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MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE
Catalog # SKU0764
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Thomas Jefferson
 
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A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE
for the Use of the Senate of the United States

TGS Historical Reprint Series


BY THOMAS JEFFERSON



Excerpt from Preface:

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 on the proceedings and determinations of the House. The President must feel weightily and seriously this confidence in his discretion; and the necessity of recurring, for its government, to some known system of rules, that he may neither leave himself free to indulge caprice or passion, nor open to the imputation of them. But to what system of rules is he to recur, as supplementary to those of the Senate?

To this there can be but one answer; to the system of regulations adopted for the government of some one of the Parliamentary bodies within these states, or of that which has served as a prototype to most of them. This last is the model which we have all studied, while we are little acquainted with the modifications of it in our several states.

It is deposited too in publications possessed by many and open to all. Its rules are probably as wisely constructed for governing the debates of a deliberative body, and obtaining its true sense, as any which can become known to us; and the acquiescence of the Senate, hitherto, under the references to them, has given them the sanction of their approbation.

Historical Reprint - From 1812


Softbound, 5x8, 200+ pages

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