August 1491

By the nomination and decision of the bailiffs and 24 then in office, at the said [electoral] assembly each year there shall be written down for each leet the names of 9 of the most "discrete welldysposyd and indyfferent" persons of the 48 who are then present in the house[, each name on its own slip of paper]; in default of that number of the 48 [being present for each leet] other well-disposed persons then present are to be nominated [by bailiffs and 24?]. Those persons who served as electors last year to be excluded, as specified in the old ordinances. The said 9 names for each leet are to be put in 4 hats, each leet in its own hat. All 4 hats shall be brought before the bailiffs, where a child ["an innocent"] or an illiterate man shall be called forth and he shall take out of each hat 3 slips and lay them down before the bailiffs. These 12 [named persons] are to be called forth, tasked and sworn according to ancient custom of the town, and the said 12 persons so tasked shall choose the officers for the year to come, that is: 2 bailiffs, 2 chamberlains, 2 churchwardens, 2 muragers, 2 collectors of the half-dole, 8 "dyscrete and sufficient" herring wardens, and 4 auditors (who shall comprise 2 of the 24 and 2 of the 48, of the wisest and most sensible, skilled in auditing accounts). If 9 of the 12 [electors] are in agreement [in their choice], even though the other 3 disagree, the verdict of that 9 shall be accepted and the election shall be valid.