Definition of Petitioning:
Cartwright, who never flinched from friend or foe, stood his ground, and contrived new modes to keep up the agitation, evading the recent law against " tumultuous petitioning," by getting up petitions of twenties, and in various ways avoiding the prohibitions of the " Six Acts."- "Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland", Henry B. Stanton.
If the meeting decided upon petitioning the House of Commons, whatever that petition may be, he should feel it his duty to present it; although he would not pledge himself to support the landed interest, to the injury of the tradesman and the mechanic.- "Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3", Henry Hunt.
In England the right of public meeting undoubtedly existed from early times, but it was tied to the right of petitioning Parliament, which obviously limited its scope; and always strongly contested by the kings.- "Popular Law-making", Frederic Jesup Stimson.