Hatmakers' petition, 1777

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)

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