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i. Jovis, 1 8 die Decembris, 1740.

A new Writ was ordered for Malmefbury, &c. in
the Room of Mr. Earle, who, ftnce his Election,
accepted the Office of Clerk of his Majeflfs Ordnance.

Luna, 1 3 die Mali, ijij.

1. Refolved, That the Right of Election of
Members to ferve in Parliament for the Borough
of Marlborough, in the County of Wilts, is in the
Mayor and BurgelTes of the faid Borough only.

2. Jovis, 2 j die Mart ii, 1735.

The laft Determination of the Houfe made the
thirteenth Day of May, One thoufand feven hun-
dred and feventeen, concerning the Right of Elec-
tion of Members to ferve in Parliament for the faid
Borough, which was thereby refolved to be in the
N 4 Mayor



( 1*4)

Mayor and Burgeffes of the faid Borough only, was
read.

And the Council for the Petitioners were heard,
and having produced a Copy of the Poll taken at
the faid Election, they offered to produce Evidence
in order to difqualify eleven Burgeffes of the faid
Borough, who voted at the faid Election, by con-
troverting the Election of Edward Belly one of the
Common-council of the faid Borough and Town
on which the Right of Election of thofe Burgeffes
depended.

And the Counfel for the fitting Members having
objected to the Admiffion of that Evidence, as
contradicting a Verdict and Judgment given in Fa-
vour of the faid Edward Bell's Claim, upon an In-
formation in the Nature of a Quo Warranto,
brought againft him for exercifing the Office of one
of the Common-council-men of the faid Borough
and Town.

A Copy of the Record of the faid Information,
Verdict and Judgment, was produced and read.

And Copies of feveral Rules of the Court of
King's Bench made in that Caufe were alfo produced
and read,

And the Counfel for the Petitioners were heard,
in Anfwer to the Objections made by the Counfel
for the fitting JVJembers, and alledged, that a Writ
of Error upon the faid Judgment was now pending
in Parliament, which the Counfel for the fitting
Members admitted.

And the Refolution of the Houfe eight February,
7 Ann. concerning Thomas Smith, BailijfofBewd-
Jy •, and the Journal of the Houfe, the fifteenth and
feven'eenth of April, concerning an Election for Queen-
borough, were read.

Refolvedy That the Council for the Petitioners
be admitted to give Evidence to difqualify the
Votes of eleven Burgeffes of the Borough and

Town



( i«5 )

Town of Marlborough, by controverting the Elec-
tion of Edward Bell to be one of the Common-
council of the feid Borough and Town of Marlbo-
rough, in contradiction to a Verdict obtained, and
a Judgment given upon an Information in the Na-
ture of a Quo Warranto brought againft the faid
Edward Bell, in favour of his Claim, to be one of
the Common-council-men of the faid Borough and
Town. ,

3. Veneris, 28 die Martis, 1735.

After many other Pieces of Evidence given this
Day, it was

Refolved, That Edward Bell was, before the fe-
venth of November, One thoufand feven hundred
and twenty-nine, duly elected and fworn a Com-
mon-council-man of the Borough and Town of
Marlborough.

4. And then two Refolutions faffed in favour of the
refpeclive fitting Members,

Martis, 2 1 die Decembris, 1 68o."

1. Refolved, That in the Borough of Great Mar-
low, in the County of Bucks, thofe Inhabitants only
who pay Scot and Lot, have a Right to give
Voices in the Election of Burgefles to ferve in this
Parliament for the Borough, and

2. Veneris, 21 die Novembris, 1690,
fflefame Refolution as above.







( i86)

3. Jovis, ij die Januarii, 1744*

On an Hearing for Great Marlow.

Refolved, That an Inftrument in Writing, of-
fered in Evidence by the Counfel for the Petitioner,
as the original Will of Elias Simes, bearing date
the eighth Day of July, One thoufand feven hun-
dred and thirty-eight, and containing a Devife of
Lands, and produced at the Bar by John Merchant,
as the original Will of Elias Simes ; and which he
the faid John Merchant declared, he brought from
Doclors Commons, be admitted to be given in Evi-
dence, although no Proof be made of the faid Will,
by any of the fubfcribed Witnefies thereto.

