COLONEL WASHINGTON AND THE QUAKER CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS By Peter Brock* Stephen B. Weeks in his well-known account of Southern Quaker history refers briefly to the sufferings of seven young Virginia Friends conscripted into the militia in the spring of 1756 to serve under Colonel George Washington at Winchester, then situated on the Western frontier. "This," wrote Weeks, "was probably the severest trial through which Virginia Friends were called to go" on account of their peace testimony. Weeks based his account mainly on the manuscript records of Virginia Yearly from the published papers of Governor Dinwiddie2 and of Washington.3 The story as it appeared to the young men themselves is told in the manuscript "Narrative" printed below as Document B, which to the best of my knowledge is being published here for the first time.4 The accompanying letter (Document A) of the young men's mentor Edward Stabler,6 while it appeared Meeting.1 Further information on the subject has been derived indeed in a Quaker periodical of the last century, seems worthy of republication, especially as it is probably unknown to most readers of this journal. * Peter Brock, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University, is now engaged in writing
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1964
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