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THEIR MUTUAL RELATIONS AND COMMON OBJECT:
AN HISTORICAL REVIEW.
RICHARD MASHEDER, B.A.,
FELLOW, MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ; AND OF THE INNER TEMPLE,
"Ανθρωπος φύσει πολιτικών ζώον.
μάλιστα αρχιτεκτονική των επιστημών.-ARISTOTLE.
WHAT DISSENT HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND INTENDS TO DO
-DISSENT ; PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.
DISSENT AND DEMOCRACY.
The object in view in the following pages may be stated in few words. Briefly, it is none other than to trace out and place before the public a concise but harmonious and complete history of the principles and objects of Dissent, politically considered ; of its organisations internally, to advance those objects and principles; and of the party relations, contracted externally, in the same spirit, from the Revolution of 1688 up to the present time. This interval, for reasons that will appear, I propose to divide into four several epochs: the first, beginning with the Revolution, and ending with the year 1831; the second, dating from 1832 to 1844; the third, from 1844 to 1859; and the fourth, from 1859 to the present time. These epochs will be further distinguished : the first, as a period when Dissent,