The Right-to-Petition Quotes:


1215 - Magna Carta 

“If we, our chief justice, our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man, or transgress any of the articlesof the peace or of this security, and the offence is made known to four of the said twenty-five barons, they shall come to us - or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice - to declare it and claim immediate redress.

If we, or in our absence abroad the chief justice, make no redress within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offence was declared to us or to him, the four barons shall refer the matter to therest of the twenty-five barons, who may distrain upon and assail us
in every way possible
, with the support of the whole communityof the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children,
until they have secured such redress as they have
determined upon.

Having secured the redress, they may then resume their normal obedience to us.” 

Section 61, Magna Carta (1215


1774 - Continental Congress:

"If money is wanted by Rulers
 who have in any manner
 oppressed the People,
they may retain it
until their grievances are redressed
and thus peaceably procure relief,
without trusting to despised petitions
 or disturbing the public tranquility."

 Journals of the Continental Congress, 1:105-113


1775 -- Thomas Jefferson:

“The privilege of giving
or withholding our money
is an important barrier against
the undue exertion of prerogative
which if left altogether without
 control may be exercised
to our great oppression; and
 all history shows how efficacious
its intercession for
redress of
and establishment
 of rights, and how improvident
would be the surrender
 of so powerful a mediator."

Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Lord  North,
 1775. Papers 1:225


1776 - Declaration
of Independence

“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated
Petitions have been answered only by repeated
. A Prince whose character is thus marked
by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit
 to be the ruler of a free people.”


1791 - First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law
 respecting the establishment
 of religion,  or prohibiting
 the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom
 of speech, or of the press;
or the Right of the People
 peaceably to assemble,
to Petition the government
 for a redress of grievances