At last, indeed, the dissidents themselves even petitioned the empress to leave them alone.
The Reformers themselves, indeed, like other dissidents and reformers before them, did not necessarily repudiate the name of Catholic; they believed, in fact, in catholicism, i.e.
The sultan, though inclined to take up the cause of the Polish dissidents, was slow to move, and contented himself for a while with protests and threats.
All the edicts against the dissidents were, at the same time, repealed.
At the same time the police in rural areas kept a close watch on dissidents and were prepared to remove those it deemed subversive.