Involving the Public: Parliament, Petitioning, and the Language of Interest, 1688–1720

  title={Involving the Public: Parliament, Petitioning, and the Language of Interest, 1688–1720},
  author={Philip Loft},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={1 - 23}
  • Philip Loft
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Journal of British Studies
Abstract This article examines the nature of petitioning to the Westminster Parliament from the beginnings of the “rage of party” to the establishment of the whig oligarchy. It uses the largely unused archive of the House of Lords, which survived the parliamentary fire in 1834, to provide systematic evidence of public subscription to petitions produced in response to legislation. A total of 330 “large responsive petitions,” signed by fifty-six thousand people, were presented to the Lords… Expand
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