Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

Quaker record-keeping

Information on early Quakers is better than for many groups of a similar period. This is for several reasons:

The popularity of writing of personal journals as a way of recording a personal journey in search of truth.

Careful attention paid to maintaining accurate records of births, marriages, deaths, membership. Applications for marriage recorded the occupation of both parties. Those applying for membership were visited by Friends who would report on the life of the applicant.

Minutes of business meetings provide insight into the activities being carried out by local meetings and of money spent and donated.

All sufferings experienced by Friends as a result of their religious beliefs were recorded. This provides a view of changing experiences through time.

"Testimonies" written on the death of many Friends record the work they did in furthering the demonstration of Truth, including the support they provided to the meeting and the work they carried out in their daily lives.

Quaker Woman