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Representing the people before the vote: Petitions to parliament in the eighteenth century

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This post was written by Dr Philip Loft. When we think of the ‘golden age’ of parliamentary petitioning, thoughts may first turn to the nineteenth century. When slavery was abolished in the British Caribbean colonies in 1833, it followed the …

Researching the history of my house at the Parliamentary Archives: a guest blog by Sharon Lewison

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I live in Islington in a terrace of houses built by a dairyman called Samuel Pullen. Samuel Pullen built the terrace in the late 1760s and it was completed and partially occupied by 1770. When Pullen died in 1775, he …