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APR

1990

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PREFACE.

The documents in this volume are intended to serve either as a basis for the study of the Constitutional History of an important period, or as a companion to the Political History of the time. With the exception of four: the Lords' Bill on Church Reform (No. 24), the suggested answer to the Newcastle Propositions (No. 60), the Engagement with the Scots (Nos. 66, 67), and the Constitutional Bill of the first Protectorate Parliament, they are all printed in books which, though commonly to be found in large libraries, are, on account of their size and expense, not readily accessible to students in general. The last-named document only became known to me after the whole of the text was printed off, and has consequently been relegated to an Appendix. The MS., in the handwriting of John Browne, Clerk of the Parliaments, is preserved at Stanford Hall in the possession of Lord Braye, with whose kind permission the copy used in this volume has been taken. It is possible that a great part of the document might have been recovered from the entries of clauses and amendments in the Journals of the House of Commons, but, as far as I know, this is the only complete copy in existence.

I have to thank Mr. E. F. Taylor, one of the clerks in the House of Lords, for kindly copying for me the Bill on Church Reform.

S. R. G.

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FROM THE MEETING OF THE LONG PARLIAMENT TO THE

OUTBREAK OF THE CIVIL WAR.;

17. The Root and Branch Petition . . . . . . 67

18. The Triennial Act . . . . . . . . . 74

19. The Protestation . . . . . . . . .

20. Act for the Attainder of the Earl of Strafford . . . .

21. Act against Dissolving the Long Parliament without its own

consent . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

22. The Tonnage and Poundage Act . . . . . . 88

23. The Ten Propositions . . .

. . . .

24. Bill on Church Reform read twice in the House of Lords

- 25. Act for the Abolition of the Court of Star Chamber .. .

26. Act for the Abolition of the Court of High Commission . 112

7. Act declaring the illegality of Ship-money . . . . . 115

28. Act for the limitation of Forests . . . . . . 117

29. Act prohibiting the exaction of Knighthood Fines . . .

30. Resolutions of the House of Commons on Ecclesiastical In-

novations . . . . . . . . . 122

31. Order of the House of Lords on the Services of the Church . 124

32. Extract from the Instructions to the Committee in Scotland,

proposed by the House of Commons . . . . .

33. The King's Speech to the Recorder of the City of London .

34. The Grand Remonstrance. . . . . . . .

35. The King's Proclamation on Religion . . . . . 154

36. The King's Answer to the Petition accompanying the Grand

Remonstrance . . .

. . . 155

37. The Impeachment of one member of the House of Lords, and

of five members of the House of Commons . . . . 158

38. A Declaration of the House of Commons touching a late

breach of their Privileges . . . . . . . 159

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