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Case relative to the Tothill Fields Bill. —

be, when standing alone. —

As to pecuniary compensation for the rights in question,
either they are susceptible of it, or they are not: if they are, they are
as susceptible of it on the present occasion, as they can be on any
other: if they are unsusceptible of it, and the Circumstance of
their being so is to be considered as a conclusive Bar to their
being given up, then, so long as it is considered in that light,
the Waste must remain a Waste, were it to the End of time. —

Were this Waste to be divided, like other Wastes, among all
the Commoners, in Proportion to their respective quantites of
Interest (in the present Instance in equal Shares) the quantity
of divisible Land compared with the numbers of the Shares,
would scarce afford to each of them a spot big enough to
stretch himself upon: and in that case the very expence of fencing
(to say nothing of draining) would of itself be more than
sufficient to eat up the whole value of the subject to be divided (a).
But, upon a Plan of Division such as that, the particular
accidental Interests just spoken of, would be more compleatly
and immediately sacrificed, than upon the Plan here proposed.
Those to whom it is now of the most value would have no
greater share than any one of the thousands to whom in its present
state it is of no value at all. —

Another Impediment which of itself might be sufficient
to prevent any future and different division or Improvement
of the Waste, is the uncertainty that prevails (as already stated)
with regard to the proportionable quantities of Interest as between the
Dean and Chapter as Lords on the one Hand, and the Inhabitants aforesaid

(a) Number of Acres remaining after allowance made for Roads
and an Allotment of 10 or 11 Acres clear for the Westminster
Scholars say 40; Number of Inhabitants, in Saint Margarets
12,000 in Saint Johns 8,000 (Saint Johns appointing 20 out of the
50 joint Vestrymen to 30 of Saint Margarets) Total 20,000 — divided
by 5 to obtain the number of Householders 4,000. —

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see note 3 to letter 1392, vol. 6

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