The Age of George III
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Taken from Norman Gash, The Age of Peel (London, Edward Arnold, 1973), with the kind permission of Professor Gash. Copyright of this document, of course, remains with him.
The Protestant Society had been established in the general renewal of Dissenting activity towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars. It was important both because of its national basis and because for the first time it united Methodists with the older dissenting bodies. It sent delegates to the United Committee and though at first doubtful of the expediency of an immediate parliamentary appeal it soon became one of the most active groups in the movement. John Wilks, an attorney and later radical M.P. for Boston, Lincs. (1830-7), was a leading dissenting layman; he had been mainly responsible for the formation of the Protestant Society in 1811.
Near the close of the last session of parliament, the committee of 'The Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty' adopted the following resolutions, to which our metropolitan and country friends may now wisely attend.
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