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Mart is, 8 die Decembris, 1702.

1. Refolved, That the Right of Election of Bur-
geffes to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Milbourn Port, in the County of Somerfet, is only
in the capital Bailiffs and their Deputies, in the
Commonalty, Stewards, and the Inhabitants there-
of, paying Scot and Lot.

Martis, 26 die Januarii, 174.1,

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do iffue his War-
rant 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 Milbourn
Pert, in the County of Somerfet, in the Room of
"Thomas Medlycott, Efq; who, fince his Election
for the faid Borough, hath accepted the Office of
one of the t Commifiioners for licenfing Hawkers
and Pedlars.

2 die



( i»7 )

2 die Becembris, 1 747.

Refolved, That the Execution of the Precept
For electing BurgefTes for the Borough of Mil-
bourn Port, in the County of Somerfet, and the
making the Return thereof, are only in the two
Sub-bailiffs of the faid Borough, or in one Sub-
Bailiffs of the faid Borough, if there are not two.

Jovis, 23 die Maii, 171 7.

1. The Clerk of the Crown attending (according
to Order) with the Return for the Borough of
Minehead, in the County of Somerfet,

The Indenture annexed to the Writ, and re-
turned by the Sheriff to the Clerk of the Crown,
and the Sheriff's Return endorfed upon the Writ,
were read.

Then the High-fheriff was called in, and deli-
vered in the Receipt which was given him upon
the Delivery of the Precept.

And the faid Receipt was read, and the High
Sheriff examined, and then he withdrew.

Afterwards the Under-fheriff was called in and
examined ; and then he withdrew.

Then John Jones, one of the Conftables of Mine-
head, was called in and examined, and he produc-
ed two Precepts with Receipts endorfed thereupon,
and the two Indentures of Return, which were
read, and then he withdrew.

Alfo Mr. Blake of Minehead was called in and
examined, and then he withdrew.

And a Motion being made, and the Queftion
being put, that the Merits of the Election, and Re-
turn for the Borough of Mnehead, in the County of

Somerfet,



( i«8 )

Somerfet, be referred to the Committee of Privi-
leges and Elections ;
It pafled in the Negative.

2. Refohed, That the Indenture figned by the
Burgefies of Minebead, in Return to the Sheriff of
the County of Somerfet's Precepts for electing Bur-
gefies to ferve in this prefent Parliament for the
laid Borough, not being figned by Jobn Jones, one
of the faid Burgefies to whom the faid Sheriff
caufed his Precept to be delivered, is an undue and
inefficient Return.

3. Refohed t That the Indenture figned by the
^id John Jones, and other Burgefies of the faid Bo-
ro.ugh of Minebead, and which was tendered to the
faid Sheriff, is a due and fufficient Return.

4. Ordered, That the Clerk, of the Crown do
take off from the Writ, the Indenture figned by
the Burgefies of the Borough of Minebead, in the
County of Somerfet, which is not figned by John
Jones, one of the faid Burgefies, to whom the
Sheriff caufed his Precept to be delivered.

5. Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of
Somerfet, do receive and annex to the Writ the In-
denture figned by Jobn Jones, and others the Bur-
gefies of the faid Borough of Minebead.

6. Ordered, That Samuel Edwyn, Efq; and Tho-
mas Gage, Efq; have liberty to Petition this Houfe
in relation to the Election for the faid Borough of
Minebead, within fourteen Days next, \( they
thipk fit,

7. Jovis, 13 die Junii, 171 7.

Refolved, That the Conftables of Minebead are
the proper Officers to whom the Precept for elect-
ing Burgefies to ferve in Parliament for the Bo-
rough of Wineheady in the County of Somerfet,

ought



( i«9 )
ought to be delivered, and to whom the Execution
of iuch Precept doth belong.

8. Luna, 24 die Februarii, 17 17.

Refolved, That the Right of Election of Bur-
geffes to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Minehead, in the County of Somerfet, is in the
Parifhioners of Minehead and Dunjier, being Houfe-
keepers in the Borough of Minehead, and not re-
ceiving Alms.

Luna, 8 die Januarii, 1721.

