QWHP 17TH AND 18TH CENTURY MATERIAL:
Part One: N-Z.
PEARL STREET MEETING, NEW YORK CITY:
A Minute Declining
Charge of the City Watch, 1782. Written during a time when English
troops occupied the city, and watched then and afterwards until the establishment
of a public police system. None the names of Joseph Delaplaine, an underappreciated
minister well known at the time although almost forgotten now and of Lindley
Murray, who was to become one of the foremost English grammarians of the
19th century, author of Murray's Grammar (several versions and
editions) and editor if several readers.
The full text of Advice to His Children.
Letters, before going to America:
Due to the Faults of Others. A still extremely timely and pertinant
piece which I believe should be mandatory reading for all Friends. It is
about justifying our own errors on the basis of the errors of others and
putting on focus on the mistakes others are making at the expense of following
Christ now. Though thousands may fall to the right and tens of thousands
may fall to the left,...
and Patience of the Saints Displayed, in Their Not Making Use of Carnal
Weapons in Their Own Defense. An extensive discussion of the Quaker
testimony regarding war, how it was originally prohibited by the early
Church and only came in as the Church became acculturated and lukewarm;
reasons for the Quaker position, etc. A word of caution: this material
was edited and published by John Comly, whose editorial liberties are well
known in the field. I found when working with John Woolman that almost
piece Comly worked on was altered in one way or another.
A summary autobiography and testimony from one of the Boston Martyrs.
CHARLES WETHERILL, ED.
(The following five pieces were written to or about her son William, who
left home on 9th of 10th month, 1796, evidently to pursue goals not consistent
with Quakerism. pds.)
Written later in life:
Letter to her
son William. Besides being a letter of exhortation to her son, this
piece also shows the common view of the inward light as held by Quakers
at the time, as well as illustrating how the belief was translated into
action and where it led people.
A poem, occasioned
by her son leaving home. A personal glimpse into her fears and feelings.
A second letter
to William, then in Georgia, and (as best as I can determine, from
only one half of the exchanges) becoming alienated from his family.
Letter to William
Woodward, New York, 1799. Apparently, he was planning to go to sea,
and still rejecting Quakerism.