Liberal? or Conservative?

I’ve been reading the minutes from late 18th century Monthly Meetings of the Quakers of Carteret & Craven County North Carolina. I like getting a sense of who these people are. They had concerns about the conflict between Great Britain and America, especially wanting to avoid fighting on either side; they were increasingly anti-slavery; and they were very concerned with following their set rules of behavior and morality. I’ve found two instances of ┬ámembers who were living with and fornication with women outside of marriage. For this Vile and Scandalous behavour, the men were disowned by the Society. This social liberalism is an interesting contrast to the moral conservatism.


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