Worcester Castle; Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Judge Thomas Wild
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Country, State, Location 1
James Harrison, Worcester Castle, Worcester, Thomas Wild, Quakers, Society of Friends, civil forfeiture, imprisonment, persecution
Letter dated 1664 (1663 Old Style) from James Harrison to Judge Thomas Wild, regarding the seizure of his horse and other possessions following his arrest and imprisonment. This letter details some of the persecution that Quakers faced, such as having goods and property seized. Another form of persecution mentioned is frequent imprisonment: for actively engaging in the practice of the faith, or randomly on suspicion of being a Quaker and being associated with the sect and its members. Money was sometimes demanded for the return of the items, if return was offered at all, and was also demanded as payment of bail to release imprisoned Friends.
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PRINT Migration Network: Pemberton Correspondence
James Harrison, Worcester Castle; Worcester, Worcestershire, England, to Judge Thomas Wild, n.p., 1663-04, vol. 1, pg. 4, Pemberton Family Papers, 1641-1880, 0484A, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PRINT, 15719, https://stars.library.ucf.edu/printmigrationnetwork-pemberton/2/.