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Off. Ass. : Meymott & Co., Great Surrey Street. Gregory, Thomas, Macclesfield, Chester, InoJan. 14.

keeper. Cole, Adelphi Terrace : Procter, Burt, Edward, Aston-juxta-Birmingham, Victualler. Macclesfield. Dec. 24.

Chaplin, Gray's Inn Square : Harrison, Bir Gootch, William, Bath Street, Clerkenwell, Grocer, mingbam. Jan. 14.

Tea Dealer aud Cheesemonger. Green, Off. Ass.: Barker, William Thomas, Biriningham, Plater. Blake & Co., Essex Street, Strand. Dec. 27.

Palmer & Co., or Arnold & Co., Biriningham : Griffith, William Henry, Shrewsbury, Salop, duten & Co., Gray's Inn. Jan. 14.

Wharfinger. Ronalds, Gray's Inn Square : Burr, Joseph, Wells, Somerset, Baker. King Cooper, Sirewsbury. Dec. 27.

& Co., Gray's lon Square: Robins & Co., Groocock, Samuel, Leicester, Builder. Lightfoot Wells. Jan. 14.

& Co., Hull : Walmsley of Co., Chancery Lane. Cooper, John, Keele, Stafford, Tailor. Harding, Dec. 31.

Newcastle-under-Lyme : Wilson, Symond's Green, John Wilson, Dartmouth, Devon, Ship Inn, Chancery Lane. Dec. 27.

Builder. Walson & Co., King's Arms Yard : Crouch, Frederick William Nicholls, Plymouth, Gilharı, Deronport. Jan. 3.

Devon, Music and Musical Instrument Seller. Geddes, William, Albion Place, Hyde Park Square, Wool & Co., Dean Street, Soho : Eastlake, Middlesex, Baker. Belcher, Off.

Ass. : Plymouth. Dec. 27.

Harrison, Walbrook. Jan. 7. Cox, Joseph Abrabam, Union Street, Southwark, Gill, Richard, Rushfield, Almondbury, York,

Surrey, Victualler. Green, Off. Ass.: Harper, Fancy Manufacturer. Battye & Co., Chancery Kennington Cross. Jan. 3.

Lane : Floyd, Huddersfield. Jan. 7. Coates, Joun, Manchester, Merchant and Dry Gauthorp, John, Cheetham, Manchester, Chemist

salter. Makinson & Co., Trmple : Atkinson and Druggist. Johnson & Co., Temple : Wooll & Co., Manchester. Jan. 17.

& Co., Manchester. Jan. 14. Derham, Robert, Leeds, York, and Walter Alan Gans, Sigismund, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Furrier,

Hinde, and Jas. Derham, Dolphinbolme, Lan- and Dealer in Pancy Articles. Meggison & caster, Worsted Spinners. Robinson 8 Co., Essex Co., King's Road, Bedford Row: Stanton,

Street, Strand : Ward & Co., Leeds. Jan. 10. Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Jan. 14. Dawson, William Ambrose, Liverpool, Merchant. Higgs, William, Jermyn Street, St. James's, Soila

Whitley & Co., Liverpool : Messrs. Love, Water Manufacturer, Chemist and Druggist. Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane. Graham, Off. Ass. : Walters & Co., Basinghall Jan. 10.

Street. Dec. 24. Davies, Edward, King's Mills, Wrexham, Denbigh, Hart, Thomas Bognor, Sussex, Innkeeper. Surr,

Miller and Corn and Flour Dealer. Lewis, Wrex- Lombard Street. Dec. 24.

bam : Parker, Pump Court, Temple. Jan. 10. Harris, Ambrose, Rhyll, Rhyddlan, Flint, Hotel Edwards, John, Liverpool, Cabinet Maker. Keeper : Wyatt, St. Asaph. Dec. 27.

Shackleton & Co., Liverpool : Baxendale & Co., Hind, William, Preston, Lancaster, Millwright. Great Winchester Street. Dec. 31.

