Notes and Documents THE CHRONICLES OF JOHN AND ZACHARIAH AN INCIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF MIDWESTERN PROGRESSIVE FRIENDS Edited by Willard C. Heiss* The following document, dealing with a little-known phase of Quaker history, is extremely rare.1 Rare as a piece of printing, it is equally rare as an example of humorous Quakeriana. Long discord in Indiana Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) had cul- minated in 1844 in the laying down of Green Plain Quarterly Meeting. This dissension had arisen primarily over irreconcilable methods of treating the slavery problem within the framework of the Discipline. Proposals were made to change the Discipline by altering or eliminating the authority of the Meeting of Ministers and Elders. Other innovations were also agitated. Almost all the meetings were affected to some degree, but none so seriously as Green Plain. The disaffected members throughout the Yearly The following paper has to do with the state of affairs in CHRONICLES Chapter I Meeting finally organized themselves as Progressive or Congregational Friends.2 Miami Monthly Meeting, Waynesville, Ohio, in 1846. 1. And it came to pass in the days of James,3 who was reigning history of Friends in Indiana. 1 A copy of this scarce broadside has
Bulletin of Friends' Historical Association – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1957
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