Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 1 (1638-1643)
A collection of 11 pamphlets from 1638-1643 including works by John Lilburne, William Walwyn, Robert Greville, Henry Parker, John Goodwin, and William Prynne.
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 31 titles (all but 7 of which have been corrected and are available elsewhere on the OLL):
- T.4 [1640.??] (8.1) John Selden, A Brief Discourse concerning the Power of the Peeres (1640). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T4
- T.282 [1640.11.3] (M1) Henry Parker, The Case of Shipmoney briefly discoursed (3 Nov. 1640). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T282
- T.5 [1641.??] (10.1) [Richard Overton], A Dreame, or Newes from Hell (1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T5
- T.6 [1641.??] (8.2) John Davies, An Answer to those Printed Papers by the late Patentees of Salt (1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T6
- T.283 [1641.04.12] (M2) John Pym, The Speech or Declaration of John Pym (12 April, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T283
- T.7 [1641.05] (8.3) Anon., The Lamentable Complaints of Nick Froth the Tapster (May 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T7
- T.260 [1641.05] John Milton, Of Reformation Touching Church Discipline in England (May, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T260
- T.261 [1641.06] John Milton, Of Prelatical Episcopacy (June or July, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T261
- T.8 [1641.06] (10.2) [Richard Overton or John Taylor], Old Newes newly Revived (June 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T8
- T.262 [1641.07] John Milton, Animadversions upon The Remonstrants Defence against Smectymnuus (July, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T262
- T.9 [1641.08] (10.3) [Richard Overton], The Frogges of Egypt, or the Caterpillers of the Commonwealth (August, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T9
- [UNCORRECTED - 31 illegibles] T.11 [1641.10] (8.4) Katherine Chidley, The Justification of the Independant Churches of Christ (October, 1641). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T11
- T.263 [1642.01] John Milton, The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty (Jan. or Feb., 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T263
- T.13 [1642.01.06] (8.5). John Hare, The Marine Mercury (6 January, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T13
- T.264 [1642.04] John Milton, An Apology against a Pamphlet (for Smectymnuus ) (April, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T264
- T.14 [1642.04.21] (8.6) Anon., A Question Answered (21 April, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T14
- T.284 [1642.06.18] (M3) Charles I, His Majesties Answer to XIX Propositions made by both Houses of Parliament (18 June, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T284
- T.285 [1642.08??] (M4) Henry Ferne, The Resolving of Conscience upon this Question (Autumn 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T285
- T.16 [1642.09.30] (8.7) John Marsh, The Great Question concerning the Militia (30 September, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T16
- T.17 [1642.10.15] (8.8) Richard Ward, The Vindication of the Parliament (15 October, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T17
- [UNCORRECTED - 110 illegibles] T.20 [1642.11.26] (8.9) Richard Ward, The Anatomy of Warr (26 November, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T20
- [UNCORRECTED - 31 illegibles] T.21 [1642.12.06] (8.10) William Prynne, A Vindication of Psalme 105.15 (6 December, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T21
- T.286 [1642.12.29] (M5) Charles Herle, A Fuller Answer to a Treatise written by Doctor Ferne (29 Dec. 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T286
- [UNCORRECTED - 6 illegibles] T.22 [1642.12.31] (8.11). Anon., The Privileges of the House of Commons (31 December, 1642). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T22
- T.23 [1643.01.17] (8.12) John Norton, The Miseries of War (17 January, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T23
- T.24 [1643.01.24] (8.13) Anon., The Actors Remonstrance (24 January, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T24
- T.25 [1643.02.24] (8.14) Anon., Touching the Fundamentall Lawes of this Kingdome (24 February, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T25
- [UNCORRECTED - 1 illegible] T.27 [1643.05.19] (8.15) Anon., Briefe Collections out of Magna Charta (19 May, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T27
- [UNCORRECTED - 42 illegibles] T.28 [1643.05.24] (8.16) Philip Hunton, A Treatise of Monarchy (24 May, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T28
- [UNCORRECTED - 167 illegibles] T.29 [1643.06.14] (8.17) Anon., The Subject of Supremacie (14 June, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T29
- T.265 [1643.08] John Milton, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (August, 1643). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-1#T265
Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1659), 7 vols. Edited by David M. Hart and Ross Kenyon (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014-2018). Vol. 1 (1638-1643).
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Table of Contents
- 1.1. John Liburne, The Christian Mans Triall (12 March 1638).
- 1.2. John Liburne, A Light for the Ignorant (1638).
- 1.3. John Liburne, A Worke of the Beast (1638).
- 1.4. [William Walwyn], A New Petition of the Papists (September 1641).
- 1.5. Robert Greville, A Discourse opening the Nature of that Episcopacie (November 1641).
- 1.6. Henry Parker, Observations upon some of his Majesties late Answers and Expresses (2 July 1642).
- 1.7. John Goodwin, Anti-Cavalierism, (12 October, 1642).
- 1.8. [William Walwyn], Some Considerations Tending to the Undeceiving (10 November 1642).
- 1.9. William Prynne, The Soveraigne Power of Parliaments and Kingdomes (15 April 1643).
- 1.10. [William Walwyn], The Power of Love (19 September 1643).
- 1.11. William Prynne, An Humble Remonstrance against The Tax of Ship-money (7 October 1643).