Petition of Right. London. 1628. Clause 4
WEB PRESENCE: http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/123/123%20301%201628.htm
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petition_of_Right
NOTE: The 3rd Amendment regarding the quartering of soldiers, the 5th Amendment’s Due Process clause, the 6th Amendment’s Criminal Trials clause, and the 7th Amendment’s Civil Jury Trial clause all find a connection to the 1628 Petition of Right. One can see the thread of some of these civil rights from the 1215 Magna Carta. This concept of limited government, equal representation in the government, and equality before the law continues to gain momentum and solidity. While this excerpt, and the one or two others I will present from the 1628 Petition of Right are not particularly inspirational, the ideals they represent are very inspirational and should be guarded with every fiber of our existence.
NOTE: Compare this to the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment, “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”