9. A Petition of John Thomas and John Floyd,
Conftables of the Borough of Minehead, in the
County of Somerfet, was prefented to the Houfe
and read, fetting forth, that they are the proper
Officers to whom the Precept for electing Burgefles
to ferve in Parliament for the faid Borough ought
to be delivered, and to whom the Execution of
fuch Precept doth belong-, but that at the late
Election of a Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for
the faid Borough, the High-fheriff caufed the
Precept to be delivered to John Viccary and Jofeph
Sherry, and hath accepted a Return from them,
and tranfmitted the fame to the Clerk of the
Crown, in defiance of the Refolution of this Houfe
of the thirteenth of June, One thoufand feven hun-
dred and feventeen, and did refufe to accept a Re-
turn from the Petitioners, though tendered to him
by one of the Petitioners in Perfon •, and praying
the Houfe to take the PremifTes into Confidera-
tion, and give fuch Relief as they fhall think
proper.

The Journal of the Houfe of the faid thirteenth
Day of June, One thoufand feven hundred and
feventeen, relating to the Right of returning Mem-
ber?



( 19° )

bers to ferve in Parliament for the faid Borough,
was read.

Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend
this Houfe to-morrow Morning,with the Return of
a Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for the Borough
of Minehead, in the County of Somerfet, in the
Room of James Milner, Efq; deceafed.

10. The Houfe being informed, that John Tho-
mas and John Floyde (Petitioners) were attending at
the Door with the Return by them tendered to the
High-fheriffof the County of Somerfet,

Ordered, That John Thomas and John Floyde
(Conftables of the Borough of Minehead, in the
County of Somerfet) do attend this Houfe to-mor-
row Morning, with the Return which was by them
tendered to the High-fheriff of the County ox
Somerfet.

ii. Mar lis, 9 die Januarii, 1721.

The Clerk of the Crown attending (according to
Order) with the Return of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament for the Borough of Minehead,
in the County of Somerfet, in the Room of James
Milner, Efq; deceafed, the faid Return was read,
which was figned by feveral of the BurgefTes of
the faid Borough •, and alfo the Precept of the
Sheriff directed to the BurgefTes, and Electors of
the faid Borough of Minehead was read ; but there
was not any Indorfement on the Back of the faid
Precept.

And John Thomas and John Floyde, (Conftables
of the faid Borough) were called in and examined,
and then they withdrew.

And a Witnefs was examined, who delivered in
the Court-Rolls of the Manor and Borough of
Minehead, at a Court held Offober the nineteenth,
One thoufand feven hundred and twenty-one, where

the



( i9i )

the Conftables oF the faid Borough were appointed,
and fo much of the faid Rolls as related to the ap-
pointing of Conftables was read.

And then John Thomas and John Floyde, (Con-
ftables of the faid Borough) were called in, and at
the Bar delivered in the Indenture of Return,,
which was by them tendered to the High-fherifF
of the County of Somerfet, after the late Election
of a Burgefs to ferve in this prefent Parliament for
the laid Borough. And then they withdrew.

And the faid Indenture was read.

And the Refolution of the Houfe of the thir-
teenth of June, One thoufand feven hundred and
feventeen, by which it was refolved, that the Con-
ftables of Minehead are the proper Officers to whom,
the Precept for electing Burgefles to ferve in Par-
liament for the faid Borough ought to be delivered,
and to whom the Execution of fuch Precept doth
belong, was read.

Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do take
off from the File the Indenture figned by John'
Viccary, and Jofepb Sherry, and other Burgefifes of
the Borough of Minehead, in the County of So-
merfet, the fame not being figned by the Conftables
of the faid Borough.

12. Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do-
receive and annex to the Writ, for the electing of
a Burgefs for the faid Borough, the Indenture deli-
vered into this Houfe by the Conftables of the
faid Borough, which was figned by them, and
tendered to the High-fheriff of the County of So-
merfet.

13. Refolved, That John Viccary and Jofeph
Sherry, having prefumed to act as the Returning
Officer at the late Election of a Burgefs to ferve
in Parliament for the Borough of Minehead, in the
County of Somerfet, in defiance of the Refolution

of



C 192 )

this Houfe, are guilty of a high Crime and Mifde^
meanor.

