Debates on the English Militia

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing transcripts of debates in the House of Commons dated 9-20 Nov 1685 concerning the establishment of the Militia, entitled 'The severall debates of the House of Commons pro et contra relating to the establishment of the Militia, disbanding the new rais'd forces and raiseing a present supply for his Majesty...'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Militia was a military organization of citizens with limited military training, which was available for emergency service, usually local defence.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript quarto. Bound in quarter-morocco. The fore-edge is slightly cropped.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

This manuscript was formerly in the collection of James T Bell.


See Journal of the House of Commons , IX, 755; Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England. From the Norman Conquest, in 1066. to the year, 1803 (R. Bagshaw, Longmans & Co, London, 1806-12).

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