18th Century Quaker Anti-War Manuscript Document, signed "J. Kinsey", one page, 7.5" x 12.5", London, 17__ (paper loss at date). A "True Copy" of a document reiterating the Quaker aversion to violence as stated at the Society's annual meeting in London. The manuscript appears to date sometime between the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and reads in part as follows: "...Our Ancient Friends abundantly bore testimony both in doctrine and practise And Suffered deeply for...their express declarations & Testimonys against carrying Guns for defending Our Ships persons & Goods Such as have been faithfull to this our Testimony particularly those of our Friends in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless some professing to be of our Society have of late Slighted and Neglected this our Ancient & Christian Testimony to that degree as to be concerned in privateering...which is a flagrant and lamentable departure from our peacable principle which hath always been to confide In the protection and providence of Almighty God...". Loss to both right corners, heavy archival tape repairs on verso. Only fair condition, but having the appearance of being very good since the manuscript's splits are nearly invisible and its ink remains bold. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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