Petition to Queen Victoria
PRO HO 45/9799/B5306/3

The Queens Most Excellent Majesty in Council
The humble Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Birmingham
Sheweth as follows:
1. That on the 31st. day of October 1838 your Majesty was graciously pleased to confer a Charter of Incorporation upon the Borough of Birmingham, which at that time contained a population of about 180,000 inhabitants
2. That on the 31st. day of October 1888 the Corporation having then completed 50 years of municipal life the population of the Borough was estimated at 450,000
3. That excluding the Metropolis, Birmingham is now the second Town in England in point of population, and is the largest Borough in England that has not received the title of City
4. That your Petitioners being desirous of commemorating the Jubilee of the Corporation in a manner that may leave a permanent historical record, venture very humbly to pray that your Majesty may be pleased, by the advice of your Majestys Privy Council, to confer the title and dignity of City upon the Borough of Birmingham
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray
[signature] A. C. Barrow [Birmingham Crest] 2324.
[signature] E. O. Smith
Town Clerk.

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