14. They were ordered into Cuftody, and the
High fheriff, and Under-fheriffof the County were
ordered to attend.

Jovis, 11 die Januar it, 172 1.

1 5. Refolved, That John Fox being employed to
carry the Writ for the late Election of a Burgefs to
ferve in Parliament for the Borough of Minehead,
to the High -fheriff of the County of Somerfet, has
been guilty of a Breach of TrUft in delivering the
fame to a Candidate.

16. Ordered, That the faid John Fox be, for the
faid Offence, taken into the Cuftody of the Ser-
jeant at Arms attending this Houfe.

Jovis, 1 8 die Januarii, 1 7 2 1 .

17. A Motion being made, &c. that John
Wills, Efq-, is guilty of a Crime, in having caufed
the Writ for the late Election of a Burgefs to ferve
in this prefent Parliament, for the Borough of
Minehead, in the County of Somerfet, to be deli-
vered to a Candidate ;

It paffed in the Negative.

18. A Motion being made, and the Queftion
being put, that Sir Richard Lane, Knight, being a
Candidate at the late Election of a Burgefs to ferve
in this prefent Parliament, for the Borough of
Minehead, in the County of Somerfet, is guilty of
a Crime in receiving and detaining the Writ direct-
ed to the Sheriff for the faid Election j

It paffed in the Negative.



^itcfjelU



( *9* )

gtttftfl.

Jovis, 1 2 'die Decembris, i6Sgl

i. Refolved, That the Right of Election of Bur-
geflfes to ferve in Parliament for the faid Borough,
X Mitchell in Com. Cornub.) is in the Lords of the
Borough, vrho are liable to be chofen Port-reeves
thereof, and in the Houfeholders of the fame, not
receiving Alms.

2. Mercurii, 12 die Decembris, 1696.
The fame Refolutioh agreed to by both Parties,

3. Jovis, 20 die Mar tit, 1700.

Refohed, That the Right of Election of Mem-
bers to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Mitchell, in the County of Cornwall, is in the Port-
reeves and Lords of the Manor, who are capable of
being Port-reeves, and the Inhabitants of the faid
Borough paying Scot and Lot.

i^OttmdUtf). See frALES. P. 92.
1. Veneris, 26 die Novembris, 1680.

Refolved, That the Right of Election of, a Bur-
gefs to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of Mon-
mouth, doth not belong to the Burgefies, Inhabi-
tants of the Borough of Monmouth only.

2. Refolved, That the Burgeffes Inhabitants of
the Boroughs of Newport and UJke, in the County
of Monmouth, have a Right by vote in the Elec-
tion of a Burgefs to ferve in Parliament for the faid
feorough of Monmouth.

O; 3. Sabbat iy



( m >

3. SaUati, 1 1 die Junii, 1 7 1 5.

The Houfe proceeded to the hearing the Matter of
the Petition of Andrews JVindfor, Efq-, touching
the Election and Return for the Borough of Mon-
mouth.

The Counfel for the Petitioner infifting to pro-
ceed upon the Merits of the Return in the firft
Place, which the Counfel for the fitting Member
oppofing, and infifting that the Merits of the Elec-
tion ought to be proceeded on at the fame time, &c.

Refohed, That the Counfel for the Petitioner be
directed to proceed upon the Merits of the Election,
as well as upon the Merits of the Return for the
Borough of Monmouth.

4. Martis, 14 die Junii, 17 15. .

The Clerk of the Crown attending with the Re-
turn for the Borough of Monmouth, the fame was
read, and appeared to be made by the Mayor of
Newport, and feveral BurgefTes of Monmouth, New-
port and Ufke, without the Precept from the Sheriff
of the County of Monmouth being annexed thereto*.

Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do take
the faid Return off the File.

And he took the fame off accordingly.

And the Houfe being acquainted that the Mayor
of Monmouth was in Town with the Return for the
faid Borough annexed to the Precept to him di-
rected ;

Ordered, That the Mayor of the Borough of
Monmouth, do forthwith deliver to the Clerk of the
Crown the Return (with the Precept annexed) of a
Eurgefs to ferve in this prefent Parliament for the
faid Borough ; and that the Clerk of the Crown do
annex the lame to the Writ returned by the Sheriff
of the County of Monmouth,



( *95 )

i. Martis, i die Aprilis, i6yg~.

foouhle Return for the Borough of Montgomery.

