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Seditious Sectaries or “Sober and Useful Inhabitants”? Changing Conceptions of the Quakers in Early Modern Britain

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On 1 June 1683, ten proprietors of East Jersey gathered in London for one of their periodic meetings to discuss colonial business. Of the ten, nine were Quakers, including Robert Barclay, Gawen Lawrie, and Edward Byllynge. The tenth, who served as the group’s treasurer, was the London attorney Robert West.’ Unknown to the Friends with whom he met was West’s involvement in the Rye House plotting, the first details of which Sir Leoline Jenkins, secretary of state, learned about eleven days later. On the 19th, the government began its crackdown on the conspirators, in part by issuing an order to search West’s chamber in the Temple. Three days later, West, now in custody, began providing the authorities a detailed account of the conspiracy to murder the king and James duke of York. Among those he implicated were other non-Quaker proprietors of East Jersey, including the barrister Nathaniel Wade and the attorney John Ayloffe, both of whom were involved in the assassination plot. As the authorities pursued the investigation, they learned of plans for a general uprising, at the heart of which were James duke of Monmouth and Lord William Russell.

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1 Library of the Religious Society of Friends, Minute Book of the Lord Proprietors of New Jersey, 1664–1683, entry for 1 July 1683 (hereafter cited as LF).

2 Nottingham University Library, MSS PwV 95, fols. 235, 237 (hereafter cited as NUL); British Library, Additional MSS 41,803, fol. 57r-v (hereafter cited as BL, Add. MSS). For a full history of the plotting see Richard L. Greaves, Secrets of the Kingdom: British Radicals from the Popish Plot to the Revolution of 1688–1689 (Stanford, 1992), chs. 3–6.

3 BL, Add. MSS 38,847, fols. 89v, 97r, lllv, 113v, 115r, 117r, 120r; Copies of the Informations and Original Papers Relating to the Proof of the Horrid Conspiracy Against the Late King, His Present Majesty, and the Government, 3rd ed. (London, 1685), pp. 42–43, 66; Public Record Office, State Papers 29/436/100; 29/437/105.1 (hereafter cited as PRO, SP).

4 Copies of the Informations, pp. 49, 52–53; Greaves, Secrets of the Kingdom, chs. 3–5.

5 Grey, Ford Lord, The Secret History of the Rye-House Plot: and of Monmouth’s Rebellion (London, 1754), p. 16Google Scholar; PRO, SP 29/420/38, 58.1, 72.1, 82; Cheshire Record Office, MS DDX7/1; Edinburgh University Library, MSS La.1.332, fol. 7 (hereafter cited as EUL); BL, Egerton MSS 2543, fol. 251r; Greaves, Secrets of the Kingdom, p. 418.

6 LF, Minute Book of the Lord Proprietors of New Jersey, 1664–1683, entry for 4 July 1682.

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12 PRO, SP 29/75/86.

13 LF, Thirnbeck MSS, no. 5. See also LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 1, fols. 48r, 58r, 152r, 386r; LF, Spence MSS, 3:6.

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16 LF, Barclay MSS, 2:165.

17 PRO, SP 29/91/7; John Chandler, A True Relation of the Unjust Proceedings, Verdict (So Called) & Sentence of the Court of Sessions, at Margarets Hill in Southwark (n.p., 1662), p. 13 (quoted). Cf. Mary Howgill, The Vision of the Lord of Hosts (n.p., 1662), p. 7; Historical Manuscripts Commission 25, Le Fleming, p. 32 (hereafter cited as HMC); PRO, SP 29/441/74.

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20 HMC 78, Hastings, 2: 154; Besse, Joseph, A Collection of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers, 2 vols. (London, 1753), 2: 476.Google Scholar See Bauman, Let Your Words Be Few, pp. 87–92.

