The Secularists could always rely on encouragement and financial support from men and women in a higher social position than themselves, and one of the foremost defenders of the freethinkers in their civil rights campaign was John Stuart Mill. His essay On Liberty was written against a background of religious bigotry (best brought out in T. H. Buckle’s review article in Fraser’s Magazine, May 1859), and in it Mill makes specific references to the legal disabilities of those who either would not or could not take an oath in the courts of law. The footnotes in this extract are Mill’s own.
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