210 pages, multiple photographs, recording 1899-1903.
From the introduction:
"A word about her background will make the diary more meaningful. She was born in 1852 and was nearly 4 7 years old when she went to Alaska to undertake this service in 1899. Records show that she was certified to teach in Ohio and in Iowa where the family moved in the early 1880's. Her brother, Joseph Hadley, was state superintendent of schools in Iowa. About 1890 she attended a missionary training school in Chicago, Illinois. When she decided to be a missionary she took special training in medicine and in caring for the sick.
It is difficult to determine how long Martha Hadley felt the concern to serve as a missionary or what contributed to her specific interest in the Alaskan field. We do know that an Alaskan girl, Mary Moon (Alaskan name unknown) roomed at their home (Douglas Hall Wilmington College, Ohio) while attending college. Also Frank Bangham, a cousin, had spent two years in Ala*a previous to Martha'sgoing to the Kotzebue Mission.
Martha Hadley was a birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and was sponsored by the California Yearly Meeting of Friends. The Wilmington (Ohio) Yearly Meeting gave her supplies of medicine and other necessities. The California Yearly Meeting has continued to sponsor the Kotzebue Mission. The Friends' influence has remained quite strong, as noted from recent photographs included in the diary, and the Mission school has provided the community's main educational program until Alaska was admitted as a state."
J. L. Willcuts
This is the story of Friends in the Northwest... of a faith and a church... of a centuries-old heritage embodied in a Christian fellowship. It is a story with many chapters, each of which we can now only briefly introduce to you. This brochure tells you what God means to Friends and what we are trying to do and say In response to His love and His call. This is a description showing what Friends are--and what we are striving to become.
Some of the things which you will see are concerned with the mind... others have more to do with the heart... and for Jesus' sake our hands must be busy for He said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."
We hope that as you read you will see the claim of God on the whole of man.
We pray that this will make more pIain His way for you.
Charles S. Ball
The material in this booklet was first written by Charles S. Ball in the form of eight articles for The Collegiate Contact, the monthly publication for college students in California Yearly Meeting of the Friends Church. At the time of publication, collegians received the articles with considerable appreciation for their relevance, lucidity and scholarly tone.
In response to many requests that the articles be made available for a wider circulation, the Board of Christian Education of California Yearly Meeting has authorized this reprinting. It is our hope that this material may be of great value as resource material for membership classes, study groups, Sunday School teachers and all who may be interested in acquainting themselves more fully with Friends beliefs.
In their original intent these essays were particularly oriented to relate Friends beliefs to the basic doctrines of Protestantism at large. Topics were selected for their relevance to the college community, and the brevity of the articles was dictated by the format of The Collegiate Contact.
Charles S. Ball is a birthright Friend who was recorded as a minister by Ohio Yearly Meeting, Damascus, Ohio. After serving as pastor in Ohio, he headed the Friends Bible College and Academy of Haviland, Kansas, taught in the Bible Department of Friends University, and was president of William Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa, for eight years before becoming pastor of the East Whittier Friends Church in Whittier, California.
Quaker Lecture, Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, Richmond, Indiana. August 15, 1962.
Excerpt: "It is my purpose to raise and briefly answer some of the many questions asked about the Quakers both by outsiders and insiders, non-Friends and members of the Society. I am, of course, speaking only for myself and not in any official capacity. I shall, however, try to present a Quaker consensus rather than special points of view."
21 pages, 15 cm. Year not specified. Published before 1967.
Trueblood lived from 1900-1994.
North Carolina Yearly Meeting
10 pages, 23 cm.
Excerpt from Introduction: "The story of George Fox's life suffers from two great disadvantages which the reader should always bear in mind.
In the first place, the old, strange, stilted language, used by all in his day, makes it difficult for us to feel as much at home with him as we should do. We must remember that even Salvationists in our own days are tempted when they write to give up their simple, everyday language, and to wrap up their thoughts more fashionably. But those who will try to see George Fox, as he so often was to be found, praising the Lord in a stinking prison cell, will be able in spite of his strange words to grasp his glorious meaning.
And then we have also to remind ourselves that he had little chance either to observe or to organize any regular and effective warfare. For over a hundred years England had been victimized by religious discussions until the very idea of real worship had been almost lost. No wonder at poor George's perplexities when his hungry soul began to long for God, and' no wonder that the great note of his whole life thereafter was so largely that of avoiding whatever others did. If he could anywhere have seen how singing processions, flags, music, open-air demonstrations could be used in the power of the Holy Ghost to the salvation of the people; and if he could have been allowed to organize accordingly, all England would have been stirred and perhaps delivered at once from the curses of formalism and spiritual death. But it may be that God only granted him light according to what it was then possible to do. He lived a prophet's life leaving to us in these days of liberty, not a complete description of our duties, but an example of fearless, devoted service, that, alas, but few have ever attempted to follow."
