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amount to £2,250, which sum tho petitioners aro unable to raise." It may here be stated that the best houso in the town, at this period, was not rated at more than 40s. per annum.
The Act of Parliament of 1773 remained in force between thirty and forty years, and under its operation Brighton experienced most important advantages; but in tho year 1810 it was repealed in favour of a new Act, and tho management of the place, with very enlarged powers, subsequently invested in twenty-four Commissioners, the necessary qualification for a membership of the body being the occupation of a house of the annual value of £50, and the bond fide receipt of £50 per annum from landed or household property, The newly-appointed Commissioners held their first and subsequent meetings at the Old Ship Hotel on the 2nd of May, 1810, and they not only possessed the management of the town and its funds, but also had the power of appointing the Directors and Guardians of tho Poor, Coal Meters, the Patrole, &c. By the new Act the town duty on coals was increased from sixpence to threo shillings per chaldron, and tho fund accruing therefrom was at the sole disposal of the Commissioners, and it is evident, from tho great power entrusted to them, that the office of the same was considered of no mean importance.
The Act of Parliament of 1810 remained in force until 1825, when it was again deemed requisite to give a fresh impulse to the spirit of improvement that was rapidly, in buildings and otherwise, developing itself in all parts of tho town ; in consequence, application was made to Parliament for a new Act (which was granted) containing additional powers, Without the obnoxious clause of election for life,— existing in the old Act regulating the town, — a new clause therein providing that a portion of the Com­missioners should vacato their seats yearly, theroby giving tho inhabitants the power of re-electing or otherwise tho.
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