An order from Cromwell about the publication of pamphlets, 29 November 1654
(W.C. Abbott (ed.), The writings and speeches of Oliver Cromwell, Vol. III, p.522. Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1947)
To Edward Dendy, Esquire, Sergeant at Arms, or his deputy or deputies.
Several pamphlets of scandal and rebellion are published from time to time. They dishonour this nation and disturb the peace. I am told that certain pamphlets of that nature have been, and are now about to be, printed by several persons within the city of London. I order you to immediately go to the homes or work houses of all such printers within the city and its surrounds that you suspect to have printed, or to be printing, such pamphlets. Arrest all of them immediately and bring them in safe custody before my Council at Whitehall. And you are to seize and bring away the [printing] presses and all the pamphlets and any other papers that are in any way harmful to me or the state. In order to do this, you are authorised to break open any locks or bolts whatsoever…