Category Archives: Petitions

Fourth national petition – 1849

By November 1848, with many of its leading activists in prison, the National Charter Association was in such a state of crisis that a conference ostensibly called to deal with the land company’s affairs now decided to overturn the organisation’s constitution and abolish the paid executive in favour of a voluntary body and paid secretary. Continue reading Fourth national petition – 1849

Chartism’s forgotten petition, 1841

Chartism is defined by the three great petitions to Parliament of 1839, 1842 and 1848. What is often overlooked is that there was a fourth petition, collected in the spring of 1841 and presented to MPs in such theatrical style that it is hard to see how it has been largely forgotten. Continue reading Chartism’s forgotten petition, 1841