great authority

Dr. Priestley in his 'History of the Corruptions of Christianity'(1782) strenuously attacked the state establishment of religion and its then chief supporter Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester. His references to calamities appear to be based on the imagery of the Book of Revelation.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from The Achievement of France in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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