Quaker pacifism

Emerging in the mid 17th century as 'busybodies' in religious and political battles, engaged in conspiracies and the disruption of church services, the Quakers were fiercely persecuted until the reign of James II. Having been released from the threat of imprisonment for their consciences and granted the benefits of the Toleration Act of 1689, they declared themselves loyal and peaceable, even if they continued to refuse to take oaths of loyalty.
Catalogue reference: C 213/170B (23 March 1695, Old Style calendar; 1696, New Style)



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