Tuesday, 3 April 2012

3rd April 1812: Thomas Latham writes to Framework-knitters with a copy of the Petition to Parliament

1812. April 3

Committee Room Nottingham


You are desired by the Committee to give Notice to the Workmen of your Town and Neighbouring Villages, that you have received a Copy of the Petition, which you will have the goodness to get signed and kept very clean, You must forward it to Nottingham when Signed by Thursday next at farthest you will not fail as the Petitions from all Parts must be in London by next Saturday

I remain Sir
Yours with the utmost Respect

Thos. Latham.

NB All the Males in the Trade may sign but no Women.


To the Honourable the Members of the united Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of the several persons whose Names are hereunto subscribed the Frame work knitters of the County, and the Town, and County of the Town of Nottingham.


That great deceits exhorbitances and Abuses are used and Practised by many of the Professors of the Art and Mystery of Frame work knitting, and by Persons denominated Hosiers and Lace Manufacturers and that many intrusions are made by inexperienced and unskilful Workmen to an extent not only alarming to ourselves but distructive to the Trade in general for which grievances we cannot obtain redress without the aid and Wisdom of Parliament.

Your Petitioners therefore most humbly Pray that leave may be given to bring in a Bill for speedily redressing those grievances of which we have so much reason to complain under such regulations and restrictions as to this Honourable House shall seem meet.

This letter & petition can be found in the Records of the Borough of Nottingham, vol.8, 1800-1835 (pp.140-141).

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