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Thomas Duppa who was Black Rod from 1683-1694 compiled The Commonplace Book for his own use.
It sheds vital light not only on how the Lords was managed, and the daily routines, but also on the personalities of the period. *The Commonplace Book is an extremely rare survival from late seventeenth century Parliamentary history *Entries describe Sir Thomas Duppa's investiture as black rod and his knighting in 1683, as well as the coronation of James II in 1685 *Sheds scarce and important light on how the Lords was managed, and the daily routines that aided its running *Provides vital information on the disputes that took place over precedence and responsibilities between those employed at court and those working in parliament
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