Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 3 (1646).

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A collection of 22 pamphlets from 1646 including works by John Lilburne, Richard Overton, William Walwyn, William Larner, and S. Shepheard. John Rushworth, John Wildman

Every effort has been made to transcribe these 17th century political tracts as accurately as possible. They have been checked against facsimile copies of the originals which in many cases were of very poor quality. Some of the problems the coders and editors encountered were the vagaries of 17th century spelling, the faint print of the text in marginal notes and in long quotes in Latin, and the sometimes casual approach to the typesetting of the text. The result has been files with thousands of illegible words and characters (volume 4 (1647) had over 2,000). We have marked illegible words or characters in the text with the statement [Editor: illegible word]. Sometimes, when it has been impossible to decipher the text (especially in marginalia) we have have indicated this with the following statement: “The following marginalia text is unreadable and Liberty Fund has made no effort to partially transcribe it.” We have made no attempt to modernize the spelling but we have corrected some obvious errors such as transposed, upside down, or missing characters.

For more information about the titles and authors in this collection, see:

The second expanded edition of LT will have the following additional 13 titles (2 of which have been corrected and are available elsewhere on the OLL):

  1. [UNCORRECTED - 1629 illegibles] T.53 (10.5) John Lilburne, Innocency and Truth justified (6 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T53
  2. [UNCORRECTED - 144 illegibles] T.54 (8.26) Richard Overton, Divine Observations upon the London Ministers Letter against Toleration (24 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T54
  3. [UNCORRECTED - 24 illegibles] T.55 (8.27) Thomas Johnson, A Plea for Free-Mens Liberties (26 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T55
  4. [UNCORRECTED - 613 illegibles] T.56 (8.28) John Selden, Tyth-gatherers, no Gospel Officers (27 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T56
  5. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.61 (8.29) Anon., The World is turned Upside Down (8 April, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T61
  6. [UNCORRECTED - 13 illegibles] T.62 (8.30) James Freize, *Every mans Right </em]()(18 April, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T62
  7. [UNCORRECTED - 172 illegibles] T.64 (10.6) John Lilburne, *The Just mans justification</em]()(6 June, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T64
  8. [PREVIOUSLY CORRECTED - NEED TO CHECK] T.287 [1646.06.18] (M7) William Ball, Constitutio Liberi Populi. Or, The Rule of a Free-born People (18 June, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T287
  9. [UNCORRECTED - 37 illegibles] T.77 (8.31) John Cotton, The Controversie concerning Liberty of Conscience (9 October, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T77
  10. T.78 (3.18 and 8.32) Richard Overton, An Arrow against all Tyrants and Tyranny (12 October 1646). Original spelling version /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T78. Modernized spelling /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T53.
  11. [UNCORRECTED - 27 illegibles] T.81 (10.7) John Lilburne, An Anatomy of the Lords Tyranny (6 November, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T81
  12. [UNCORRECTED - 22 illegibles] T.83 (10.8) John Lilburne [with Overton], An Unhappy Game at Scotch and English (30 November, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T83
  13. [UNCORRECTED - 244 illegibles - 1st version corrected 6.05.2014] T.84 (8.33) John Lilburne, The Charters of London: or, The second Part of Londons Liberty in Chaines Discovered (18 December, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T84

Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1660), 7 vols. Edited by David M. Hart and Ross Kenyon (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014-2018). Vol. 3 (1646).


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