The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 11. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.
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Members of the Corporation
In conformity to the above-mentioned charter, granted to this city by king James I. the corporation at present continues to consist of a mayor, chosen on Sept. 14, and sworn in on the day of St. Michael, a recorder, twelve aldermen, and twenty-four commoncouncilmen, including the sheriff and town clerk. The mayor, recorder, (fn. 1) and those who have served the office of mayor, are justices of the peace; a chamberlain, coroner, and other inferior officers. It has the privilege of a sword granted at the time of the charter by king James I. in 1607, (fn. 2) and a mace. (fn. 3) A court of burghmote for the business of the city, which is held on every fourth Tuesday; (fn. 4) and it continues to hold a general court of sessions, with power of life and death, a court of pleas before the mayor, and other liberties, as mentioned in the charter, in like manner as other cities and counties of the like fort.—There is also a court of conscience for recovery of debts under 40s. granted by act of parliament.
The arms of the city are, Argent, three Cornish choughs proper, two and one; on a chief, gules, a lion passant guardant, or, (fn. 5)
The seal belonging to the office of mayoralty has a castle garnished with three lions passant, with this inscription round it, viz. Sigillum Majoris Civitatis Cantuariæ. The chamberlain has also a seal of office.