The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The Court of Common Council.
This court, as already observed, consists of the lord mayor, aldermen, and representatives of the several wards; and being the city legislature, make bye-laws for the good government thereof; they assemble in , as often as the lord mayor by his summons thinks proper to convene them; they annually select from among themselves a committee of aldermen and commoners, for letting the city lands. They likewise appoint the following committees, viz. aldermen and commoners, for letting the bridge-house estates; aldermen and commoners, for transacting the affairs belonging to the benefactions of sir Thomas Gresham, the lord mayor being always of the number; aldermen and commoners for improving the navigation of the river Thames; aldermen and commoners as a committee of control over the coal and corn meters; aldermen and commoners as a committee for general purposes; the lord mayor and certain of the aldermen, together with commoners, as a committee for improvements within the city, and the same for improving the port of London. They also, by virtue of a royal grant, yearly appoint a governor, deputy, and assistants, for managing the city lands in Ireland. They have also a right of disposing of the offices of town-clerk, common-serjeant, judges of the sheriffs' court, common pleader, common crier, coroner, bailiff of the borough of , comptroller, remembrancer, solicitor, clerk of the peace, registrar of the mayor's court, clerks of the court of requests, comptroller of the bridge-house, water-bailiff, clerk of the works, coal meters, keeper of and assistants, clerk at the bridge-house, collector of the city dues, clerks of the coal market, and keeper of the Green-yard.