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Petition to George III, King of Great Britain

Collection Data

Manuscript petition (7 p.) signed by forty-six members of the Second Continental Congress on July 8, 1775, asking King George III to use his authority and influence to address grievances and restore harmony in the government's relations with the American colonies. The petition, drafted by John Dickinson, is considered the colonies' final effort to avert revolution against Great Britain. The document is also known as the Olive Branch Petition.
United States. Continental Congress (Creator)
Dickinson, John, 1732-1808 (Contributor)
Wilmerding, Lucius, 1880-1949 (Donor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1775-07-08
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 2291
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
United States. Continental Congress
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Administration
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
Olive Branch Petition
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Ownership: Document held in the papers of the 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam (1748-1833, 4th Earl in the Irish peerage) and his descendants at Milton near Peterborough, England until sold at auction at Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York City, 1932.
Publications: Reproduced in: The Olive branch petition of the American Congress to George III, 1775, and letters of the American envoys, August-September 1775 [with essays by] Cornelius W. Wickersham [and] Gilbert H. Montague. New York: New York Public Library, 1954
Physical Description
Extent: .3 linear feet 2 volumes
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244692
MSS Unit ID: 2291
Archives collections id: archives_collections_2291
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fa6c70d0-e012-0134-a25f-034b48796fa4
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