In considering the force of instinct in animals he was obliged to divest will of reason.
A number of followers, estimated by Prince at 500, but by his critics at one-fifth of the number, were got together, and it was given out by "Beloved" or "The Lamb" - the names by which the Agapemonites designated their leader - that his disciples must divest themselves of their possessions and throw them into the common stock.
As he resolved one force after another into lower and lower grades of will he was obliged to divest will of all consciousness.
When he found himself confronted with the blind forces of Nature he was obliged to divest irrational will of feeling.
3 Bryant published (1774) A New System, or an Analysis of Ancient Mythology, wherein an Attempt is made to divest Tradition of Fable, in which he talked very learnedly of " that wonderful people, the descendants of Cush," and saw everywhere symbols of the ark and traces of the Noachian deluge.