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The Corporation of London : Its Rights and Privileges

By Allen, William Ferneley

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Title: The Corporation of London : Its Rights and Privileges  
Author: Allen, William Ferneley
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Allen, W. F. (n.d.). The Corporation of London : Its Rights and Privileges. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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PREFACE: Some apology is necessary on the part of one whose acquaintance with civic affairs is of such recent date, for presuming to stand forth as the champion of the fights and privileges of the City of London. No man of common spirit, however, could tamely submit to the insulting charges and coarse insinuations with which the Corporation has long been assailed by malevolent or ignorant individuals. That the civic system is free from spot or blemish, no one in his senses would pretend to assert. But it may honestly and truly be asserted that the Court of Aldermen have both the power and the inclination to amend whatever is defective, and to introduce whatever reforms are desirable, without the irritating and officious interference of the imperial legislature. The system may not be perfect, for it is of human origin; but its administrators are men of upright character, practically conversant with the requirements of trade, and animated by am earnest desire to promote the interests of their fellow-citizens. Why, then, are they not intrusted with the honourable task of gradually improving the machinery of the civic government, and of completing the good work they have long since spontaneously inaugurated? It might, perhaps, have been better had this pamphlet never taken form and substance. A feeble advocate endangers, and oftentimes loses, the best possible cause; but still, out of the fulness of the heart the mouth will speak, and pour forth sentiments and feelings that no longer brook control. This, at least, is the only excuse that can be offered for troubling the public with the opinions of a comparative novice.

Table of Contents
· PREFACE. · INTRODUCTORY SKETCH. · PART I. THE CORPORATION AS IT IS. · PART II. THE CIVIC REFORM BILL.

 

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