Sir, - Will you or some of your legal readers be kind enough to inform one not "learned in the law" whether in any of the numerous police acts that have passed of late years there exists a clause rendering it imperative on the part of the occupiers of houses and shops to remove the snow, mud, &c., which may have accumulated on the pavement in front of their premises? . . . . In a walk to the Bank yesterday, through Oxford-street, Holborn, Newgate-street and Cheapside, I saw five persons meet with serious falls, two opposite the butchers'-stalls in that great disgrace to the city, Newgate-street, and it was only by great caution that I myself avoided a similar accident. When the severity of the weather relaxes there will be of course an agreeable change from ice to mud, equally for the benefit of pedestrians.
letter to The Times from 'An Old Man', January 11, 1841
Sir, - In answer to the inquiry contained in a letter in your paper this day, signed "An Old Man," whether there is not some act of Parliament for enforcing the sweeping of the pavements? I beg to refer him and also your readers generally to the sixth part of the 60th sec. of the 47th c., 2d and 3d. Victoria, entitled "An act for further Improving the Police in and near the Metropolis," whereby every occupier of a house or other tenement, in any town within the said district, who shall not keep sufficiently swept and cleaned all footways and watercourses adjoining to the premises occupied by him, is made liable to a penalty not exceeding 40s.; and it is further provided that where the tenement is empty or unoccupied the owner thereof shall be deemed the occupier thereof within the meaning of the enactment.
letter to The Times from 'J.M', January 12, 1841