Aspull, Lancashire, England
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Phineas Pemberton, Manchester, Ralph Pemberton, Aspull, Quakers, Society of Friends, Imprisonment, Persecution, Prisons, Jail, Business
A handwritten copy, dated May 4, 1924, of a letter dated July 23, 1670 (July 13, 1670 Old Style) from Phineas Pemberton to his father, Ralph Pemberton. The letter is an account of an attempt to imprison Phineas Pemberton for his religious beliefs. At the time, Phineas was just recently released from imprisonment in Lancaster Castle to appear at assizes. Apprehended by constables while taking his master's coat to a meeting in Manchester, Phineas is taken to a justice of the peace. After having his hat forcibly removed several times, he is questioned about his activities on the Sabbath Day. He is then asked to take an oath of allegiance on the King's behalf, which his religious beliefs prevent him for doing. Not taking the oath leads the justice to send Phineas to the house of corrections. After his release a half hour later, he is told by the constable he must come out for two or three days and is threatened with banishment for his second offense. Phineas concludes by requesting his father go to the sheriff and ask that Phineas be summoned to appear at assizes in Lancashire to avoid being jailed in Manchester.
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PRINT Migration Network: Pemberton Correspondence
Phineas Pemberton, Manchester, England, to Ralph Pemberton, Aspull, Lancashire, England, 1670-06-23, vol. 1, pg. 36, Pemberton Family Papers, 1641-1880, 0484A, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PRINT, 15749, https://stars.library.ucf.edu/printmigrationnetwork-pemberton/20/.