The Weakness and Wickedness of an Infidel: Or the Awful Story of William Beadle. (From President Dwight's "Travels in New-England and New York", Vol. 1. pp. 195–200.—See our Select List for December, 1823, p. 818)
Infidelity, Materialism, Biblical Authority, Crime, Immorality
Relates of Beadle that 'in his writings, which were numerous, he professed himself a Deist, and declared that man was, in his opinion, a mere machine, unaccountable for his actions, and incapable of either virtue or vice' (31). He also rejected the idea of revelation with contempt. Describes his murder of his wife and children and his own suicide, following a financial loss.
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