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OTHER STATE INTELLIGENCE
FOR THE YEAR 1854,
IN TWO PARTS.
COMPILED AND ARRANGED FROM THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
PUBLISHED IN THE LONDON GAZETTE.
BY T. L. BEHAN,
PART 1. JANUARY TO JUNE.
PRINTED BY HARRISON AND SONS,
LONDON GAZETTE OFFICE, ST. MARTIN'S LANE.
FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE of JANUARY 3,
AT the Court at Windsor, the 29th day of
PRESENT, The QUEEN's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.
W HEREAS there was this day read, at the
VV Board, a report from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, dated the eighth of December, one thousand eight hundred and fiftythree, in the words following; viz. : ..
“ Your Majesty having been pleased by your Order in Council of the first of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, to refer unto this Committee the humble petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the borough of Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, in Council assembled, on the twenty-sixth day of October, setting forth that, by your Majesty's Royal Charter of Incorporation of the said borough, bearing date the thirty-first day of October, in the second year of your Majesty's reign, your Majesty granted to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the said borough and their successors, that they and their successors from thenceforth for ever might have and hold within the borough aforesaid, a Court of Record for the trial of civil actions before the mayor of the said borough for the time being, in any convenient place within the said borough, on the third day in every week, which Court should have authority to try actions of assumpsit, covenant, and debt, whether the debt were by specialty or simple contract; and all actions of trespass or trover for taking goods and chattels, provided the sum or damages sought to be recovered should not exceed twenty pounds; and all actions of ejectment between landlord and tenant, wherein the annual rent of the premises, of which possession was sought to be recovered, should not exceed twenty pounds, and upon which no fine should have been reserved or made payable ; and it was by the said charter provided that every presiding judge of such Court respectively, from time to time might make rules for regulating the practice of such Court, but 80 that no such rules should be of force until they should have been allowed and confirmed by three or more Judges of the Superior Courts of Common Law at Westminster; and that no action should be tried in such Court wherein the title to land, whether freehold, copyhold, or leasehold, or other tenure whatsoever, or to any tithe, toll, market, fair, or other franchise should be in question in any action; and it was by the said charter also provided, that if a recorder should be thereafter appointed for the said borough, no issue either in law or in fact, should be tried and determined in the said Court, in the absence of such Recorder : that the said Borough Court still continues to be holden : that by virtue of the statute made and passed in the session of Parliament, holden in the ninth and tenth years of your Majesty's reign, cap. ninetyfive, it is declared that it is expedient that one rule and manner of proceeding for the recovery of