This section of the website forms part of the University of Missouri Digital Library. It provides free access to an online collection of several thousand pamphlets published in Britain during the 17th-19th Centuries.
The body of pamphlet literature of the 17th and 18th centuries is enormous. These pamphlets deal with every event and circumstance of the day, be it social, economic, legal, medical, political, or religious. This important collection of English tracts number approximately 20,000 and date from the mid 17th century (the age of pamphlets) through the 19th century.
This fascinating collection can be searched by keyword or title and contains many interesting materials for social, economic and religious historians.
A large component of the collection is English government documents, including petitions and treatises addressed to both Houses of Parliament and the reigning monarch.
Yet another component of the collection addresses economic issues such as public debt, taxation, commerce and trade, the East Indies, the South Seas Bubble and the Ship Tax. Some of the socially and politically minded publications deal with questions of slavery, liberty of the press, and accounts of trials. There are also a number of the pamphlets that speak to the foreign relations of England, the American rebellion, the union treaty, and the revolution in France.
The controversial nature of many of these pamphlets resulted in the pamphlets being issued anonymously, the true authors of the works known only by the printers of London, Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin and Edinburgh. However, approximately forty of the pamphlets have been identified as having been authored by Daniel Defoe.
Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website.