21 PRO, SP 29/277/29, 95; 29/278/76.1, 158 (quoted), 163; The Newes 18 (31 December 1663), p. 137; Gilbert Burnet, History of His Own Time (London, 1838), p. 184; Dorset Record Office, MSS NQl/Al (entry for 28 March 1683); HMC 55, Various Collections, 1; 19; HMC 25, Le Fleming, p. 44; NUL, MSS PwV 95, fol. 305.

22 PRO, SP 29/276/82.

23 Calendar of State Papers, Venetian, 1669–70, p. 215; Gazette 478 (13-16 June 1670); PRO, SP 29/277/14 (quoted); 29/281/97 (quoted).

24 PRO, SP 29/34/68; 29/83/60; 29/109/54; 29/260/136 (quoted).

25 PRO, SP 29/77/50 (quoted); 29/78/6; 29/92/2.

26 Bodleian, Carte MSS 47, fol. 359v; PRO, SP 29/98/63 (quoted); 29/99/7; 29/101/16 (quoted). Cf. Calendar of State Papers, Venetian, 1664–66, p. 73.

27 HMC 25, Le Fleming, p. 37; PRO, SP 29/168/43, 70 (quoted); 29/174/58; 29/175/87; 29/190/30; 29/371/143; 29/441/1; Barry Reay, “Quakerism and Society,” in Radical Religion in the English Revolution (Oxford, 1984), p. 164.

28 Dr. Williams’s Library, Baxter MSS 59.1.9; [Thomas Tenison], An Argument for Union (London, 1683), p. 4 (quoted).

29 SirLeicester, Peter, Charges to the Grand Jury at Quarter Sessions, 1660–1677, ed. Halcrow, Elizabeth M., Chetham Society, 3rd ser., vol. 5 (Manchester, 1953), p. 44Google Scholar; PRO, SP 29/263/2; [George Vernon], A Letter to a Friend Concerning Some of Dr. Owens Principles and Practices (London, 1670), p. 51.

30 Greaves, Richard L., Dublin’s Merchant-Quaker: Anthony Sharp and the Community of Friends, 1643–1707 (Stanford, 1998), pp. 204–09.Google Scholar

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32 PRO, SP 29/62/9; 29/88/28 (quoted); 29/99/128; 29/105/15.1; 29/116/12.2; 29/250/65; Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1671, p. 325 (hereafter cited as CSPD).

33 PRO, SP 29/415/142. Cf. SP 29/413/61.

34 HMC 71, Finch, 1:101; HMC 25, he Fleming, p. 30; HMC 33, Lonsdale, p. 93; PRO, SP 29/103/2; 29/107/25; 29/110/24; 29/112/134 (quoted); 29/136/69; 29/196/52; 29/241/3.

35 The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, 1661–64, pp. 368, 616, 626 (hereafter cited as RPCS); RPCS, 1665–69, pp. 36, 312–13; RPCS, 1669–72, pp. 30–31; Bodleian, Carte MSS 45, fol. 467r; PRO, SP 29/86/87; 29/90/86; 29/103/148; 29/134/14; 29/278/22; 29/280/124; 29/378/165; The Newes 102 (29 December 1664), p. 838.

36 RPCS, 1665–69, pp. 312–13; RPCS, 1669–72, pp. 441–42 (quoted); PRO, SP 29/277/174; Bodleian, Carte MSS 45, fol. 467r.

37 PRO, SP 29/378/166 (quoted); CSPD, 1672, p. 543 (quoted); British Library, Stowe MSS 186, fol. 21r (quoted), (hereafter cited as BL).

38 A Short Relation of Some Part of the Sad Sufferings, and Cruel Havock and Spoil, Inflicted on the Persons and Estates of the People of God, in Scorn Called Quakers (n.p., 1670), pp. 7–9, 30, 32, 39–41; PRO, SP 29/63/70; 29/100/37; 29/103/75; LF, Barclay MSS, 1:89; Whiting, John, Persecution Expos’d, in Some Memoirs Relating to the Sufferings of John Whiting (London, 1715), p. 3Google Scholar (cf. pp. 61, 63, 66–67, 71, 76, 78, 86, 92–93); Dorset Record Office, MSS NQ1/V2 (documents 2 & 3); Impartial Protestant Mercury 82 (31 January-3 February 1682).

