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In "The Corporation of London, Its Rights and Privileges," William Ferneley Allen provides a compelling account of one of the most intriguing institutional entities in the United Kingdom, the Corporation of London. Presenting a comprehensive overview of its historical development, legal framework, and unique powers, Allen offers readers a fascinating insight into an organization that has stood at the heart of London's governance for centuries.

One of the book's strengths lies in Allen's meticulous research, which is evident in the extensive range of primary and secondary sources he draws upon. This not only lends credibility to his arguments but also provides readers with a detailed understanding of the Corporation's origins and evolution over time. By tracing back to its medieval roots, Allen illuminates how the Corporation has managed to adapt to ever-changing political and societal landscapes, maintaining its influential and privileged position within the city.

Moreover, Allen explores the Corporation's intricate legal structure, exposing the web of rights and privileges that set it apart from other local authorities. He contends that the Corporation's ability to exist as both a local government and a separate legal entity raises interesting questions about democratic accountability and power dynamics within the city. By delving into this intricate balance, Allen invites readers to consider the implications of such a system on both the Corporation's operations and the wider community it serves.

From a literary standpoint, Allen's writing style is accessible and engaging, enabling both legal scholars and general readers to grasp the complexities of the subject matter. He skillfully weaves historical anecdotes and legal analysis, enhancing the narrative flow while ensuring the book remains accessible to a broad audience. At the same time, Allen does not shy away from delving into legal jargon when required, effectively striking a balance between accessibility and scholarly rigor.

However, one aspect that may have enhanced the overall reading experience would have been a greater exploration of the current challenges and controversies facing the Corporation. While Allen does touch upon the debates surrounding its democratic representation and accountability, a more in-depth analysis of recent developments would have provided a valuable update to this otherwise comprehensive historical account.

In conclusion, "The Corporation of London, Its Rights and Privileges" by William Ferneley Allen is an essential resource for anyone interested in the intricate workings of this unique institution. Allen's exemplary research, accessible writing style, and comprehensive historical analysis make this book a valuable contribution to the scholarship of local governance and legal history. While a deeper examination of present-day challenges would have been beneficial, it does not detract significantly from the overall quality and importance of this well-crafted work.

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The Corporation of London: its rights and privileges.

by William Ferneley Allen,

sheriff of London and Middlesex, and alderman of the ward of Cheap.


Some apology is necessary on the part of one whose acquaintance with civic affairs is of such recent date, for presuming to stand forth as the champion of the fights and privileges of the City of London. No man of common spirit, however, could tamely submit to the insulting charges and coarse insinuations with which the Corporation has long been assailed by malevolent or ignorant individuals. That the civic system is free from spot or blemish, no one in his senses would pretend to assert. But it may honestly and truly be asserted that the Court of Aldermen have both the power and the inclination to amend whatever is defective, and to introduce whatever reforms are desirable, without the irritating and officious interference of the imperial legislature. The system may not be perfect, for it is of human origin; but its administrators are men of upright character, practically conversant with the requirements of trade, and animated by am earnest desire to promote the interests of their fellow citizens. Why, then, are they not intrusted with the honourable task of gradually improving the machinery of the civic government, and of completing the good work they have long since spontaneously inaugurated? It might, perhaps, have been better had this pamphlet never taken form and substance... Continue reading book >>

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