- Notes and Queries
- Bulletin of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia
- Friends Historical Association
- Volume 9, Number 3, Fifth Month (May) 1920
- pp. 137-140
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NOTES AND QUERIES. 137 NOTES AND QUERIES. An Opinion of the Quakers in 1690.—"That Great and General Contempt they lie under, does not hinder me from thinking the Sect of the Quakers to be by far the most considerable of any that divide from us, in case the Quakerism that is generally held be the same with that which Mr. Barclay has delivered to the World for such ; whom I take to be so great a Man, that I profess to you freely, I had rather engage against an Hundred Bellarmins, Hardings , or Stapyltons, than with one Barclay."1 John Norris (1657-1711), "Treatises Concerning the Divine Light," Edition of 1724, p. 251. " Oldest Insurance Company in the World."—George Vaux, Jr., of Philadelphia, writes to the Editor regarding a Note in the last number of the Bulletin: " There is a statement on page 47 of the last number of the Bulletin of the Historical Society which I think is untrue, and hence I call thy attention to it. The statement is made that the Philadelphia Contributionship, the old 1R. F. Bellarmine (1542-1621), an Italian Roman Catholic controversialist ; Thomas Hardings (1516-1572), an English controversialist , first Protestant and then Roman Catholic; Thomas Stapylton (or Stapleton) (15351598 ), a Roman Catholic controversialist . ' Hand-in-Hand,' is the oldest insurance company in the world. The Hand-in-Hand was modeled after the original Hand-in-Hand which was organized in London in 1696. The device of the American company was a copy of that used in England. This company was absorbed in 1898 by the Commercial Union Insurance Company of London, which still uses the old device of the hand-in-hand as its emblem. " The next company in point of age was the Sun of London organized in 1710. I believe it is still in existence. " The Philadelphia Contributionship was organized in 1752, and is the oldest insurance company in America. The next in age is, I believe, the Mutual Assurance Company founded in 1784. It' is familiarly known as the ' Green Tree/ also from its badge or emblem ." [Our correspondent is correct, we believe. It should be noted, however, that there were insurance companies in England before any named above. In 1681, sixteen insurers bound themselves, apparently somewhat after the manner of Lloyds, to insure buildings against loss by fire. Their badge or emblem was a Phoenix in the flames, and their men wore " liveries." Another society called The Friendly Society was formed in 1684 for a similar purpose. This was a larger body than the other, and it seems to have been 138 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY. on the mutual basis. Its emblem was a Sheaf of Arrows. Both were in existence in 1707, but the writer has not' been able to trace their history further. (See G. Miege, " Present State of Britain," London, 1707, pp. 140, 141.)Editor.] Whittier's Quarters in Philadelphia .—" Oak Knoll, Danvers, Mass., 4 mo. 2. 1889. Dear Friend:—I am glad to know that my old quarters at 112 N. Seventh St. are so well occupied at the present time. " I am free to say that I have a feeling of much unity with thy father and his companion in their proposed visit to Great Britain. I cannot but believe that it is in the truth, and that the way will be open for them as representatives of the principles and testimonies of our Early Friends, from which there have been sad departures on both sides of the Atlantic. I am truly thy friend, John G. Whittier ." The above was written to Hannah P. Morris in response to her request concerning the " House of Industry " for sewing women in Philadelphia. At a reception held there by its patrons in 1889, a visitor said that during AntiSlavery Days John G. Whittier occupied a certain room, as it was then a dwelling. The building is not standing now. H. P. M. Our friend, Rendei Harris, whose " Last of the Mayflower " is noticed elsewhere, is the Chairman of the National Committee on the Mayflower Tercentenary Celebration of the sailing of the vessel. Probably few readers of L. Violet Hodgkin's Swarthmore Lecture , 1919, have...