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Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, &c., for 1856.
FOR 1856.- [From Laidman's List.]
Deputies and Town Agents.
Messrs. Maples and Co., 6, Frederick's-place, Old
Jewry. John Jackson Blandy, of P.eading, Esq.
Edward Lee Rowcliffe, Esq., 1, Bedford-row. Robert Douglas, of Silver-street, Berwick-upon
Tweed, Esq. (A. U.) Robert Home, of Quay Wm. Crossman, Esq. (firm, Pringle & Co.), 3, Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Esq.
King's. Road, Bedford Row. Wm. Ody Hare, of Small-street, Bristol, Esq. Messrs. Bridges, Mason, and Bridges, 23, Red-lion
square. Jobe Garrard, of Olney, Bucks, Esq.
Messrs. Cardale, Iliffe, & Russell, 2, Bedford-row, Clement Francis, of Cambridge, Esq.
Messrs. Cole, 36, Essex-street, Strand. Robert Walker, of Canterbury, Esq.
Messrs. Madox and Wyat, 30, Clement's-lane. Jobs Hostage, of Bridge-house, Chester, Esq. Messrs. Chester, Toulmin, and Chester, Staple-inn. John Hostage, of Bridge-house, Chester, Esq. Messrs. Chester, Toulmin, and Chester, Staple-ina. Caplestone L, Radcliffe, of Plymouth, Esq. Messrs. Gregory, Gregory, Skirrow, and Rowcliffe,
1, Bedford-row. Silas Saul, of Carlisle, Esq.
G. Capes, Esq., 1, Field-court, Gray's-inn. Jobn James Simpson, of Derby, Esq.
Messrs. Taylor, Collisson, & Woodward, 28, Great
James-st., Bedford-row. Thomas Edward Drake, of Exeter, Esq.
Messrs. Buckley and Philbrick, 39, Basinghall-st. Charles B. Henning, of Dorchester,
Hawkins & Co., New Boswell-court.
F. Impey, Esq., 12, Bedford-row.
W.C. Smith, Esq., 31, Lincoln's-inn-fields. Robert Harfield, of i, Portland-street, Southamp
ton, Esq. (A. U.) Charles Henry Roberts, of Bishop's Waltham, Esq.
Messrs. Braikenridge, 16, Bartlett's buildings. Benjamin "Bodenham,' of Kington, Esq. (A.U.) Messrs
. Meredith, Reeve, and Co., 8, New-square, Richard Underwood, of Hereford, Esq.
Messrs. Hawkins, & Co., 2, New Boswell-court. Clement Francis, of Cambridge, Esq.
Messrs. Cole, 36, Essex-street, Strand. Henry Atkinson Wildes, of Maidstone, Esq. Messrs. Palmer, Palmer, & Bull, 24, Bedford-row. E. F. Shackles, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Esq. H. S. Redpath, Esq. 9, Old Jewry Chambers. Henry Charlewood, of Manchester, Esq. (A. U.)
Messrs. Wilson, Son, and Deacon, of Preston Messrs. Ridsdale and Craddock, 5, Gray's-inn-sq. Samuel Berridge, of Leicester, Esq.
G.J. Robinson, Esq., 35, Lincoln's-inn-fields. Jobn Philip Dyoti, of Lichfield, Esq.
S. B. Somerville, Esq., Lincoln's-ino-fields. Henry Peake, of Sleaford, Esq. (A. V.), H. Williams, nf Lincoln, Esq.
Messrs.Taylor & Co., 28, Gt. James-st., Bedford-row. Richard Mason, of Lincoln, Esq.
Messrs. Taylor & Co., 28, G1.James-st , Bedford-row. David Henry Stone, of 23, Poultry, Esq.
Secondaries' Office, Basinghall-street. James Anderson Rose, of 11, Salisbury.st., Strand Messrs. Burchell and Hall, 24, Red Lion-square. Edmund Butler Edwards, of Ponty pool, Esq. Messrs. Smith and Shepherd, 15. Golden-square. William Daggett, of 3, Dean-street, Newcastle. Messrs. Williamson, Hill, & Williamson, 10, Great upon Tyne, Esq.
