London Lives Petitions average word counts: parish v other, 1690-1799

Slide 6 plots a different comparison: average word counts of "parish petitions" (from parish officials, nearly all appealing the removal of paupers) vs. "the rest". They show quite consistent length over whole period, but increasing proportion of the whole. For "the rest", again this highlights how petitions get longer as numbers decline. ⇛ concluding thoughts