This is the first book about how lesser known Quakers sustained the religion in the eighteenth century. Some of the eighteenth-century Quakers in northeast Norfolk, England were well-known among Quakers nationally in their time. Others were known regionally, and locally, leaving few printed records of their experiences. This book argues that it is important to restore at least some of these men and women to their places in history. In order to provide a wider base from which to make reassessments about the nature of eighteenth-century Quakerism, and its religious influences, one must learn about the lesser known members. The book uses a local study to investigate the ways in which, within their local and national circumstances, these men and women negotiated the balance between sustaining and witnessing on their beliefs. The study spans a period of English Quaker history that is still under-researched, and examines a wide range of sources, some previously unavailable.
1. Foreword by Peter Rushton; 2. The Early Years of Quakerism; 3. Studies of Quaker History; 4. Thematic Studies; 5. Norfolk Studies; 6. Quakers and the State; 7. Latitudinarianism and enthusiasm; 8. Sources and Methodology.