Court, and admit Freemen without
fix: Aldermen of the faid Town being then prefent.

Refolved, &c.

Refolved, Sec.

The firft Refolution (viz. the 2d above) being
read a fecond Time, and the Queftion being put,
that the Houfe do agree with the Committee in
the faid Refolution,

It paffed in the Negative.

Mart is, 13 die Julii, 1742.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do iffue his Warrant

to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new

I 3 Writ



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Writ for the electing of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament for the Univerfity of Cambridge,
in the Room of the honourable Edward Finch, Efq;
who fince his Election for the faid Univerfity, hath
accepted the Office of one of the Grooms of the
Bed-Chamber to his Majefty.

ftmnetfofo

Mar lis, 8 die Maii, 1711.

1. Refolved, That Mr. Edward Cloake is legal
Mayor of thfe Borough of Camelj 'or d, in the County
pf Cornwall^ and ought to make the Return of a
Burgefs to ferve in this prefent Parliament for the
faid Borough.

Capncttp*

See Coroner, Offices, Qualification.
Lunx, 21 die Decembris, 1696.

1. Refolved, Nemine contradicente, That Henry
"Fairfax, Efq-, having contrary, to the late Act of
Parliament, expended Money in order to his Elec-
tion, to ferve in this prefent Parliament for the Bo-
rough of Aldborough in the County of York, fince
the Vacancy thereof by the Death of Sir Michael
Wentworth, is difabled and incapacitated upon the
faid Election to ferve as a Burgefs for the faid Bo-
rough.

Mercurii, 27 die Januarii, 1696.

2. Refolved, That during this Seffion of Parlia-
ment, no Warrent for a new Writ do ilTue for the
electing a Burgefs to ferve in this prefent Parlia-
ment for the faid Borough of Aldborough, in the
room of Sir Michael Wentworth, Bart, deceafed.

3. Note, In the next Seffion the Houfe did not order
a new Writ until the Borough petitioned, acknow-
ledging



I "9)
Jedging, fcte See the Votes, Veneris, 3 die Bee,
1697, and Jovis, 30 die Dec. 1697.

y^w, 6 die Mar tit, 1711.

4. The Order of the Day being read, for taking
into Confideration the Merits of the Petition of the
Freemen, and Free-Burghers of the Borough of
King's-Lyrm in the County of Norfolk.

And a Motion being made, and the Queftion
being put, that Counfel be called in,
It pafled in the Negative.

5. Then the Writ for electing a Burgefs for the
faid Borough in the room of Robert Walpole, Efq;
expelled this Houfe ; and alfo the Sheriff of Nor-
folk's. Precept thereupon, and the Indenture of the
Return between the faid Sheriff, and the Mayor
and Burgelfes of the faid Borough, were read.

Refolved, That Robert Walpole, Efq; having
been this Seflion of Parliament committed a Pri-
foner to the Tower of London, and expelled this
Houfe for an high Bfeach of Truft in the Execu-
tion of his Office, and notorious Corruption, when
Secretary at War, was, and is incapable of being
elected a Member to ferve in this prefent Parlia-
ment.

6. Refolved, That the late election for a Burgefs
to ferve in this prefent Parliament for the faid Bo-
rough of King's- Lynn, in the County of Norfolk, is
a void Election.

Cat&fpm

See Qualification.

Jovis, 7 die Mali, 1730. .

1. Refolved, That the Burgeffes of the Borough
of Tregaron have not a Right to Vote in the Elec-

I 4 tion



( 120 )

tion of a Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for the
Town of Cardigan.

2. Refolved, That the Right of Election of a
Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for the Town of
Cardigan, in the County of Cardigan, is in the
BurgefTes at large or the Boroughs of Cardigan^
/ibenftwitb, Lampeter and Atpar only.

Carmarthen*

Martis, 19 die Martii, 1727.

1. Refolved, That the Right of Election of Bur-
gefTes to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Carmarthen is in the BurgefTes of the faid Borough,

Sabbat i, 23 die Martii, 1727.

2. Refolved, That the Execution of the Writ for
electing a Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for the
County-Borough of Carmarthen, and the making
a Return thereof, are in the two Sheriffs of the faid
borough jointly.

Cfjepinn^icom&e,

Jovis, 17 die Martii, 1725.

1. Refolved, Nemine contradicente, That it ap-
. pears to this Houfe, that in an Entry of BurgefTes

made at the Borough of Cheping-Wicombe in the
County of Bucks, dated the 20th of May 17 17,
there has been an Erazure lately made, and the
Name of Captain Pyet inferted, without any legal
Authority.

