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Mob (Church and King)

,—a species of regular militia, kept in pay by the ministry, for the protection of property against Levellers and Republicans. Some writers suppose that they are a constituted tribunal, to take a sort of summary cognizance on Jacobines, Dissenters, and Presbyterians; and that they form an important part of out happy Constitution. They were very serviceable at Birmingham, Manchester, and other places; and they are, without doubt, the most loyal portion of his majesty’s subjects.

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Entry taken from A Political Dictionary, by Charles Pigott, 1795.

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