By Sheila Lambert

The eighteenth century witnessed either a amazing elevate within the quantity of laws handed in every one parliamentary consultation as a reaction to the altering monetary and social weather, and the advance of recent kinds of parliamentary perform which foreshadowed the far better identified suggestions of the 19th century. consequently, Parliament received a lot higher impression over the standard lifetime of the group, and the hot career of parliamentary agent constructed to help landowners and native groups of their dealings with Parliament. The learn centres around the paintings of Robert Harper of Lincoln's lodge, an eminent conveyancer whose energetic profession as one of many first parliamentary brokers spanned part the century. pass over Lambert describes intimately Harper's very important number of published parliamentary papers, utilizing them to throw gentle at the nature of the proof supplied via revealed accounts. She demonstrates how this facts can be utilized to virtue along side Parliamentary files, fairly in learning neighborhood, financial and family members background.

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1 7 1 7). This edition follows the order of the original manuscripts but adds precedents from James I up to 1679 under each head. At the end, following the Apology, is an extra section giving some additional precedents for the time ofJames I and Charles I. We have no information at all about this book or the MS on which it was based. Lintot was at this time one of the printers of the Commons Votes, but these printers always did much private as well as official work. 6 Pressmark 1 1 30. f. 2.

1098. 6 Printed in full, Clerical Organization, pp. 286-g4. 3 33 2 CJ vii, 487. See below, p. 77. 6 Below, p. 35. 4 The clerks : fees and agency fee from 'every private person taking benefit of any private act'. Indeed, if they were not, the claim would be completely incomprehensible since the small number of acts involved could not possibly produce even 333 fees by any other method. Some of the individual bills were of the nature of estate bills, 1 as well as containing naturalisation provisions, and it appears that the clerks were leaving these out of account and con­ centrating only on the multiple bills, since they made no claim for 1 703 on the ground that 'this year the Bill lost', 2 but this makes very little difference to the overall figures.

Lxxiv ( 1 959), 623-36. 3 The London Magazine ( 1 770), pp. 62 1-4, 656-8. The article is a competent, if rather formal, summary of some of the main procedural points, probably based on George Petyt's Lex Parliamentaria. 27 Treatises and handbooks of forms, giving the appropriate form of words for a petition, order of reference, certificate of swearing a witness, brief for the judges, judges' report, and brief of the bill for the lord chancellor. The example used, which is imaginary, is for a bill to vest an estate in trustees to be sold for the benefit of infant heirs under a will.

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