Walmsley 4: Co., Chancery Lane : Bray, Pres. Ellis, Hugh, and George Henry Bryson, Man- tun. Dec. 27.

chester, Brace, Belt, and Web Manufac- Huxley, Thomas Croft, Liverpool, Cabinet Maker. turers. Sale & Co., Manchester: Messrs. Norris & Co., Bartlett's Buildings : Toulmin, Batter, Lincoln's Inn Fields. Jan. 14.

Liverpool. Dec. 27. Edwards, John, Littleworth, Gloucester, Baker Howell, James, Bradford, Wilts, Baker and T:11

and Confectioner. Jones & Co., Crosby low i bandler. Fisher, Bucklersbury. Dec. 27.

Square: Smallridge, Gloucester. Jan. 14. Harris, Thomas, Jobn Street, America Square, Edwards, Richard, Aston nigh Birmingham, Vic- London, Merchant. Gibson, Off. Ass.: Hill,

tualler. Smith & Co., New Boswell Court, Coptball Court. Jan. 3. Lincoln's Inn . Greatu'ood, or Parkes 8. Co., Hawker, William, College Street, Dowgate Hill, Birmingham. Jan. 17.

London, Carman. Johnson, Off. Ass.: BailFall, George, and John Nichols Horrocks, Man- deley, Leman Street, Goodinan's Fields. Jan. 3.

cbester, Lancaster, Pyers, Printers, and Hargreaves, Charles, Liverpool, Tailor and Draper. Pressers. Makinson & Co., Temple : Atkinson Vincent & Co., Temple : Brabner & Co., Liver& Co., Mancbesler. Dec. 31.

pool. Jan. 3. Poster, James, late of Abingdon, Berks, but now Horrold, Alfred Henry, Frome Selwood, Somer

of Southwark Square, Soutlıwark, Surrey, set, Chemist aud Druggist. Frampton, South Carrier. Turquand, Off. Ass. : Close, Furni- Square, Gray's Inn: Miller, Frome Selwood. val's Inn, Holborn. Jan. 7.

Jan. 7. Fox, John, Barnsley, York, Linen Manufacturer. Holroyd, John., and Frederick Holroyd, Halifax,

Shepherd, Barnsley : Perkins, Gray's Inn York, Cloth Merchants. Walker, Furnival's Square. Jan. 7.

Ion: Blackburn, Leeds. Jan. 10. French, Joseph, jun., Coventry, Ribbon Manufac- Honey, Charles, Littlemoor, Oxford, Corn Dealer.

turer. Austen & Co., Gray's Inn : Troughton Hester, Oxford: Messrs. Baxler, Lincoln's & Co., Coventry. Jan. 7.

Inn Fields. Jan. 14. France, William, of Wakefield, York, Maltster. Hudson, John, Arthur Street West, London, Livery

Scolt & Co., Lincoln's Inn Fields : Bakewell, Stable Keeper, Plumber, and Builder. Green, Wakefield, Jan. 10.

Off. Ass. : Stevens & Co., Queen Street, CheapFroud, Thos. Wilson, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Ship side. Jan. 17.

and Insurance Broker. Gibson, Newcastle-upon- Jones, Thomas Moreton, Llanfyllin, Montgomery, Tyne: Swain & Co., Old Jewry. Jan. 14.

Skinner and Tanner. Messrs. Burfiol, TemFinch, George, Newbury, Berks, Cabinet Maker ple : Royle, Llanfyllin. Dec. 24.

and Upholsterer. Abboll, Off. Ass.: Tate, Jordan, Francis, jun., and Robert Lovel Magrath, Basinghall Street. Jan. 17.

Liverpool, Merchants. Barendale & Co., Great Guigell, George, West Smithfield, London, and of Winchester Street: Shackleton & Co., LiverYork Street, York Road, Surrey, Hay Sales- pool. Jan. 7.

Gibson, Off. Ass. : M° Leoil & Co., Johns, Henry, jun., Exeter, Builder. Keildall H; Co., London Street, Fenchurch Street. Jan. 17. Fenchurch Street : Stogrlon, Exeter. Jan. 10.

