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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Petitioning Parliament

Petitioning Parliament.

The right of petitioning Parliament was once much valued; it has become nearly useless, because Parliament is too much occupied to attend to any ordinary grievance. But in no case could that privilege be half so valuable to the poor as the right of petitioning their own local legislature.

Many of their petitions might be absurd. But all such occasions would lead to discussion; and they would learn page 61 sound principles by it. At the same time their real grievances would come to light, however entangled with their erroneous theories concerning the proper remedies; and the whole mass of the people would soon learn a new patriotism on finding their relation to the State to be a reality.

(Professor Newman.)