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MATERIALS

FOR DECIDING THE QUESTION,

WHETHER OR NOT

THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD?

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,

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ADDRESSED TO THE BISHOP OF EXETER.

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BY C. J. HASLAM.

Lola FLETTERS TO THE CLERGY.” &c. &c.

SALFORD.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY C. J. HASLAM

79 ST. STEPHEN-STREET,

AND SOLD BY
A. HEYWOOD, 60 OLDHAM-STREET MANCHESTER,
HETHERINGTON AND WATSON LONDON,

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

Price one Penny.

141.k.513.

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I beg to state, that I have issued the present work, in consequence of the course adopted by the government, in relation to my Letters to the Clergy of all Denominations. It

appears that these Letters are written in a style that exposes them to prosecution, and the parties selling them liable to suffer the privations and inconveniences of a dungeon. In the following Letters I have adopted another style, and therefore no fear need be entertained as to theis illegality. I was quite aware, while writing these Letters, that they offended against the law of blasphemy, but from the “liberal” character of the present government, I did hope that they would never degrade themselves by reviving such a barbarous law; a law, as infamous in its character, as the parties who enacted it were irrational and brutal. I am no friend to violence of any sort, not even moral viglence, when it can be avoided; and I fully agree with the sentiment of the great and good Paine, that it is better to obey a bad law than forcibly violate it; making use, at the same time, of every argument to show the necessity of its repeal; and especially where individual sacrifices can accomplish no good. In proportion as a nation approaches to rationality, in the same proportion will it leave off violent proceedings in effecting its revolutions. I am fully satisfied, therefore, that we can effect the great and glorious object we have in view, without violence of any sort, without even the sacrifice of a single individual; and in proportion as we avoid any thing of this sort, in the same proportion will the object of our struggle, when accomplished, be worthy of rational men. Although, however, I advise this course, I by no means recommend yielding of any sort: for my own part, I now feel a determination, ten-fold more vigorous than ever, in doing my humble utmost, in exposing the imposition and craft which I see practised upon my fellow-men; and which keep them in misery. I am yet under thirty years of age, and I hope I have yet many years in store, to labour, with others, to accomplish this mighty good.

C. J.H.

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