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Kipling, Christopher, Warren Street, Fitzroy Stocks, Isaac Clayton, Bradford, York, Stuff

Square, Victualler. Clark, Off. Ass.: Harper, Manufacturer and Shopkeeper. Jenkins & Co.,
Kennington Cross. Jan. 10.

New Inn : George, Bradford. Dec. 24.
Legh, William, New Windsor, Berks, Corn Dealer. Shuttleworth, Henry, Market Harborough, Lei-

Hornidge & Co., Bloomsbury Square. Dec. 27. cester, and of the Light Pool Mills, Rodburgh, Lockitt, Joseph, Congleton, Chester, Grocer and and King's Stanley, Gloncester, Pin Manu

Tea Dealer, and Brick Maker. Pickford, facturer. Johnson, Oif. Ass.: White & Co.,

Congleton : Ja:nes & Co., Old Jewry. Dec. 31. Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dec. 27.
Leonard, Charles, Sheffield, York, Bacon Factor. Senior, James, Lassell's Hall, Kirkheaton, York,

Rolgers, Devonshire Sq., Bishopsgate Street : Fancy Cloth Manufacturer, and Common
Unwin, Sheffield. Jan. 17.

Brewer. Leder, King's Road, Bedford Row ; Moore, John, Finchley Cominon, Finchley, Mid- Barker & Co., Huddersfield. Jan. 10.

dlesex, Victualler. Clark, OF. Ass. : Fry & Silver, James, Hatton Garden, Holborn, SilverCo., Cheapside. Dec. 24.

smith. Pennell, Off. Ass. : Rice, Verulam Manning, Henry, Dulwich, Surrey, Boarding Buildings. Jan. 14.

House Keeper. Abbott, Off. Ass. : Crosse, Shuckard, George, Preston, Sussex, Brewer. Surrey Street, Strand. Dec 27.

Altree & Co., Brighton : Soulon, Great James Mead, Samuel, and William Mead, Liverpool, Street, Bedford Row. Jan. 14.

Iron Merchants. Duncan & Co., Liverpool : Scholefield, Edward, Watling Street, London, Adlington & Co., Bedford Row. Dec. 27.

Warehouseman. Lackington, Off. Ass. : t'u. Mickelthwate, Arthur, Sheffield, York, Horn Mer. ner & Co., Basing Lane. Jan. 17.

chant. Bullerfield, Gray's Inn Square: Potter, Scott, Joseph, Manchester, Paper Dealer. AdRotberliam. Dec. 27.

lington & Co., Bedford Row : Street, ManMorris, Joseph, Pimlico, Middlesex, Coal Mer- chester. Jan. 17.

chant. Lackington, Off, Ass. : Richards & Co., Trivett, Francis Thomas, Northumberland Place, Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dec. 31.

Coinmercial Road East, Draper. Lackington, MacLintock, William, Barnsley, York, Linen Ma. Off. Ass.: Ashurst & Co., Cheapside. Dec. 24.

nufacturer. Shepherd, Barnsley: Perkins, Turnbull, Thomas, Friday Street, Cheapside, Gray's Inn Square. Jan. 3.

Tavern Keeper. Alsager, Off. Ass. : Wells, Miles, Thomas, songwinlas, near Cardiff, G}a- Charlotte Row, Mansion House. Dec. 24.

morgan, Cordwainer. Jones & Co., Crosby | Thurlow, Robert, Southampton, Oil and Colour Square : King, Bristol. Jan. 3.

Merchant. Mackey, Southampton : Plucknett Naylor, William Burrows, Pitsmoor, Brightside & Co., Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dec. 31.

Bierlow, Sheffield, York, Brick Maker. Rod- | Thomas, William, Ystradgiinlais, Brecon, Timber
gers, Devonshire Square, Bishopsgate Street : Merchant. Bicknell & Co., Lincoln's Inn
Ryalls, Sheffield : Rayner & Co., Sheffield. Fields : Vaughan & Co., Brecon. Jan. 3.
Dec. 24.

Tarte, James, Birmingham, Maltster, Cyder MerOwen, Edward, Maesglas, Amlwch, Anglesea, and of chant, Plated Wire Manufacturer, and Dealer

Liverpool, Cattle Dealer. Chester, Staple Inn : in Metals. Chaplin, Gray's Inn Square : Har.

