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LAW AND PRACTICE
WITH CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS
Lex et consuetudo Parliamenti. Ista lex est ab omnibus quærenda, à multis ignorata, à paucis cognita.
First Inst. p. 11. (b.)
PRINTED FOR JOSEPH BUTTERWORTH AND SON,
THE apprehension of a speedy Dissolution of
Parliament, in consequence of the late melancholy and unexpected event, has induced the author to republish his work much earlier than he intended, and before he had time to arrange the whole of the Notes, &c. which he had prepared for a new edition ; the errors however of the former edition have been corrected, and many additions made, which it is hoped will render it more useful. These additions relate, principally, to the right of voting arising from the purchase of land-tax; to the subject of inhabitants and rates ; to the Windsor act 17 G. 2, which particularly affects scot and lot boroughs, and, which has been very slightly adverted to in any other treatise; to the admission of burgesses, and the question, whether freemen can claim to be admitted during an election ; to the effect which the receipt of parish relief will have on the right of electors to vote ; to the subject of agency, and those cases, in which candidates have been declared liable for what has been done by others without their approbation or direct consent.
Some late decisions in the court of King's Bench are also given, together with several new points of election law decided by Committees of the House, since the last general election, and a few taken from manuscript cases never yet published, and now in the Author's possession.
All the Acts respecting elections which have passed during the present parliament, have been added to the Appendix, one of which enacts, that lands in Scotland may be included in the qualification of Members to sit in Parliament; and the case which occasioned that statute is also given. The provisions made during the late reign, for the continuance of parliament on demise of the crown, or of a successor or successors, within six months afterwards, will here also be found.
The Index has been much enlarged, with a view to facilitate a reference to the text during the hurry of a poll.
The Author laments that he has not been able to introduce the whole of the subject matter which he had collected; but he trusts it will be found that the work has received as much addition and improvement as the shortness of the time allowed to him would admit.
New-Square, Lincoln's- Inn,