WILLIAMSBURG, April 26, 1776.
Mr. Purdie, in these distressed times, in which our American rights, both civil and religious, are invaded, it is well to adopt that late maxim among politicians, "United we stand, divided we fall." To this end, the dissenters (equally attached to America's liberty) ought to petition their rulers for the removal of that yoke, that in these scarce times is become more grievous, in paying the established clergy, and being still obliged to have the solemnization of matrimony performed by them. A word to the wise is enough. A Dissenter from the Church of England.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) April 26, 1776
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Dissenters were those who differed in opinion from the Anglican Church -- Quakers, Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists. This dissenter is requesting freedom for religion.
Sources: Freeing Religion Resource Book