Monday, November 29, 2004

Reading from the lives of the Quakers

I picked up Jessamyn West's The Quaker Reader, and began again reading from the writings of George Fox, and looking at the Chronology of Quaker history. I'm reminded that George Fox was born in 1624, one year before the Accession of Charles I. Fox became a religious "seeker" in 1643, during the First Civil War in England, and one year before Milton's Aeropagitica was published.

It is interesting to note that in 1668, Germantown Quakers protested against slavery. That in 1758 John Woolman persuades Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to condemn slaveholding by Friends. And that the first modern mental hospital, York Retreat in England, was founded by Friends in 1796.


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