This anthology has been compiled at the suggestion of the Race Relations Committee of the (British) Society of Friends, who wanted to record the development of Friends' testimony against slavery and racial discrimination. The extracts have been grouped under two headings "Individual Witness" and "Corporate Witness". An effort has been made under the second heading to trace the growth of the testimony, but in general the passages have been chosen for their intrinsic interest and to illustrate the depth and strength of the witness.
Kelsey E. Hinshaw
Excerpt: "This article is called forth by the following considerations: There is the desire, first, to answer the stock remark of so many young people, ''What's the harm? Everybody does it." - and second, to arouse the church of today to a realization of what is happening. Our homes and home influences are at an all-time low. Divorce, the "white slave" trade, and the illegitimate birth rate are, according to government statistics, at or near all-time highs. Competent authorities conservatively report that in one U. S. city alone hundreds of girls disappear each day of the year never to be heard from again. We see about us indications of a sadistic social trend like that which preceded the crack-up of the Roman Empire. One such indication is the tremendous drawing power of the prize fight and the modern slap-bang professional wrestling match. It may be hard for the psychologist to find the answer to these conditions, but for the Christian it is is found in Romans 1 :28, "And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind .... " "
Kelsey E. Hinshaw
We have available today the immediate revelation and leadership of the Holy Spirit. It is this leadership rather than conscience that we as Friends are obligated to follow. Conscience may be a poor standard as it operates in accord with our own subjective beliefs and may be wrong. Our problem is to "try the spirits" to be sure the spirit we are following is truly the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is of God and cannot be wrong. The Bible is our ultimate test because the leadership of the Holy Spirit must be in accord with God's Written Word. The Bible, as originally inspired and written, is absolute in its veracity and authority.
The 1956 Quaker Lecture of Indiana Yearly Meeting.
The pastoral system in the Society of Friends came as such a radical departure from traditional practices that it seemed to many sincere Friends to be a device of the Devil to destroy the identity of the sons and daughters of George Fox.
Experience has shown that it is not easy to resolve differences within or between groups when misunderstandings are nurtured on dogmatic assertions. The strong feelings engendered by the Great Separations of over a century ago drove t he various branches of Friends to such extremes that each branch felt it necessary to establish its own system of doctrinal absolutes. In the burning heat of argument each group claimed to be the true torch-bearer of the Quaker faith and consequently, each branch disowned the other. As in all broken relationships, reconciliation was impeded by prejudice on all sides.
Isaac T. Johnson and Lida K. Johnson
The Isaac T. and Lida K. Johnson Lectureship, made possible by their gift, was created by the Executive Committee of the Five Years Meeting in its sessions of April, 1940. The creative minute of the Executive Committee is in part as follows:
It is the duty of the Executive Committee to determine the use of this money and the Central Committee submits this recommendation: (1) that the gift be made a continuing memorial to these dear friends and (2) that the memorial be in the form of a lectureship for the Five Years Meeting, and, as it may direct, to be known as the Isaac T. and Lida K. Johnson Lectureship.
It is further recommended that these lectures shall within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee, be restricted to the field of Christian scholarship and the Christian message and its application to life.
It is the confident expectation of the Executive Committee that not only the constituency of the Five Years Meeting, but all of Quakerism will be enriched by the successive messages made possible by this gift.
William H. Richie
Of making many books there is no end," declared wise old Solomon; but he also said that words from the wise would be as "goads" for correction, and "as nails fastened" to help settle one's convictions as to truth; thereby others would be "admonished." This has been the basis of the inward urge of the Spirit to put into writing personal experiences which have been milestones of spiritual growth. It is only with the hope and the prayer that this record may be illuminating and helpful to other pilgrims on life's pathway that this record has been written.
The Lord Jesus Christ assured His disciples that the Comforter, or Holy Spirit, would guide them "into all truth." We cannot apprehend it all at once. We read it in the Bible from day to day, but God uses the experiences of life to make it real and vital to us by the illumination of the Spirit upon us, for our growth in grace and a knowledge of the Truth.
Some feel quite uncertain as to how much or how little one must believe for salvation, or to escape the errors of our modern day and its false cults. Some perhaps need help and encouragement in the matter of prayer in home affairs and in ascertaining the will of God. We earnestly pray that these lines may be effectively used by the Spirit.
Raymond Binford et al.
