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J. Evans Freke
U. B. Burgh
J. S. Blackwood
H. S. Prittie
John Maxwell

1824 R. James Carr, D. D.
1824 Christo. Bethell, D. D.
1825 J. B. Jenkinson, D. D.
1827 Robert Gray, D. D.
1827 Hugh Percy, D. D.
1827 George Murray, D. D.
1828 Edw. Copleston, D. D.
1828 J. Bird Sumner, D. D.
1829 Richard Bagot, D. D.
1830 J. H. Monk, D. D.
1830*H. Phillpotts, D. D.
1831 Edward Maltby, D. D.
1832 Edward Grey, D. D.
1827 Wm. Ward, D. D.

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A Table shewing the Kings' Reigns respectively in which the English Peerages now existing were created.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.

The House of Commons consists of knights, citizens, and burgesses, respectively chosen by counties, cities, and boroughs. It is not accurately and satisfactorily ascertained at what precise period the Parliament, as it is now constituted, was formed; that is, when the Commons first began to compose a distinct assembly from the Lords; but the generally received opinion is, that the Parliament was, on the whole, much the same as it now is, so long ago as the 17th year of King John, A. D. 1215. (See "New Edinburgh Encyclopedia," Vol. VIII. p. 616.) The first Speaker certainly known was Petrus de Mountford, chosen in 1260, in the reign of Henry III. See "Key to Both Houses of Parliament."

Since the period when the House of Commons was first constituted, various changes have taken place with respect both to the number of members, and the places represented. In the reign of Henry VI. the number of members was upwards of 300; in the first parliament of Henry VII, 298; in the time of Sir Edward Coke, 493; and since the union of Ireland with Great Britain, in 1801, 658.

The duration of Parliament was formerly for three years; but the Septennial Act, in 1715, extended the duration to seven years, unless dissolved by the King; but it seldom happens that Parliament sits out this period. The union with Ireland was carried into effect, January 1, 1801, and the Parliament, which met the same month, and which included the members from Ireland, is styled the First Imperial Pariiament, or the First Parliament of the United Kingdom. The following Parliaments have since been elected :

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For a view of the Act of Parliamentary Reform of 1832, see the American Almanac for 1833. The number of members added to the representation of Scotland by the Reform Act is eight instead of five, the number stated in the American Almanac for 1833.

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