17th century manuscript — Journal of the House of Commons

Newly processed in Honnold Special Collections is the official record, in manuscript form, of the House of Commons during the first and second Parliaments of Charles II. The manuscripts are bound in three volumes covering the years 1661-1678. Call number J 301 .K2 1661.
On view below is the first page of the first volume, May 8, 1661:
Typically, Parliament secretaries took verbatim notes employing a variety of abbreviations and shorthand. These three volumes are elaborately written out longhand in red and black, with ornate initial letters at the beginning of each new section and flourishes and decorative pen work, clues that these volumes were commemorative, probably for a member of the House of Commons.