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Baltimore Yearly Meeting draft epistles collection

 Collection — othertype: SC-269
Identifier: SFHL-SC-269


Collection of manuscript drafts of epistles prepared by Baltimore Yearly Meeting to send to the Yearly Meetings of Philadelphia, New York, Rhode Island, and North Carolina. Most concern the education and treatment of Indians, African Americans, and Quaker children; also, opposition to war and the production of liquor by Friends. All are handwritten with corrections.


  • Creation: 1776-1815


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

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.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (4 folders.))


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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