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78 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. NOTES AND QUERIES. The " Historical Sketch of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting " in the new Book of Christian Discipline (1925) is concise and valuable. The whole book, although tentative and subject to revision, is a very important document in the history of American Quakerism. It breathes a truly progressive spirit and yet remains faithful to the basic testimonies of Quakerism. In the Seventh Month, 1925, at a conference held at Eisenach, Germany, there was formed the " Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers )." So the post-war Quaker movement in Germany takes form. Indeed they purposely called their action " Formgebung " rather than " Organisation ." They consider themselves strictly a society, not a Church, and seek to steer a wide course away from " Kirchentum." What may not come of this re-birth of dynamic Quakerism? What if a real Quaker revival should shake Germany, and Europe? Surely the air of Eisenach, and the near-by Wartburg, that nurtured Luther's early struggles, might be conducive to another outbreak of spiritual religion. The following information has been kindly supplied by our fellow-member, Henry W. Scarborough : The Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has made photostat copies of the second book of records of the Middletown Monthly Meeting of Friends for itself, the Bucks County Historical Society, and the Congressional Library. The said second book of records contains the list of births, deaths and marriages beginning with 1682. It also contains the copies of numerous early removal certificates including those from the British meetings and copies of early marriage certificates, also a list of about three hundred early Friends noted for their piety, etc. Historians will be able to consult the photostat copies at the institutions above mentioned. The Pennsylvania Genealogical Society also has a copy of the first minute book of the Middletown Monthly Meeting, written by Susanna Rich who was at the time custodian for the meeting. In a recent number of the Bulletin (vol. 13, p. 109) was mentioned a card index, at Haverford College, of death notices in the Friends' Intelligencer and The Friend. In this connection, those interested in Quaker history might be reminded of the " Index to the Biographical Sketches Published in The Friend, Volumes 27 to 36." This Index was published in the Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 3 (1907) : 109-134. It contains about six hundred names. Immediately following it (pp. 135-138) is the transcript of " Inscriptions on the Tombstones in the Free Quakers' Graveyard in Philadelphia." NOTES AND QUERIES.79 The Library of Haverford College has acquired a manuscript index to the first edition of Friends' Miscellany by John and Isaac Comly, 12 vols. The index was prepared by Norman Penney. It is in booklet form and contains about one thousand entries. Blessed are the indexers. Later : A similar index to the centennial book of Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, has come to hand,—this also by Doctor Penney. Some readers will recall that one outcome of the deliberations which preceded the centennial celebration in 1904 was the formation of the Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia. The centennial volume was the first publication sponsored by the Society. Those who have a copy of the book will profit by reading again the penetrating Introduction by Isaac Sharpless, first President of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia. The following theses in Quaker history were prepared (1924-1925) at the Thomas Wistar Brown Graduate School, of Haverford College, and are now accessible in the College library : Friends and the Temperance Movement, by Elizabeth M. Marsh. The Quaker Attitude Toward Amusements, by G. Maurine Pemberton. A History of Friends' Missionary Work in Mexico, by Emmett W. Gulley. While these theses make no claim to being exhaustive, they are based largely on a study of original documents and are fresh contributions to the subject. A little pamphlet of four pages is at hand entitled, " History of Cottonwood Friends Church," by Orilla E. Stanton. Friends settled in that part of Kansas about 1855, and Cottonwood Monthly Meeting was set up 10 mo. 6, i860. This sketch was read " at the Rededication of the Cottonwood Friends Church, on Sunday, April 5, 1925." It contains some historical data...

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ISSN
1934-1504
Print ISSN
0033-5053
Pages
pp. 78-81
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-04
Open Access
No
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