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I am anxious to see every Chartist a good Christian, a good neighbour, and a good friend. I am desirous of seeing every Chartist sober, industrious, honest, full of knowledge and filling houses; and it is because I believe, in my soul and my conscience, that a hypocritical use of those inestimable blessings will impede, or altogether destroy their possession, that I thus array myself, single-handed, against the quadruple alliance....
My friends, get your Charter, and I will answer for the religion, sobriety, knowledge, and house and a bit of land into the bargain. Upon the other hand, foster your Church and you nurse a viper in your bosom, ready to sting you to death, rather than allow you to thrive to her detriment....
Let them call themselves the Hokey Pokey, New Brummagem, or old Jerusalem, froth and
flummerites, and preach Southey and Shelley, and play the Highland bagpipes, as a means of regenerating man, till they are black in the face....
Feargus O'Connor in the Northern Star, 3 April, 1841.
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