Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 4 (1647)
This volume is part of a seven volume collection of Leveller Tracts. The first edition contains 18 tracts by John Lilburne, Richard Overton, William Walwyn, Henry Ireton, John Wildman, and others, and includes important documents such as “The Petition of March”, the Declaration of the Army, the Putney Debates, “The Agreement of the People,” and “The Petition of November.”
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)
- 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 24 titles (of which 4 are still uncorrected) and which are available elsewhere on the OLL):
- T.86 (9.1) John Taylor The World turned Upside Down (28 January, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T86
- T.87 (9.2) John Lilburne The Oppressed Mans Oppressions declared (30 January, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T87
- T.88 (9.3) Anon., London’s Account; or a Calculation of the Arbitrary and Tyrannicall Exactions, Taxations (1 February, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T88
- T.89 (9.4) John Harris The Royal Quarrell, or Englands Lawes and Liberties vindicated (9 February, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T89
- T.91 (10.9) [Overton or Lilburne] A Reall Persecution or, The Foundation of a general Toleration (13 February, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T91
- T.94 (10.10) [Richard Overton] A new found Stratagem framed in the old Forge of Machivilisme (4 April, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T94
- T.96 (9.5) Edward Sexby, William Allen, Thomas Shepherd, For our Faithfull and ever Honored Commanders (6 May, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T96
- [UNCORRECTED] - 135 illegibles] T.97 (9.6) John Lilburne Rash Oaths unwarrantable (31 May, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T97
- [UNCORRECTED] - 170 illegibles] T.104 (9.7) John Lilburne Jonahs Cry out of the Whales belly (26 July, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T104
- [PREVIOUSLY CORRECTED - NEED TO RECHECK] T.294 [1647.07.28] Henry Ireton, The Heads of the Proposals offered by the Army (28 July, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T294
- [PREVIOUSLY CORRECTED - NEED TO RECHECK] T.295 [1647.07.31] Charles I The King’s answer to the Propositions of Parliament (31 July, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T295
- T.105 (9.8) Anon. Vox Militaris (11 August, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T105
- T.106 (9.9) A Dyer, Study to be Quiet; or a short View of the Miseries of Warre (16 August, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T106
- T.107 (9.10) John Hare St. Edwards Ghost: or, Anti-Normanisme (17 August, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T107
- T.108 (9.11) Anon., A Remonstrance of the Shee-Citizens of London (21 August, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T108
- [UNCORRECTED] - 70 illegibles] T.109 (9.12) John Lilburne Two Letters Writ (13 September, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T109
- [UNCORRECTED] - 132 illegibles] T.110 (10.11) John Lilburne, The Juglers discovered (28 September, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T110
- [PREVIOUSLY CORRECTED - NEED TO RECHECK] T.111 (4.16) [Several Hands], [The Putney Debates] The General Council of Officers at Putney (October/November 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T111
- T.114 (9.13) Anon. Vox Populi (1 November, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T114
- T.116 (9.14) Anon., Observations upon Quartering (4 November, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T116
- T.117 (9.15) John Hare Plaine English to our wilfull Bearers with Normanisme (4 November, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T117
- T.118 (9.16) Edward Sexby, Copy of a Letter to all the Souldiers in the Armie (11 November, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T118
- T.121 (9.18) Marchamont Nedham, The Levellers Levelled (3 December, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T121
- T.122 (9.19) John Harris The Grand Designe (8 December, 1647). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-4#T122
Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1660), 7 vols. Edited by David M. Hart and Ross Kenyon (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014-18). Vol. 4 (1647).
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Table of Contents
- Table of Contents
- 4.1 John Lilburne, Regall Tyrannie discovered: Or, A Discourse, shewing that all lawfull (approbational) instituted power by God amongst men, is by common agreement, and mutual consent. (6 January 1647)
- The Printer to the Reader.
- A Table of the principall Matters contained in this ensuing Discourse.
- Die Martiis, 23. Junii, 1646.
- THAT KING CHARLES HATH BROKEN HIS CONTRACT AND AGREEMENT.
- I.: Resolved upon the Question.
- II.: Resolved upon the Question.
- III.: Resolved upon the Question.
- Die Jovis 11. June 1646.
- Die Lunæ 22. Junii. 1646,
- A true Copy of their Warrant thus followeth.
- To the Chosen and betrusted Knights Citizens and Burgesses, assembled in the high and supream Court of PARLIAMENT.
- 4.2 [Richard Overton], The Commoners Complaint: Or, A Dreadful Warning from Newgate, to the Commons of England. (10 February 1647).
- To his honoured friend, Col. Henric
- 4.3 [Several Hands but probably a major role by William Walwyn], [also known as “The Petition of March”], or “The Large Petition”] To the Right Honourable and Supreme Authority of this Nation, the Commons in Parliament assembled (March 1647).
- 4.4 William Walwyn, A Still and Soft Voice From the Scriptures Witnessing them to be the Word of God. (March/April 1647).
- 4.5 John Lilburne, The resolved mans Resolution, to maintain with the last drop of his heart blood, his civill Liberties and freedomes (30 April 1647).
