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Meeting House and Counting House
The Quaker Merchants of Colonial Philadelphia, 1682–1763
University of North Carolina Press
The "holy experiment" of the Quakers involved political hegemony and economic wealth. Gradually the Quakers realized that they had become involved in the compromises fatal to the spiritual integrity of the Society of Friends itself. The political crisis of 1756 hastened this realization, and the Quaker merchants abandoned the outward plantations and turned again to the plantations within.
Originally published 1948.
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