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These days, online petitions, missives, and other such documents are pretty much ubiquitous across the web. Centuries ago, petitions were a bit more difficult to draw up, and usually they would not involve a populist appeal, but rather one directed to an important figurehead, such as a king or a chancellor. This site from The National Archives in Britain presents over 17,000 images from petitions presented to kings, Parliament, chancellors, and other officers of state. For the most part, these fascinating documents fall into two primary categories: "some ask for the redress of grievances which could not be resolved at common law; others are more straightforward requests for a grant of favour." The petitions here date from the reign of Henry III (1216-1272 to the reign of James I (1603-1625). When searching through these petitions, visitors can search by places mentioned, petitioner name, occupation, or subject. Finally, visitors can also print out these petitions and share them with friends. [KMG]
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