Roose, Amlwch : Hodgson, Liverpool. Dec. 31. Tison, Birminghani. Jan. 3. Potter, Mark, Earle's llenton, Dewsbury, York, Underhill, Richard, and John Underliill, Plymouth,

Blanket Manufacturer. Walls, Dewsbury : Devon, Linen Drapers. Pennell, 08. Ass.; Jaques & Co., Ely Place. Dec. 24.

Burl, Aldermanbury. Dec. 31. Poynton, James, Liverpool, Draper. sbbott & Co., Walker, William, Nottingham, Silkman. Enfield

Charlotte Street, Bedford Sq. : Bennell & Co., & Co., Nottingham : Cuvelje & Co., South

Manchester: Brabner & Co., Liverpool. Dec. 31. ampton Buildings, Chancery Lane. Jan. 3. Polden, Alexander James, and Thomas Morton, Wharton, Charles James Wilson, Liverpool, Pro

Fenchurch Street, London, Merchants. Green. vision Dealer. Cornthwaite, Liverpool. Jan. 7.

Off. Ass. : Dickson, Bucklersbury. Jan. 10. Willacy, Thomas, St. Helen's Mills, Windle, LanPrichard, Thomas, Sidcup, Foot's Cray, Kent, caster, (no traile gazetted). Taylor & Co.,

Surgeon. Graham, Off. Ass. : Powell, Mar- Bedford Row : Lowndes & Co., Liverpool. tin's Lane, Cannon Street. Jan. 17.

Jan. 14. Perrier, Charles, Nottingham, Lace Manufacturer. | Wood, Samuel, Northampton, Ironmonger and

Capes & Co., Bedford Row : Wadsworth, Not- Sredsman. Britten, Northampton : Messrs. tingham. Jan. 17.

Blower & Co., Lincoln's Inn Fields. Jan. 14. Robinson, Frederick, Coventry, Ribbon Manu-Yallop, Rowland, Basinghall Street, Scrivener :

facturer. Austen & Co., Gray's Inn : Trough. Edwards, Off. Ass.: Rush, Austin Friars. ton & Co., Coventry. Dec. 31.

Jan. 17. Richardson, Richard,' Great Driffield, York,

Draper. Milne & Co., Temple : Bent, Man- | PRICES OF STOCKS.—Tuesday, 21st Jan. 1840.

chester. Jan. 3. Ridsdale, John, nnd Henry Ridsdale, Leeds, York, Bank Stock,

Cent.

178 a 9 Stuff and Blanket Merchants. Hawkins & Co.,

3
per Cent. Reduced,

915 alatas New Boswell Court, Lincoln's Ion : Atkinson 3 per Cent. Consols Annuities, • 91 a 1 a 903 a i & Co., Leeds. Jan. 3.

3} per Cent. Reduced Annuities, - 993 a 5 ans Ross, Jesse, Leicester, Wool Stapler. Toller, Gray's New 34 per Cent. Annuities, 99$ a la 8š a 9

Inn Square : Messrs. Toller, Leicester. Jan. 14. Long Annuities, expire 5th Jan. 1860°- 1472 14 Silk, William Banks, Jewin Street, Cripplegate, Annuities for 30 years, exp. 10th Oct. 1859, Builder. Belcher, Off. Ass.: Selby, Serjeant's

13ž a ta Inn, Fleet Street. Dec. 24.

249 as Stanton, George, Regent Street, St. James's, 3 per Cent. Consols for Acct., 27th Feb. Westminster, Woollen Draper. Edwards, Off Exchequer Bills, 10001. at 11d.

India Stock, div. 104 per Cent.

914 a Ass. : For & Co., Basinghall Street. 19ec. 24.

12s. a 10s. a 14s. pm. Spence, William, Dewsbury, York, Grocer.

Ditto.

5001. Do, 12s. a 108. a 14s. pm. Jaques & Co., Ely Place, Holborn : Greves,

Ditto. Small, Do. 125. a 10s, a 14s, pm. Dewsbury. Dec. 24.