2. Refolved, Nemine contradicente, That it ap-
pears to this Houfe, that in an Entry of BurgefTes
made at the faid Borough of Cheping-Wicombe,
dated the 26th of September 1723, an Erazure has
t>een lately made, whereby the Name of Davia)

§hilfore i



( 121 )

$bilfore, a Burgefs of trie faid Borough, is
erazed.

3. Refolved) Nemine contradicente y That Sampfort
tfrejley and John Widiner, who were admitted to vote
at the late Election of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament for the faid Borough of Cheping-
Wicombe (having no Pretence to be Burgeffes of the
faid Borough, but under a Charter of King James
the Second, which was never accepted or enrolled)
have no Right of voting in Elections of Burgeffes
to ferve in Parliament for the faid Borough.

Cljeffer*

9 die Fehuarii, 1 y^.y.

i. Refolved, That the Right of Election for the
City of Chejier, is in the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Common-Council of the faid City, and in fuch of
the Freemen of the faid City not receiving Alms,
as (hall have been commorant within the faid City,
or the Liberties thereof, for the Space of one whole
Year next before the Election of the Citizens, to
ferve in the Parliament for the faid City.

C&ippenfemn

9 die ApriliSy 1624.

1. Refolved, That the New Charter alters not
the Cuftoms ; and that the Burgeffes and Freemen,
more than Twelve, have Voice in the Election.

Jovis, 28 die Januarii, 1741.

On an Hearing.

The laft Determination of the Houfe, concern-
ing the Right of Electing Burgeffes to ferve in Par-
liament for the faid Borough, made the 9th Day
pf April \ 1624, (when it was refolved, That the

newv



( 122 )

new Charter altered not the Cuftoms, and that the
BurgefTes and Freemen, more than twelve, had
Voice in the Election) was alfo read.

A Motion was made, and the Queftion being
put, that in the lafl Determination or this Houfe,
of the Right of Election of Members to ferve in
Parliament for the Borough of Chippenham in the
County of Wilts, made the ninth Day of April,
in the Year One thoufand fix hundred twenty-four;
which is, " That the new Charter alters not the
Cuftoms-, and that the BurgefTes and Freemen,
more than twelve, have Voice in the Election,"
the Words Burgejfes and Freemen, mean only fuch
BurgefTes and Freemen, as are Inhabitants, Houf-
holders of the ancient Houfes, called Free, or
Burgage Houfes within the faid Borough,

It paiTed in the Negative.

C&rtff-'C&utclK

Mercurii, 14 die Julii, 1742,

. Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do ilTue his Warrant
to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new
Writ for the. electing of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament for the Borough o&Chri ft -Church,
in the County of Southampton, in the room of Ed-
ward Hooper, Efq; who, fince his Election for the
faid Borough, hath accepted the Office of Pay-
malter of divers annual Bounties and Penfions,

Ctttnceffet*

Mart is, 4 die Ncvembris, 1 690.

_ 1. Refolved, By the Committed, That the Inha-
bitants of the Borough of Grencefter (in Com. Glou-
cejier) receiving a charitable Donative, commonly
* called



( i*3 )
called By-Money* have not a Right to vote In elec-
ting Burgefles to ferve in Parliament.

2. Refohed, That the Inhabitants of the Bo-
rough of Cirencejler being Inmates, have no Right
to vote in electing Burgefles to ferve in Parliament.

Upon the Queftion, the Houfe did not agree
unto the firft Refolution, but agreed unto the
Second.

Jovis, 8 die Decembris, i yog.

3. The Queftion being put, that the Inhabitants
of the Abby, the Emery * and the Spiringate-Lane,
(not receiving Alms) have a Right to Vote, in
electing Members to ferve in Parliament for the
jBorough of Cirencejler {Com. Gloucester,)

It pafied in the Negative.

Cocfcermoutf)*

Mar Us, 13 die Julii, 1742.

Ordered* That Mr. Speaker do ifiue his Warrant
to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new
Writ for the electing of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament, for the Borough of Cocker-
mouth in the County of Cumberland, in the room of
the honourable William Finch, Efq; who, fince his
Election for the faid Borough, hath accepted the
Office of Vice-Chamberlain of his Majefty's Houfe-
hold.

Colc&effer*

Sabbati, 28 die Mart ii, 1696.

1. 'The Committee reported, That the Right of
Election for Colchefier, in Ejfex, was agreed to be
in the fworn Burgefles, not receiving Alms.