39 [Fox, George], Our Covenant with God (London, 1660)Google Scholar; William Caton, in Copies of Several Letters, p. 46; Fell, Margaret, A Declaration and an Information from Us the People of God Called Quakers, to the Present Governors, the King and Both Houses of Parliament, and All Whom It May Concern (London, 1660), pp. 78Google Scholar; Fox the Younger, Noble Salutation, p. 19 (quoted).

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41 LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 3, fol. 182r.

42 Greaves, Deliver Us from Evil, pp. 190–91, 200–01.

43 Fox, Journal, 2: 39–40, 43, 46, 55; LF, Abraham MSS, no. 7; PRO, SP 29/91/7.1 (quoted).

44 LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 3, fol. 154r; LF, Barclay MSS, 1: 92 (quoted).

45 LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 3, fol. 105r.

46 LF, Barclay MSS, 1:93.

47 Greaves, “Shattered Expectations,” pp. 256–59.

48 Fell, Declaration, p. 7 (quoted); George Fox, in Copies of Several Letters, pp. 4, 6–7; F[ox], G[eorge], A Word in the Behalf of the King (London, 1660), p. 4Google Scholar; Fox to the World, LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 7, fol. 129v; Smith, William, A Short Testimony on the Behalf of Truths Innocency (London, 1660), p. 6Google Scholar; [Burrough], Visitation, pp. 10–11.

49 Fox, et al., Declaration, pp. 1–5 (quoted at p. 5).

50 [Burrough], Visitation, p. 14. Cf. Fell, Declaration, p. 3; LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 4, no. 187; Burrough, Edward, A Standard Lifted Up, and an Ensigne Held Forth, to All Nations (London, 1658), pp. 1314, 30, 32Google Scholar; B[urrough], E[dward], A Declaration to All the World of Our Faith, and What We Believe Who Are Called Quakers (London, 1660), p. 5.Google Scholar

51 SRO, MSS DD/SFR 10/3 (document 24); LF, Swarthmore MSS, vol. 7, fol. 169r; PRO, SP 29/292/27.

52 The extent of Quaker trade with outsiders in this period has not been ascertained. According to a critic identified only as N. H., Friends would sell to anyone but buy “only of their own Tribe.” N. H., The Compleat Tradesman, 3rd ed. (London, 1684), p. 34. Charles Leslie made essentially the same complaint. [Leslie], The Snake in the Grass, 3rd ed. (London, 1698), p. 82. Penn, however, was critical of the 1670 Conventicle Act because he thought its unstated intent was to restrict trade with nonconformists. P[enn], W[illiam], The Great Case of Liberty of Conscience Once More Briefly Debated & Defended ([London], 1670), p. 30.Google Scholar In Dublin, Friends such as Anthony Sharp were members of the weavers’ guild, and the Quaker Samuel Clarridge belonged to the merchants’ guild and ultimately to the weavers’ company as well. All would have traded actively with non-Quakers. Greaves, Dublin’s Merchant-Quaker, pp. 68–95.

53 LF, Spence MSS, vol. 3, no. 100; Burrough, Edward, The Case of Free Liberty of Conscience in the Exercise of Faith and Religion, Presented unto the King and Both Houses of Parliament (London, 1661), pp. 1112Google Scholar; William Caton, The Testimony of a Cloud of Witnesses, Who in Their Generation Have Testified Against That Horrible Evil of Forcing of Conscience, and Persecution About Matters of Religion (n.p., 1662), pp. 50–51; Thomas Green, To Both Houses of Parliament, Sitting at Westminster (n.p., 1662); PRO, SP 29/105/115. See also Crook, John, An Apology for the Quakers (London, 1662), p. 4.Google Scholar

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55 Ellwood, Life, p. 169 (quoted); anon., Short Relation of…Sad Sufferings, pp. 74, 76; PRO, SP 29/287/69A (quoted). See also SRO, MSS DD/SFR 10/4, fol. 70r.