James-street, Bedford-row. John Skipper, of Norwich, Esy.(A. V.) Messrs. Ä. & C. Taylor, Norwich
G. T. Taylor, Esq., 18, Featherstone-bldgs., Holborn Henry Philip Markbam, of Northampton, Esq. J. Whitebouse, Esq., 36, Lincoln's-inn-fields. William Forster, of Alnwick, Esq.
Messrs. Gray, Armstrong, & Mounsey, 9, Staple-inn. Thos. Brightwell, jun., of Surrey-st., Norwich, Esq. Messrs. Sharpe, Field, & Jackson, +1, Bedford-row. Edmund Percy, of Nottingham, Esq. (A.U.) John Messrs. Taylor, Collisson, & Woodward, 28, Great Brewster, of Nottingham, Esq.
James-st., Bedford-row, Christopher Swann, of Nottingham, Esq.
.: Messrs. Holme, Loftus, and Young, 10, New-inn,
Strand, Jobn Marriott Davenport, of Oxford, Esq. Messrs. Davies & Co., 17, Warwick-st., Regent-st. Henry Mooring Aldridge, of Market-st., Poole, Esq. w. Skilbeck, Esq., 19, Southampton-buildings. Thomas Brown, of Uppingham, Esq.
Thos. Bennett, Esq., 23, Hunter-st., Brunswick-sq.
List of Sheriff's, Under-Sheriffs, &c.- Amended Partnership.-Chancery Causes.
.. Edward Richard Northey, of Woodcote House, Epsom, Esq.
William Drew Lucas Shadwell, of Fairlight Hill, Hastings, Esq.
Sir Peter Van Notten Pole, of Todenham House, Gloucestershire, Bart .. William Wilkinson, of Wariop Pernrith, Westmoreland, Esq.
Charles William Miles, of Burton Hill, near Malmesbury, Esq.
Harry Stephen Thompson, of Kirby Hall, York, Esq.
Worcester, City of
Yorkshire •York, City of
*Breconsbire .. *Cardiganshire *Carmarthen, Borough of *Carmarthenshire *Glamorganshire *Haverfordwest, Town of
Thomas Davies, of Llangattock Cort, Esq.
George W. Rice, of Llwnny brain, Esq.
James Saies, of 9, Spring Gardens, Haverfordwest, Esq.
*Pembrokeshire Radnorshire ..
AMENDED PARTNERSHIP BILL.
TRANSFER OF CHANCERY CAUSES.
Tus Bill, as amended in Committee, The Lord Chancellor doth bereby order provides, in lieu of the first and second that the several causes set forth in the Scheclauses of the former Bill, that “ no person carrying on business shall, by reason that dule hereunto subjoined, and now standing in another person shares in the profits of such the Book of Causes of the Vice-Chancellor business, have power to contract debts on Wood, be heard before the Lords Justices, behalf of such other person, or to subject and for that purpose be transferred to their him to any liability.”
Lordships' Book of Causes. This proposed enactment is in lieu of the previous clauses, which declared that the advance of money on a contract to share in
Stuart o. Combe, special case. the profits should not of itself make the Ward r. Cartright, (2) further directions and lender liable as a partner; nor that the re. costs. muneration to an agent by a share in the Blount 9. Warwick and Napton Canal Comprofits should make him a partner. pany, further consideration.
List of Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, &c.-County Court Reform.
Deputies and Town Agents.
tersbire, Esq. (A. U.) Joshua John Peele, of Sbrewsbury, Esq.
H. B. Jones, Esq., 22, Austin-friars. 1. Nicholetts,of Stb. Petherton, Somersetsbire, Esj. Messrs. Dynes & Harrey, 61, Lincoln's-inn-fields. Robert Harfield, of Southampton, Exq..
Messrs. Braikenridge, Bartlett's-buildings.
Messrs. White and Sons, 11, Bedford-row.
