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cers usually chosen by the liverymen of the said city as aforesaid, shall take the oath herein after mentioned, or being one of the people called quaker shall solemnly affirm the effect thereof, that is to fay,

YOU do sweari That you are a freeman of London, and a Liveryman^ liveryman of the company of and have so oath at electi

been for the space of twelve kalendar months; and that the place ofons* your abode is at in and that you have not polled

at this eleclion,

So help you God.

And in cafe of any election of any alderman or common council-man, every person, before he is admitted to poll, shall take the oath herein after mentioned, or, being one of the people called quakers, shall solemnly affirm the effect thereof, that is to fay,

YO U do swear, That you are a freeman of London, and an houstolder in the ivard of and have not polled y**x^~

at this election.

So help you God,

And if any person or persons shall refuse or neglect to take the oaths hereby respectively appointed to be taken, or being a sWgar poll to quaker shall refuse or neglect to make such solemn affirmation as be rejected* aforesaid, then and in every such case the poll or vote of such person or persons so neglecting or refusing ihali be, and the same is hereby declared to be null and void, and as such shall be rejected and disallowed.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That at all times from and after the said first day of June in the year The oath of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty five, upon ^ei^if Ve° ^ every election of such citizen or citizens, officer or officers, by quired, the liverymen of the said city, and upon every election of such officer or officers at any wardmote of the said city as aforesaid, ajl and every person and persons having a right to vote or poll at such election or elections shall, before he be admitted to vote or poll thereat (if required by any of the candidates, or any two or more of the electors) first take the oaths in and by an act made in the first year of his Majesty's reign, intituled, An aft for t Geo t ^t the further security of his Majesty s person and governments and the sue- %% c# ,^ * cession of the crown in the heirs of the late princess Sophia, being protestants, and for extinguishing the hopes of the pretended prince of'Wales, and his open and secret abettors, appointed to be taken, or being one of the people called quakers shall, if required as aforesaid, solemnly affirm the effect thereof ■> and if any person or persons shall, being required thereunto as aforesaid, refuse or neglect to take the said oaths by the said act appointed to be taken, or to affirm the effect thereof as aforesaid, That then the poll or vote of such person or persons so neglecting or refusing shall be, and the same is hereby declared to be null and void, and

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Presiding offi- as such (hall be rejected and disallowed; and the presiding offickrknto admi- cers ai a11 and every the relPective elections aforesaid, and such nister the oaths fw°rn clerks as (hall be by them appointed, are hereby respecon penalty of tively authorized and impowered to administer the above-menof 60U tioned oaths and affirmations; and if any such presiding officer

or officers, sworn clerk or clerks, (hall neglect or refuse so to do, or shall otherwise offend in the premises, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, every such officer and sworn clerk shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of sixty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, besides costs of suit. Penalty on III. And it is hereby further enacted, That if any person or &e Lth^of Pen°ns ma^ wilfully, falfly and corruptly take the said oaths or suborning?1 affirmations set forth and appointed in and by this act, or either of them, and be thereof lawfully convicted by indictment or infhrriiation, or if any person or persons shall corruptly procure or suborn any other person to take the said oaths or affirmations, or either of them, whereby he (hall wilfully and falfly take the said oaths or affirmations, or either of them, and the person so procuring or suborning (hall be thereof convicted by indictment or information, every person, so offending (hall for every such offence incur and suffer such penalties, forfeitures and disabilities, as persons convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury at the common ^ j law aie liable unto. / ' IV. And to the intent that the poll at every such eleSfion may be

Presiding offi- expeditioujly and duly taken; be it further enacted by the authority 55rhojy 5°^' aforesaid, That if a poll shall be demanded at any of the electitoanded ons before-mentioned, after the said first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty live, the presiding officer or officers at such election shall begin such poll tHeTay'ffielame (hall be demanded, or the next day following at the furthest, unless the fame lhall happen on a Sunday, and then on the next day after, and (hall duly and orderly proceed thereon from day today {Sundays0 excepted) until such poll be finished, and shall finish the poll at elections by the liverymen When the 0llwit^n ^even ^ays> exc^unve °f Sundays, and the poll at the to bAniilied wardmote within three days, exclusive of Sunday, after the lor. commencing the fame respectively, and shall, upon adjourning

