Order and Course of Passing Bills in Parliament
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This volume is a photographic reproduction of The
Order and Course of Passing Bills in Parliament [Wing H218],
printed in 1641 for I.[J.] Benson from two originals in the library of
The book was an anonymous and unauthorized printing of a
manuscript version of William Hakewillís The
Manner of How Statutes are Enacted in Parliament by Passing of Bills /
Collected many years past out of the journals of the House of Commons,
written between 1610 and 1611.
According to the Hakewillís Preface, his treatise was
written thirty years before its publication and based on his reading
of the Journals of the House of Commons beginning with the first year
of King Edward VI. Manuscript copies were distributed by Hakewill to
friends and associates. The unknown publisher of this volume,
beat him to the printer with a draft of Hakewill's book, producing one
of the earliest books on modern parliamentary procedure and the first
such book after the Elizabethan Period.
In the preface to his edition Hakewill
"Those my collections, I imparted
many yeeres since to some of my friends (which being by the length of
time multiplied into very many copies) one of them (and I thinke the
falsest written of all the rest) was without my knowledge lately
printed, and by negligence of the Printer, the errors of the copies
were much increased, insomuch that it pleased the honorable house of
Commons (because it concerned their orders) to take notice thereof,
and take some order therein by which I was induced to make this
publication, being otherwise very unwilling to have appeared in print,
and to have subjected my selfe to publique censure."
(Note: This statement is repeated in later editions with some changes
Stran L. Trout is a Virginia attorney, a member of the New Kent County,
of Supervisors, a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National
Association of Parliamentarians, a member of the American Institute of
Parliamentarians, and a member of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers.
He has been involved in parliamentary procedure and has been collecting books on
parliamentary procedure since 1974.
He is also the author of Board Meeting Procedure in Virginia - Formality in Local
Government Boards (available from the Virginia Association of Counties)
and Parliamentary Procedure Books, A
Bibliography, (available on this site).
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