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[MANUSCRIPT]. [HOUSE OF LORDS - STANDING ORDERS]
Remembrances for order and decency to be kept in the Upper House of Parliament by the Lords when his Majesty is not there, leaving the solemnities belonging to his Majesties coming to be marshalled by those Lords to whom it more properly appertains...
[s.i.]. [s.n.], 1623. <p>12mo. [37]ff, with several preliminary blanks and a further 14 at end. Contemporary red panelled morocco, spine richly gilt, with gilt supra-libros of the Order of the Garter. Marbled endpapers, with the bookplates of 'Murray, Earl of Dunmore' and 'Viscount Leverhulme of the Western Islands'. Red ruled throughout, first leaf detached, some damp-staining.</p><p><b>A manuscript collection of the standing orders of the Upper House of the British Parliament, the House of Lords, between 1623 and 1712. </b>A wide-ranging document which formed a guide and rule of conduct for members of the House of Lords. From the banal, such as an order of February 1703, 'It is this day ordered, that for the future no Doorkeeper or Doorkeepers attending this House, do presume to come in or stay within the Doors of this House when Sitting', to significant constitutional matters of differentiation and privilege, including many orders reinforcing the higher status of the House of Lords and its right as ultimate Judicature. It is significant, and entirely understandable to note that the greatest changes or additions to these standing orders clearly coincided with the turbulent years of the seventeenth-century, before the Civil War, after the restoration, and both before and after the Glorious Revolution.<br /><br />The early bookplate of the Murrays of Dunmore, combined with the final manuscript standing order dating to 1712, suggests that this copy was made for John Murray, 2nd Earl of Dunmore (1685-1752), who was made a Scottish representative peer in 1713.</p>
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