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You are free to download our re-keyed texts of George Thomason's Newsbooks for sharing, re-use and adaptation for non-commercial purposes only in accordance with the following Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

The dataset consists of plain TXT files. It includes rekeyed texts of a) all newsbooks for the year 1649 and b) all newsbooks for the title Mercurius Politicus (June 1650-April 1660). These are rekeyed texts from low quality images so we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the transcriptions. Further information about the texts can be found here.

When using the data for publications and presentations, please cite the following source of the original data:

Braddick, M., Nevitt, M., Wessels, B., Borrill, K. (2020) George Thomason's Newsbooks: 1649 and Mercurius Politicus [dataset]. Digital Humanities Institute: University of Sheffield. Available from:

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