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, Esq. Serjeant at Arms, or his Deputy or Deputies.
Whereas several scandalous and seditious pamphlets are from time to time published to the great dishonour of this nation, and the disturbance of the peace thereof, And We being informed that certain pamphlets of that nature have been, and now are about to be printed by several persons within the City of London, and the liberties thereof, These are therefore to will and require you forthwith to repair to the dwelling, or work houses of all such printers within the said City and liberties as you shall suspect to have lately printed or to be upon the printing of such pamphlets as aforesaid, and them, and every of them forthwith to apprehend and bring in safe custody before Our Council at Whitehall. And you are to seize upon and bring away the several presses and all such the said pamphlets and other papers whatsoever that are any way prejudicial to Us or the State, and in order thereunto You are hereby authorised to break open any locks or bolts whatsoever…