Bringing 'these authors of sedition' to justice, 1646

As Lilburne and his allies began producing dozens of radical pamphlets in the mid 1640s, the House of Lords strove hard to arrest those responsible and to confiscate their printing presses. In doing so, they employed the likes of Robert Eles, whose petition for financial recompense testifies to the dangers involved in such work, in terms of both monetary loss and physical violence.
HLRO Main Papers (13 August 1646)

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