The entire civil government of London is vested, by successive charters of English sovereigns, in one Corporation, or body of citizens ; confirmed for the last time by a charter passed in the 23rd of George II. As then settled, the corporation consists of the Lord Mayor, twenty-six aldermen, two sheriffs for London and Middlesex conjointly, the common councilmen of the several wards, and the livery; assisted by a recorder, chamberlain, common serjeant, comptroller, City remembrancer, town clerk, and various other officers.
Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.