Sabbat^



( 124)
Sabbati, 27 die Januarii, 17 10*

2. Refohed, That the Mayor of the Borough of
Cokhejier in the County of Effex, cannot make
Foreigners Free of the faid Borough, without con-
fent of the Majority of the Aldermen and Com-
mon-Council.

Jovis, 6 die Maii, 17 14.

3. Refohed, That the Right of making Foreig-
ners (not having a Right of Freedom by Birth or
Service) Freemen of the Borough of Cokhejier, in
the County of Effex, is in the Mayor and free Bur-
gefles of the faid Borough, in Common-Hall af-
iembled.

Cornet*

Veneris, 1 1 die Januarii, 1 694.

1. Refohed, That Jafper Mawdit, Efq; is duly
elected a Burgefs to ferve in this prefent Parliament,
for the Borough of Liverpool in the County of
Lancafter.

2 . Refohed, That Mr. Alexander Norris, Mayor
of the Borough of Liverpool in the County of Lan-
cafter, having taken upon him to judge, that Jafper
Mawdit, Efq; being Coroner of the faid Borough,
was uncapable to be elected a Burgefs to ferve in
Parliament (altho' duly chofen) and having made
a falfe Return of Thomas Brothsrton, Efq; to ferve as
a Burgefs for the faid Borough, hath therein violated
the Rights of the Commons of England, and broken
the Privileges of this Houfe.

3. Refohed, That the faid Alexander Norris, for
the faid Mifdemeanor, be fent for in Cuftody of
the Serjeant at Arms attending this Houfe.



( 125 )

Coffs and e*pettce&

See Petition vexatious;
Sabbat i, 9 die Martii, 1699,

1. A Petition of Thomas Hawkfly and Rogef
Hunt, Overfeers for the Poor of Nottingham, was
prefented to the Houfe and read, praying, that
they may be relieved for their Charges in coming
to Town, their Expences here, and returning
home, being fummoned to attend the Committee
of Privileges and Elections by George Gregory,
Efq-, Petitioner againft Robert Sacheverel, Efq-,

Ordered, That the laid Mr. Gregory do pay the
Petitioners their reafonable Charges, to be fettled
by the Chairmen of the faid Committee.

Sabbati, 22 die Martii, 1711.

2. A Complaint being made to the Houfe, that
Mr. John Cunningham was fummoned in behalf of
Major-General Hamilton to attend the Commit-
tee of Privileges and Elections, to teftify his
Knowledge touching the late Election of a Mem-
ber to ferve in Parliament for the Burghs of Pitten-
ween, Anftruther-Eafter, Anftruther-Wefter, Crail,
and Kilrenny, that Major General Hamilton refufes
to pay him his reafonable Charges for his Journey
and Attendance. And a Copy of the faid Sum-
mons being brought up to the Table and read,

Ordered, That the faid John Cunningham have
his reafonable Charges for his Journey, and At-
tendance on the faid Committee; and that the fame
be afcertained by the Chairman of the faid Com-
mittee.

Jovis, 8 die Septembris, 1 7 1 5.

4. A Petition of Anne Cater of Eaftozv in the
CQunty of Bedford, Widow, John Purton of Kemp-



C 126)

Jton, James Coot of Eaton Sacon, and Stephen Nor-
man of Felmerjham in the County of Bedford, was
prefented to the Houfe, and read, praying that they
may be relieved for their Charges in coming up
and flaying in Town (being fummoned up as Wit-
nefTes by John Harvey, Efq;) to attend the hearing
the Merits of the Election for the County of Bed-
ford, at the Bar of the Houfe, they having defired
him to give them reafonable Satisfaction, which he
.hath refufed to do.

Ordered, That the faid Mr. Harvey do pay the
Petitioners their reafonable Charges, to be fettled
by Mr. Speaker.

Martis, 1 8 die Junii, 1 7 1 7.

5. A Petition of Thomas Prowfe, Steward of the
Manor of Minehead, in the County of Somerfet, was
prefented to the Houfe and read, complaining that
he was required by Warrant from Mr. Speaker, to
permit George Speke, E% or his Agents, to infpect
the Court-Rolls, and other Records of the faid
Manor, and to take out fuch Copies and Notes
therefrom as they mould think fit, and to attend
this Houfe the thirteenth Inftant with the faid
Court-Rolls, and Records ; and that he did pro-
duce the faid Court-Rolls, and did appear and was
examined : but that the faid Mr. Speke's Agent re-
fufeth to give him reafonable Satisfaction for the
fame ; and praying that he may be relieved therein.

