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An Unattributed Pamphlet of William Walwyn: New Light on the Prehistory of the Leveller Movement

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Huntington Library Quarterly
Sep 2006

“An Unattributed Pamphlet of William Walwyn: New Light on the Prehistory of the Leveller Movement,” The Huntington Library Quarterly, 69 (2006).

In this article David R. Como analyzes and reproduces a hitherto unattributed pamphlet, Strong Motives, Or Loving and Modest Advice Unto the Petitioners for Presbiterian Government (1645), arguing on the basis of textual and typographical evidence that it was authored by the Leveller leader William Walwyn. By reconstructing the publication history of the tract and situating it within the complex political context of late 1645, the article sheds light on the origins of the Leveller movement.