A Rare Work on London's Burgess Court [Great Britain]. [Westminster Court of Burgesses]. A Brief Account of the Powers Given to, And Exercised by, The Burgess-Court of Westminster. And Some Reasons for Continuing and Enlarging those Powers, By Amending the Act of the 27th of Queen Elizabeth. [London]: [s.l.], c.1720. 16 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self wrappers, thread lacking. Light toning, somewhat heavier to first and final leaves, which are detached and lightly soiled, light foxing to a few pages. $1,500. * Only edition. Established in 1585 by Queen Elizabeth, the Westminster Court of Burgesses oversaw the appointment of constables and the regulation of the night watch, among other issues of immigration, morality and public order. It was chaired by the Dean or High Steward of Westminster Abbey. By the early eighteenth century, the court's powers had begun to wane in favor of the more influential parish and sessions courts, and its jurisdiction became largely confined to nuisance and regulatory offenses. Our pamphlet argues that the power given to the burgesses should be restored and strengthened based on their track record for fairness and Westminster's need for governance. Such action was never taken, but the court was not disbanded until 1900. OCLC and Library Hub locate 2 copies of this title worldwide (British Library, National Library of South Africa). Not in the ESTC. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:432.
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