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For each subsequent day's polling, a sum not exceeding

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To one conducting agent, a sum not exceed-
ing
And an additional sum to cover all expenses
bonâ fide incurred for making up books, and
for other expenses necessary for taking a
poll.

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For every other agent or inspector, for the first
day's polling, a sum not exceeding....
For every subsequent day's polling, a sum not
exceeding

To each check-clerk, and other clerk, for each
day's polling, a sum not exceeding

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The said allowances to cover all expenses for lodg ing, diet, and all other extra incidental expenses belonging to each of the above-mentioned persons (No candidate to pay more than counsel, one conducting agent, and one checkclerk, for each place of polling; one agent for the sheriff's booth, three agents for preparing tallies, and two clerks for the same purpose, for each barony or half-barony).

Certificate of a vacancy by Death or Peerage. (24 Geo. III. c. 26, SCHEDULE.)

[or as the

We whose names are underwritten, being two members of the House of Commons, do hereby certify, That A. B., late a member of the said house, serving as one of the knights of the shire for the county of case may be] died upon the day of [or is become a peer of Great Britain], and that a writ of summons hath been issued, under the great seal of Great Britain, to summon him to parliament [as the case may be]; and we give you this notice, to the intent that you may issue your warrant to the clerk of the crown, to make out a new writ for the election of a knight to serve in parliament for the said county of [or as the case may be] in the room of the said A. B. Given under our hands, this

day of

To the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Note. That in case there shall be no Speaker of the House of Commons, or of his absence out of the realm, such certificate may be addressed to any one of the persons appointed according to the directions of this

act.

Certificate of a Vacancy by Acceptance of Office. (21 & 22 Vic. c. 110, SCHEDULE.)

We, whose names are underwritten, being two members of the House of Commons, do hereby certify, that E. F., late a member of the said house, serving as one of the knights of the shire for the county of [or as the case may be], has accepted the office of member of the Council for India [or as the case may be], and has been gazetted thereto in the -gazette, dated the of- and has thereby vacated his seat; and we give you this notice, to the intent that you may issue your warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a new writ for the election of a knight to serve in parliament for the said county of [or as the case may be], in the room Given under our hands, this

of the said E. F.

day of

To the Speaker of

A.B.
C.D.

day

the House of Commons.

Durham Act.

(3 GEO. III. c. 15.)

An Act to prevent occasional Freemen from voting at Elections of Members to serve in Parliament for Cities and Boroughs.

Whereas great abuses have been committed in making Preamble. freemen of corporations, in order to influence elections of members to serve in parliament, to the great infringement of the rights of freemen of such corporations, and of the freedom of elections: To prevent such practices for the future; be it enacted by the King's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in parliament assembled, and by authority of the same, That from and after the first day of May, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-three, None to vote no person whatsoever claiming as a freeman to vote at any as freemen election of members to serve in parliament for any city, at elections town, port, or borough in England, Wales, and the town of members, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where such voter's right of voting have been adis as a freeman only, shall be admitted to give his vote at mitted to such election, unless such person shall have been admitted their freedom

but such as

twelve

months before such election,

on penalty of £100.

Persons en

titled to their freedom, by birth, marriage, or servitude, excepted.

Penalty of
antedating

the admis-
sion of any
freeman,
£500.

The books

freemen to

two freemen,

upon pay

ment of one shilling, and copies and minutes of the admis

to the freedom of such city, town, port, or borough, twelve calendar months before the first day of such election: And if any person shall presume to give his vote as a freeman at any election of members to serve in parliament contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, he shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred pounds to him, her, or them, who shall inform and sue for the same; and the vote given by such person shall be void and of no effect.

II. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to any person entitled to his freedom by birth, marriage, or servitude, according to the custom or usage of such city, town, port, or borough.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other officer of any corporation, or other person whatsoever, shall wilfully and fraudulently antedate, or cause to be antedated, any admission of any freeman, such mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, officer, or other person, shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred pounds to him, her, or them, who shall inform and sue for the same.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforeand papers of said, That the mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other admission of officer of any corporation, having the custody of, or power be open to in- over, the records of the same, shall, upon the demand of spection, up- any candidate, or his agent, or any two freemen, on the on demand of payment of one shilling, permit such candidate, agent, or a candidate, freemen, between the hours of nine in the morning and his agent, or three in the afternoon, at any time before, and within one month after, any such election as aforesaid, to inspect the books and papers wherein the admission of freemen shall be entered; and to have copies or minutes of the admission of so many freemen as such candidate, agent, or freemen, shall think fit, upon paying to such mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other officer, a reasonable charge for writing given, paying the same; and such books and papers shall, if demanded reasonably for writing by such candidate, agent, or freemen, be produced by such mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other officer at every books, &c., to election, and be referred to, in case any dispute shall arise be produced, touching the right of any person to give his vote thereat: if demanded, And if such mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other at every elec- officer, shall refuse or deny such candidate, agent, or freetion; men, the inspection of such books and papers, or to have copies or minutes thereof, or shall refuse or neglect to produce such books and papers at any election, if demanded and paid for in the manner hereinbefore set forth, such on penalty of mayor, bailiff, sheriff, town clerk, or other officer, shall,

sions to be

the same; and the

£100.

for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of one

hundred pounds to him, her, or them, who shall inform

and sue for the same.

covered, with

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, The penalties That all forfeitures or penalties laid or imposed by this may be re act, shall be recovered, with full costs of suit, by action of full costs of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any of his Majesty's suit; courts of record at Westminster; wherein no essoin, protection, wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall be allowed.

