"it is a firme Law and radicall principle in Nature engraven in the tables of the heart by the finger of God in creation for every living moving thing, wherein there is a breadth of life to defend, preserve, award, and deliver it selfe from all things hurtfull, destructive and obnoctious thereto to the utmost power"
— Overton, Richard (fl. 1640-1663)
See An Appeale from the Degenerate Representative Body the Commons of England Assembled at Westminster: To the Body Represented, the Free People in General of the Several Counties, Cities, Townes, Burroughs, and Places Within This Kingdome of England, and Dominion of Wales. and in Especiall, to His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax (Captaine Generall) and to All the Officers and Souldiers Under His Command. By Richard Overton, Prisoner in the Infamous Goale of Newgate, for the Liberties and Freedomes of England. (London: [s.n.], Printed in the yeare, 1647). <Link to ESTC>