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It will, doubtless, have been observed by most persons who have much attended to the matter, that, for the period from the Restoration to the year 1743, the two last mentioned works, that is to say, those of Timberland and Chandler, have hitherto been regarded as a regular and complete collection, and the only regular and complete collection, of the Proceedings in Parliament; and that, as such, they have been introduced into, and enjoyed a distinguished place in, almost every public and great private library in the kingdom. Therefore, in preparing the present volume for the press, it might naturally have been expected, that considerable assistance would have been afforded by these works. It is, however, a remarkable fact, which may be verified by a reference to the proceedings of any single session, that very little assistance indeed has been received from them. To say the truth, a discovery of the extreme imperfectness of these works produced one of the motives which led to the present undertaking. On comparing their contents with those of the authentic works before enumerated, they were found to be so extreniely defective and incorrect, that they could, in hardly any case, be relied upon with safety. In them, King's Speeches are, in numerous instances, either wholly omitted, or very much curtailed. Scarcely any of the Speeches of the different Lord Chancellors, delivered at the opening of the several Sessions, though those speeches generally contain an outline of the state of the national affairs, are preserved. The Journals appear to have been rarely consulted. Scarcely a Motion or Resolution, is given as it stands in those authentic records. Explanatory notes there are none; and, in only one or two instances have the compilers deemed it necessary to favour the reader with information as to the source, whence they have drawn their materials; which would seem, indeed, to have been moulded into the form of volumes for the mere purpose of filling up a chasm in a book-case.

Besides resorting to the above-recited works, recourse has been had to the best historians, and contemporary writers. From Burnet, Echard, Kennet, Oldmixon, Rapin, North, Ralph, Marvell, Reresby, Temple, Walpole, and the Work of the late Mr. Fox, recently published, many Notes, historical and biographical, have been introduced; and, for the sake of connection, a short account of the principal Occurrences, during each recess of Parliament, has, where necessary, been inserted.

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By way of Appendix to this volume, is subjoined a Collection of scarce and valuable Tracts, purely parliamentary, taken from the State Tracts, privately printed in the reign of Charles II, and James II. ; from the Harleian Miscellany; and from the noble Collections of Lord Somers. Through these, a more lively image of the times is conveyed, than could be received from any general description, from however eloquent a pen it might proceed. From their scarceness, it is impossible that they should, in their separate state, be generally known; and, as the utility of them, when accompanying the Parliamentary History of the times in which they were written, must be manifest to every one, the compiler does certainly consider them as not the least valuable part of his work.

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Apr. 25. EETING OF THE CONVENTION PARLIAMENT

Proceedings of the House of Lords

Proceedings of the House of Commons

Solemn Thanks given to General Monk

May 1. The King's Letter to the House of Peers

The King's Declaration from Breda

The King's Letter to the House of Commons

The King's Letter to General Monk and the Council of State

The King's Letter to the Lord Mayor and City of London

3. The Answer of the House of Lords to the King's Letter

Sir John Grenville thanked by the House of Commons

The Answer of the House of Commons to the King's Letter

5. Declaration of Parliament for keeping the Peace

8. The King proclaimed

10. Instructions for the Commissioners appointed to go to the King Mr. Hollis's

Speech to the King at Breda

Necessaries to be provided for the King's Household

Mr. Lenthall severely reprimanded by the Speaker

16. The late King's Statue, now at Charing Cross, discovered

Expence of the King's Reception

Charge on the Revenue by the Council of State

List of the Navy of England at this time

18. Proceedings against the late King's Judges

23. Letter from the Committee of Lords sent to the King

25. Letter from the Speaker of the House of Lords to the King

28. The King's Letter to the Lords after bis landing
29. p. m. Both Houses wait upon the King at Whitehall-Speech of the Speaker of

the House of Lords to the King—The King's Answer-Speech of the Speaker

of the House of Commons to the King-The King's Answer

Account of the King's Eotry into London

Jane 1. The King comes to the House of Lords—Thanks returned to the Committee sent

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4. The Oaths of Sapremacy and Allegiance to be taken by the Members, &c.-

Act of Indemnity-Mr. Lenthall's Letter to the Speaker

12. The King's Message relative to the Act of Indemnity

Debate in the Commons on the Act of Indemnity,

July 9, Debate in the Commons on Religion

11. The Act of Indemnity passes the Commons

Debate in the Commons on the Bill of Sales

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July 13. General Monk created Duke of Albemarle

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16: Debate in the Commons on Religion

82

20. The Earl of Bristol's Speech on the Act of Indemnity

84

27. The King's Speech on the Act of Indemnity

88

30. The King's Message releasing all Arrears to the Crown

90

Aug. 1. Proceedings of the Lords on the Act of Indemnity—The Commons urge the

Lords to pass it-The Lords pass it with many Amendments

91

10. Debate in the Commons, whether the Money Bill should precede the Act

of Grace

93

Debate in the Commons on the Ministers Bill

94

11. The Act of Indemnity sent down to the Commons-Their Debate upon

it-

Conference between tbe Houses respecting it.-Debate thereon--Second

Conference Third Conference-Debate thereon-The last Conference-

The Act of Indemnity concluded The Speaker's Speech to the King on

presenting it—The King's Speech on passing it

96

30. The Lord General's Plan for disbanding the Army-Debate thereon

115

31. The King's Message concerning a Recess

117

Sept. 4. State of the Revenue of the Crown

117

5. Petition to the King from both Houses, on behalf of Vane and Lambert

119

12. Debate in the Commons, relative to the King's Marriage

120

13. The Speaker's Speech to the King at the Adjournment—The King's Speech-

the Lord Chancellor Hyde's Speech

120

Oct. 25. The King's Declaration concerning Ecclesiastical Affairs

131

Nov. 10. Debate in the Commons on the Lord's Day Bill

142

Debate on the Alimony of Wives living apart from their Husbands

143

12. State of the Public Debt-Debate thereon

143

16. Debate in the Commons, on the Militia Bill

145

17. Mr. Drake questioned for writing a Book called “ The LONG PARLIAMENT

REVIVED"

145

19. Debate in the Commons, on the Court of Wards

146

20. Resolutions against Mr. Drake's Book-Debate thereon

147

21. Further Debate on the Court of Wards

148

22. Message from the King concerning a Dissolution

149

27. Further Debate on the Court of Wards

151

28. Further Debate in the Commons, on the Lord's Day Bill

152

Debate on the King's Declaration concerning Ecclesiastical Affairs

152

Dec. 3. Debate on the Restitution of the Title of the Duke of Norfolk

154

4. Debate in the Commons on the Bill of Attainder
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT against Mr. Drake for publishing a Pamphlet in-
titled “ THE LONG PARLIAMENT REVIVED"

156

7. Further Debate on the Bill of Attainder

156

8. Resolutions for taking up the Bodies of Cromwell and Others

158

13. Protest on a Bill to vacate certain Fines

159

14. Debate on a Bill for settling the Excise on the King for Life

159

17. Mr. John Milton released

162

Debate on the Post Office Bill

163

29. Message from the King concerning a Dissolution

163

24. THE PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED—The Speaker's Speech to the King-The King's

Speech-The Lord Chancellor Hyde's Speech

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