56 [Penn, William], Christian Liberty as It Was Soberly Desired in a Letter to Certain Forreign States ([London], 1674), p. 6Google Scholar (quoted); P[enn], Great Case, p. 12.

57 P[enn], Great Case, pp. 27–28; Penn, William, England’s Present Interest Discover’d with Honour to the Prince and Safety to the People ([London], 1675), p. 34Google Scholar; [Penn, William], One Project for the Good of England [London, 1679], p. 5.Google Scholar

58 [Penn], One Project, p. 5.

59 Ibid.

60 Penn, England’s Present Interest, pp. 42–45 (quoted at p. 42).

61 For all these men see Biographical Dictionary of British Radicals in the Seventeenth Century, ed. Richard L. Greaves and Robert Zaller, 3 vols. (Brighton, Sussex, 1982–84), s.vv. (hereafter cited as BDBR).

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63 [Owen, John], A Peace-Offering in an Apology and Humble Plea for Indulgence and Liberty of Conscience (London, 1667), pp. 3334Google Scholar; [Bethel], Et à dracone, p. 9 (quoted); [SirWolseley, Charles], Liberty of Conscience upon Its True and Proper Grounds Asserted & Vindicated (London, 1668), pp. 89Google Scholar; anon., A Few Sober Queries, p. 5.

64 [Wolseley], Liberty of Conscience, pp. 9–10 (quoted); [Owen], Truth and Innocence Vindicated, pp. 79–81; [Annesley, Arthur, earl of Anglesey], The King’s Right of Indulgence in Spiritual Matters (London, 1688), pp. 78.Google Scholar Anglesey composed his work before 1685.

65 Owen, John, The Works of John Owen, ed. Goold, William H., 16 vols. (London, 1850–53), 13: 583–84Google Scholar (quoted); [Nicholas Lockyer], Some Seasonable and Serious Queries upon the Late Act Against Conventicles [London, 1670], p. 10; Bodleian, Carte MSS 81, fol. 305r-v. Wharton’s papers include a statement of Owen’s views; Carte MSS 81, fol. 331r-v.

66 PRO, SP 29/69/5; 29/99/9; 29/260/136 (misdated 1669); 29/421/161; BL, Egerton MSS 2539, fol. 305v.

67 PRO, SP 29/217/114 (quoted); impartial Protestant Mercury 84 (7-10 February 1682) (quoted); ibid., 106 (25-28 April 1682).

68 iKennet, White, An Historical Register and Chronicle of English Affairs (London, 1744), pp. 364, 371Google Scholar; HMC 31, Thirteenth Report, Appendix, part 4, p. 237; CSPD, 1660–61, p. 587; CSPD, 1661–62, p. 406; PRO, SP 29/67/39, 133; 29/68/75, 75.1; 29/69/33; 29/112/134.1; CSPD, 1664–65, p. 218; HMC 25, Le Fleming, p. 54.

69 Kennet, Historical Register, p. 764; PRO, SP 29/82/46; 29/90/23; 29/100/77; 29/103/105; Michael Watts, The Dissenters: From the Reformation to the French Revolution (Oxford, 1978), p. 244.

70 The Records of a Church of Christ in Bristol, 1640–1687, ed. Roger Hayden (Gateshead, Durham, 1974), pp. 284, 297, 310; PRO, SP 29/90/10.1; 29/92/83; 29/92/83.1, 3, 4; 29/92/91, 110; 29/110/42.

71 PRO, SP 29/134/102; 29/136/34; 29/161/39; 29/168/147; 29/245/20; 29/275/168, 168.2; BL, Add. MSS 23,133, fols. 34r-v, 42r-v.