Ordered, That the faid Thomas Prowfe be paid
his reafonable Charges to be fettled by Mr. Speaker.

Martis, 24 die Februarii, 1701.

1. Refolved, That the Freemen of Coventry re-
ceiving Alms or Charity, have no Right to vote in

the



( i2 7 )

the Election of Citizens to ferve in Parliament fo$
the City of Coventry.

Martis, i die Martii, 1708.

On a Hearing.

2. A Book being produced (alledged to be 3
Book of the Company of Fullers in the City) to
prove that they are a Company or Corporation
within the faid City.

A Motion being made, and the Queftion being
put, that the faid Book be received as Evidence.
It pafied in the Negative.

3. Refolved, That the Right of electing Citi-
zens to ferve in Parliament for the City of Coventry 7
is in fuch Perfons who have ferved Apprentice-
fhips for feven Years within the City, to one and
the fame Trade, not receiving Alms or conftant
Charities.

4. The Petitioners Council proceeding in order
to difqualify feveral of the Sitting Member's Votes,
upon account of their having received Parifh Cha-
rities ; and the Sitting Member's Council infilling,
that they have not been able to make any Difcovery
of what Perfons (on the Petitioners part) have re-
ceived the Charities of the Sacrament Money and
Bread-Money, fo as to make Objections to the Pe-
titioners Votes, upon that Account, the Minifter
and Church-wardens, alledging, they kept no Ac-
count of the fame, and WitneiTes being examined
in relation to that Matter.

A Motion being made and the Queftion being
put, that the Petitioners Council be admitted to
give Evidence to difqualify any of the Sitting
Members Votes, upon account of receiving Sa-
crament-Money, or Bread-Money.

It palled in the Negative.

5. A



( 128 )

5. A Motion being made, and the Queftiorl
being put, that Perfons receiving Sir Thomas
White's Gift, are thereby difabled from giving
their Votes in electing Citizens to fcrve in Parlia-
ment for the City of Coventry,

It palled in the Negative.

Jovis, 3 die Martii, 1708.

6. A Motion being made, and the Queftion
put, that Perfons receiving Thomas Wheatly's Gift,
are thereby difabled from giving their Votes in
electing Citizens to ferve in Parliament for the
City of Coventry.

It pafied in the Negative.

Jovis, 1 3 die Mar Hi, 1 7 1 1 .

7. Refolved, That the Members of the Company
of Fullers of the City of Coventry, being Freemen,
not receiving Alms, or weekly Charity, have a
Right to Vote in the Elections of Members to ferve
in Parliament for the faid City.

8. Refolved, That fuch Freemen of the City of
Coventry, as do not receive Alms or weekly Cha-
rity, and have ferved feven Years Apprenticefhip
within the faid City, or the Suburbs thereof, have
a Right to vote in the Elections of Members to
ferve in Parliament for the faid City.

Luna, 19 die Novemhris, 1722.

9. Refolved, That the Sitting Member's Counfel
be admitted to give Evidence touching the Qualifi-
cation of fuch Perfons as have a Right to Vote in
the Elections of Citizens to ferve in Parliament for
the City of Coventry.

Martis*



( 129 )

Mart is, 20 die Novembris, 1722.

10. Refolved, That the Right of Election of
Citizens to ferve in Parliament for the City of Co-
ventry, is in fuch Freemen as have ferved kven
Years Apprenticefhip to one and the fame Trade
in the faid City or the Suburbs thereof, and do
not receive Alms or weekly Charity, fuch Free-
men being duly fworn and enrolled.

Martis, 22 die Martii, 1736.

On a Hearing.

11. The next foregoing Refolution (of 20th No-
vember 1722,) was read-, and alio

The {landing Order of 16th January, 1735, for
reftraining Counfel from offering Evidence touch-
ing the Legality of Votes contrary to the laft De-
termination of the Houfe of Commons.

See Title Riots, of this Date.

CricMate*

Sabbat i, 22 die Februarii, 1695.

1. The Committee reported, That it was agreed
that the Right of Election for the Borough of
Cricklade {in Com. Wilts) was in the Freeholders,
Copyholders, and Leafeholders, for not .Jefs than
three Years.

2. There is not in the printed Votes of that Bay
any mention of the Right of Election : But there is a
Refolution, That the Petition of the Burgefles com-
plaining of an undue Election for the faid Borough
is vexatious, frivolous, and groundlefs.

k Dartmouth



( *3Q }

Dartmouth,
alias CkTton=Dartmautfj!i)att!ttcr^

Jovis, 21 die Nov embris, 1689.

