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Walking in the Way of PeaceQuaker Pacifism in the Seventeenth Century$
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Meredith Baldwin Weddle

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513138X.001.0001

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“Run the Hazard”

“Run the Hazard”

The Individual Quaker in King Philip's War

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Walking in the Way of Peace

Meredith Baldwin Weddle

Oxford University Press

Each Quaker, during wartime, had the moral task to determine his own stance in relation to peace principles and to translate belief into action, although it is difficult to identify any particular Quaker from the haphazard records that remain. His decisions were made in a cultural context including the military requirements of his colony and the penalties for noncompliance, social pressures, and his awareness of his effect upon the wider community. Some Quakers were noncombatants as in Rhode Island and in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony. Other Quakers were combatants as in Rhode Island and in Plymouth, where Sandwich, Yarmouth, and Barnstable yield examples of Quaker combatants. Geographical clustering north of Boston suggests the influence of local leadership upon this decision: Hampton and Kittery supplied many Quaker combatants.

Keywords:   Barnstable, combatants, Hampton, Kittery, military, moral task, noncombatants, Plymouth, Sandwich, Yarmouth

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