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Peter D.G. Thomas

Gazetteer, p. 79. Thomas, EHR, 74 (1959), 623–5. Brewer, Party Ideology and Popular Politics, pp. 141–3. The calculation is mine. A contemporary readership estimate of only ten per paper is cited by Barker, Newspapers, Politics and Public Opinion, p. 23. Peters, EHR, 86 (1971), 206–27. Thomas, John Wilkes, pp. 19–26. Walpole, Letters, VII, 369. Even radical journalist John Almon commented in 1770 that the Whisperer was ‘detestable in the highest degree’. London Museum, May 1770, p. 267. Thomas, EHR, 74 (1959), 626–32. Simmons and Thomas, Proceedings and Debates, V, vii

in George III
Justin Champion

’ politics at Westminster and in the localities, or the rise of the dominance of a propertied and landed ‘old corruption’, the centrality of religious controversy to politics is indisputable. It is clear that the development of rival party ideologies, and the consequent fractured and divided society, was driven by the ‘troubles’ that had dominated the crises of authority in the seventeenth century. Recent writing has underscored how the day-to-day battles of both national and local politics were fought out over a series of persisting issues.11 The security of the

in Republican learning