Messrs. Jackson, Sparke, and Holmes, of Bury
Messrs. Kingsford & Dorman, 23, Essex-st., Strand. Cbas.Jas. Abbott, of 8, New-inn, Strand, Esq.(A.U.) Messrs. Abbott, Jenkins, and Abbott, 8, New-inn,
William Haydon Smallpiece, of Guildford, Esq. Strand. William Blackmore Young, of Hastings, Esq. Messrs. Palmer, Palmer, & Bull, 24, Bedford-row. Thomas Heath, of Warwick, Esj.
Messrs. Taylor & Co., 28, Great James-st., Bedford. John Heelis, of Appleby, Westmoreland, Esq. Messrs. Grav, Armstrong,'& Mounsey, 9, Staple-inn. West Arcry, of Chippenham, Esq.
Messrs. Lewis, Wood, and Street, 6, Raymond
buildings, Gray’s-inn. John Harward, of Stourbridge, Esq. (A.U.) Messrs. Gillam & Sons, Worcesier
William Skilbeck, 19, Southampton-buildings. Edward Corles, 72, Broad-street, Worcester, Esq. T.G. Norcutt, Esq., 11, Grav's inn-square. William Gray, of York, Esq.
Mess's. Bell, Brodrick, and Beli, Bow-church.yard. Jeseph Munby, of York, Esq.
J. W. flower, Esq., 17, Gracechurch-street, City.
Henry Mapbery, of Brecknock, Esq.
Messrs. Gregory and Sons, 12, Clement's-inn. Frederick Rowland Roberts, of Aberystwith, Esq. John Atwood, 4, George-yard, Lombard-street. William T. Thomas, of Carmartben, Esq.
Messrs. Chilton and Burton, 7, Chancery-lane. W. H. Goode, of Carmarthen, Esq.
Messrs. Trinder & Eyre, 1, Jobn-st., Bedford-row, Ricbard Wyndham Williams, of Cardiff, Esq. Messrs. Keightley & Co., 43, Chancery-lane William Davies, of Haverfordwest, Esq.
Messrs. Hastings and Smith, 3, Southampton-st.,
Bloomsbury-square. Henry Matbias, of Haverfordwest, Esq.
G. P. L. Eyre, Esq., 1, John-street, Bedford-row. William Stephens, of Presteigne, Esq.
D. Hughes, Esq., 13, Gresham-street.
Morrell o. Morrell, further consideration.
COUNTY COURT REFORM.
Sır,-I infer from the article headed “ Lavy Holmes o. Godson, special case.
Bills in Progress,” in your last week's Legal
Observer, that we may speedily expect to see a Matthews o. Windross, further considera- Bill brought into Parliament for the purpose
of carrying into effect the recommendations of Cook o. Cook, further consideration. the County Court Commissioners, with a view Griffith o. Jones, special case.
to the iniprovement of the practice of these
Courts. That they need reform, and a searchMartineau v. Rogers, special case.
ing one, no plaintiff, defendant, or practiCare o. Cave, special case.
tioner so luckless as to be personally ac(Signed) R. O. WALKER, Registrar. quainted with them and their modus operandi, Note.—These Causes will be placed in the tigation should be completed before Parliament
will, I believe, deny, but surely ihe invesPaper for Hearing on or after the 26th day of begins to legislate. We have as yet heard but February
half the case, bad has indeed been told, but worse remains behind to tell.
What evidence we as yet possess was all de- itself, but it may save much valuable space in livered by the end of May, 1854, and has been your columns, and relieve the minds of many in print since April, 1855. That is, however, of your readers, to be told that "The Commisbut “Report part First," and of “Report part siovers do not recommend any considerable Second," which should succeed it, the Public increase of the jurisdiction of these Courts,” and the Profession have not heard one syllable. or that in cases not exceeding 201., any appeal Can it be true, as is openly averred, that some at all, either of law or fact, should be allowed. disclosures have been offered to the Commis- They advise, however, that in other cases the sioners,—disclosures, sir, impeaching not only appeal on points of law, should remain as it is the competence but the judicial conduct of one at present; but that no appeals on questions of of the three score Judges.
