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The Origins of War PreventionThe British Peace Movement and International Relations 1730-1854$
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Martin Ceadel

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198226741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198226741.001.0001

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The Jonathan Dymond Era: The Peace Society’s Mission, 1816–1831

The Jonathan Dymond Era: The Peace Society’s Mission, 1816–1831

(p.222) 7 The Jonathan Dymond Era: The Peace Society’s Mission, 1816–1831
The Origins of War Prevention

Martin Ceadel

Oxford University Press

The Peace Society, founded on 14 June 1816, made significant progress in entrenching itself as a permanent, if humble, part of Britain’s philanthropic scene. Its committee managed a steady fourteen to twenty meetings a year. Its membership rose from 190 in 1817 to approximately 1,450 by 1823. The survival of the Peace Society during this period was its greatest achievement. This chapter focuses on Jonathan Dymond, the most representative figure in this era of the peace movement’s existence. Dymond was a devout Quaker who ran a draper’s shop in Exeter. He not only produced 19th-century Britain’s most celebrated pacifist text, but became one of the Peace Society’s most respected provincial supporters.

Keywords:   Jonathan Dymond, Peace Society, pacifism, Quakers

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