Night watch needed in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields: Anno Regni Georgii II. Regis Magnae Britannaie, Franciae & Hiberniae, Octavo. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the Fourteenth Day of January, Anno Dom. 1734. Britain: Acts of Parliament.

Night watch needed in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields: Anno Regni Georgii II. Regis Magnae Britannaie, Franciae & Hiberniae, Octavo. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the Fourteenth Day of January, Anno Dom. 1734...

London: John Baskett, 1735. "An Act for the better regulating the Nightly Watch and Bedels within the Parish of Saint Martin in the Fields, within the Liberties of the City of Westminster". An early attempt to establish policing in the parish, with much interesting content on the proposed policies, including: meeting date set to determine number of watchmen needed; how to fill vacancies; times for watching; the duties of constables & watchmen; payment by half yearly assessment; the assessment on houses of ambassadors to be paid by landlords; and hired servants barred from serving as watchmen. It was not until 1774, when Sir Charles Whitworth pushed through the Westminster Night Watch Act, that additional security measures were finally approved, such as specifying the minimum number of watchmen and patrols, punishments for infractions by watchmen, and allowing watchmen from different parishes to assist in other parishes. With the first page of the Act, followed by pp183 - 190. Folio. Very good condition. Item #21297

Price: $125.00

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