He sought, by threats and artifices, to secure the repeal of the test act, by which Catholics were excluded from office.
He defended the test act, and assailed all dissenters with ungovernable fury.
He supported the Slave trade and he opposed the repeal of the test act.
Canning then frankly confessed his inability to follow Pitt in maintaining the test act.
He therefore required Pitt to give a solemn pledge not to propose the least alteration in the test act.
On the passing of the test act in 1681 he refused to take the required oath except with a reservation.
Yearly bills of indemnity exempted the Nonconformists from the consequences of their infringement of the test act.
But the test act still remained, though it had long been practically a dead letter.
I am very glad to find that we do not differ so widely as I had apprehended about the test act.
Many who had hitherto supported the test act began to see that such measures were, after all, a failure and a sham.