File NLW MS 23993D. - Parliamentary Papers of Speaker Williams

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NLW MS 23993D.


Parliamentary Papers of Speaker Williams


  • 1680-1694 (Creation)

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162 ff. (ff. 2-11, 14-17, 24-25, 107-112, 114-117, 139-144, 151-162 blank) ; 285 x 190 mm.

Nineteenth-century diced Russia with false bands; covers, gilt edges and register similar to NLW, Coedymaen Papers I, MS 59. 'Votes of the House of Commons with MS additions 16[80]-1' tooled in gold on spine, together with the Williams family crest of an eagle displayed, and remains of paper label displaying shelf number [?90].

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Christopher Edwards Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts; Wallingford; Purchase; April 2009; 004653549.

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A collection of printed Votes of the House of Commons, 21 October 1680-10 January 1681 (ff. 26-100), and 21-28 March 1681 (ff. 130-136), together with other printed parliamentary acts, speeches, and proclamation, all kept and some annotated by William Williams, Speaker of the House of Commons, and MP for Chester.
Significant manuscript additions by Williams include notes on his election as Speaker on 21-22 October 1680 (ff. 21-23), on the sudden dissolution of the Oxford Parliament on 28 March 1681 (ff. 137), and on his later career, 1687-1694 (f. 138). Corrections on the printed papers in the Speaker's hand appear on ff. 48, 50, 56, 87, 93, 126-8, 131.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Front cover and register now detached.

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Similar printed papers collected by Speaker Williams are in NLW, Coedymaen Papers I. Other papers of Speaker Williams are in NLW, Wynnstay Estate Collection.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23993D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2009.


  • English



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Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw;

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  • Text: NLW MS 23993D; $q - Front cover and register now detached..