fact shall in any case be admitted from the deHow have the nine Commissioners of Inquiry cision of a County Court Judge. discharged the trust confided to them? They Having ascertained “That in some cases have summoned 18 witnesses-so far so good. more than 300 suinmonses have been made -Amongst these 18, we recognise, five County returnable in one day, they think that this is Court Judges with two deputies, a couple of obviously improper,' and recoinmend that high bailiffs, a brace of clerks, and one of their 150 should be the maximum, suggesting also treasurers--12 out of the 18 witnesses being that it would be a great relief to suitors, if no interested, their professional rank, their pro- greater number than 50 summonses were made fessional income, nay, almost their means of returnable at any one hour.'” existence depending mainly upon their success with respect to fees, the Commissioners inin upholding these County Courts. One form us not only that some of the fees origi. stamp distributor is added, who knows and nally allowed were “ excessive," but that “so can know nothing practically of these tribunals. vague was the language of the schedule, that One quondam Queen's Counsel, now our the officers were enabled to take more fees Junior Baron of the Exchequer, who has seen than the Legislature intended.” They advise enough of them to distrust them, and depre- “ reductions of 124,8001, upon the total of cate earnestly any extension of their powers, 253,5181., at present levied on the suitors," leaving four attorneys, all men of mark and recommending also, a modification of the sastation doubtless, but of whom it is but right laries of the Judge's clerks, and a diminution that I should advertise you, that the first don't of the duties and emoluments of their highpractise in the County Courts at all ;' the se- bailiffs. cond enters them, but only for defendants ;? And now, would to God that, consistently the third don't say as much, but leaves us to in- with his public duty, your correspondent might fer it of him; and the fourth, avowing that he lay down his pen. But, sir, complaints by far practises extensively, takes care to tell us also too long suppressed, burst forth on all sides, that he does this “in Yorkshire," where, as and men do not hesitate to believe that corrupwe elsewhere gather from the evidence of a re- tion, rise in every branch of the public service, spectable high bailiff, the County Courts are but still believed to be excluded from our own, popular.
has wormed its way into the sanctuary of EngThe 18 witnesses then accounted for, the lish Law,—that our Judges now-a-days are Commission it appears is closed, and that al- sometimes irregularly selected. though not even a single advocate accustomed “The aggregate of evil inflicted on the comto act in the metropolis for plaintiffs has been munity by a bad judicial appointment is so examined, no suitor has been heard to testify enormous, that it would be less mischievous to to the merits or deprecate the evils of the ex- the public, if a Chancellor were to accept a isting County Courts, or what is still more ex. bribe for pronouncing an unjust decree than traordinary, no merchant, shopkeeper or com- if, yielding to personal favour or party bias, he mercial traveller has been called in to explain should make an incompetent Judge.” the merits or short-comings of the present Such was in 1847, the theory of Lord Campsystem.
bell,- what was in 1847, the practice of the With such facts before us, at least it will then Lord Chancellor ? not be disputed that these new tribunals and “Out of the 60 appointments, there were their authorities were amply represented; with but 23 over which the Lord Chancellor could the report before us, it were uncandid and un exercise his own discretion, the other (37) generous to conceal, that in every instance the were gentlemen who had previous claims, that testimony given reflects high credit upon the the Lord Chancellor was bound to submit good sense and integrity of the witness.
Opinions differ widely among the gentlemen What “ claims" they were, to which the first thus far examined, who have on all points Law-officer in the kingdom, whose bounden manfully spoken out their minds. Nor is the verdict of the Commissioners unanimous; one 3 This, in a sitting of 10 hours, gave someof them (Mr. J. P. Taylor) appending a very thing less than two minutes to the plaintiff's lucid and ingenious protest to the return and defendant's with tbeir respective witnesses agreed upon by his colleagues. The more in each case. curious student I must refer to the report " Lives of the Chancellors. Vol. 3, p. 264.
Edit. 1847. · Evidence, 9. 913. ; Ibid, 9. 3. • Report, pp. 97, 558.
County Court Reform.-Notes of the Week.
