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Walking in the Way of Peace: Quaker Pacifism in the Seventeenth Century

Meredith Baldwin Weddle


“All bloody principles and practices we do utterly deny” – so pronounced a small band of the first English Quakers in 1660, renouncing wars, fighting, and weapons and enunciating principles of peace called the “peace testimony.” The deceptively simple words of the peace testimony conceal the complexity of the task facing each Quaker as he worked out their precise meaning and the restraints and the actions they required in his own life. Quakers in early New England had to translate peace principles into practice during King Philip's War between settlers and Indians in 1675–76. In a time of terr ... More

Keywords: conscientious objectors, Exemption of 1673, King Philip's War, militias, pacifist, peace testimony, Quaker magistrates, Rhode Island history, Rhode Island Testimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195131383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019513138X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith Baldwin Weddle, author