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The Legal Observer,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1840.

Quod magis ad nos
Pertinet, et nescire malum est, agitamus.

HORAT.

THE

registration of voters. This will not only PROGRESS OF LAW REFORM.

be a declaratory bill, settling certain disputed registration questions, but will go, as

we understand, to the alteration of the preWe shall now, according to our usual prac, sent mode of revising votes by the fluctuating tice, take a general view of the state and body of revising barristers, and the appoint, prospects of Law Reform, and we shall be ment of a permanent body, as in Scotland much mistaken, if, in spite of the apparent and Ireland. Returns have been ordered quiet in this respect, more be not done in of the expense of the present system for the present year than in several preceding

several sessions.

years past. Besides these measures, And, first, we wish to say one word as

Mr. Serjeant Talfourd has renewed a notice

as to his Copyright Bill, and Mr. Wakley to the privilege question. We have, as we

has declared his intention, on its coming have ever done, and shall continue to do,

on, to move for a Select Comınittee on the allowed both sides to be heard in these pages; whole subject of copyright, which, we think but as the matter now assumes much of it very probable, will be agreed to by the a party complexion, we shall content our

House. selves with the office of moderator. Each

In the House of Lords the Copyhold side has been most ably argued in the Enfranchisement Bill has been referred, on House of Commons, and if the friends of the motion of Lord Brougham, to the fol“privilege" can claim the Attorney General, lowing Select Committee:- The Lord Chanthe Solicitor General, Mr. Erle, and, per- cellor, Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Richmond,

. , a not spoken

for or voted recently on it, the Marquis of Salisbury, Earl of Devon, Earl friends “ of law” rank on their side, Mr. of Exeter, Lord Redesdale, Lord Ellenbo

Shaftesbury, Bishop of Llandaff, Bishop Pemberton, Mr. Creswell, Serjeant Talfourd, rough, Lord Lyndhurst, Lord Wynford, Lord Mr. Kelly, and Mr. Law. Besides this important question now pend- Hatherton. As it now stands, it is in all

Brougham, Lord Duncannon, and Lord ing in the House of Commons, Lord John Russell has said that he will shortly intro- duced into the House of Commons by Mr.

material points the same bill that was introduce a bill for the establishment of County Stewart last session, as first amended by the Courts. It is now under the consideration

committee.b It contains the compulsory of the Lord Chancellor, and on his opinion clauses, with a power to the lord and twobeing obtained with respect to certain points thirds of the tenants of any manor to exrelating to it, it will be forthwith introduced into the House of Commons. Lord John bill by a petition to the commissioners.

cept themselves from the operation of the Russell has also said that it is bis intention We understand that the Select Committee shortly to bring in a bill for improving the will proceed in the bill with all dispatch. a It is said that Sir William. Follett, whatever the Bankruptcy Commission is bringing its

Besides these proceedings in Parliament, he may think the law ought to be, is now of opinion that the construction of the Judges on

b See the Bill, 17 L. 0, 360, and the amend. the cases hitherto decided is the correct one.

ments, 419. VOL. XIX.--No. 572.

T

258 Practical Points.-Exclusive Audience of the Serjeants in the Court of Common Pleas,

CUSTOM HOUSE OFFICER.

labours to a conclusion, and we soon expect | saying that, unless a previous demand is to be in possession of their repor, which, it made by the officer, he is guilty of a tresis not unlikely, will be acted on in the pre- pass in taking the goods by force, but of a sent session.

trespass to the person only. This action however, is brought for a trespass in taking the goods ; and if the goods were liable to

be seized, as I think they were, the mode of PRACTICAL POINTS OF GENERAL

making the seizure cannot affect the liability INTEREST.

