Manuscript volume containing a [contemporary copy of an] account of the proceedings of the conference between the House of Commons and the House of Lords concerning the liberty of the subject, undertaken before drawing up the Petition of Right. Includes the arguments of Sir Dudley Digges, Sir Edward Littleton, John Selden, Sir Edward Coke, [Richard] Cresheld and [Robert] Mason, and extracts from the Parliament, Pipe and Close Rolls from 1272.
Petition of Right, parliamentary proceedings
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 96 MS 196
- Dates of Creation1628
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 volume containing 45 leaves
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Put forward to King Charles I in the English Parliament of 1628, the Petition of Right asserted four liberties: freedom from arbitrary arrest; freedom from non-parliamentary taxation; freedom from the billeting of troops; and freedom from martial law.
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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
Manuscript quarto. Sewn into a vellum cover.
Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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This manuscript was formerly owned by Sir John Jenyns, MP (d 1642).
See Journal of the House of Lords , III, 717-31. A shorter version of this manuscript was printed in J Rushworth Historical collections of private passages of state (Robert Boulter, London, 1682) and in Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England. From the Norman Conquest, in 1066. to the year, 1803 (R. Bagshaw, Longmans & Co, London, 1806-12).