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Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)
J. H. Hexter (Project Director: August 1970 to present)

Yale Parliamentary Diaries Project

Since ideas of liberty, human rights, constitutionalism, and representative government have come to the United States from the English and their parliament, the history of parliament has attracted scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the parliament of 1628 produced the Petition of Right, a document second in importance only to Magna Carta, affirming that a subject should be tried by due process of law, should be free from martial law in time of peace, and from arbitrary imprisonment. It is from this Petition that our Bill of Rights derives. Parliamentary Diaries Project created in 1966 to edit and publish the manuscripts accounts of speeches and diaries of members of this parliament, along with other supplementary materials without whicgh we know little about how the Petition of Right was drawn. Usable, scholarly collection will be important tool of scholarship with relevance to development of American government and law. Project has encouraged editing of other parliamentary diaries in U.S. and England. Funds for editing, personnel salaries, clerical services, supplies, travel to study documents in England, etc.

Project fields:
History, General

Bicentennial Histories

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/1970 – 8/31/1971