§ VISCOUNT MIDLETON
asked the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack, Whether there was any objection to the issue of a writ for the election of a Verderer of Epping Forest, the legal number of four having been reduced by death to one? He understood that a large number of beautiful trees had been marked for destruction during the ensuing month, which there would be some chance of saving if proper officers were appointed. The remaining Verderer was unable by himself to constitute a court; but if another was elected this could be done, and he was informed that at least one gentleman of position in the county was prepared to serve the office. He understood also that several landed proprietors in the county were anxious for an election, in order that certain disputes as to forestal rights might be settled, and that the object which he himself had in view might be attained—namely, the preservation of a portion, at least, of this beautiful forest for the benefit of the densely populated districts in the East-end of London which bordered closely upon it.
THE LORD CHANCELLOR
replied that it was for the freeholders of the county to petition him in the usual form, proving the death of the late Verderers. This had been done in the case of the New Forest, a writ being thereupon issued.