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"An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden"

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-080

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single volume handwritten volume of Frederick Schmidt's "An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden." The volume provides a historical and semi-autobiographical narrative of Frederick Schmidt and his Friend John Rasch, and their involvement in the Society of Friends in present day Germany. The narrative particularly focuses on John Rasch's efforts to begin a community of Quakers in Minden, Germany, in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. The narrative also discusses Schmidt's own trials in adhering to a pious spiritual life during his early adulthood, his life at the Hessian court, and his discovery and eventual convincement to Quakerism.

Dates

  • 1823

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Frederick Schmidt was born and grew up in Hessia (present day Germany). His father was a gardener for the court of the House of Hesse, and Scmidt worked for the court as a gardener as well, begining in his late teens or early twenties. Schmidt became religious in his teens, eventually finding the Society of Friends, and becoming convinced in the late 18th century. His friend John Rasch, also a young convinced Quaker, helped to establish a Quaker community in Minden, Germany. At the request of Friends in Minden, Schmidt wrote a history of the community in "An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden" in 1823.

Extent

0.08 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

Frederick Schmidt's "An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden" provides a historical and semi-autobiographical narrative of Schmidt and his Friend John Rasch, and their involvement in the Society of Friends in present day Germany. The narrative particularly focuses on John Rasch's efforts to begin a community of Quakers in Minden, Germany, in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. The narrative also discusses Schmidt's own trials in adhering to a pious spiritual life during his early adulthood, his life at the Hessian court, and his discovery and eventual convincement to Quakerism.

Acquisition

"An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1948 by Friends Library, London.

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.
Title
"An Account of the Origin and Progress of the Christian Society of Friends at Minden," 1823
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
October, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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