Wilkes in prison

Wilkes in prison
  • Title: Petition of John Wilkes to the House of Lords

  • Date : 19 December 1768

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/JO/10/7/293B

  • Description :

    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. 

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