1. The Committee reported, that it appeared
the Right of Election for the Borough of Dart-
mouth alias Clifton-Dartmouth -Hardnefs {in Com.
Devon.) was in the Freemen of the faid Borough.

2. Refched, Nemine contradicente, That twenty-
five new Freemen, made after the Writ bore Tejle,
were not duly nor legally made, agreed to by the
Houfe.

3. Ordered, That Mr. Whitrow, the late Mayor,
be taken into Cuftody for his Mifdemeanors in
making the faid Freemen.

Martis, 25 die Novembris, 1740.

The Houfe being informed that Sir Watkyn
. Williams Wynn, Bart, a Member of this Houfe,
hath accepted the Office of Steward of his Majefty's
Lord mips and Manors of Bromfield and Tale, in
in the County of Denbigh, now come to him on
the Death of his Father, Sir V/illiam Williams,
Bart, by Virtue of a Grant from Queen Anne ; and
that the faid Sir Watkyn Williams Wynn, defired
the Opinion of the Houfe, whether his Seat in
this Houfe was thereby vacated.

And the Houfe being informed, that Mr.
Thomas Gilbert attended at the Door, with a Copy
of the faid Grant, he was called in, and at the Bar
produced the fame.

And then he withdrew.

And the Copy of the faid Grant, dated the Jfixth
Day of April, in the third Year of her faid Ma-

jetty's



( W )

jefty's Reign, was read ; whereby the Queen (re-
citing a Grant of the faid Office, by KingCharles the
Second, to Henry Wynn, Efq-, for his Life •, and after
his Deceafe, to his Son, John Wynn, Efq; for his Life ;
and alfo reciting the Death of the faid Henry Wynn)
granted the faid Office to Sir William Williams,
Bart, deceafed, for his Life, to have the faid Of-
fice immediatly after the Deceafe of the faid John
Wynn ; and alfo to his Son, now Sir Watkyn Wil-
liams Wynn, for his Life, for him the faid Watkyn
Williams Wynn to have, enjoy, and exercife the laid
Office immediately after the Deceafe of the faid Sir
William Williams, with an annual Salary of twenty-
Pounds, and with all Profits to the faid Office be-
longing.

And the twenty-fixth Section of an Act made in
the fixth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, in-
titled, An /15i for the Security of her Majeflfs
Perfon and Government, and of the Succeffion to the
Crown of Great Britain in the Proteftant Line, where-
by the Election of any Perfon, who being chofen a
Member of the Houfe of Commons, fhall accept of
any Office of Profit from the Crown, is declared
to be void, was alfo read.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do ifilie his Warrant
to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new
Writ for the electing a Knight of the Shire to
ferve in this prefent Parliament for the County of
Denbigh^ in the room of Sir Watkyn Williams Wynn+
Bart, who, fince his Election for the faid County,
hath accepted the Office of Steward of his Ma*
jefty's Lordfliips and Manors of Bromfield and Tale,
in the faid County of Denbigh.

On an Hearing.

Luns, 22 die Februarii, 1741.

They examined feveral WitneiTes, and produced

Evidence, in order to prove, that the Sheriff of

K 2 the



( *3* )
the faid County was guilty of great Partiality, in
favour of the fitting Member, by obliterating and
interlining an AflefTment of the Land-Tax for the
Year 1 740, in which John Jones was rated for his
Freehold, and afterwards objecting to his vote at
the faid Election, for not being rated for the faid
Freehold •, by unneceffarily protracting the Poll ;
by objecting to the Votes of many Freeholders,
on account of Non-refidence within the faid Coun-
ty ; by querying the Votes of feveral Freeholders,
•who voted for the Petitioner Sir Watkyn Williams
Wynn^ Bart, and admitting, without a Query, the
Votes of feveral Freeholders, who voted for the
Sitting Member, though liable to the fame Ob-
jections •, by querying many Votes upon Sugges-
tion only, and fome by private Direction to his Un-
der-fheriffi by declaring, at the clofe of the Poll,
what Majority appeared for the faid Petitioner,
and delivering to each Candidate a Paper, con-
taining the Numbers of their refpective Voters,
and alio, when a Scrutiny was demanded on the
Behalf of the fitting Member, refufing to grant it,
becaufe the whole Election had been a Scrutiny ;
yet, when a Return of the faid Petitioner was de-
manded, refufing then to make it on pretence of
Fatigue, and of his doubt concerning the Objec-
jection ofNon-refidence, and adjourning the County
Court to a certain Time and Place, with Pro-


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