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ECAUSE the true and ancient Insti
tution of Parliament, do require the lower Houfe, at this Time, if ever, to be compounded of the graveft, ableft, and worthiest Members that may be found : We do hereby, (said King James the First, in a Proclamation for a Parliament) out of the Care of the common Good, wherein themselves are participant, without all Prejudice to the Freedom of Elections, admonish all our loving Subjects, that have Votes in the Election of Knights and Burgesses, of these few Points following
« That they cast their Eyes upon the worthiest Men of all Sorts, Knights and Gentlemen, that are Lights and Guides in their Countries, experienced Parliament Men, wife and discreet Statesmen, that have been practised in public Affairs, whether at Home or Abroad, grave and eminent Lawyers, substanA 2
tial Citizens and Burgesses, and generally such
Secondly, That they make Choice of such
Thirdly and lastly, That they be truly
C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S.
Ualifications of the Electors for England, p.
4, 15. for Chester and Durbam, 3. 4. for
Knights of the Shire, 6. for Citizens and Burgesses, 11. Freedom of Election, 15. Riots, 17.
Qualifications of the elected, Knights of the Shire 25. Citizens and Burgefles, 26, Bribery and Corruption, 39.
The Manner of and Proceedings at Elections, 42, of Knights of the Shire, 48. of Citizens and Burgeses, 54. for London, 55. the Return, 58. Trials on controverted Ele&tions, 65. New-Shorebam Christian Society, Qualifications of Electors, and Return in said Borough, 78.
II. SCO T L AN D.
The Qualifications of the Electors of the Peers, 80. of the Elected, 68. The Manner of and Proceedings at the Election, 69. A 3
The Qualifications of the Electors of the Commoners, 70. of the Elected, 79. the Manner of, and Proceedings at the Election, 82.
III. WALES, 94.
The Determinations of the House of Commons thereon, digested alphabetically, and in a Som ries, according to the Order of Time, 95.