Meeting House and Counting House

The Quaker Merchants of Colonial Philadelphia, 1682-1763
Frederick B. Tolles
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 11/1948
Reprint Date: 11/2011
Pages: 314
Paperback ISBN: 9780807868430
Paperback Publication Date: 11/2011
Ebook ISBN: 9780807839829


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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