by Religious Society of Friends
The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain was known as the London Yearly Meeting until 1995. It was a place for Friends to come together from across the United Kingdom, held in various places across England, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. The tradition began as early as the 1650s, and by 1660 an annual tradition was set. Minutes and other notes from these meetings were recorded in 1672 and onwards. These early meetings were a brave act, as in England the Toleration Act had not been passed until 1689, and even then the Friends were viewed suspiciously by the government.
These minutes offer a helpful glimpse into the rich history of the Friends, their internal development, and external relationships.
This new edition is dedicated to the members of the Friends Meeting of Washington DC.