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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Fri Dec 10th, 2010 02:58 pm
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Any experts on this?

The ESTC record for the Theosophical transactions by the Philadelphian Society (ESTC P2702) has the following note:
"Essays on philosophy and religion, some in dialogue form. Each issue concludes with lyrics and music for a hymn. The first two numbers of the proceedings of the first Quaker society in America; the idea to publish them apparently originated with Christopher Marshall (cf. Huntington Library note on endpaper of their copy)"

I do find this difficult to believe. I would not have thought that they would have reprinted Quaker material.

Can anyone say for sure?

I have already notified ESTC that the Transactions went up to No. 5 (Nov 1697).

Alan

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 Posted: Fri Dec 10th, 2010 05:17 pm
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I think Jane Leade was pretty ecumenical, certainly more so than Pordage, especially after about 1695 or so. See, for example:

http://books.google.com/books?id=m_afNy02glYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22jane+leade%22+quakers&source=bl&ots=9cQUus0p_B&sig=rYRITQl8aE3_S-Y8YvcLvJ2x2CU&hl=en&ei=cWwCTemrKYOEOsKotKYB&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=quakers&f=false

Given John Pordage's Behmenist roots it is not implausible that the P's felt some kinship with the Quakers.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 12th, 2010 04:11 pm
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Thanks, Paul.

I think I need to get to London to check on this.

I accept that JL & the Philadelphians were part of that general nexus and certainly kinship in some areas, but I am still not sure about a straight reprint of Quaker material.

The Google book reference does seem to make it clear that they wanted to distinguish themselves from the Quakers.

Alan


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