Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 3 (1646).
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:
- Summary of the Leveller Tracts Project
- the Combined Table of Contents (by volume and by year) for the seven volumes and
- A List of the Tracts arranged by Author.
- Bibliography and Other Resources on the Levellers
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):
- [UNCORRECTED - 1629 illegibles] T.53 (10.5) John Lilburne, Innocency and Truth justified (6 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T53
- [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
- [UNCORRECTED - 24 illegibles] T.55 (8.27) Thomas Johnson, A Plea for Free-Mens Liberties (26 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T55
- [UNCORRECTED - 613 illegibles] T.56 (8.28) John Selden, Tyth-gatherers, no Gospel Officers (27 January, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T56
- [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.61 (8.29) Anon., The World is turned Upside Down (8 April, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T61
- [UNCORRECTED - 13 illegibles] T.62 (8.30) James Freize, *Every mans Right </em]()(18 April, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T62
- [UNCORRECTED - 172 illegibles] T.64 (10.6) John Lilburne, *The Just mans justification</em]()(6 June, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T64
- [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
- [UNCORRECTED - 37 illegibles] T.77 (8.31) John Cotton, The Controversie concerning Liberty of Conscience (9 October, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T77
- 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.
- [UNCORRECTED - 27 illegibles] T.81 (10.7) John Lilburne, An Anatomy of the Lords Tyranny (6 November, 1646). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-3#T81
- [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
- [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).
The text is in the public domain.
Table of Contents
- Table of Contents
- 3.1. [William Walwyn], Tolleration Justified, and Persecution Condemn’d (29 January 1646).
- THE LETTER OF THE LONDON, MINISTERS TO THE Assembly of DIVINEs af Westminster; against TOLERATION, mildly examined; AND The mistakes thereof friendly discovered; As well for the sakes of the Independent and Separation, as for the good of the COMMON-WEALTH.
- 3.2. John Lilburne and Richard Overton, The out-cryes of Opressed Commons (February 1646).
- To the right Honourable, the betrusted Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses in the Commons House of Parliament (Englands legall, Soveraign power, Assembled.)
- The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Buckingham shire, and Hartford-shire, &c. whose Names are hereunto subscribed.
- Instructions agreed upon as the sence of the Petitioners of Buckinghampshire and Hartford shire.
- The publisher to the Reader.
- To the High and Honourable the Knights, Citizens; and Burgesses, in the supreame Court of Parliament assembled, The Petition of divers Young men and Apprentices of the City of London, humbly
- To the Chosen and betrusted Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, assembled in the High and Supreame Court of Parliament.
- 3.3. William Walwyn, A Whisper in the Eare of Mr. Thomas Edwards Minister (13 March 1646).
- 3.4. William Walwyn, A Word More to Mr. Thomas Edwards Minister (19 March 1646).
- 3.5. [William Walwyn], A Word in Season: to all sorts of wel minded people in this miserably distracted and distempered nation (18 May 1646).
- 3.6. William Walwyn, An Antidote against Master Edwards his old and new Poyson (10 June 1646).
- A GRAINE MORE, And no more.
- 3.7. John Lilburne, The Free-mans Freedom Vindicated (16 June 1646).
- The Protestation, Plea, and Defence of Lievtenant Colonell IOHN LILBVRNE.
- To the right Honourable the chosen and Representative body of England Assembled in Parliament.
- The humble Petition of L. C. Iohn Lilburne A Free man of England.
- 3.8. [William Walwyn], The Just Man in Bonds (29 June 1646).
- 3.9. [William Walwyn], A Pearle in a Dounghill (23 June 1646).
- 3.10. William Larner, A Vindication of every Free-mans libertie against all Arbitrary power and Government (June 1646).
- To the Right honourable, the Lords assembled in Parliament.
- 3.11. [Richard Overton], A Remonstrance of Many Thousand Citizens, and other Free-born People of England, To their owne House of Commons (17 July 1646).
- 3.12. [Richard Overton], An Alarum to the House of Lords: Against their insolent Usurpation of the Common Liberties, and Rights of this Nation (1 August 1646).
- 3.13. S. Shepheard, The Famers Fam’d or an Answer, To two Seditious Pamphlets (4 August 1646).
- TO The Right Honourable the house of Peers, Assembled in PARLIAMENT.
- THE FAMERS FAM’D.
- An Answer to a seditious Pamphlet, lately published in Print, intituled the JUST MAN IN BONDS.
- An answer to a seditious Pamphlet lately in print entituled, A PEARL IN A DUNGHILL. Written in Defence of that famous Libellor, Lient. Col. Lilburne.
- An answer to a Libell INTITULED A Remonstrance of many thousand Citizens, and other free-borne people of England, to their own House of Commons.
- 3.14. William Walwyn, A Prediction of Mr. Edwards. His Conversion, and Recantation (11 August 1646).
- 3.15. [John Lilburne], Liberty Vindicated against Slavery (21 August 1646).
- 3.16. [Richard Overton], A Defiance against all Arbitrary Usurpations Or Encroachments (9 September 1646).
- 3.17. [William Walwyn], A Demurre to the Bill for Preventing the Growth and Spreading of Heresie (7 October 1646).
- 3.18. Richard Overton, An Arrow against all Tyrants and Tyranny (12 October 1646).
- 3.19. William Walwyn, A Parable, or Consultation of Physitians upon Master Edwards (29 October 1646).
- To the Reader
- A PARABLE. Or Consultation of Physitians upon Master EDWARDS.
- 3.20. John Lilburne, London’s Liberty in Chains discovered (October 1646).
- The Charter.
- The Copy of the Protestation made by the Citizens of London, the 29. of Septemb. 1646.
- A Postscript written by Lieutenant Colonell Iohn Lilburn, Prisoner in the Tower of London, Octob. 1646.
- The Copy of the Order.
- To the Honourable the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons House in Parliament Assembled.
- To the Honourable, the chosen, betrusted, and representative Body of all the Free-men of England, in Parliament assembled.
- 3.21. John Lilburne, Vox Plebis, or The Peoples Out-cry Against Oppression, Injustice, and Tyranny (19 November, 1646).
- Iuly 10. 1646.
- Die Sabbathi II. Julii 1646.
- Die Mercurii 15. Iulii, 1646.
- Die Mercurii 16. Septem. 1646.
- Iohn Brown, Cler. Parliamentorum.
- The Publisher to the Reader.
- 3.22. John Lilburne, The Charters of London: or, The second Part of Londons Liberty in Chaines discovered (18 December 1646).
- The Printer to the Reader.
- To the Commons of London, commonly by the prerogative men thereof, called the Clokemen of London.