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TEMPLE OF DEISM
Temple of Deism. October 23, 1819. At a numerous meeting of friends to the cause of infidelity, surrounded by the busts of those champions of deism and reason, Voltaire, Rousseau, Paine, &c. &c. Mr. C---l---e being called to the chair, ...
[London]: [1819].
2, [2] p. ; 32.6 cm. (2°)

Folded sheet, conjugate leaf blank. Drop-head title. A satirical account of the travails of open-air preachers and the contentions of the Select Vestries against the Wesleyan Methodists, Trinitarians and others, signed at the end by 'C---l---e, Chairman. D'Alembert, Secretary', followed by a note 'Any communications from Select Vestries or private Gentlemen with well-authenticated facts of the suppression of public preaching, will be gratefully received at "The Office of the Republican and Deist" in the City, and honoured with all possible attentions of future Meetings, to establish Deism on the ruins of Christianity'. 'Mr. C---l--e' is probably the radical writer Richard Carlile, publisher of The Republican, was at the time undergoing trial at the Guildhall for his involvement (and escape from) the 'Peterloo Massacre' and was to be found guilty of blasphemy and seditious libel. See J. Marsh, Word crimes: blasphemy, culture, and literature in nineteenth-century England (Chicago 1998), pp. 60--77.

Copy Notes Folded and inscribed as a letter addressed to Jno Soane Esqr / Lincoln's Inn Fields, postmarked 'Lombard Street'.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 5823


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