What does 'Disputed' mean under religion on a passenger list?

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In the passenger list for the 'Florist' (arrived in NSW in 1839), Benjamin Foster's religion appears to be 'Disputed' (I could be misreading the handwriting):

http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?series=NRS5313&item=4_4780&ship=Florist

Does anyone know what this means? His children on later pages are listed as Protestant.
WikiTree profile: Benjamin Foster
in Genealogy Help by Rhys Fogarty G2G3 (3.0k points)

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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Aha, Thanks Marion.
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I think it says "Dissenter,"  apparently not Catholic, C of E, or Wesleyan.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
Thanks Kathie, yes, I misread. I assume this is why his marriage and children's births are not turning up in parish registers, etc.

It's easy to mistake that long s for a p in that handwriting, but a long s ſ - or a Latin esh ʃ - is what it is.

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