1. Are of the opinion that it is a contempt if a mayor take office without first taking the oath, for which he is punishable in the Castle Chamber, and in this they have resolved two doubts which had been moved to them.
Notwithstanding, they advise that for the time to come, commissions to administer the oath be directed to the presidents in the provinces, and to the bishops and other chief officers there; and in the Pale to the bishops and some of the Privy Council, to remain dormant with them and to be executed from time to time.
2. Where the corporations by their charters are to choose their mayors, de probioribus, discretioribus, vel idoneis viris, if they choose notorious recusants, they (Ellesmere & Bacon) were of opinion they were not warranted in choosing such persons.
3. When mayors or recorders have exclusive jurisdiction, and being themselves recusants, have made no inquiry or conviction of recusants for years past, they were of opinion that their charter might be questioned upon that point.
Recommend for the time to come, that pursuant to the statute 2 Eliz, the bishop associate himself to the mayor and recorder upon sessions of oyer et terminer, and call upon them to inquire of recusants; and that a letter be written to corporations, reproving their former neglect, and to give the points of the statute in charge, and cause it to be executed in their franchises.