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Baltimore Yearly Meeting draft epistles collection


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Yearly meetings are regional bodies in the Society of Friends that meet annually to conduct business and worship. Baltimore Yearly Meeting is one of the oldest yearly meetings in North America, meeting as half-year general meetings in 1672. Beginning in 1775, the meeting began to meet just once a year. Epistles were letters prepared and exchanged between the yearly meetings to articulate Quaker doctrine and share matters of concern.

Organized into folders: Folder 1: Manuscript epistles addressed to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1776-1814. Folder 2: Manuscript epistles addressed to Rhode Island Yearly Meeting. 1804-1815. Folder 3: Manuscript epistles addressed to New York Yearly Meeting. 1804-1815. Folder 4: Manuscript epistles addressed to North Carolina Yearly Meeting, 1805-1815.

Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--2016.

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