Dean wished he could follow the lead of the pensioners and catch a nap.
One of these provided that all matters relating to the government shall be transacted in the Privy Council, and that all resolutions "shall be signed by such of the Privy Council as shall advise and consent to the same"; and another declared that all office-holders and pensioners under the Crown shall be incapable of sitting in the House of Commons.
Pensioners must be British subjects, poor, and not ex-criminals or of notoriously bad character.
The number of pensioners then on the books of the Pensions Office was 13,257.
In the first three years after enactment of the law the growth of the number of pensioners was very rapid; in the next five it was remarkably slow - only 481 altogether.