Quaker Hill Pamphlet No. 2
Excerpt: "The objective pursued in these pages has been to produce for elders and overseers in Friends meetings a body of literature which 'is problem centered. The swiftly moving historical scene during the last generation has been the cause of immense and widespread confusion about the important spiritual testimonies which characterize the Christian life. The automobile. the radio, the motion picture-to mention only a few of the products of the last quarter-century-have had revolutionary effects upon society. The older Quaker communities have been rooted out of their former isolationism from the rest of the world where the Christian life as envisioned by Friends could be taught the young without interruption from the outside world. The vast population movements in the last twenty-five years have affected Friends as they have everyone else and have made us now veritable children of the dispersion in this modern world. Our homes suffer the shock and strain of modern life, as other homes do with the economic arrangements of our time that bring varying hours of employment during the night and day and split apart the activities of the members of the family who work, and, in addition, the multitudinous claims of present day society from outside the home that constantly intrude upon our families and tend to break them down. The two world wars in our generation have been successively more totalitarian 'in their effects upon the life of the people. All these circumstances and more have shaken us to the foundations , and the bewilderment and confusion which beset the people in our churches is not of itself to be mistaken for any less earnest Christian desire on their part. The persons who occupy the positions of elders and overseers in our meetings are almost certainly as devoted and in many cases, as courageous-as any who have exercised these responsibilities in the past. But in the light of the present situation these people are in need of help by way of defining their responsibilities as elders and overseers in the light of contemporary situations, and illuminating their imagination with the momentous possibilities which their positions offer for meeting the human need in this present hour."
This subject is presented for consideration in view of the fact that a very general misunderstanding exists as to what Friends are from an organization view-point. This is because there is not a unity of thought among the various groups which use the name Friends, as to what we n.re and what we stand for. The situation is brought prominently into view through the fact that it has, in an unfortunate manner, been introduced in the public press; this has been to our confusion before the public generally. An outstanding instance (though not the first by any means) is of recent occurrence. An article appeared in the Liberty Magazine of October 30, 1943, under the heading, "They Call Themselves Friends - And Mean It."
Vercia P. Cox
Excerpt: " "Eunice, is Larkin Cox speaking the truth? Does thee desire to marry him and go to that wild new Territory, infested still with wild buffalo, coyotes and Indians?"
The tall young man, with the fingers of his right hand touching the new but heavy growth of dark beard, looked steadfastly at the slender Quakeress across the fireplace from him. Eunice Cox stood. She looked not at her father, who had spoken, but at her lover and replied, "Yes, father; I wish to marry Larkin and go wherever he sees fit to take me." Her mother and sisters began to weep. Her brothers, William and Reuben, not to be repressed, taunted her:
"What will thee do when a wild buffalo chases thee or the Indians surround thy house?"
"I shall trust God to keep the buffaloes away and to make the Indians friendly, and trust Larkin Cox to make peace with the Indians."
Then said stern Michael Cox, the father of Eunice, addressing his wife, Rhoda, "We must speak with Gideon and Hulda Cox. Thee is not of age, is thee, Larkin?" "
Ernest E. Taylor (Edwin)
Reprinted from the Friends' Quarterly Examiner, 1924. Includes bibliographical references. 16 pages, 22 cm.
The- original of this pamphlet was prepared at the request of the Church History Club of the University of Chicago and was read before that Club, February 28, 1907, by the author, following which it was · published in Chicago. This revised edition is published in response to many requests. It is sent forth with the hope that it may help in the fulfillment of the apostle's prayer, "that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love, you may become mighty to grasp the idea, as it is grasped by all God's people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth-yes, to attain to a knowledge of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, so that you may be made complete in accordance with God's own standard of completeness."
James Herbert Midgley
Published for the Friends' Tract Association, Series: Friends ancient and modern ; no. 11
Oregon Yearly Meeting
The Friend Church dates its rise from about the year 1647. This was in England, a period in which many of the props, on which men had long been accustomed to lean, both in civil and religious matters, were shaken or removed. The fears, troubles and heartstirring thoughts connected with the domestic commotions which then prevailed in the nation, led many into a deep search as to the grounds of their opinions and the real stability of their religious hopes; but the movements of this period must be traced to a much earlier date. To go to their source we must at least go back to the days of the enlightened Wickliffe and the persecuted Lollards; but this would lead us beyond our space. Suffice it to say, that during the eventful period immediately preceeding the rise of the Friends, there was one great and very important truth almost lost sight of, viz.: The influence of the Holy S irit on the hearts of men, and the enduement of power of those who receive Him as their Comforter and Sanctifier.
N. H. Dole
Biographical sketch from The Early Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier. Spine title Whittier's Poetical Works. Biographical sketch written by N. H. Dole. Pages ix-xxxii. Portrait of Whittier included.
Dinah W. Goff
Excerpt: "The Saviour of men frequently inculcated on his followers the duty of avoiding an over-anxious and distrustful disposition, and of confiding in the protecting and preserving care of our Heavenly Father. "Are ·not five sparrows sold for two farthings," said he, "and not one of them is forgotten before God,"- " one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." "
32 pages; 15 cm
Publishing year unclear; Mary Rathmell lived 1761-1796
Cyrus W. Harvey
Writings from such early Friends as George Fox, and William Penn.