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THE

Parliamentary Debates

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THE YEAR
1803 1 -
To THE PRESENT TIME:

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FORMING A CONTINUATION OF THE WORK ENTITLED
“ THE PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE EARLIEST
PERIOD TO THE YEAR 1803.”

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COMPRISING THE PERIOD
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THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF NOVEMBER
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PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN; CRADOCK AND JOY;
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1812.

In presenting this Volume to the Public, it seems necessary to say a few words as to the plan of publication, and also as to the nature and arrangement of the contents, especially as there is so very great a difference between this work and every other, which, under a similar title, or professing a similar purpose, has heretofore been undertaken in this country.—With regard to the first point, it is, as in the present instance, intended, always to divide the matter, arising in each Session, into two Volumes, the first to comprise an account of the proceedings from the opening of the Session to the Easter Recess, and the second to comprise the proceedings from the end of that Recess to the close of the Session. The nature and arrangement of the contents are as follow : I. Two Tables of Contents; one relating to the House of Lords, the other to the House of Commons, each forming a brief chronicle of the whole of . . the proceedings in the two Houses respectively; to which Table is added another, pointing out where the accounts and other documents are to be found. II. A complete List of the Members of the Parliament, as it stood at the opening of the Session; as also a List of His Majesty's Cabinet, and certain other Ministers, as it stood at the same time. III. The body of the work contains, in due chronological order, all the Debates, Minutes of minor Proceedings, Messages, Motions, Lists of Minorities, &c. IV. In a part of the Volume pointed out by the Table of Contents, will be found all the material Accounts, Estimates, Returns, &c. &c. laid before Parliament; together with a List of the Acts passed during the period embraced by the Volume. V. At the close of the Volume are four Indices; viz., two of the Subjects of the several Debates, the one for the Lords, and the other for the Commons; and two of the Names of the several Speakers, following, with regard to the Houses, the same order as before.——The Debates, in this work, are given at much greater length, and with much greater precision, than it was ever before attempted to give Parliamentary Debates. Neither care, labour, nor expense has been spared. Aid of every useful kind has been resorted to ; and, in most instances, with perfect success. The insertion cf the substance of the minor Proceedings, under the denomination of Minutes,

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