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A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 1 by Clarkson

A PORTRAITURE OF QUAKERISM, VOLUME I

Taken from a View of the Education and Discipline, Social Manners, Civil and Political Economy, Religious Principles and Character, of the Society of Friends

by

THOMAS CLARKSON, M.A.

1806.

[Illustration: THOMAS CLARKSON, A.M.]

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

INTRODUCTION

PREFATORY ARRANGEMENTS AND REMARKS

MORAL EDUCATION.

CHAPTER I.

_Amusements distinguishable into useful and hurtful--the latter specified and forbidden_.

CHAPTER II.

SECT. I.--_Games of chance forbidden--history of the origin of some of these_.

SECT. II.--_Forbidden as below the dignity of the intellect of man, and of his christian character_.

SECT. III.--_As producing an excitement of the passions, unfavourable to religious impressions--historical anecdotes of this excitement_.

SECT. IV.--_As tending to produce, by the introduction of habits of gaming, an alteration in the moral character_.

CHAPTER III.

SECT. I.--_Music forbidden--instrumental innocent in itself, but greatly abused--the use of it almost inseparable from its abuse at the present day_.

SECT. II.--_Quakers cannot learn instrumental on the usual motives of the world--nor consider it as a source of moral improvement, or of solid comfort to the mind--but are fearful that, if indulged in, it would interfere with the Christian duty of religious retirement_.

SECT III.--_Quakers cannot learn vocal, because, on account of its articulative powers, it is capable of becoming detrimental to morals--its tendency to this, as discoverable by an analysis of different classes of songs_.

SECT IV.--_The preceding the arguments of the early Quaker--but the new state of music has produced others--these explained_.

SECT V.--_An objection stated to the different arguments of the Quakers on this subject--their reply_.

CHAPTER IV.

SECT I.--_The Theatre forbidden--short history of its origin--and of its state and progress_.

SECT II.--_Manner of the drama objected to by the Quakers--as it personates the characters of others--and it professes to reform vice_.

SECT III.--_Contents of the drama objected to--as they hold our false sentiments--and weaken the sinews of morality_.

SECT IV.--_Theater considered by the Quakers to be injurious to the happiness of man, as it disqualifies him for the pleasure of religion_.

SECT V.--_To be injurious to the happiness of man, as it disqualifies him for domestic enjoyments_.


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