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Martyrdom beckons

The Rev William Thornton goes on to tell about a particular incident in which John Karslake was involved.  “One day I preached against the use of bad language, and on going out of church Kerslake told the young blacksmith, who was a most intelligent man and a great ally of mine, that the sermon was intended for him.  On which the blacksmith declared that he would fetch some more young fellows and duck him in the River Barle.  Thereupon Kerslake come back to me to say that he was a martyr, suffering for conscience sake, and by way of comfort I told him that in my opinion he was a fool, suffering for folly’s sake.”  Rev Thornton goes on to say that: “this candour only cemented our friendship the more.”