August 1491

When any of the 24 dies, or is removed [from office] for a legitimate reason, the bailiffs and their brethren [i.e. the remaining jurats?] shall choose a replacement from the wisest and most able townsmen who are not aliens nor the children of aliens. Each newly-chosen member shall take oath well and truly to maintain, execute or cause to be executed – without any favouritism, partiality, bribe, ill-will or malice – all ordinances and by-laws made by this town or in future to be made for the common good, profit and politic rule of the town. Also, no member of the 48 is to be expelled from that council, nor any new member elected, without consulting the common assembly.