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Peace Society
Constitution of the Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations Peace Society, as amended September 6, 1824
N.p., n.d. [Providence, 1821. Broadside (approx. 9¾" x 7¾"), text in double column beneath the running head; left margin a little ragged, previous fold; all else near fine. "Founded in 1818 as the "Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations Peace Society," later called the Rhode Island Peace Society. Following the founding of the Massachusetts Peace Society in 1815, and influenced by Noah Worcester's tract The Solemn Review of the Custom of War, Moses Brown and George Benson initiated the movement which led to the founding of the Rhode Island Peace Society. Brown was a Quaker, but doubted the wisdom of having Quakers in control of the proposed Society. The Rhode Island Peace Society declined after 1825 following the deaths of its charter members, though records indicate its existence up to 1860" (Swarthmore College Peace Collection). "In order to forestall any immediately divisive doctrinal disputes, the constitution was very carefully worded to state the purpose of the organization as being "united in solemnly protesting against all offensive wars of aggression and conquest as sinful and unchristian." Membership peaked early. In spite of considerable propagandizing, the Society went into a period of decline after 1825 and by 1837 had nearly lapsed into non-existence. Never robust, the Society did nevertheless experience some spells of activity--notable during the European War of 1914-1918. In 1973 the Rhode Island Peace Society formally disbanded" (from the R.I. Historical Society website). Not in OCLC, NUC or American Imprints.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [United States]
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