- To the Honourable Committee of the Honourable House of Commons, for suppressing of scandalous Pamphlets.
- The humble Addresses of Lieut. Col. John Lilburne, Prerogative Prisoner in the Tower of London. Feb. 8. 1646.
- The proceedings of Mrs. Walter in the Parliament with the House of LORDS
- A note of all the Swords, Belts, and Holsters for Pistols, and Bandeliers That Major Liburne caused to be brought unto the Magazine at Boston.
- 4.6 Anon., A Solemne Engagement of the Army (5 June 1647).
- 4.8 [Signed by John Rushworth, attributed to Henry Ireton], [Declaration of the Army], A Declaration, or, Representation From his Excellency, Sir Thomas Fairfax, And the Army under his command, Humbly tendred to the parliament (14 June 1647).
- 4.7 [William Walwyn], The poore Wise-mans Admonition unto All the plaine People of London, and Neighbour-Places. (10 June 1647).
- 4.9 [William Walwyn], Gold Tried in the Fire, or The burnt Petitions revived. (14 June 1647).
- To the Right Honourable, and supreame Authority of this Nation, the COMMONS in PARLIAMENT Assembled.
- To the Right Honourable, the Commons of England assembled in Parliament.
- To the Honourable Committee of Parliament, sitting in the Queenes Court at Westminister, Colonell Lee being Chair-man.
- To the Right Honourable, the Commons of England assembled in PARLIAMENT.
- To the Right Honourable the Commons of England Assembled in Parliament.
- 4.10 [Several hands, calling themselves “Agitators”], A Copie of a Letter Sent From the Agitators of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax’s Armie, To All the honest Sea-men of England. (21 June 1647).
- A Letter from the Army to all the honest Seamen of England.
- 4.11 [Richard Overton], An Appeale from the degenerate Representative Body the Commons of England assembled at Westminster. (17 July 1647).
- Certaine Articles for the good of the Common wealth, presented to the consideration of his Excellencie, Sir Thomas Fairfax, and to the Officers And Souldiers under his Command.
- Concerning Parliaments,
- Articles concerning Courts of Judicature, offices and Officers of the Law.
- Articles concerning Goales, Goalers, and Imprisonment.
- Articles concerning the Lawes, and corruptions thereof, with other publique Grievances.
- Concerning the Clergy.
- Concerning Schooles.
- Concerning Hospitalls.
- Concerning Commons inclosed.
- Concerning Petitions.
- 4.12 [Signed by Several People, but attributed to John Wildman], The Case of the Armie Truly stated (15 October 1647).
- The Case of the Army truly stated, togegether with the mischiefes and dangers that are imminent, and some sutable remedies. Humbly proposed by the Agents of five Regiments of Horse, to the respective Regiments and the whole Army.
- The mischiefes, evills, and dangers, which are and will be the necessary consequence of the Armies declining or delaying the effectuall fulfilling of its first Engagement, Promises and Declarations or of its neglect to insist possitively upon its first principles of common right and freedome.
- A Copy of a Letter from the Agents of the aforesaid five Regiments of Horse, unto his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax.
- 4.13 [John Wildman], A Cal to all the Souldiers of the Armie, by the Free People of England (29 October 1647).
- TO THOSE FIVE REGJMENTS OF THE ARMY, WHO HAVE already declared themselves to stand for maintenance of our just liberties, and for removall of those heavie oppressions, mentioned in that worthy discourse, intituled, THE CASE OF THE ARMY: AND To all, who intend to joyne timely and speedily with them.
- A CALL TO ALL THE SOULDIERS OF THE ARMY, by the free People of England.
- 4.14 [Several Hands], An Agreement of the People for a firme and present Peace, upon grounds of common-right and freedome (3 November 1647).
- An agreement of the People, for a firme and present Peace, upon grounds of Common-Rights.
- 4.15 [Signed by Several], [The Petition of November], To the supream Authority of England, the Commons in Parliament assembled (23 November 1647).
- 4.16 [Several Hands], “The Putney Debates”, The General Council of Officers at Putney (October/November 1647). These important debates are not included in this collection of tracts. They are available at the Online Library of Liberty website from the book Puritanism and Liberty, being the Army Debates (1647-9) from the Clarke Manuscripts with Supplementary Documents, selected and edited with an Introduction A.S.P. Woodhouse, foreword by A.D. Lindsay (University of Chicago Press, 1951). <http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2183>.
- 4. 17 [Signed by Several, attributed to John Lilburne], Englands Freedome, Souldiers Rights (14 December 1647).
- The forementioned Letter thus followeth.
- The Petition thus followeth.
- 4.18 John Wildman (with William Walwyn), Putney Projects. Or the Old Serpent in a new Forme (30 December 1647).
- PVTNEY PROIECTS. OR The Old Serpent in a new forme.
- The Kings second inslaving Principle is this.
- The Kings third vasalizing or inslaving Principle is this.
- The Kings fourth inslaving Principle is this.
- The Kings fift beloved principle.
- I.: Quere.