Persecution and Prosecution
The ultra-radicals had a great sense of their own history, in which the two most important turning points had been the English Revolution of the 1640s and the French Revolution of the 1790s. Many of the laws against which they campaigned had been formulated in reaction to these two events: Sir Matthew Hale’s Common Law decision on blasphemy, 1676; the Blasphemy Act of 9 & 10 William III cap. 32; the Stamp Acts of 38 George III cap. 78, 39 George III cap. 79, 55 George III cap. 80, cap. 185, 56 George III cap. 56; and the Blasphemous and Seditious Libels Act of 60 George III cap. 9.
KeywordsPublic Opinion Solitary Confinement Christian Religion Sunday School Lecture Room
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