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By Sheila Lambert

The eighteenth century witnessed either a awesome bring up within the quantity of laws handed in each one parliamentary consultation as a reaction to the altering monetary and social weather, and the improvement of latest kinds of parliamentary perform which foreshadowed the far better identified thoughts of the 19th century. consequently, Parliament received a lot better impact over the standard lifetime of the neighborhood, and the hot occupation of parliamentary agent constructed to help landowners and native groups of their dealings with Parliament. The examine centres around the paintings of Robert Harper of Lincoln's resort, an eminent conveyancer whose energetic profession as one of many first parliamentary brokers spanned part the century. leave out Lambert describes intimately Harper's vital choice of published parliamentary papers, utilizing them to throw gentle at the nature of the proof supplied by way of published debts. She demonstrates how this proof can be utilized to virtue together with Parliamentary files, fairly in learning neighborhood, financial and relatives heritage.

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30 1 . This bequest, like Hamlyn's and another to John Read, clerk assistant, was cancelled because they all predeceased Richardson. 8 I have shown elsewhere that this payment was not connected with the payment of copy money to the clerk. S. , xxiii ( 1 968), 43-4. 2 The post of fourth committee clerk went to John Naylor, aged twenty-five, whom Hardinge brought in from Cambridge. 4 By the time the clerk assistantship fell vacant, Naylor seems to have fallen from favour. He obtained this post (no doubt he had paid for it and the contract had to be performed) but not the clerkship of elections which should have gone with it.

1 33, 330-5. To Dr Williams' list of Treasury payments to clerks attending committees should be added a payment for the 1 732 committee on fees; the clerk is not named (Cal. , 1 73 1 -4, p. 2 3 1 ) . 6 Clerical Organization, pp. 54-7 and Courthope, p. viii. 6Clerical Organization, p. 186 n. 3. Williams did not identify George Cole with Mr Cole the 'solicitor in parliament' who was agent for a bill in 1 7 19, but I see no i;eason not to do so. 6 However it does not seem likely that he did 1 I here take issue with Dr Williams, Clerical Organization, p.

1 7. '4 Jodrell presumably simplified this commercial copying when he began to make a fair copy of the Journal at the end of each session, and he was put in charge of the transcription of the 1 Jodrell's petition of 16 November 1683 printed Clerical Organization, pp. 36-7. 2 I am most grateful to Mr D. C. L. Holland, Librarian of the House of Commons, for drawing my attention to these volumes. They are A coppy of the journal-book of the house of commons for the sessions of parliament begun at Westminster, October 2 l , 1678 .

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