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In his conclusions to Adlam's defense of the Newport church's priority, Graves practically dismissed Williams as a champion of religious liberty and then proceeded to drum him out of the Baptist fellowship: "He has no claim to be acknowledged as a Baptist, and better would it be for his memory if his short and abortive religious Baptistical life was obliterated from the pages of history, and the memory of men." (27) In short, Williams failed to serve successionist purposes.