[Aspull, Lancashire, England]
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Phineas Pemberton, Manchester, Ralph Pemberton, Aspull, Nehemiah Poole, Roger Longworth, Quakers, Society of Friends, imprisonment, religious faith, persecution
Letter dated February 9, 1669 (January 30, 1669 Old Style) from Phineas Pemberton to his father, Ralph Pemberton, concerning his impending appearance at court following his arrest with several others for holding a meeting at Nehimiah Poole's house. Phineas asks if his father can come to Manchester in nine days. The purpose of the visit will be to assuage Phineas' mistress before his upcoming trial and to assure her that his father cares about him. Phineas makes it clear the visit is not for his sake as he views imprisonment as a test of faith. Phineas warns his father that his mistress might try to get Ralph to appear on Phineas' behalf. However, he does not want his father to appear on his behalf because of an oath his father might be required to take. Quaker belief prevented Friends from taking oaths, and not taking the oath subjected Friends to fines, forfeiture of goods, and imprisonment.
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Phineas Pemberton, Manchester, England, to Ralph Pemberton, [Aspull, Lancashire, England], 1669-02-09, vol. 1, pg. 24, Pemberton Family Papers, 1641-1880, 0484A, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PRINT, 15738, https://stars.library.ucf.edu/printmigrationnetwork-pemberton/11/.