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"Truly Dear Hearts": Family And Spirituality In Quaker Women'S Writings 1680-1750

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This chapter explores how Quaker women represent themselves and their spirituality in relation to their family in their writing. Using the private correspondence, diaries, and published journals of a group of Quaker women, the majority of whom were ministers, the author suggests that for Quaker women their relationships with their family were directly connected to and inter-linked with their spirituality. Their spirituality influenced and guided the way they represented their inter-familial relationships, and as Rebecca Larson suggested "brought about redefinitions of familial roles". Friends' concept of family was rooted in the 1656 Epistle from the Elders of Baby. Clauses in this document deals with all aspects of the Society of Friends, but, specifically, clauses seven to nine deals with marriage and family relationships.

Keywords: inter-familial relationships; marriage and family relationships; Quaker women; spirituality



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