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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 discorery 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 pubJished, 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.

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. M EETING OF THE CONVENTION PARLIAMENT

IV List of the Members of the Convention Parliament

Proceedings of the House of Lords .

Proceedings of the House of Commons

Solemn Thanks given to General Monk

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.

Speech to the King at Breda - .

Necessaries to be provided for the King's Household -

Mr. Lenthall severely reprimanded by the Speaker

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 his 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 AnswerSpeech of the Speaker

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

Account of the King's Entry into London

into London

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June 1. The King comes to the House of Lords-Thanks returned to the Committee sent

to the King - - - - - - - - - - - .

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

Act of Indemnity~Mr. Lenthall's Letter to the Speaker -
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 • . . • .. - 82

16: Debate in the Commons on Religion - -

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

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

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

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 Amendinents -

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

of Grace - -

Debate in the Commorts on the Ministers' Bill : : . .'.
11. The Act of Indemnity sent down to the Coinmons-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 · -

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30. The Lord General's Plan for disbanding the Army-Debate thereon . . 115

31. The King's Message concerning a Recessói.

117

. 4. State of the Revenue of the Crown - ..

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

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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 -

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

REVIVED" - - -

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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

Further Debate on the Court of Wards : 2

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 :

Debate in the Commons on the Bill of Attainder . .

155

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 -

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Debate on the Post Office Bill - .-

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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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