1790 Sermon to the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters on the Test Act

1790 Sermon to the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters on the Test Act

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An original FIRST EDITION of: 'The oppressive, unjust, and prophane nature, and tendency of the Corporation and Test Acts, exposed, in a sermon, preached before the congregation of Protestant Dissenters, meeting in Cannon-Street, Birmingham, February 21, 1790. By Samuel Pearce. Printed at the Request of the Committee of the seven Congregations of the three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters in Birmingham.' 

The Test Acts were a series of English penal laws that served as a religious test for public office and imposed various civil disabilities on Roman Catholics and nonconformists. The principle thrust of the act was that only those people taking communion in the established Church of England were eligible for public employme