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From: "Daniel W Treadway" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] What was the Test?
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 21:32:58 -0500
On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 20:11:57 -0600
"Wes Blair" <> wrote:
>I noticed in EAQG, that an ancestor was dis for "taking the Test".
> What was the test, does anyone know? Why were they not to take it?
> Pam (in Idaho)
Here's a web page that tells about one Quaker group's understanding of
the history of disownment: <http://www.quaker.org/disown.html>. Most
of the second half of the paper is a list of what some meetings
disowned members for in various historical periods.
One of the causes listed is "taking the test of allegiance". During
the Revolution some states passed laws requiring citizens to swear
allegiance to the new government. Since Quaker discipline forbids all
oaths, consistent Friends would have declined to take them.
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