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FROM JULY 9, TO DECEMBER 31.
Religion is vice.
Knowledge is liberty.
Ignorance is alone slavery.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY R. CARLILE, 84, FLEET
TO THE SAINTS WHO LATELY CALLED THEMSELVES, “ A SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF VICE.”
BIPEDS, I DEDICATE this Volume X. of “ The Republican" to you, as one proof, that, in the course of my performance of that, which you only professed as a cloak for the most wicked actions towards a community, a suppression of vice, I have suppressed your society with all its secret powers and pretensions. I have now shown you, that vice is easily suppressed when it is manfully combatted.
The first paper shot that you fired at me, I printed, and beaded it “ Vice versus REASON.” By proving, that all religion is vice, I have proved, that you encouraged, instead, of suppressing vice, and that your warfare with me was, in reality, in truth, a warfare of vice versus REASON AND VIRTUE.
I bave every reason to believe, that the Attorney General would not have proceeded with his Information against me, for the publication of the “ Age of Reason,” had it not been for your saintly clamour and urgency; therefore this couutry and mankind at large will soou be under great obligation to you, or to me, for accelerating the overthrow of all religion, all idolatry. I can now maintain agaihst all the learning that Oxford or Cambridge bas produced, that