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Protestant Dissenting Ministers Bill, 1811 (p.5)

The Protestant Dissenting Ministers Bill (1811) was presented to the House of Lords by Lord Sidmouth, and generated widespread protest from across England. The bill was an attempt to provide exemption from military service only to dissenting ministers who were able to be vouched for by six householders, which meant that ministers were unable to speak for their own status. The third Earl Stanhope spoke passionately against the bill, also presenting a number of petitions from across the country, all against the measures.