In Parliament, the bills are engrossed on one or more long rolls of parchment, sewed together. When a bill is amended on third reading, if a new clause is added, it is done by tacking a separate piece of parchment on the bill, which is called a rider.

In the House of Commons, the members vote "aye" or "no." In the House of Peers, they answer "content," or "not content."

The king's answer to the bills presented to him for his approbation, is announced to the House by the clerk in Norman-French. If the king consents to a public bill, the clerk says Le roy le veut - (the king wills it so to be;) if to a private bill, Soit fait comme il est desire, (be it as it is desired.) If the king refuses his consent, it is in the gentle language of Le roy s'avisera, (the king will advise upon it.)

The title Speaker, is given to the presiding officer of the House of Commons, because he alone has the right to speak to, or address the king, in the name and in behalf of the House. His salary and perquisites amount to about 8000 per annum.

When the House of Commons divides, in order to take a vote, one party goes out, and the other remains in the room. This has made it important which go forth first and which remain, because the latter secure the votes of all the indolent, the indifferent, and the inattentive. Their general rule, therefore, is that those who give their vote for the preservation of the orders of the House, stay in. The one party being gone forth, the Speaker names two tellers from the affirmative, and two from the negative side, who first count those sitting in the House, and report the number to the Speaker. They then place themselves within the door, two on each side, and count those who went forth, as they come in, and report the number to the Speaker.