Quaker persecution, 1664

Despite the promise of freedom of conscience held out by Charles II in the Declaration of Breda, the Clarendon CodeGlossary - opens new window placed severe restrictions upon religious minorities. The Quakers suffered more than most, and legislation ensured that they could be subjected to almost perpetual imprisonment by local magistrates for refusing to take the mandatory oaths of allegiance and supremacy. This letter to the local Justices of the Peace registers the defiance of Quakers imprisoned in Reading Gaol and explains their opposition to swearing oaths.
Catalogue reference: SP 29/100, no. 106 (22 July 1664)



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