349 duty is, or is at least popularly supposed to be, ventilated. This was accordingly done, and to “fill the seats of judgment with good men —could be “ bound” against his better reason been thrown wide open for 5 or 10 minutes,
all the doors and some of the windows having to “submit," must be investigated thoroughly elsewhere. About two-thirds of the nomina- business was resumed. tions of 1847 were, it seems, extra judicial,- We may here observe that the state of the were they, however, in other respects unex- Courts has been a constant subject of comceptionable? Let us hear the testimony of plaint during the present sittings, but no atMr. Baron Bramwell.
“With every desire to speak respectfully of tention seems to be paid to any complaints.the Judges of the County Courts, it must be The Times. remembered that the gentlemen who at present fill those offices were appointed under peculiar ADDITIONAL CITY COURTS. circumstances. I believe there were not many what we may call independent selections, and I have been made to the City Authorities are
We are informed that the suggestions which own that at present I have not a sufficient confi. dence in them, to be desirous of extending their likely to prevail in regard to the requisite acjurisdiction.”
commodation for attorneys attending the trial Her Majesty's Commissioners, well knowing of actions at Guildhall. It is understood that all this, and having known it at all events the architect will provide a room for the ProMr. Baron Bramwell was examined by them, front of the attorneys' seat, as in some of the since the 23rd of May, 1854, the day on which fession, and we would suggest that in fitting up
the new Courts a table should be placed in have kept it back till, as we have already seen, Courts at Westminster, in order that their dono less than 20 augmented salaries distributed among the 60 Judges, two of which, be it cuments and papers may be readily referred to, remembered also, were given amongst the instead of being placed on the floor of the three County Court Commissioners. We
Court and liable to be trodden upon. are now assured politely “of course such things will not happen again,”-where is the guarantee?
UNWHOLESOMENESS OF THE CITY COURTS. It is in no spirit of hostility to well managed At the sitting of the Court at Guildhall, on County Courts, that I now address you ; cheap the 26th February, Lord Campbell said, he had justice bas unquestionably many thousand ad- received a letter, of which, for the sake not vocates far abler, though very few, if I may only of his own health, but for that of the presume to say so, more sincere than I am. counsel, jury, and witnesses, he felt it to be But you and I, sir, know that "cheap justice” his duty to take public notice. The writer and “cheap law” are very different things, stated that he was well acquainted with all the and have too often no connexion with each circumstances which constituted the nuisance other. It is because I wish to see County to this and the adjoining Court, and that to his Courts reformed, that they may not be abo- knowledge the bad smells by which they were lished, and dislike all law making, founded assailed proceeded from an ancient cemetery upon partial or imperfect information, that I over which the Court was constructed. He trouble you with this letter.
stated that there was anciently a chapel at Temple, Feb. 25, 1856. LEGALIS.
Guildhall, with a crypt and burial-ground, in which were deposited the remains of deceased
mayors and aldermen of former times, and that NOTES OF THE WEEK. the offensive smells proceeded therefrom. His
Lordship said he made this statement of what
had come to his knowledge in the discharge of INCONVENIENCE OF THE
his public duty, for if the facts were as stated
the lives of all were in danger. It was known At the Sittings at Nisi Prius, at Guildhall, that in former times the Judge and Jury and
Counsel were sometimes all swept away by the before Lord Campbell and a Special Jury, on gaol fever; but it was to be hoped that nothing Monday last, the Court became insufferably of the kind would now occur to produce such hot and close, arising partly from a want of a result, and that immediate steps would be ventilation, and partly, as it appeared, from the taken to make an inquiry into the subject. escape of foul air into the Court from the lower From The Times. regions.
[Probably the remains of the ancient civic Lord Campbell gave orders that the doors worthies were ages ago reduced to dust and and windows should be opened in order that ashes, but it is not improbable that some recent the air might be changed. But his lordship’s invasion of the sacred soil may have given vent order not being attended to, it became neces- to the pent up effluvia. Doubtless the worthy sary to adjourn the Court until it could be Lord Mayor will see that the nuisance be
promptly removed.-Ed. L. 0.] • Evidence, q. 1313.