London Lives Petitions in Sessions Papers, image counts, 1690-1799

Slide 2 shows petitions as a proportion of the whole. Two notable things: 1. The burst of activity in mid-1710s - although this is short term, it seems impossible to ignore; it's unmatched in any other decade. Was it related to political disruptions in some way? 2. Petitions don't follow general expansion of business in 2nd half of 18th century. ⇛ next slide