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"Records of Quaker Discipline in Pennsylvania, 1682-1776"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Jack D. Marietta is a professor of history at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor's in history in 1962 from Washington and Jefferson College, his master's in 1963, and his Ph.D. from Standford University in 1968. Marietta began teaching at the University of Arizona in 1968. During the 1972-1973 school year, Marietta was a T. Wistar Brown Fellow at Haverford College, where he compiled his "Records of Quaker Disciplines in Pennsylvania, 1681-1776," which informed his later academic work. He has published a number of books, including: "Conscience, the Quaker community, and the French and Indian War" (1971), "Ecclesiastical discipline in the Society of Friends, 1682-1776" (1971), "Wealth, War, and Religion: the perfecting of Quaker asceticism, 1740-1783" (1974), "William Rakestraw: pacifist pamphleteer and party servant" (1974), "Troubled Experiment: Crime and Justice in Pennsylvania, 1682-1800" (2006), and "The Reformation of American Quakerism, 1748-1783" (2007).

This collection is a comprised of the single volume, "Records of Quaker Discipline in Pennsylvania, 1682-1776," by Jack D. Marietta. The manuscript provides a code that tracks offenses in Pennsylvania Monthly Meetings from 1682 to 1776. The code includes the name of the offender, sex of the individual, the Monthly and Quarterly Meeting, the date, the number of offenses, the type of offense (coded), and the resolution of the case (coded). Offenses included in the coded records are as follows: marriage, fornication, fornication with fiancee, drunkeness, debt, adultery, assault/fighting, attending irregular marriage, entertainments/participating in or attending forbidden ones, familial responsibilities/dereliction in, fraud, gambling, violation of Gospel Order, inattendance at meetings, incest, larceny, law, "loose conversation"/general bad conduct, military activity, oath taking or administering, quarrelling/back-biting/gossiping/verbal abuse, violation sabbatarianism, slander/false accusation, slavery, swearing and profanity, miscellaneous, disciplinary procedure, smuggling, counterfeiting, unsanctioned printing, prohibited civilian duties and political activities, schismatic activity, receiving stolen goods, and disobedience to parents. Resolutions included: disownment, forgiveness, partial disownment, indeterminate, voluntary withdrawl, and acquittal.

"Records of Quaker Discipline in Pennsylvania, 1682-1776" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1973 by Jack D. Marietta.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1973.
Volume 1

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