He had an ambition to become registrar-general; and when that post became vacant in 1879, he was so disappointed at the selection of Sir Brydges Henniker instead of himself, that he refused to stay any longer in the registrar's office.
If they fail, then (2) some other relative of the deceased in the same subdistrict (registrar's) as the deceased.
Failure to give information of death, or to comply with the registrar's requisitions, entails a penalty not exceeding forty shillings, and making false statements or certificates, or forging or falsifying them, is punishable either summarily within six months, or on indictment within three years of the offence.
Before burial takes place the clergyman or other person conducting the funeral or religious service must have the registrar's certificate that the death of the deceased person has been duly registered, or else a coroner's order or warrant.
Your excellency, the Director of the Registrar's Department has sent for instructions...
"Oh, tell that blockhead," he said in reply to the question from the Registrar's Department, "that he should remain to guard his documents.