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The Best of the OLL No. 63: John Milton, “For the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing” (1664)

This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. A thematic list with links to HTML versions of the texts is available [here](/pages/best-of-the-oll). This extract comes from John Milton's defence of the freedom of publishing, *Areopagitica* (1644) written to persuade Parliament to lift the requirement for government licenses to be issued before anything could be printed.