The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords, from the Restoration in 1660, to the Present Time, Containing the Most Remarkable Motions, Speeches, Debates, Orders and Resolutions. ... and Illustrated with Historical Notes and Observations. Together with the Debates in the Parliament of Scotland Relating to the Union

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The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords

Title page from The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

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Editor Ebenezer Timberland
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Published London: Printed for Ebenezer Timberland, in Ship-Yard, Temple-Bar
Date 1742-1743
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Language English
Volumes 8 volume set
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Desc. 8vo (21 cm.)
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Armorial bookplate of George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret, Baron Leominster, front pastedown, volume three.

The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords, from the Restoration in 1660, to the Present Time was published in eight volumes by Ebenezer Timberland from 1742 to 1743.[1] It is often referred to as Timberland’s Debates, or, along with its companion, Richard Chandler's History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time, as Chandler and Timberland's Debates.[2]

In 1806, William Cobbett published his Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to 1803, which he intended to supersede previous collections of the speeches and debates of Parliament.[3] Cobbett found earlier collections, including Chandler and Timberland's Debates, were based on the reports of Parliamentary proceedings published in monthly magazines, focused on the most controversial debates, and were adapted from the notes of observers in the galleries rather than from official transcripts.[4] Despite these shortcomings, Chandler and Timberland's Debates remained one of the major sources of knowledge of the proceedings of Parliament, especially before Cobbett’s publication.[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Debates in the H. of Lords 7.v. 8vo." and given by Thomas Jefferson to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. It later appeared on Randolph's 1832 estate inventory as "'Debates of Parliament' (19 vols., $20.50 value)." Six volumes of the "Debates H. of Lords" were given to the University of Virginia in 2011, all containing Wythe's bookplate, but the set lacks volumes 6 and 8.

Both Brown's Bibliography[6] and George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing include the 1742-1743 edition of The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords. The Wolf Law Library purchased the same edition.

Tail-piece, last page of text, volume eight.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in full calf with five raised bands, brown leather labels and gilt decoration on the spine. The set has marbled endpapers and includes the armorial bookplate of George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret, Baron Leominster, on the front pastedown of each volume. Purchased from Titles, Inc.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also


  1. Stephen Taylor and Clyve Jones, eds., Tory and Whig: The Parliamentary Papers of Edward Harley, Third Earl of Oxford, and William Hay (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., 1998), 15.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Guy Carleton Lee, Leading Documents of English History: Together with Illustrative Material from Contemporary Writers and a Bibliography of Sources (London: George Bell and Sons, 1900), 12-13.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Lee, Leading Documents of English History.
  6. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  7. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.

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