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A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 1 by Clarkson

Outlines of the discipline of the Quakers


SECT

VI.--_Opinions of the early Christians on this subject_.

CHAPTER V.

SECT. I.--_Dancing forbidden--light in which this subject has been viewed both by the ancients and the moderns--Quakers principally object to it, where it is connected with public assemblies--they conceive it productive, in this case, of a frivolous levity, and of an excitement of many of the evil passions_.

SECT. II--_These arguments of the Quakers, on dancing, examined in three supposed cases put to a moral philosopher_.

SECT. III.--_These arguments further elucidated by a display of the Ball-room_.

CHAPTER VI.

_Novels forbidden--considered by the Quakers as producing an affectation of knowledge--a romantic spirit--and a perverted morality_.

CHAPTER VII.

SECT. I--_Diversions of the field forbidden--general thoughtlessness upon this subject--sentiments of some of our best poets--law of the Quakers concerning it_.

SECT. II.--_Consistency of this law examined by the morality, which is inculcated by the Old Testament_.

SECT. III.--_Examined by the morality of the New--these employments, if resorted to as diversions, pronounced, in both cases, to be a breach of a moral

law_.

CHAPTER VIII.

_Objections to the preceding system, which includes these different prohibitions, as a system of moral education_.

CHAPTER IX.

SECT. I.--_Reply of the Quakers to these objections_.

SECT. II.--_Further reply of the Quakers on the same subject_.

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DISCIPLINE.

CHAPTER I.

SECT. I.--_Outlines of the discipline of the Quakers_.

SECT. II.--_Manner of the administration of this discipline_.

SECT. III.--_Charges usually brought against the administration of it--observations in answer in these charges_.

SECT. IV.--_The principles of this discipline applicable to the discipline of larger societies, or to the criminal codes of states--beautiful example in Pennsylvania_.

CHAPTER II.

_Monthly court or meeting of the Quakers for the purposes of their discipline--nature and manner of the business transacted there_.

CHAPTER III.

_Quarterly court or meeting for the same purposes--nature and manner of the business there_.

CHAPTER IV.

_Annual court or meeting for the same purposes--nature and manner of the business there--striking peculiarities in this manner--character of this discipline or government_.


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