the poll on each day, at all and every the elections aforesaid, seal up the poll-books with the seals, and in the presence of such of the respective candidates, or persons deputed by them, as (hall desire the fame, and the said poll-book (hall not be opened again but at the time and place of meeting, in pursuance of such adjournment; and after the said poll is finished, the said poll-books, being sealed as aforesaid, (hall within two days after be publickly opened at the place of election, and be duly and truly cast up, and within two days after such casting up the numbers of the votes or polls for each candidate (hall be truly, fairly and publickly declared to the electors at the place of election, by the officer or officers presiding at such election; andjf a scrutiny (hall, upon such declaration made, be lawfully demanded, the fame (hall be granted and proceeded upon, and -— - the the respective candidates (hall immediately nominate to thepre- Isa scrutiny fiding officer or officers at such elections, any number of persons scrutineers qualified to vote at such election not exceeding six, to be scruti- not t0 excec(i neers for and on behalf of the candidate or candidates on each fix on each fide, to whom the presiding officer or officers at such election side, shall, within (j2L4iY-S next a^ter ^uc^ scrutiny shall be demanded, upon request and at the charge of the candidate or candidates, or any the scrutineers on his or their behalfs, deliver or cause to be delivered to him or them a true copy, signed by such officer or officers, of the poll taken at such election; and all Scrutinies and every the scrutinies to be had or taken upon any election to when to begin, be made by the liverymen of the said city, shall begin within ten and when fidays after the delivery of the copies of the said polls, and be {^fjV^ £n£" proceeded on day by day (Sundays excepted) and shall be finish- veery^en^ ed within fifteen days after the commencement of such scrutiny; and thereupon the presiding officer or officers shall, within four days after the finishing such scrutiny, publickly declare at the place of such election, which of the candidates is or are duly elected, and the number of legal votes for each candidate appearing to him or them upon such scrutiny jl and on the election of any officer or officers at the respective wardmotes of the said city, if a scrutiny be demanded, the candidates, or scrutineers gcrutjnjes oa nominated on their behalfs respectively shall, within ten days elections at next after the receipt of the copy or copies of the polls taken at wardmotes, such election, deliver or cause to be delivered to the presiding officer or officers, the names in writing of the several persons who have polled in the said election, against whose votes they shall object, with the particular objections against each respective name; and the presiding officer or officers shall thereupon, within three days then next following, at the request and charges of any candidate or candidates, or the scrutineers named on his or their behalfs, deliver or cause to be delivered to him or them, one or more true copy or copies (signed as aforesaid) of the pa- Trueco iesof per containing such names and objections as aforesaid; and the the objections said presiding officer or officers, within ten days then next sol- against the lowing (exclusive of Sundays) after having fully heard such of the powers, said candidates as shall desire the fame, or some person appointed by him or them, touching such objections, (hall, at or in the place of election, openly and publickly declare which of the said candidates is or are duly elected, and the number of legal votes for each candidate appearing to him or them upon such scrutiny; and if the laid presiding officer or officers, or any o- penalty 200 h ther person or persons, shall offend in the premises, every such with costs, offender shall forfeit for every such offence the sum of two hundred pounds of lawful money cf Great Britain*, with full costs of suit, over and above all other penalties and forfeitures inflicted by any other act or acts of parliament.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That A true list to after any election made, and scrutiny taken, as is herein before be given of provided and directed, the presiding officer or officers at such t]?}e vo*ers deflection and scrutiny shall deliver, under his or their hand or a 0 *

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hands, a true list of the voters by him or them disallowed upon such scrutiny, to any of the candidates who shall, upon the final declaration of the election as aforesaid, demand the same, within six days after such demand made, such candidate paying for the same: provided always, That no such list as is hereby directed to be given,, nor any thing therein contained, shall be admitted to be given in evidence on any action or occasion whatsoever.

Mayor tp issue VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, comeankftoe That the mayor of the citY of London for the time being, upon bringln lilts. recluest t0 nim made by any candidate or candidates, his or their agent or agents, at any election of a citizen or citizens to serve in parliament for the said city, or os a mayor, or any other officer or officers to be chosen by the liverymen thereof, where a scrutiny is demanded and granted, (hall issue his precepts, as has been usual, requiring the masters and wardens of the livery companies of the said city respectively, to cause their clerks forthwith to return to him two true lists of all the liverymen of their respective companies; and the said clerks (hall return such their respective lists upon oath within three days after the receipt of any such precepts, one of which lists so returned the said mayor shall, and he is hereby required forthwith to deliver or cause to be delivered to the candidate or candidates on each lide at such election, or to his or their agent or agents respectively.

