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there is no such a God in existence as any man has preach. ed, and, consequently, that all religion, without an exception, is idolatry. This is the result of my five years' study in this Gaol-the result of your prosecutions for the publication of the “ Age of Reason,” and “ Principles of Nature.”
In my next volume, I will address Saint Wilberforce, on the ground, that all religion is vice, and call upon him, and - bis late fellow vice suppressors, to assist me, in suppressing the vice of religion. I will show an honest man, for I do not think Wilberforce is one, the most irresistible reasons for saying, that religion is vice.
Your late society for, or under the pretence of, suppressing vice, connected with the sister association, for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, have been two infamous institutions, and productive of much mischief to this community. The one sought to prescribe what alone was proper to be read by the people of this country, and the other came forth with its indictments, and with all its secret influences in the way of persecution, to ruin all who should read or publish what its sister association did not prescribe. I will put down both. Your sting, I have broken ; and the sting of your venomous sister, I will draw, in a few short months. Its aristocratical and priestly subscriptions are now wbolly a waste of money; for not a publication can it send fortb, that can weigb a feather in the scale, against a single number of the Republican. Where the Republican goes, Christian publications are but smoke; where it does not go, they can avail nothing in the warfare.
You shall see, that I will do a giant's task against Christianity, against vice, in the ensuing year. Haviug gained all the knowledge that is necessary to overthrow every Christian opponent, I am about to search other scriptures, to search the classics, as you call them, for matter of warfare against vice. Though some of your Oxford and Cambridge Gents say, that a knowledge of the classics is essential to a knowledge of the bistory of Christianity, I do not expect to fiod it so: still, I will disarın them of this last excuse for not meeting me in fair discussion.
In this past year, I feel, that I have been neither idle nor useless. I have established three points beyond dipute
1st. That no such person as Jesus Christ existed.
2d. That the Jews or Israelites were not a nation in Syria or Palestine, before the Babylonian Captivity.
And 3d. That there is no such a God in existence as any man has preached. This makes all religiou to be vice.
The two volumes of “ The Republican" for this year are filled with proofs and reasons in support of these three heads. The last head is the essence of the thing, and, with it, I will put a stop to the preaching of Christianity or Theism in this country
I shall now have done writing to Reformers, radical or poderate, and to Republicans: I shall now begin to write to those wbo are not Reformers, and shew them, that they must be so. With the cessation of idle clamour about reform, opposition to it has ceased: we will now bave the reform without the clamour.
If there be a spark of pugnacity remaining among you, now show yourselves; for me you will find more pugnacious than ever.
I thank you for wbat you have done; though, from public justice, you merit punishment. Me, you have placed on the pinnacle of glory and fame, and here I look down upon you with sentiments of pride, and with feelings of invincible, strength.
No. 1. Letter to the Recorder of London, by Richard Hassell and
No. 2. Letter to the Twelve Jurymen about to try Thomas Ri-
No. 3. Trial of William Haley- Petition to the House of Com-
No. 4. Trial of William Cochrane-Ditto of Thomas Riley Per-
No. 5. Prosecutions for Blasphemy--Third Dialogue between
No. 6. Letter to Mr. Garland-Subscription for Mrs. Wright
No. 7. Letter 1 to Mr. Sturt-Letter from Candid on Atmos.
by Mrs. Wright-Correspondence from W. D. M. of Salford-
No. 11. Prosecutions for Moral Blasphemy in Scotland, with
No. 12. Critique on a Sermon-Continuation of Mr. Affleck's
rian Equality, letter from Allen Devenport, with notes by Richard
No. 14. Richard Carlile to Abel Bywater-Correspondence
No. 15. Letter 21 to Judge Bailey-Letters from James Hall-
No. 16. Letter 22 to Judge Bailey---Letter from Mr. James
ing faculties--- Subscriptions, &c.
No. 19. Letter 23 to Judge Bailey---Correspondence with F.--
No. 20. Letter 24 to Judge Bailey---Letter from and to Mr.
No. 21. Letter 24 to Judge Bailey concluded---Poetical squib
No. 22. Letter 25 to Judge Bailey---The Samanean Doctrine
Letter to Mr. R. Carlile from James Watson, coneiuded---Cor-
No. 26. Local Fray---Letter to the Editor of the Dorset Coun-