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              132.
ture on Thackeray.    Called at Edwards; subse-
quently.
  {21.  Wednesday to       Time rushing by with swift
  27.  Tuesday}       monotony.   At the office
as usual.   Paterson is one of a class of men whom
I have had, hitherto, little opportunity of studying.
A rather large framed, sandy-haired, stolid but
shrewd looking man of, perhaps, thirty five, a trifle
deaf, possessing a decidedly Scotch accent.     One of
the Atheistic brotherhood of Southwell and Holyoke,
he on their respective convictments and imprisonment for
blasphemy, in his turn assumed the Editorship of
the �Oracle of Reason.�   The history of this publica-
tion and the results springing from it are curious.
It was started in London in 1841-2, in order
to test and, if possible, do away with the power
of judicial prosecutions for opinions sake, and as
an avowed advocate and exponent of Atheism. (I
have seen the two volumes published.)  The greatest
daring was exhibited in language, style &c, and
to a believer the work � issued in penny weekly
numbers � must have seemed inconceivably horrible
and awful.        The result might be guessed.      South-
well, its first editor was imprisoned for twelve months
and fined �100,       Holyoke (the second) for six months.
Half a dozen others, sellers of the journal were also
incarcerated in minor degree.         Paterson had, at
various periods, two years.                 But these sin-               
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