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The Dissenters$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229681.001.0001

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‘Expect Great Things From God …’: The Expansion of Dissent, 1791–1851

‘Expect Great Things From God …’: The Expansion of Dissent, 1791–1851

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(p.5) I ‘Expect Great Things From God …’: The Expansion of Dissent, 1791–1851
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The Dissenters
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Michael R. Watts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229681.003.0002

The contrasting attitudes of rational Dissenters and Evangelical Nonconformists were exemplified by the differing purposes of two of their representatives who journeyed to France in the early years of the revolution. In the spring of 1790 William Taylor, the future literary critic, German scholar and friend of Robert Southey, was a twenty-four-year-old member of Norwich's Unitarian Octagon meeting. His father, also named William Taylor, was a wealthy Unitarian textile manufacturer and secretary of Norwich's Revolution Society. On 7 May 1790 the younger Taylor sailed to France with letters of introduction from Richard Price to the Due de la Rochefoucauld and with the intention of listening to the debates in the National Assembly.

Keywords:   Dissenters, literary critic, William Taylor, Norwich's Revolution Society, missionaries, Baptists

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