Order referring to seizure of a printing press, 1693-1694 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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This document refers to "treasonable papers that are printing and printed" (line 7) and orders "assistants & constable forthwith to make [a] strict and diligent search [for?] such papers" (lines 8-9) and "to seize them together with the printing presse and offenders conteyn'd therein" (line 9).Ã?Â J. Trenchard and John Gellibrand are named (line 12) and the document is signed "John Gellibrand" (line 18).Ã?Â Gellibrand, a bookseller active in London between 1680 and 1684, is referred to in this document as a Messenger of the Press (line 12).Ã?Â Much of the text has been worn away and is illegible.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Layout: Written in 18 long lines with 1 interlinear insertion between lines 15 and 16; dry-point ruling; pricking along right edge.
Script: Written in an English document hand.
Origin: Dated "Xvth day of J[?] 1693" (line 12); previous cataloging suggests date of June 1694.
Provenance: Modern partial transcription marked "Lot 159" in item folder; purchased from Mathews, 27 August 1942.