|This extract from the journal, or minutes, of the House of Commons
records the presentation of a petition from hatmakers concerned about
the activities of journeymen (day workers), who had formed a combination
in order to force hatters to comply with their demands on pay and
hours of work. The petition was considered by a committee and the
Commons ordered that a Bill to regulate pay, hours of work and the
taking of apprentices in the hatmaking industry be prepared.
HLRO Manuscript Journal, H.C. (5 February 1777)