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ABHORRERS, the name given in 1679 to the persons who expressed their "abhorrence" at the action of those who had signed petitions urging King Charles II. to assemble parliament. To prevent the Exclusion Bill directed against James, the Roman Catholic Duke of York, from passing into law, Charles had dis solved parliament in July 1679, and in the following October had prorogued its successor without allowing it to meet. He was then deluged with petitions urging him to call it together ; but Sir George Jeffreys (q.v.) and Francis Wythens presented addresses expressing "abhorrence" of the "Petitioners." Similar addresses reached the King from all parts of the country, and formed a counterblast to those of the Petitioners. See WHIG and TORY.

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