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Quaker Disciplines

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Lily Sweeney
Finding Aid Date
September, 2022

Collection Inventory

New England Yearly Meeting, Notes for Discipline, undated.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

"A Testimony against Superfluety in the Course of Conversation"

London Yearly Meeting, Extracts, 1675-1737.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

According to summary at beginning of folder, these are extracts from the Minutes of the London Yearly Meeting of Advices and Minutes relating to discipline. There are also letters from of the Yearly Meeting to the Quarterly Meeting (especially the QM of Hertford).

London Yearly Meeting, Extracts, 1728-1826.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

This folder includes three letters from the London Yearly Meeting to the Quarterly Meetings of Great Britain, a letter to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, a letter to the Meetings of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and three letters of the London Meeting of Women Friends to their counterpart in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Book of Discipline, 1704.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

An unbound copy of a Book of Discipline addressed to the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings in East Jersey, West Jersey, and Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Discipline, 1719.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Three copies of the rules of discipline set forth by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1719.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Discipline, 1747.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

A loosely bound volume of disciplines put forth by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. According to the contents page the volume includes writing on the establishment and order of Meetings, advice and directions to Overseers, and directions on how to discipline infractions such as "marriage with other persuasions", "horse and foot racing", and "buying Negro slaves" among a number of others.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Supporting Documents, 1931-1935.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Included in this folder are miscellaneous transcriptions of some of the disciplines included in this collection, correspondence regarding contents of the collection, and a 1935 article about the collection in the Bulletin of Friends' Historical Association.

New England Yearly Meeting, circa 1760.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

A transcribed page at the beginning of the volume reads "Christian and Brotherly Advices Given forth from time to time by the Yearly Meetings in London to which have been added various rules and advices of New England Yearly Meeting about 1760". The disciplines fall into a number of categories which include: appeals, arbitrations, books, children, conversation, correspondence, covetousness, discipline, families, fightings, kings and governors, law, love, marriage, meeting houses, meetings for discipline, meetings for worship, mourning, "negroes", oaths, orphans, persecution, plainess, the poor, preachers, questions, records, removals of settlements, representatives, salutations, schools, scriptures, servants, singing, steeplehouse rates, national stock, sufferings, talebearing and backbiting, tombstones, trading, wills, and yearly meeting.

New England Yearly Meeting, circa 1780.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

A transcribed page at the beginning of the volume reads "Christian and Brotherly Advices Given forth from time to time by the Yearly Meetings in London to which have been added various rules and advices of New England Yearly Meeting about 1780". Categories for the disciplines, among them children, marrriage, and tithes are summarized in "a Table of the Several Heads" or table of contents.

London Yearly Meeting, 1672-1761.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

The title page of this volume reads: "Christian and Brotherly Advices Given forth from time to time By the Yearly Meetings in London Alphaetically Digested and Properheads." The table of contents (titled "A Table of the Several Heads") includes each category of discipline which range from appeals to epistles to oaths to scriptures to trading.

London Yearly Meeting, circa 18th century, undated.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

The title page of this volume reads: "Christian and Brotherly Advices Given forth from time to time By the Yearly Meetings in London Alphaetically Digested and Properheads." It follows the same categories of volume 3 in this series and the table of contents directs the reader to the page number for a given category. These range from books to families to Meetinghouses to the poor to schools.