One Indenture between the Sheriff of the County
of one Part, and — ■ — Whittingham and Roger
Jones, Bailiffs, and many Burgeffes of the other
Part, wherein Mr. Matthew Price is returned.
Signed by both Bailiffs, and many Burgeffes, and
a large Seal againfl the Bailiffs Names, and a Seal
to each of the Burgeffes Names.

Another between the Sheriffs of one Part, and
many Burgeffes of the Borough of Montgomery ;
Pool, and Kanvilling of the other Part, whereby
Mr. Edward Lloyd is returned. Signed by many
Burgeffes, neither of the Bailiffs Hands, nor any
Seal at all.

Refohed, That the Indenture wherein Matthew
Price, Efq; is returned to ferve in this Parliament
for the Borough of Montgomery*, is well and duly
returned, and by the proper Officers, and that
thereupon he ought to fit in this prefent Parliament*
as well returned for the faid Borough of Mont-
gomery,

1 . Mart is, 1 6 die Aprilis > 1728.

Refohed, That the Right of Election of Bur-
geffes to ferve in Parliament for the Shire Town of
Montgomery, is in the Burgeffes of the faid Shire-
Town only.

1. Lkn<e, 9 die Mar lii^ 1694..

Refohed, That the Right of electing Burgeffes
to ferve in Parliament, for the Borough of Morpeth,

O 2 (in



C 196 )

(in Com. Northumberland) is only in the Bailiffs anj
Free Burgeifes of the faid Borough.

BtMtfa

Jovis, 11 die Januarii, 1699.

Refohed, That the Mayor, Aldermen, and all
the Inhabitants within the Borough of Newark
upon Trent, (in Com. Nottingham) who pay, or
ought to pay Scot and Lot within the faid Bo-
rough, have a Right to vote at the Election of
Members to ferve in Parliament for the laid Bo-;
rough.

1. Mart is, 22 die Apr His, 1729.

Refolded, That the Right of Election of Bur-
geffes to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of
Newtowne in the Ifle of Wight, in the County of
Southampton, is in the Mayor and Burgeffes of the
faid Borough, having Borough-Lands within the
faid Borough.



o



iftart!) ailettoit*

Martis, 30 die Aprilis, 1 745.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do iffue his Warrant
to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a ne\tf
Writ for the electing of a Burgefs to ferve in this
prefent Parliament, for the Borough of North Al-
lerton, in the County of Tork, in the Room of
William Smelt, Efq; who, fince his Election for
the faid Borough, hath accepted the Office of Re-
ceiver of his Majefty's cafual Revenue in the Ifland
of Barbadoes.



jBotf&amptoiu



Bo$jamptotu

26 die Apr Ms, 16 Ch. 2. '

i.Refolved, Thatthe Inhabitants of the Town of
Northampton , being Houfholders, and not receiving
Alms, are the proper Electors for that Town - f and
that the fharing in the charitable Gilt appointed to
be diftributed at Qhrifimas, is a taking of Alms.

Lun<e, 11 die Novembris, 1678.

2. It appearing to the Houfe, that the Precept
from the Sheriff was directed to the Mayor and
Juftices for the Borough of Northampton, and that
the Indenture annexed to the Writ, whereby Sir
William Temple is returned for the faid Borough, is
not figned by the Mayor, nor the Seal of the Cor-
poration fixed thereto. And that the Indenture
whereby Ralph Montague, Efqj is returned, is
figned by the Mayor, and the Seal of the Corpo-
ration fixed thereto, and that the fame is annexed
to the Precept of the Sheriff.

Refohed, Nemine contradicente, That the Inden-
ture annexed to the Writ, whereby Sir Richard
Temple is returned to ferve as a Burgefs for the faid
Borough of Northampton, is not a fufficient Re-
turn.

