Montesquieu
 

XII.26 That in a monarchy the prince must be accessible

This will be bet­ter unders­tood by contrasts. “Czar Peter I,” says Sir Perry, “has made a new decree which for­bids pre­sen­ting him with a peti­tion until two have been pre­sen­ted to his offi­cers. In cases of jus­tice denied, the third may be pre­sen­ted to him, but on pain of death to the party in the wrong. No one since has addres­sed a peti­tion to the czar.”1

The State of Russia, p. 173, Paris ed., 1717.