MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS' INQUIRY,
TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
YOUR MAJESTY having been graciously pleased, upon an Address from the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses in Parliament assembled, to issue a Commission under the Great Seal, bearing date at Westminster, the 20th day of July, in the Fourth Year of Your Majesty's Reign, authorizing and directing the Commissioners therein named to inquire into the existing state of the Municipal Corporations in that part of Your Majesty's United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland called Ireland, and to collect information respecting the defects in their Constitution; and to make inquiry also into their Jurisdiction and Powers in the administration of Justice, and in all other respects; and also into the mode of electing and appointing the Members and Officers of such Corporations, and into the Privileges of the Freemen and other members thereof; and into the Nature and Management of the Income, Revenues, and Funds of the said Corporations, whether charitable or otherwise; and into the Tolls and Customs within their receipt or under their management; and to inquire into the several Local Jurisdictions existing within the limits of all Corporate Towns in that part of Your Majesty's said United Kingdom called Ireland: and signifying Your Majesty's Will and Pleasure that three or more of the said Commissioners should, under their hands and seals, certify to Your Majesty what the said Commissioners should find touching or conÂ¬ cerning the premises upon such Inquiry as aforesaid :â€” WE, Your Majesty's Commissioners, whose hands and seals are hereto set, do humbly certify unto Your Majesty the following Report of the Proceedings under Your Majesty's said Commission, and of what we have found touching and concerning the premises upon such Inquiry.
Having taken, as the basis of the Inquiry, the list of cities, towns, and boroughs, Arrangement of which returned Members to the Irish Parliament, amountingjn number to 117, nquuy.
we divided the whole, with the exception of Dublin, into six circuits, allotting two Commissioners to each, to visit, in person, the places comprised in it, and there make inquiry into the several matters of examination pointed out by Your Majesty's Commission.
The arrangement of these Circuits, and the names of the Commissioners attached to them, were,
THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT -Messrs.
Lyle and Fogarty.
â€ž Calhoun and Baldwin.
â€ž Brady and Corballis.
â€ž Hanna and King.
Hudson and Sawse.
â€ž Moody and Pigot.
Perrin, and the Secretary to the Commission, remained in Dublin to receive Conduct and forward communications from and to the several Circuits, and transmit pre-Inciulr3'-vious notices of the times of holding the Inquiry in the respective cities and towns.