VI. Provided always, and it is hereby further enacted provided the and declared by the authority aforesaid, That no person be comprosecution shall be liable to any forfeiture or penalty by this act laid menced withor imposed, unless prosecution be commenced within one in a year. year after such forfeiture or penalty shall be incurred.

openly read

elections by freemen, im

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority afore. This act to be said, That the returning officer shall read, or cause to be by the Reread, openly, this act, at the time of election of members turning to serve in parliament for cities, towns, ports, or boroughs, Officer, at all were the right of election is in the whole, or in part, in freemen as aforesaid, immediately after the reading of the mediately act passed in the second year of his late Majesty's reign, after act intituled, An "Act for the more effectual preventing bribery 2 Geo. II. and corruption in the elections of members to serve in parliament."

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority afore- This act not said, That nothing in this act shall extend or be construed to extend to to extend, to the cities of London and Norwich.

London or
Norwich.

New Shoreham Act

(11 GEO. III., c. 55.)

An Act to incapacitate John Burnett, Charles Hanning-
ton, Thomas Haselgrove, Ralph Moor, Thomas Parsons,
Thomas Snook junior, Thomas Hannington, John Han-
nington, John Robinson, William Cheesman, George
Browne, John Parsons, John Curl, Frederick Dean,
William Dean, Samual Tuppen, John Sawyers, Thomas
Crowter, Thomas Pockney, Joseph Dedman, John
Dean, John Whiting, William Stevens, John Bawcomb,
Robert Parker, John Hogsflesh, John Purse, John Dean,
Thomas Jennings, John Snook junior, Richard Tilstone,
William Turner, Walter Sawyers, Charles Mitchell,
John Jarmand, John Wood, Friend Daniel, William
Gratwick, Nathaniel Hillman, Thomas Roberts, John
Ashman, William Cooter, Thomas Frost, Michael
Smith, Richard Carver, Michael Durrant, Emery
Churcher, Walter Broad, Richard Stoneham, James

Preamble.

Bennett, Clement Freeman, William Jupp, Thomas Crowter, John Barnard, James Mitchell, James Millar, otherwise Miller, William Newnham, Jeffery Carver, Randal Button, James Carver, John Martin, John Ded man senior, William Jennings, William Hards, Thomas Gear, William Rusbridge, Henry Robinson, and Henry Hannington, from voting at Elections of Members to serve in Parliament, and for the preventing Bribery and Corruption in the Election of Members to serve in Parlia ment for the Borough of New Shoreham, in the County of Sussex.

Whereas a wicked and corrupt society, calling itself the Christian Society, hath for several years subsisted in the borough of New Shoreham, in the county of Sussex, and consisted of a great majority of persons having a right to vote at elections of members to serve in Parliament for the said borough: and whereas it appears that the chief end of the institution of the said society was for the purpose of selling, from time to time, the seat or seats in Parliament for the said borough: and whereas John Bur nett, Charles Hannington, Thomas Haselgrove, Ralph Moor, Thomas Parsons, Thomas Snook junior, Thomas Hannington, John Hannington, John Robinson, William Cheesman, George Browne, John Parsons, John Curl, Frederick Dean, William Dean, Samuel Tuppen, John Sawyers, Thomas Crowter, Thomas Pockney, Joseph Dedman, John Dean, John Whiting, William Stevens, John Bawcomb, Robert Parker, John Hogsflesh, John Purse, John Dean, Thomas Jennings, John Snook junior, Richard Tilstone, William Turner, Walter Sawyers, Charles Mitchell, John Jarmand, John Wood, Friend Daniel, William Gratwick, Nathaniel Hillman, Thomas Roberts, John Ashman, William Cooter, Thomas Frost, Michael Smith, Richard Carver, Michael Durrant, Emery Churcher, Walter Broad, Richard Stoneham, James Bennett, Clement, Freeman, William Jupp, Thomas Crowter, John Barnard, James Mitchell, James Millar, otherwise Miller, William Newnham, Jeffery Carver, Randall Button, James Carver John Martin, John Dedman senior, William Jennings, William Hards, Thomas Gear, William Rusbridge, Henry Robinson, and Henry Hannington, were members of the said society: In order therefore to prevent such unlawful practices for the future, and that the said borough from henceforth be duly represented in parliament, be it enacted, by the King's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That the said John Burnett, Charles Hannington, Thomas

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