The Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts


To say that the arrival of the first Quakers at Boston in 1656 struck terror in the hearts and minds of the Puritan Fathers is a gross understatement. That the arrival of a few pacifists could have induced the leaders of the Colony to so completely subvert the civil and religious rights they had adopted in their "Body of Liberties," shows how fragile the public mind was during the mid-1600s, and makes the witchcraft hysteria of the next generation, as well as numerous subsequent perversions of public good sense, all the more understandable. This account of the early Quaker experience in Massachusetts is a classic work on the topic, and includes: "The Rise of Quakerism," "The Invasion-Measures of Resistance and Defense," "The Warfare," "Character and Conduct of the Invaders," and "The Cause of The War and Its Results." Approximately half the volume is devoted to appendices which reproduce many of the relevant early documents, including colonial laws for the suppression of the Quakers, petitions, court testimony, and contemporary letters by and about Quakers.

Richard P. Hallowell

(1883), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 234 pp.

ISBN: 9781556130854