By the changeable Promulgation-Table, or conspicuous Motion-Table, or, for shortness, Motion-Table, I mean a very simple apparatus, contrived for the purpose of giving to Motions, and other such compositions as are liable to be taken for the subjects of debate, a mode of promulgation equally conspicuous and effectual, with that which may be afforded to the standing regulations of the Assembly, by the fixed Promulgation-Tables spoken of in the preceding2 chapter.a
1. Motion-Table, what
A general idea of the contrivance may be thus formed: a more particular detail will be found in a separate paper.3
General idea of the contrivance.
Conceive a door, such as the cloth-doors used in houses for warmth; but composed of two surfaces of cloth, without any wood between them, except what is necessary to serve as a frame for stretching them.
A set of types are provided, each consisting of a letter, mounted on a wire, in the manner of the pins used for ornament in womens' headdresses. These, in order to form words and lines upon the Motion- Table, are stuck upon it, as pins upon a pin-cushion. The cloth behind, by detaining the pins towards the point, will serve to prevent their turning over and dropping out. The letters are of such a size, as that the words formed of them shall be legible at the farthest part of the room where any Member may have occasion to sit.
1. Placed in the most general point of view, the use of such an implement is, so to Order Matters, that no Man can avoid for a Moment knowing what the Question is, that he is to vote upon: an Article of Knowledge, which cannot be impressed with Certainty by any other means.
1. General Considerations evincing the an implement as the Motion Table.
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Publication information: Book title: Political Tactics. Contributors: Michael James - Editor, Cyprian Blamires - Editor, Catherine Pease-Watkin - Editor. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 157.
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