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I ITEMS FROM PERIODICALS59 The letters form a natural group and make an artistic whole. The editor's brief introduction whets one's appetite for more of the life of this able, intelligent, and charming person.T. K. B., Jr. ITEMS FROM PERIODICALS By Thomas E. Drake The Friend (Philadelphia) N THE issue of 12 mo. 17, 1936, pp. 217-225 is an interesting article by Leonard S. Kenworthy on "John Bright—Nineteenth Century Humanitarian." It has been reprinted in book form by the Book Committee of the Representative Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Arch Street). In the same issue (pp. 225-227) Professor Edward D. Snyder reports the discovery of the original manuscript letter of John G. Whittier to President Thomas Chase of Haverford College, on the occasion of the Semi-Centennial of the College in 1883. A corrected version of the letter appears with the article. The history of the Friends Boarding School near Barnesville, Ohio, is told in brief by the former Principal, J. Wetherill Hutton, in the issue of 3 mo. 11, 1937. The year 1937 marks the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of a Boarding School by Friends in Ohio. William B. Harvey has a brief historical sketch of Westtown School in the issue of 5 mo. 20, 1937, pp. 429-431. An article in the number of 6 mo. 3, 1937, pp. 444-445, tells of the erection of a new meeting house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and gives a brief account of the four previous Friends' meeting houses in Greater Boston since the first one was built in 1694. (See also Friends Intelligencer , 6 mo. 12, 1937, p. 404, with an architect's drawing of the new meeting house.) The Friend (London) ASERIES of articles on the "Forerunners of Quakerism," by Rufus M. Jones, appears in the issue of 11 mo. 13, 1936, and at frequent intervals thereafter. Beginning with the "Parent Mystic," the fourteenthcentury anonymous author of the Theologica Germanica, or "Golden Book of German Divinity," Dr. Jones traces the stream of mystical thought in Europe, and into England. His discussion of the continental mystics, Anabaptists, and Seekers, includes accounts of Hans Denck, 60 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Sebastian Franck, Sebastian Castellio, Camillo of Sicily, Peter Balling, Derik Coornhert, and Jacob Boehme. With John Everard, subject of the eighth article, "the stream comes to England." These interesting and illuminating studies are also printed in the Friends Intelligencer, 11 mo. 28, 1936, and following. In the issue of 3 mo. 5, 1937, p. 219, is a short historic sketch of the meeting at Woodbridge, Suffolk, founded in 1678 and the home meeting of many distinguished Friends of former times. The meeting house has recently been sold. In connection with the holding the London Yearly Meeting in Bristol this year four articles are published on Bristol Quakerism. The first two (4 mo. 23 and 30, 1937) are by Marian F. Pease, and deal with "Quakerism in 17th and 18th Century Bristol." Helen M. Sturge has an article in the issue of 5 mo. 7, on "Bristol Friends in the 19th Century"; and there is a sketch of "Quakerism in Bristol Today" by F. W. Evans in the issue of 5 mo. 14. Miscellaneous IN THE Harvard Alumni Bulletin of February 12, 1937, is a descriptive article, entitled "Quakeriana in the College Library," by Kimball Conro Elkins. It tells of the growth of Harvard's collection of books relating to the Society of Friends, from the early days when none but anti-Quakeriana found a place on the College's shelves, to the last two years, when there has been a great increase. In this short time the collection has grown from four or five hundred volumes to over 2,500, largely because of the able efforts of Professor Henry J. Cadbury. This article is reprinted in The Friend (Philadelphia), 3 mo. 25, 1937, pp. 347-349, with a further discussion of "Quaker Books at Harvard" by Henry J. Cadbury, pp. 345-347. See also for the latter article, The American Friend, 4 mo. 15, 1937, pp. 155-156, and Friends Intelligencer, 5 mo. 8, 1937, pp. 325-326. A new biography of Lucretia Mott...


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