Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

The Quakers

10-12 September 1701
To prevent false reports, this is to give notice, that on the 25th of the last there was a conference held betwixt Frances Bugg and Henry Pickworth, in the Sessions-house in Sleeford in Lincolnshire, wherein the said Francis Bugg did plainly make it appear from divers quoteations [sic] fairly taken out of the Quakers own books, which were then and there produced, and openly read, to the general satisfaction of the audience, that the Quakers had prophanely abus’d the Holy Scriptures, blasphem’d the ever Blessed Trinity, deny’d our Lord and Saviour, and reviled his Sacred Ordinances; This being fully prov’d against the Quakers, they being not able to disprove any one of his quotations, the magistrates there present, did therefore order some of their vile pamphlets to be publickly burnt at their Market Cross, which was accordingly performed; and in abhorrence of the Quakers blasphemous and anti-christian principles, did shortly after the conference declare, that a great many other of their books ought also very deservedly to be committed to the flames. [English Post]

11 August 1703
Quakerism a Complication of Heresie, Schism, Sauciness, Lying, Disloyalty, &c. Or a Reply to a Pamphlet of the Quakers, Intituled, The Vicar of Banbury corrected; wherein my Reply to Mr. Vivers’s Letter; and Mr. Bugg’s late Proceedings with the Banbury Quakers, are justly vindicated. By Benjamin Lovelin, M.A. Vicar of Banbury in Oxfordshire. Printed for Geo. Thorp Bookseller in Banbury, and Sold by J. Nutt near Stationers-Hall, London. [Daily Courant]

9 October 1735   They write from Bristol, that the famous Mrs. Drummond's several Discourses in the Quakers Meeting has been so much talk'd of, that great numbers of different persuasions continue their curiosity to hear her. The throngs of people have been so great, that several supporters have been added to the gallery to prevent any accident by its falling. On Monday there was a particular Meeting for the young ladies only, when she exhorted them in such an affectionate and moving manner, as drew tears from the general part of her tender congregation; and herself was so struck with the effect her exhortation had over them, that she wept during most of the time it held. (The Old Whig)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "The Quakers", 24 April 2002, updated 16 December 2003 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/quakers.htm>

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