Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics Vol. 2 (1644-1645)
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:
- 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 14 titles (8 of which have been corrected and are available elsewhere on the OLL):
- 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
- [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
- T.266 [1644.06] John Milton, Of Education (June, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T266
- T.267 [1644.07] John Milton, The Judgement of Martin Bucer Concerning Divorce (July, 1644). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T267
- [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
- 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
- [missing text??] T.41 [1645.01.02] (8.21) Katherine Chidley, A New Years Gift (2 January, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T41
- T.269 [1645.02] John Milton, Tetrachordon (March, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T269
- T.270 [1645.02] John Milton, Colasterion (March, 1645). /pages/leveller-tracts-2nd-2#T270
- [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
- [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
- [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
- [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
- [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).
The text is in the public domain.
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Table of Contents
- 2.1 Thomas Goodwin, Philip Nye, Sidrach Simpson, Jeremiah Burroughes, and William Bridge, An Apologetical Narration, humbly submitted to the Honourable House of Parliament (3 January 1644).
- 2.2 Richard Overton Mans mortalitie: or, A treatise wherein ’tis proved, both Theologically and Philosophically, that whole Man (as a rationall creature) is a compound wholly mortall (19 January 1644)
- 2.3 Henry Robinson Liberty of Conscience: Or the Sole means to obtaine Peace and Truth (24 March 1644).
- 2.4 [William Walwyn], The Compassionate Samaritane Unbinding The Conscience (June or July 1644).
- 2.5 [William Walwyn], Good Counsell to All those that heartily desire the glory of God, the freedome of the Commonwealth, and the good of all vertuous men. (29 July 1644).
- 2.6 John Goodwin, Theomachia; Or the Grand Imprudence of men running the hazard of Fighting Against God (2 September 1644).
- 2.7 John Lilburne, A Copy of a Letter (7 January 1645).
- 2.8 [William Walwyn], A Helpe to the right understanding of a Discourse concerning Independency (6 February 1645).
- 2.9 [Richard Overton], The Araignment of Mr. Persecution (8 April 1645).
- 2.10 [John Lilburne], Englands Birth-Right Justified Against all Arbitrary Usurpation, whether Regall or Parliamentary, or under what Vizor soever (8 October 1645).
- 2.11 [William Walwyn], Englands Lamentable Slaverie Proceeding from the Arbitrarie will, severitie, and Injustices of Kings, Negligence, corruption, and unfaithfulnesse of parliaments (11 October, 1645)
- 2.12 [Richard Overton], The Ordinance for Tythes Dismounted, from all Mosaicall, Evangelicall, and true Magesteriall Right (29 December 1645).