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Wilkes in prison

This is a petition that Wilkes sent to the House of Lords in December 1768 in an unsuccessful attempt to challenge his convictions of 1764.  The petition ignited a renewed attempt to expel him from the House of Commons to which he had been elected in March 1768. In the petition, Wilkes makes reference to his status as a prisoner of the King's Bench Prison and his willingness to attend the House of Lords to plead his case, accompanied by the Marshall of the Prison. 


Petition of John Wilkes to the House of Lords


19 December 1768

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/JO/10/7/293B