3. Refohed, Nemine contradicente, That the In-
denture figned by the Mayor of Northampton, and
fealed with the common Seal of the Corporation,
and which is annexed to the Sheriff's Precept,
whereby Ralph Montague, Efq; is returned to ferve
for the faid Borough, is a due Return, and ought
to be annexed to the Writ,

And the Sheriff was ordered to annex the fame
accordingly ; and

Was ordered into ^Cuftody of the Setjeant oj
Arms,

O 3 4, Veneris^



C 198 )

4. Veneris, 21 die Martii, 1734.

The Houfe (according to Order) proceeded tq
the hearing of the Matter of the Petition of Ed-
%vard Montague, Efq-, complaining of an undue
Election and Return for the Town and Borough of
Northampton in the County of Northampton.

And the laft Determination of the Houfe con-
cerning the Right of electing Burgeffes to ferve in.
Parliament for the faid Town, made the twenty-
fixth Day of April, in the fixteenth Year of the
Reign of King Charles the Second was read ;
whereby it was Refolved, That the Inhabitants of
the Town of Northampton, being Houfholders,
and not receiving Alms, are the proper Electors of
Burgeffes for that Town j and that the fharing in
the, charitable Gift appointed to be diftributed at
Chriftmas is a taking of Alms.

5. And the Counfel for the Petitioner was heard,
and infilling that the Freemen of the faid Town
having ufually voted at former Elections, fubmit-
ted to the Houfe, whether the faid Freemen are
excluded by the faid Refolution ?

And the Counfel for the fitting Member was alfo
heard, and infilling that the faid Refolution having
declared the Inhabitants of the faid Town, being
Houfholders and not receiving Alms, to be the
proper Electors of Burgeffes to ferve in Parliament
for that Town, fnbmitted it to the Houfe whether
the Right pf Election is not in them only ?

Then the Counfel for the Petitioner acquainted
the Houfe, That if it was their Opinion that the
Right of electing Burgeffes to ferve in Parliament
for the faid Town, was by the faid Refolution con-
fined to the,lnhiibitants thereof being Houfholders,
and not receiving Alms, he was not prepared tq
maintain a Majority of Votes for the Petitioner,
\ and



{ 199 )

and would in that Cafe give the Houfe no further
Trouble.

Refolved, That the Honourable Georgt Compton,
Efq; is duly ele&ed a Burgefs to ferve in this pre-
sent Parliament for the Town of Northampton.

if. Jovis, 12 die Martii, 1701.

Refdved, That the Right of electing Citizens to
ferve in Parliament for the City of Norwich, is in
the Freeholders, and fuch Freemen only of the
faid City, as are entered in the Books, and do not
receive Alms or Charity.

2. Refolved, That fuch Perfons as had a Right
to their Freedom in the City of Norwich? before
the Teft of the Writ, and took out their Freedom
after the faid Teft, not having demanded the fame
before the faid Teft, had not a Right to vote in the
laft Election of Citizens to ferve in this prefent
Parliament for the faid City.

3. Jov'iSy 6 die Decembris, 1705.

Refelved, That William Bfyth Efq-, late Mayor
of the City of Norwich* by printing and publish-
ing a pretended By-law made in the Year One
thoufand fix hundred and forty, contrary to Magna-
Charta, in order to terrify the Electors of the
faid City from free and impartial voting in the late
Election of Members to ferve in Parliament for the
faid City, is guilty of an illegal and arbitrary Pro-
ceeding.

4. Ordered, That the faid William Blylb be, for
his faid Offence, taken into the Cuftody of the
Serjeant at Arms attending this Houfe.



o 4 ©aWjaroptc;n



( 200 )

I. Sabbati, 24 die Februarii, 1710.

Refihed, That the Right of electing Members
to ferve in Parliament for the Borough of Oak->
hampton, in the County of Devon, is in the Free-
holders and Freemen, being made Free according
to the Charter and By-Laws of t.he faid JBorough.

See Bribery, London, Quakers, Scot-
land.

1. The Oaths which may be required to be
taken at Elections are either to the Competency of
the Fortune of the Voter, or of the Candidate ; or
to their Loyalty •, or againft Bribery in the Voter,
or Returning Officer : The Oaths for this laft


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