Year Title Location



Parliamentary Debates
1st Series, 1803- 1820. 41 vol.
2nd Series, 1820-1830, 25 vol.
3rd Series, 1830-1891, 356 vol.
4th Series, 1892-1908, 199 vol.
5th Series, 1909-1980/81, 1000 vol.
6th Series, 1980/81 -

"The first title was Cobbett;s Parliamentary Debates, which themselves stemmed from Cobbett's Annual Register, (later the Political Register).

VALUE: It was not until 1909 that Hansard became a strictly verbatim report. The method of compiling the work for a considerable time was to choose what seemed to be the best newspaper report and to send it to the speakers for their corrections. If no corrections were forthcoming the report was printed as it stood. There is therefore no special authority attaching to Hansard until after 1909. Other sources may be profitably consulted. See P. Ford and G. Ford's A Guide to Parliamentary Papers (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1955.)" (8)

UF has complete set
1803-1992/93 Paged Collection, request at Library West Circulation
328.4202 G78p

Alternative format for some heavily damaged bound volumes:

1830-1881 Library West, Microprint
J301 .H22

1993/94 to present Library West,Documents Microfiche
J301 .H22

1996 - Present · Internet:
House of Commons, Daily Debates
House of Lords, Debates



The Parliamentary Register; or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons, (House of Lords) an Account of the Most Interesting Speeches and Motions; Accurate Copies of the Most Remarkable Letters and Papers; of the Most Material Evidence, Petitions, etc. Laid Before, and Offered to the House During the First-Sixth session of the Fourteenth Parliament of Great Britain. 17 vol. "Published first by Almon, then by Debrett and Almon, then by Debrett, successor to Almon, and finally by Debrett alone. The first 17 volumes were reprinted by Stockdale in 1802. The last 3 volumes cover the same ground as the last four of Woodfall.

VALUE: Almon, as survivng letters in the British Musem show, received assistance from some Members. It is not easy to say which speeches were supplied by their authors or even how much those received were revised." (7)

UF has the first 17 volumes covering 1774-1780

Science Library, 1st Floor

328.4202 G779p



Debates in Parliament

"Reprinted from the Gentlemen's Magazine.

VALUE: Johnson did not attend the debates. A careful examination of the background of the Debates in the Senate of Lilliput is to be found in B. B. Hoover, Samuel Johnson's Parliamentary Reporting (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1953.)" (6)
These 'debates' are the last two volumes in "The Works of Samuel Johnson".

Special Collections, Rare Books
342.42 J69d

Special Collections, Rare Books 1139



The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords from the Restoration in 1660
"7 volumes issues in 1742 and a supplementary one in 1743. Based principally on the periodical material which descibed and evaluated in Proceedings (iv): Periodicals." (5)

Special Collection., Misc. Collections

328.4202 G782h



Historical Collections
"The title, Townshend's Historical Collections, is sanctioned by use and not by the facts. Townshend was responsible for only the remarkable diary of 1601, which is better printed here than in Debates: D'Ewes' Journals. There are many manuscripts of it. The other seven journals are very closely related to the work of D'Ewes.

VALUE: Townshend's diary for the Parliament of 1601 is extremely useful." (4)

Library West, Microfilm

015.42 E581 reel 1644 no.11

Year Title Location



The Journals of All the Parliaments During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth
"Second edition, 1693. The collection was published after D'Ewes' death and was not well edited for publication. D'Ewes' own manuscript in the British Museum is more satisfactory, Harl. Mss. 73, 74, 75 compiled in 1629-30.

VALUE: D'Ewes himself was not a member of any of these Parliaments. His compilation has been shown to be wrong at several points. " (3)

Library West, Microfilm

015.42 E581 reel 180 no.15



Proceedings and debates of the British Parliaments Respecting North America
"It was intended to continue this collection to the year 1783.

VALUE: This is a careful compilation of what was said and done in British parliaments - Ireland and Scotland are included- with regard to America. It is based on both manuscripts and printed material. Where accounts differ, all are printed. The introductions contain valuable discussion of the sources."(2)

UF has 5 volumes covering 1542-1754
Library West

970 G786p



Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England continued by T. C. Hansard as:
The Parliamentary History of England

"VALUE: Still the best single source for parliamentary debates. Particularly in the eighteenth century. It is not, however, a definitive collection, and it sometimes silently suppresses material to be found in its sources. There is a General Index for 1803-1830 (London, 1834). A projected Index to the Parliamentary History for the period before 1803 was never published.

OTHER SOURCES: Because of the long period covered, a list of other sources is not practicable. Cobbett relied chiefly on the Old Parliamentary History for the period before 1660. He adds some fresh material - notably Nicholas's Diary for the Parliament of 1621. Thereafter he used most of the items listed in this bibliography, if they were in print at the time that he did his work. He did not, however, ignore manuscript sources, though he is not always very informative about what he did use. Two partiuculaly valuable manuscript sources were incorporated. The first is the notes of Archbishop Seeker of the proceedings in the House of Lords from 1735 to 1743. The other is the parliamentary journal of Philip Yorke which covers the period from 1743 to 1745. Neither of these two very useful sources is in print elsewhere. The manuscripts are in the British Museum."(1)

UF has:

Original set: Paged Collection, Request at Circulation Library West
328.4202 G7???

Reprint set: Science Library, 1st Floor 328.4202 G7791p 1966

Set is not indexed. Researcher must use the table of contents in each volume.