72 Greaves, Richard L., God’s Other Children: Protestant Nonconformists and the Emergence of Denominational Churches in Ireland, 1660–1700 (Stanford, 1997), pp. 271–84.Google Scholar

73 PRO, SP 44/62, p. 103 (quoted); SP 29/417/67; 29/419/67; CSPD, 1682, p. 584; Whiting, Persecution Expos’d, p. 103 (quoted).

74 LF, Morning Meeting Minutes, 1673–92, p. 7 (quoted); Dunn, Mary Maples, William Penn: Politics and Conscience (Princeton, 1967), pp. 2526, 3240CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Lloyd, Arnold, Quaker Social History, 1669–1738 (London, 1950), pp. 9091Google Scholar; [Penn, William], Englands Great Interest in the Choice of This New Parliament [London, 1679], pp. 12Google Scholar; Scott, Jonathan, Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis, 1677–1683 (Cambridge, 1991), pp. 128–38, 155–61CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Lacey, Douglas R., Dissent and Parliamentary Politics in England, 1661–1689 (New Brunswick, N.J. 1969), p. 114.Google Scholar

75 Lacey, Dissent and Parliamentary Politics, pp. 113–14; Lloyd, Quaker Social History, p. 83; Whiting, C. E., Studies in English Puritanism from the Restoration to the Revolution, 1660–1688 (London, 1931), pp. 175–76.Google Scholar

76 Pepys, Samuel, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, ed. Latham, Robert and Matthews, William, 11 vols. (Berkeley, 1970–1983), 8: 584Google Scholar; Horle, Craig W., The Quakers and the English Legal System, 1660–1688 (Philadelphia, 1988), pp. 86, 98CrossRefGoogle Scholar; PRO, SP 29/391/23.

77 PRO, SP 29/293/133; Greaves, Richard L., Enemies Under His Feet: Radicals and Nonconformists in Britain, 1664–1677 (Stanford, 1990), pp. 158–59Google Scholar; BDBR, s.v. Player, Sir Thomas; Sidney, Henry, Diary of the Times of Charles the Second, ed. Blencowe, R. W., 2 vols. (London, 1843), 2: 195Google Scholar; Dunn, William Penn, pp. 38–40; Jones, J. R., “A Representative of the Alternative Society of Restoration England?” in The World of William Penn, ed. Dunn, Richard S. and Dunn, Mary Maples (Philadelphia, 1986), p. 59.Google Scholar

78 BDBR, s.v. Barclay, Robert; Trueblood, D. Elton, Robert Barclay (New York, 1968), pp. 9698, 115–17Google Scholar; Pomfret, John E., The Province of East New Jersey, 1609–1702: The Rebellious Proprietary (Princeton, 1962), pp. 134, 137, 242.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

79 Pomfret, John E., Colonial New Jersey: A History (New York, 1973), pp. 31, 3637, 40Google Scholar; Pomfret, Province of East New Jersey, pp. 110–11, 130, 132, 134–35; Brief Account of the Province of East Jersey (1682); LF, Minute Book of the Lord Proprietors of New Jersey, 1664–1683, entry for 6 June 1682.

80 PRO, SP 29/425/49; 29/429/243.

81 Cambridge University, Pepys Library, Misc. MSS 7, fols. 489–91; BL, Harleian MSS 6845, fol. 282r.

82 PRO, SP 29/429/61; BL, Add. MSS 38,847, fols. 91v-92r, 97r-v; Cambridge University, Pepys Library, Misc. MSS 7, fol. 490; BL, Harleian MSS 6845, fol. 282r.

83 Copies of the Informations, p. 71; PRO, SP 29/427/111; BDBR, s.v. Waller, Edmond. For failing to disclose West’s plotting, Waller could have been charged with misprision of treason had the government so desired.

84 PRO, SP 29/420/58.1, 72.1, 82; Ferguson, Robert, “Concerning the Rye House Business,” in Robert Ferguson the Plotter or the Secret of the Rye-House Conspiracy and the Story of a Strange Career, by Ferguson, James (Edinburgh, 1887), pp. 418–36Google Scholar; BL, Add. MSS 41,818, fol. 214r-v; Add. MSS 38,847, fols. 91v, 93r-94r; Cheshire Record Office, MS DDX7/1.

