PARLIAMENTARY REcoRns.—The proceedings ofparliament were recorded either on a
See also:roll prepared for each session, or on detached documents and petitions made up into sessional files . The files have now disappeared, although transcripts of some still exist, and in many cases their constituents can be traced among the
See also:Ancient Petitions (see below under
See also:SPECIAL COLLECTIONS) . The rolls known as Parliament Rolls
See also:form a broken series, 18
See also:Edward I. to 48–49
See also:Victoria . The tolls for Edward I. and Edward II. are among the
See also:Exchequer records, and the
See also:remainder are in the
See also:chancery . Of these rolls and files, and of certain pleadings found in the records of the
See also:Remembrancer, the Record Commission published what was meant to be a
See also:complete reprint . But the editors relied partly upon transcripts and partly upon
See also:original documents, and it is often difficult to determine the
See also:sources from which they drew . So prepared, the Rolls of Parliament (6 vols.) cover the
See also:period from 6 Edward I. to I Mary . The roll for 33 Edward I., unknown to them, has been edited (Rolls Series, vol . 98) by F . W .
See also:Maitland, with a valuable introduction and appendices; rolls for 18 Edward I. and 12 Edward II. are printed in H . Coles' Documents Illustrative of
See also:History .
The Parliament Roll includes enrolments of statutes among its contents . But from Edward I. to Edward IV. the statutes after receiving the royal assent were also enrolled upon the
See also:Statute Roll (chancery), of which only six rolls now remain . From these rolls and other sources the Record Commission prepared the volumes known as Statutes of the
See also:Realm on principles described in the introduction to that
See also:work . Unfortunately the editors made use of early printed texts, and
See also:translations based upon the inferior texts contained in Exchequer K.R .
See also:Miscellaneous Books 9, 10 and ii, and so diminished the value of their work . The Statutes of the Realm extend to the end of the reign of
See also:Queen Anne . Since then public general acts have been pub, lished in many forms; private acts ceased to be enrolled upon the Parliament Rolls during the 16th century; the originals are preserved in the
See also:House of Lords . The Record
See also:Office contains detached documents
See also:relating to parliamentary proceeding known as Exchequer Parliamentary and Chancery Parliamentary, but neither class has yet taken a final form .
PARLIAMENT (Anglo-Lat. parliamentum, Fr. parlement,...
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