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laid before and offered to the House,
FIRST SESSION of the FIFTEENTH PARLIAMENT
GREAT BRIT A I N.
Begun to be holden at Westminster on the 31st Day of
LLONDON: Priated for J. ALMON and J. DERETT, opposite BURLINGTON,
House, in PICCADILLY.
Ebate on the Choice of a Speake Examinations of George Rose, John
Fordyce, William Mitford, Tho.
24 ley, Goulston Bruere, Richard Pa-
ton, R. Richardson, Thomas Ball,
Report of the Commissioners for the Arrears and Defaulters of
examining the public Accounts 62 the Land and Window Duties,
' cise, to the Order of the Commif.
Complaint of the Resolves of the the Motion for the Sentence
Westminster Committee 82 of the Court-martial, on the Trial
the Peace to act in the fupprefsion Petition of the City of London for
ibid the Relief of the West India Islands
Petition on the Coventry Ele&tion Speeches of Gen. Smith, Lord Noith,
97,116, 245, 377 and Mr. Boughton Rose on Earta
Total of the Number of Men who Account of the weekly Balances of
have died in actual Service in his the Revenue of the Post Office,
appointed to examine and state the of the gross Receipts, &c.
ib. ' of the Duties arising from Stamp,
Hands of the Receiver General of Account of the Number of Houses
ib. chargeable to the Duties on Houses
and Join Marshall 280, &c. Debate on the Address to his Ma-
of the Poft Office : 287 Debate on the Morion for an Ac-
and John Bacon 288, &c. Mr. Eftwick thanks the House for
292 The Thanks of the House to Sir F.
Examination of T. Alle, Esq. Re-
... 518, 522
303 - on the first reading of Mr.
ceived and paid by R. Carter, Esq. on the Motion for an Account
304 of the Number and Force of Ad.
H IS TO RY
PROCEEDINGS and DEBATES
Of the FIRST SESSION of the HOUSE of COMMONS,
Fifteenth Parliament of Great-Britain,
Appointed to meet at Weftminster, on Tuesday, the 31st day
THE new writs having having been made returnable on the 31st of October, 1780, about three hundred members met this day in the rooms adjoining to the House of Commons, and a confiderable number of them having been sworn by the Lord Steward, the King went to the House of Lords about three o'clock, and sent the usher of the black rod to the Commons, commanding their attendance in the House of Lords. When the gentlemen were come to the Lords' bar, the Lord Chancellor [Lord Thurlow] said to them, “ His Majesty has been pleased to command me to acquaint you,that he will defer declaring the causes of calling this Parliament until there shall be a Speaker of the House of Commons. , And therefore it is his Majesty's pleasure, that you, gentlemen of the House of Cominons, do immediately repair to the place where the Commons usually fit, and there chuse a fit person to be be your speaker ; and that you prefent such person who shall be so cholen, to his Majesty here, for his royal approbation, to-morrow at two o'clock."*
* Extract from Elsynge's Antient method and manner of holding Parliaments in England.
After relating the form used in chusing a spcaker (which is the same as that observed at present) hc says,
“ Here may be two questions moved,
"1. Whether the Commons might chuse their fpeaker, if the King commands them not? VOL. XVIII.
W 2. Whether