1660: Harrison’s Trial
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Part of Thomas Harrison's developing millenarianism and his belief that a godly society could be constructed, and consequently his disillusion with the Rump, was the experience of trying to remodel Wales. The other elements of Harrison's disillusion with Rump came from his experience at the centre of power in London. Harrison was prominent in the establishment and organisation of the propagation of the gospel in Wales. It was Harrison who was appointed to bring in an act, on This-day-sevennight, for the Preaching of the Gospel in Wales. In referring to the radical preachers he so despised as Harrison's pulpit beaters, Alexander Griffith reinforced the image in the popular mind of Harrison at the centre of radicalism. In 1651, Harrison had recruited a local militia of Welsh saints, provoking suspicion that he was building up a power base. Harrison was a prominent figure in the new councils after the Rump's dissolution.