Taylor to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Crown Office
August 30th 1853
The Lord Chancellor's Secretary of Commissions of the Peace having handed to me your letter of the 23rd Instant requesting to be supplied with a copy of the Form of Instrument appointing Magistrates to Commissions of the Peace in this Country, I enclose copy of the form of a Commission of the Peace for Counties, also for Boroughs in England and Wales, and also the form of Dedimus Potestatem and Oaths used and taken by County Magistrates on their qualifying—the same oaths are taken by Borough Magistrates but the Dedimus is not issued for the purpose.
I am, Sir
Your obedient Servant
J.R. Taylor
Chief Clerk

T.F. Elliot Esqre
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
This draft executes the directions contained in the minutes on the last page of Governor Douglas' despatch 6979—but I have delayed passing it on till yr return to the Office as I was puzzled to know which of the formsManuscript image sent us from the Crown Office is the proper one to supply the Governor with. Perhaps you can decide the point.
ABd 16 Sepr
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to the Secretary of the Commission of Peace, Lord Chancellors Office, 23 August 1853, asking that copies of the correct form of instructions used for the appointment of magistrates in England be forwarded to the Colonial Office.
Minutes by CO staff
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Copy of the Borough Commission—not that extraordinary
absurdity the County commission—and also of the two oaths—not of the dedimus (which is the last parchment) for that is superseded by the Governor's Commission.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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1. Form of a Commission of the Peace for Counties in England and Wales.
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2. Form of Commission of Peace, Municipal Boroughs.
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3. Parchment copies of the Dedimus and two oaths taken by justices of the peace.