VII. And whereas divers controversies and disputes have arisen dern/enancf ~ %in ^Hsa'1^ c^ °f London touching the right os election os aldermen common 'and common council-men for the respective wards of the said city; for council-men quieting all such disputes and controversies for the future, it to be by free- js hereby further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That frorti

fcot anYiof anc* a^er tlie ^ ^ °*ay °^ June m ^e year ourrc*one

'thousand seven hundred and twenty five, the right of election of aldermen and common council-men for the several and respective wards of the said city shall belong and appertain to freemen of the said eity of London^ being houfholders, paying scot as herein after is mentioned and provided, and bearing lot, when required, in their several and respective wards, and to none other whatsoever. \ i iol VIII. Provided nevertheless, That the houses of such housper annTrent.' holders be respectively of the true and real value of ten pounds "a year at the least; and that such houfholders be respectively the sole occupiers of such houses, and have been actually in the possession respectively of a house of such value in the ward wherein the election is made, by the space of twelve calendar months next before such election.

IX. Provided also, and for the better ascertaining what are The scot as- ^Q rates anj taxes t0 waich such housliolders ought to eontriccrtawed. ^ute ancj pav their scot, the same are hereby declared and enacted to be a rate to the church, to the poor, to the scavenger, to the orphans, and to the rates in lieu of or for the watch and ward, and to such other annual rates, as the citizens ofLon2 'don> don9 inhabiting therein, shall hereafter be liable, unto, other than and except annual aids granted or to be granted by parliament; and in cafe any such housholder, within the space afore- Housholder said, shall have been rated and charged, and contributed and p^r-| a paid his scot to all the said rates or taxes, or thirty (hillings a ^ay vote/ year to all or some of them, except as aforesaid, every such person shall be deemed and taken to be a person paying of scot.

X. [Provided always, That such housholder, within ^e <i2,is omtited 4h space aforesaid, shall have been rated or charged, and contri- t^e ro^ buted or paid his scot to all and singular the rates and taxes

(other than and except annual aids granted by parliament)

whereunto the citizens of Lond:n^ inhabiting therein, are or

shall be liable, or shall have paid in the whole to the said rates

and taxes, or some of them, except as aforesaid, thirty shillings

a year at leastand in cafe any two or more partners carry on Partners m

a joint trade in any such chouse together, and shall have been y^e^pay

housholders of such house by such space of time as aforesaid, jng *1Qi per

such partners shall, paying their scot in manner aforesaid, and aim. rent.

bearing their respective proper lots, if required, have votes at

the elections aforesaid; so as such house, wherein such partners

carry on their trade, be of the true and real yearly value of as

many respective sums of ten pounds a year, computed together,

as there are partners.

XI. Provided also, That where two persons and no more, Tw0 jnhabltnot being partners, shall have by the space aforesaid severally ing the same inhabited in the same house, such two persons severally paying house, each their scots, and bearing their respective lots as aforesaid, shall PayinS seot» have votes at the elections aforesaid; so as such house, wherein ann/rent,Pmay such two persons inhabit, be of the true and real yearly value vote.'

of twenty pounds or upwards, and that each of the said persons doth pay the yearly rent of ten pounds at the least for his respective part of such house.

XII. Provided always, That nothing in this act contained what persons shall extend, or be construed to extend, to oblige any person or exempted persons to pay any scot or bear any lot, from the doing of which from scot and they are or shall be exempted and discharged by act of parlia- lot vote* ment, charter or writ of privilege; but that such person and

persons so exempted and discharged shall and may vote at any election of any alderman, Common council-man or other officer usually chosen at the wardmotes of-the said city, notwithstanding he or they siSall not have born such lot, or paid such scot, in such manner as he or they should or might have done, in case this act had not been made, and no otherwise.

XIII. And to the intent that the citizens and inhabitants of Complainants London may have a proper remedy and relief in cafe they, or about assessany of them, shall be aggrieved by any tax, rate or assessment me"tS may made in, or for the said city, or by any misbehaviour of any ^a ^or and^alofficer in relation thereto, or to the collecting the same; be it dennen^ *" further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and * may be lawful to and for all and every person and persons, who

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