Stamping out Leveller publications, 1649

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)



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