Scope and Contents
The bound, holographic petition (144 pages) which forms this collection is entitled "On the Justice and Policy of Repealing the Laws Prohibiting the Emigration of Artizans and the Exportation of Machinery." Although the petition is unsigned, it is likely that it was written by a member of Parliament in 1825 during the period when the Select Committee on the Laws Relating to the Export of Tools and Machinery was convened. On page 6, the petitioner describes himself as a "novice politician."...