An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof; and for making more effectual the Laws now in being, for paving and cleansing the Streets and Sewers, in and about the said City.

[London, 1737].

Folio, pp. 11, [1], with a drop-head title and an integral docket-title on the final page (slightly dusty); woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initial; a very good copy, disbound.


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Rare first edition of an act providing for the ‘raising and levying of Monies’ for the employment of night-watchmen in the City of London. ‘The said Constables, shall … use their best Endeavours, to prevent Fires, Murders, Burglaries, Robberies, and other Outrages, and Disorders …’. The act also provides for the punishment of watchmen for non-attendence and of rate-payers for non-payment of the levy, and for the ‘pitching and paving’ of streets in front of unoccupied or untenanted properties.

ESTC shows one copy only, at the British Library; OCLC adds holdings at the National Library of Medicine and the University of North Carolina.

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