London Yearly Meeting, 1769.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

This is a third copy of the disciplines of the London Yearly Meeting circa 1760 (see Volumes 3 and 4 of this series for other two). The title page reads: The categories in the table of contents are largely identical to those in the previous two copies with two additions: elders and visiting familys.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1704.
Volume 6
Scope and Contents

This volume records the disciplines of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as of 1704. A typed summary of the volume (pasted into the volume itself) reads as follows. "Contents of the General Testimony of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1704, addressed to Quarterly and Monthly Meetings in connection with the Discipline of that year." The headings in this summary include: 1. Introduction (page 1) 2. Words of Caution and Advice (page 2) 3. Against fighting, wrestling, races and wagers (page 4) 4. Against drinking strong liquors (page 5) 5. Urging use of Plain Language (page 6, 39) 6. Against swearing, lying and stealing (page 7) 7. Against the wearing of wigs and fancy clothing (page 8) 8. Training of children (page 12) 9. Against worldliness (page 13) 10. Advice concerning marriages (page 14) 11. Avoid loose and unseemly company (page 27) 12. Against immoderate use of tobacco (page 29) 13. Set good example to children (page 32) 14. Follow the Lord and his teachings (page 34) 15. Avoid lightness of speech in discussing religious matters (page 44) 16. Respect the government (page 46) 17. Be just and honest in business dealings (page 48) 18. Religious exhortation (page 49) 19. Quotations from Scriptures (page 63) 20. Conclusion (page 99).

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1719 copy 1.
Volume 7
Scope and Contents

This volume includes disciplines of the Phildelphia Yearly Meeting and the Quarterly Meetings of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The subject matter covers a wide range of topics related to discipline and order including displine and authority in Meeting, use of poor language, and relations with Native Americans. This volume also includes an index at the back of the book on the subject matter covered therein.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1719 copy 2.
Volume 8
Scope and Contents

Included in this volume is a summary of the disciplines of the Philadelphia Yearly meeting in 1719 (on the subject of order in Meetings, appeals for infractions, and orderly conduct). There is also a portrait of Isaac Norris included.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1761.
Volume 9
Scope and Contents

This is a copy of the Book of Disciplines of the Phildelphia Yearly Meeting as of 1761 (though there is an addendum for 1765). It includes disciplines (whole or fragmented), a summary of minutes from the extracts of Yearly Meeting (1755-1760), and extracts from the Epistles of the Yearly Meeting on discipline (from 1721-1761).

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1762 copy 1.
Volume 10
Scope and Contents

This volume is one copy of the Disciplines of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as of 1762. The contents of the volume are summarized in the Contents page at the beginning and range from disciplines around books, families, mourning, and sorcery.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1762 copy 2.
Volume 11
Scope and Contents

This is the second copy of the Phildelphia Yearly Disciplines as of 1762. There is no table of contents for this copy, but the headings remain clearly marked at the top of each page and are in alphabetical order. Topics in the book include order in Meetings, scripture, children, and schooling.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1781.
Volume 12
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Samuel Allinson, this is a copy of the rules of discipline for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1781. Each entry (ordered alphabetically and with a subject heading at the top of each page) includes the year that each discipline was added or amended. Some entries include three or four amendments over the century. An index of the subjects covered is included at the back of the volume.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1787.
Volume 13
Scope and Contents

This volume of "Christian and Brotherly Advices" of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting run up to 1787. As with other volumes of disciplines in this collection there are subject headings at the topic of each page and everything is alphabetically arranged. In the margins of each entry include the "year when the respective Minutes were agreed upon". The section on "Negroes or Slaves" is split between pages 204-216 (this is from 1688-1774) and at the end of the volume, pages 350-359 which covers 1774-1787.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1789.
Volume 14
Scope and Contents

This volume (which is actually split into two volumes within its case) includes the disciplines of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as of 1789. The topics of each entry range from wills to children to appeals of disciplinary action. Each entry has a heading at the top of the page and they are ordered alphabetically.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1797.
Volume 15
Scope and Contents

This volume of discplines (which is printed, not handwritten) includes the advice and disciplines of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting up until 1797. There is a table of contents in which each entry is laid out. The topics ranged from defamation to burials, to mourning, to schools and to wills. This particular copy of the disciplines is extensively annotated with sections crossed out, others noted as "retained", and others with commentary alongside them in the margins. According to a slip of paper at the beginning of the volume it was used by Jonathan Evans when he prepared a revision of the disciplines in 1834.

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