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Re: Lydia Wright
Posted by: sandra ferguson (ID *****4312) Date: August 04, 2009 at 08:41:37
In Reply to: Re: Lydia Wright by Dale Harguess of 4759

I think to a certain extent, things may have varied a bit from meeting to meeting, but, of course, the majority of Quakers, as believers in complete pacifism, didn't try to sneak around and help either side. Those were the days when a person's religion defined who they were and how they lived their lives. After all, they had left the old world and established a new commonwealth, dedicated on the principal of pacifism...if it hadn't have been of great importance to them, they'd just have remained where they were....and, of course, any sort of overt 'help' was the cause of instant disownment. I remember reading about one Chester Quaker who mentioned, while in town, that he'd seen so and so troop was a somewhat casual comment, but he was disowned by his meeting for even the mention of something that could have been used by others....they also refused the use of the various meeting houses, to be used as hospitals, which, of course, meant nothing to either side...they were simply broken into and used anyway. That was a tough time to be a Quaker, for sure....they got it from both sides, and their neighbors, to boot. The list of reparations submitted by Quakers to the US government, after the war was over, is huge, with everything mentioned from stock, farm and household goods, to foodstuffs, clothing, and anything you can think of someone could cart off!

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