of the defendants on this head. In Story v. Robinson, 6 T, R. 138, the taking of the

plantiff's horse was evidently stated in such Things in actual use, as a horse upon which a manner as to shew that the plaintiff was a man is riding, or an axe in the hands of upon him, and therefore it involved a tresa man who is cutting wood, and the like, pass to the person, Liltledale, J.-The are privileged from distress, in order to officers were justified in making the seizure ; prevent a breach of the peace, which might for on the evidence it appears that they be occasioned by an attempt to distrain were drawings, which brings them within them. Inst. 47 a.; Simpson v. Harlopp, the terms of the act, and no exception is Willes, 54; Story v. Robinson, 6 T. R. 138. made in favour of any particular kind. This rule is to some extent applicable to the Patteson, J.- This is an action for taking following case, in which the right of a goods only; and if any clause could be custom-house officer over the person is pointed out making a previous demand a defined.

condition precedent, no doubt an action Trespass for seizing and carrying away

would lie : but there is no such clause, and certain goods of the plaintiff, to wit, three the general law is relied upon that there portfolios and one hundred drawings, &c. : ought to be a previous demand. Suppo. plea, not guilty. At the trial at the Sussex sing that to be so, yet, if the goods are Summer Assizes 1837, before Lord Denman, forfeited, the act of taking of them cannot C. J., the following appeared to be the facts be invalidated by an excess or violence to of the case.

The plaintiff, a French youth, the goods, but it affords a { ro ind for an acarrived at Brighton by the steam-boat one tion of another kind. Coleridge, J., conevening in September 1836, and as he was curred. Rule discharged. De Gondouin v. leaving the boat, accompanied by a friend Lewis, 2 P. & D. 283. who had gone on board to meet him, the defendants, who were custom-house officers, seized with some violence a portfolio which EXCLUSIVE AUDIENCE OF THE SERthe plaintiff had under his arm, and which JEANS IN THE COURT OF COM. contained some school drawings and a few

MON PLEAS. biscuits. They refused to restore it to him, but gave it back to him next morning. The question of the right, or privilege of the The notice of action given to the defend Serjeants, to practise in the Court of Common ants was signed by “Ă. Pilcher, Solicitor,” Pleas, to the exclusion of all other barristers, (who was the attorney conducting the suit)

caine again before the Court on the 20th

January " acting in the behalf and as the prochein

Mr. Newton observed, that the royal manamy of the plaintiff;" and it was contended date of April 1834, which threw open the for the defendants that as an infant could Court to ihe outer bar of England, was as not appoint an attorney, the notice was binding as the writ, which was substantially a bad. His Lordship overruled the objection. royal mandate, by the authority of which the The defendants then contended that the Serjeants were invented with the privilege of plaintiff must be nonsuited, for that draw. pleading and audience in that Court. That ings under the 3 & 4 W. 4.c. 56, schedule, royal warrant of 1834, hy ordering it to be

Court itself had recoguised the validity of the were liable to forfeiture, and that the act entered on record; the Serjeants themselves complained of was a lawful seizure by the had acquiesced in it for several years, and it defendants. His lordship was of t'is opi- was now too late for the Serjeants to turn nion, and directed a nonsuit, but required round and ask the Judges of tbat Court to do the jury to find what damages the plaintiff the Crown or the Legislature to do. He sulmit

that which they had failed in persuading either had sustained, who returned a verdict of one ted to their Lordships that from the date of farthing. Lord Denman, C. J.-Where po that royal mandate, every gentleman who had fraud is attempted in concealing articles been called to the bar, had been called to the from the officers, I have no hesitation in bar of that Court us wuch as of every other

