Good Friends:

 

I was reading some online history of the Quakers and came across a passage where the author said that in the dispute between the Gurneyites and the Wilburites, Gurney urged his audience to vote and that at that time most Quakers did not vote.  I am interested in this and wonder if someone could point me to sources, say a Discipline, that specifically addresses the issue of voting.  If it is true that Quakers at that time did not vote, or that even a significant portion refrained from voting, I would like to read the material that was used to argue for that point of view.  It is so different from the Quaker tradition I encounter today which seems to be so unhesitatingly political and engaged on any and every issue.  So I'm wondering how that changed.

 

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jim Wilson

 

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Don't think this fully answers your question, but you may be interested in Marshall Massey's blog post on voting:

http://journal.earthwitness.org/the-quaker-magpie-journal/2006/10/2...
Thanks, David, for the link. I enjoyed the article. It was a nice balance between humor, insight, and raising some serious questions.

Jim
Classic Massey, in other words.

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