Authority to Petition

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On June 2, 1784, WE the People of New Hampshire saw fit to issue a direct mandate to OUR Legislature

Article 31 of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights States;

The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require”

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CLICK  HERE for a deeper look into the New Hampshire Constitutional Petition Process

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Click HERE to see the 2917 page Secretary of State’s Consolidated Index of petitions filed between 1680 and 1819.

This 2917 page Consolidated Petition Index lists what appears to be well over 200,000 Petitioners that were heard before the New Hampshire General Court in that 140 year span of time and I have yet to find any Evidence of Petition Sponsorship.

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Here’s a sample of those Petitions

1776 June 5 – Redress Petition of the Congress at Exeter.

1780 April 25 – Petition to free Slaves

1784 May 15 – Redress Petition of the Guardians of the heirs of Phillip Eastman

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Click HERE to see a sample of the petitions heard by the General Court in 1899

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Click HERE to see a sample of the petitions heard by the General Court in 1895

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Click HERE for a sample of the Handwritten 1812 New Hampshire Senate Journal

the 1812 Senate Journal provides evidence of the process historically used by the Legislature to discharge its duty to Redress public Grievances.

See how Page 339 of the 1812 New Hampshire Senate Journal makes known the Historical Process for Redress i.e. … “The House of Representatives are now ready to meet in convention to proceed in the public hearings…” and again in the next paragraph “The Senate met the Hon. House in convention and after attending to the hearing on the petition of Elunt Eastman & David Chens …” and also afterward “…the convention arose with (*ea**) to sit again (**  the) Senate returned to their Chambers”

Also

1812 June Session of the New Hampshire Senate on Google Books

1812 June Session – Journal of the Proceedings of the Senate (see page 34)pdf

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3 thoughts on “Authority to Petition”

  1. Patriots have a tendency to neglect State Constitutions,..they are longer and there are fewer educational Organizations to teach State Constitutions…..This needs to Change !!

  2. HELLO GUS:

    YOUR WORK IS BRILLIANT. YOUR FINDING CONFIRMS THE WISE OLD SAYING; ‘ HE WHO KNOWS HOW TO READ AND DOES NOT READ, HAS NO ADVANTAGE OVER HE WHO CANNOT READ.” KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. TOO MANY. FOR TOO LONG, HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF NOT READING. YOU HAVE EXPOSED A REAL TOOL THAT I BELIEVE IS A WEAPON THAT WILL IN THE END HELP DEFEAT FEDERAL TYRANNY.

    RUSS PAYNE

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