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Jefferson's Parliamentary Writings: Parliamentary Pocket-Book and A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Second Series

Jefferson's Parliamentary Writings: Parliamentary Pocket-Book and A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Second Series

EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILBUR SAMUEL HOWELL
Copyright Date: 1988
Pages: 490
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    Jefferson's Parliamentary Writings: Parliamentary Pocket-Book and A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Second Series
    Book Description:

    This volume in the Second Series of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson contains the two important parliamentary documents he prepared during his lifelong study of the subject. Jefferson compiled the first document, called the Parliamentary Pocket-Book," while he was president of the Senate by virtue of his position as Vice- President of the United States. This informal guide was the basis for the Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which Jefferson completed in its earliest form by 1800 and which he had published in 1801. The Manual was the new nation's first full parliamentary rule book and is American democracy's reliable guide to its English parliamentary tradition. Still cited on the floors of Congress.

    Originally published in 1988.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5894-1
    Subjects: History, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. ILLUSTRATIONS
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. GUIDE TO EDITORIAL APPARATUS
    (pp. ix-xxviii)
  5. EDITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xxix-2)
    Wilbur Samuel Howell
  6. JEFFERSON’S PARLIAMENTARY STUDIES, ACTIVITIES, AND WRITINGS: A CHRONOLOGY
    (pp. 3-38)

    From 1760 to 1762 Thomas Jefferson pursued the course in liberal arts at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, his chief tutor being William Small, a graduate in 1755 of the Marischal College, Aberdeen. Small’s double assignment at that particular time was that of professor of Moral Philosophy (Logic, Rhetoric, Ethics) and Natural Philosophy (Physics, Metaphysics, Mathematics), His influence upon Jefferson turned out to be profound. Jefferson later said of him that he “probably fixed the destinies of my life,” and it has been argued convincingly that Small’s course in Logic was responsible for the structure Jefferson chose...

  7. PARLIAMENTARY POCKET-BOOK

    • EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION
      (pp. 41-46)

      The present edition of the Parliamentary Pocket-Book, the first ever printed, is based upon the only existing manuscript, now held by the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHi 41891).

      That document consists of 105 pages containing 588 distinct paragraphs in the small, readable characters of TJ’s normal handwriting. As a general rule, each paragraph was transcribed verbatim or partly transcribed and partly paraphrased by TJ from one or more of his many sources. The first 145 paragraphs are numbered in TJ’s hand, each number being placed in the indentation at the beginning of the paragraph’s first line. The present edition continues the...

    • PARLIAMENTARY POCKET-BOOK
      (pp. 47-162)

      1. The three estates are. 1. the King. 2. the Lords. 3. the Commons. And the second estate includes the lords Spiritual as well as temporal, not as Spiritual persons, but by reason of the Temporal baronies annexed to their bishopricks.¹ Parliaments may be held & have been excluso clero; agreed Trin.7. H.8.² by all the judges of England: Lex. Parliamentaria. c.l. Sadler’s rights pa 79 to 93. Kelw. rep. 184. Stamf. P.C. 153. Bro. Par. 107. Hakew. 85.³

      2. It had been usual for the kings of England by their charters to give to towns a right of sending members to parliament.¹...

    • ILLUSTRATIONS
      (pp. None)
    • EDITOR’S NOTES
      (pp. 163-336)
  8. A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

    • EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION
      (pp. 339-352)

      The manuscript used by Samuel Harrison Smith in printing the first edition of theManualcannot now be located, although it may exist in some forgotten repository of documents belonging to his descendants. That particular manuscript, characterized by Smith’s wife as having been written m TJ’s “own neat, plain, but elegant hand writing,” was delivered to the Smith home by TJ himself in early December 1800; and, according to Mrs. Smith’s somewhat reverent later testimony, “It is still preserved by Mr. Smith and valued as a precious relique.”¹ I would have welcomed the opportunity to examine this important document and...

    • A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE: for the Use of the Senate of the United States.
      (pp. 353-426)
      THOMAS JEFFERSON

      THE Constitution of the United States establishing a legislature for the Union, under certain forms, authorises each branch of it “to determine the rules of its own proceedings.” The Senate have accordingly formed some rules for its own government: but these going only to few cases, they have referred to the decision of their President, without debate and without appeal, all questions of order arising either under their own rules, or where they have provided none. This places under the discretion of the President a very extensive field of decision, and one which, irregularly exercised, would have a powerful effect...

    • EDITOR’S NOTES
      (pp. 427-433)
    • LIST OF EDITIONS
      (pp. 434-444)
  9. INDEX
    (pp. 445-454)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 455-455)