|In response to the steady stream of seditious literature emerging
from the presses of Leveller activists, in August 1649 the Council
of State ordered their Serjeant at Arms to search for and seize copies
of an infamous pamphlet attacking Oliver Cromwell. Shortly afterwards,
in September, harsh new legislation was passed, aimed at restricting
freedom of the press.
Catalogue reference: SP 25/63, f. 4 (20 August 1649)