Exclusive Audience of the Serjeants, &c.-Power of Appointment in Purchase Deeds. 259 court in the kingdom. He begged them to be deprived of it by a royal warrant, or any consider how unjust this proceeding would be other power stort of the whole legislature. to all those, and no doubt they were many, The antiquity of the Serjeants was as great as who had devoted themselves to studying the that of the Court itself, as was proved by all peculiar practice of this Court, which, until to the text writers. Bracton, in the reign of day, had been open to thcın; and the practice Henry 3d, mentioned the fact; and it was also of this court was so far peculiar as to require proved by records which were to be found in some degree of separate and peculiar study, the Tower in the reign of Edward I. They whence, no doubt, in the first instance, had were called to their rank, too, by writ, the arisen the privileges of the Serjeants. He form of which was found in those ancient rewould not dilate upon the advantages or disad. cords ; their oath of office had existed from vantages to the public of clo:ing this Court. the earliest times ; and they were bound, as no It might be that the public derived great ad. other barristers were, to give due attendance vantage from being confined to the learned for the service of the king's people. The Lord Serjeants, and not having the liberty of Comınissioner Whitlock's speech to the newly selecting from the whole bar, those to whom created Serjeants was another authority which they would entrust the advocacy of their led them to the conclusion that the Seri :an s causes in that Court; but the fact was, that possessed this exclusive right from time immethe impression of the public was different inorial. The rights of the Serjeants and of upon the subject, as was proved by the great Peers of the realm, stood on the same foundaincrease of business in that Court, since it tion, inmemorial enjoyinent; and that being has been thrown open. It had been said that so, they held that this right was still in exisif the royal mandate of 1834 were sustained, tence, notwithstanding the royal warrant, and it must be on the principle that the Crown they were bound, therefore, to allow that right might open all the Courts of Westminster to he exercised. In order to secure the due Hall to the public indiscriminataly; but in administration of justice, it night be necessary, answer to that, he begged to say that they in progress of time, in extraordinary cases, to were not to suppose that the Crown would do adinit others to practise, as, for instance, Jus. anything obviously improper and absurd ; but lice Littleton (Year Book of the 11th of Edsupposing the Crown were to issue a warrant ward 41h) said, that if the Serjeants were all of that sort, and parties, whether barristers or dead, then they must hear the apprentices; not, were allowed to plead in the Courts for and it appeared to them that as parties had several years, he should like to know whether been induced, by the voluntary acquiescence the judges thought that it would be a very easy of the Serjeants, to instruct barristers not of matter to riturn to the old system of exclusion. the degree of the coif, it would be unjust to

On the following day, January 21st, withdraw the privilege in cases now pending.

The Lord Chief Justice gave the final deci. While, therefore, they allorced the Serjeants sion of the Couri.—This was a question as to their exclusive privilege, it was with this reserthe exclusive privileges of the Serjeants to ration, that barristers not of that rank should be plead and practise in the Court of Common heard in the suits in which they were already Pleas, it having been contended that since the engaged, until they were brought to a complepromulgation of the King's Warrant of Hilary tion. Term, 1834, all barristers had an equal right [We are glad that this decision of the with the Serjeants so to practise. They had Court,-qualified as it very justly is, with been called upon by certain Serjeants to decide regard to existing business, - will restore the that question, and act upon their decision. If, rights of the ancient order of Serjeants. An when the warrant had been read, any one of addition to that learned body, will, however, the Serjeants had questioned its validity, the be requisite to ineet the wants of the suitors Court would have paused before it gave it of the Court. Ev.] effect, and would have decided the question deliberately, after hearing arguinents. But, on the contrary, many of the Serjeants had accepted, at the hands of the Crown, the POWER OF APPOINTMENT IN grace and favor of receiving more prominent

PURCHASE DEEDS. rank, and the rest had allowed the matter to pass sub silentiv. It was not surprising, then, ibat the Court ofered no objection to the

To the Editor of the Legal Observer.

Sir, Warrant, inore especially as the Commou Law Comunissioners bad recominended the opening in the course of iny practice in conveyancing, of the Court, though to a limited extent. I have never yet been able to convince myself However, notwithstanding the acquiescence

of the propriety of the mode which has been of the Serjeants, they thought it due both to adopted of late years, and pow very generally the suitors and officers of the Court, now that prevails, of preparing purchase deeds of feethey were called upon, to declare their opinion. simple lands by power of appointment and The single point ivas, whether the Serjesnts limitation of uses, -at least to the extent to bad, by the constitution and by law, beld and which it is carried. The better to explain my enjoyed the exclusive privilege of practising in meaning 1 shall give a brief abstract of a mothe Court of Common Pleas; for, if so, it was

dern title. the opinion of the Court thut they could not 1st 8. 2d Jan. 1800.-INDENTURES of Lease

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