The Charters and Other Documents Relating to the King's Town and Parish of Maidstone

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 164 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825. Excerpt: ... Third.--Thafc e making of bye-laws, and the amotion of jurats ahd' common councilmen, Aholritf be ft the ihayor, jurats and common cotmeif. Both sides were dissatisfied with this reportV attd'presented petitions against it.' Those for" the select body requesting- First.--That the common' council should be twenty-four, not forty. Seeond.-THat1 the mayor, jurats rind common council, should fill'Up vacancies' of common councilmen. Thirdi.--That the mayor alid jurats should fill up tHe vacancies of jurats. ThdsS for the commonalty requested--That there should b&nodoiHmon council, (having, no doubt, experienced the encroachments and usurpations to Which such bodies'were usually prone) and that, to preserve the ancient form andmetlwd of government in the said cofpdration, ' the charter should be granted tb the! mayor, jurats and commonalty; and that the right of electing and amoving jurats' should be in the mayor, jurats' and commonalty; and' that the commonalty should elect the mayor;--for the fol lowing reasons: That the-real question was, whether the new' charter should be in conformity with the early charters, under which, as long as they-existed, the corporation enjoyed perfect peace and security; or with that of 34th Car. II. which-at the devolution1 was declared illegal and void; and which question, they contended, admitted of no doubt. That if the plan of the charter of Car. II. should be pursued, itHirould be to establish by legal authority, the: usurpation of the mayor and jurats upon the commonalty; but to make the new charter agreeable to the former ones will be to preserve and continue the old rights and ancient forms and method of government, which have been immemorially established in this corporation. That the Crown would never take away from the...

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