85 EUL, MSS La.1.332, fol. 7; Grey, Secret History, p. 65.

86 Ferguson, “Concerning the Rye House Business,” pp. 415–30; Grey, Secret History, pp. 1–5, 15–27, 29, 32, 40; Copies of the informations, p. 129; BL, Harleian MSS 6845, fol. 266r; PRO, SP 29/425/56, 69; 29/429/32; Greaves, Secrets of the Kingdom, p. 107.

87 NUL, MSS PwV 95, fol. 237; Letters, Illustrative of Public Affairs in Scotland, Addressed by Contemporary Statesmen to George, Earl of Aberdeen, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland. MDCLXXXI-MDCLXXXIV (Aberdeen, 1851), p. 130; Copies of the Informations, pp. 39–40; Dr. Williams’s Library, Roger Morrice, “Entr’ing Book, Being an Historical Register of Occurrences from April, Anno 1677 to April 1691,” 1: 402. Following his arrest, West sold his propriety in East Jersey to Thomas Cox, a London vintner. For West’s services to the proprietors, they rewarded him with a grant of 960 acres in 1692. Pomfret, Province of East New Jersey, p. 249.

88 Copies of the Informations, pp. 24–25 (quoted); PRO, SP 29/427/111.

89 PRO, SP 29/418/81.

90 CSPD, 1680–81, p. 564; PRO, SP 29/417/118, 151; 29/421/154; Impartial Protestant Mercury 65 (2-6 December 1681).

91 CSPD, 1680–81, p. 572; CSPD, 1682, p. 128; True Protestant Mercury 114 (4-8 February 1682); ibid., 125 (15-18 March 1682); ibid., 179 (20-23 September 1682); Impartial Protestant Mercury 96 (21-24 March 1682); ibid., 98 (28-31 March 1682); ibid., 108 (2-5 May 1682); PRO, SP 29/419/88.

92 PRO, SP 29/423/15 (quoted); 29/424/39, 84, 85. The magistrates at Norwich disputed the Quakers’ complaints. PRO, SP 29/424/172, 186.

93 PRO, SP 44/68, pp. 211–12 (quoted), 284–85.

94 NUL, MSS PwV 95, fol. 297; PRO, SP 29/434/11, 11.1; 29/436/4.

95 PRO, SP 29/422/110, 151; 29/434/12 (quoted).

96 Two Quakers were accused of complicity in the Rye House plot: the London surgeon Nathaniel Browne, who was interrogated and released on bail, and an unnamed (former) major. Greaves, “Shattered Expectations,” p. 255 and the references cited there.

97 SRO, MSS DD/SFR 10/2, fol. 46r; DD/SFR 10/4, fols. 118v-119r, 121r (quoted); Braithwaite, William C., The Second Period of Quakerism, ed. Cadbury, Henry J. (York, 1979), p. 113Google Scholar; F[ox], G[eorge], To the Chief Magistrate, Rulers, Ministers, Justices of the Peace, and Other Officers ([London], 1684)Google Scholar; PRO, SP 29/436/144. Cf. George Fox, All Friends Everywhere: This Is the Word of the Lord (London, 1683), p. 3.

98 PRO, SP 44/71, pp. 186–87, 263; CSPD, 1686–87, p. 71.

99 Economic relations between Friends and non-Quakers were probably enhanced by the former’s insistence on strict standards of honesty and the maintenance of fair prices. This was offset to some extent by the Friends’ refusal to take oaths, making it riskier for a Quaker to extend credit or for outsiders to sell on credit to Friends. Greaves, Dublin’s Merchant-Quaker, pp. 196–97; Sacks, David Harris, The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450–1700 (Berkeley, 1991), pp. 318–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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101 Greaves, Dublin’s Merchant-Quaker, p. 167.