Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 2 (1644-1645)

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A collection of 12 pamphlets from 1644-1645 including works by Thomas Goodwin, Richard Overton, Henry Robinson, William Walwyn, John Goodwin, and John Lilburne.

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 14 titles (8 of which have been corrected and are available elsewhere on the OLL):

  1. T.32 [1644.01.02] (8.18) Anon., A Dialogue betwixt a Horse of Warre and a Mill-Horse (2 January, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T32
  2. [UNCORRECTED - 38 illegibles] T.36 [1644.03.26] (8.19) Philip Hunton, A Vindication of the Treatise of Monarchy (26 March, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T36
  3. T.266 [1644.06] John Milton, Of Education (June, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T266
  4. T.267 [1644.07] John Milton, The Judgement of Martin Bucer Concerning Divorce (July, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T267
  5. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.40 [1644.10.04] (8.20) Anon., The Arch-Cheate, or the Cheate of Cheats (4 October, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T40
  6. T.268 [1644.11] John Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech of Mr John Milton for the liberty of unlicensed printing, to the Parliament of England (Nov., 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T268
  7. [missing text??] T.41 [1645.01.02] (8.21) Katherine Chidley, A New Years Gift (2 January, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T41
  8. T.269 [1645.02] John Milton, Tetrachordon (March, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T269
  9. T.270 [1645.02] John Milton, Colasterion (March, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T270
  10. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.45 [1645.04.11] (8.22) Thomas Johnson,<em]() A Discourse on Freedome of Trade* (11 April, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T45
  11. [UNCORRECTED - 217 illegibles] T.46 [1645.05.31] (10.4) Richard Overton, Sacred Decretal, or Hue and Cry (31 May, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T46
  12. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.47 [1645.08.30] (8.23) John Lilburne, Respecting the Power of Disposing of the Militia (30 August, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T47
  13. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.48 [1645.09.14] (8.24) John Lilburne, Englands Miserie and Remedie (14 September, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T48
  14. [UNCORRECTED - 0 illegibles] T.51 [1645.11.01] (8.25) Katherine Chidley, Good Council to the Petitioners for Presbyterian Government (1 November, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T51

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. 2 (1644-1645).


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