Digger Tracts, 1649-1650

Digger Tracts, 1649-1650

Digger Tracts, 1649-1650

Published by Aporia in 1989, 36 pages. Used A5 size Booklet(N3257)

The Diggers were a communalist movement that sprang up during the English Civil War, and this booklet collects together several original documents relating to the movement and their history, including:

  • A Mite cast into the common treasury
  • A letter to Lord fairfax
  • The Diggers Mirth
  • The Diggers Song
  • A Declaration of the grounds and reasons (Wellingborough)
  • A declaration of the grounds and reasons (Iver)

Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

The Diggers were an English group of agrarian communists, begun by Gerrard Winstanley as True Levellers in 1649, who became known as Diggers due to their activities. Their original name came from their belief in economic equality based upon a specific passage in the Book of Acts. The Diggers tried to reform (by levelling real property) the existing social order with an agrarian lifestyle based on their ideas for the creation of small egalitarian rural communities. Digger communes sprang up in several places throughout England, including Surrey, at Iver in Buckinghamshire, and at Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, but they were met with fierce and often brutal repression by landowners and the state, and by 1651 the movement had collapsed

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