Sub-series - The Yearly Meeting

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The Yearly Meeting


  • 1790-1894 (Creation)

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(fl 1790-1894)

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In 1672, the annual meeting was established and was to be held in London: "For better managing, ordering and regulating the public affairs of friends, relating to the truth, and the service thereof..." (Yearly Meeting Minutes, 2nd edition 1802. Minute of 1672). The Meeting was composed of representatives from every Quarterly Meeting in Great Britain and from the national meeting in Ireland: there were four representatives from each meeting, except Yorkshire, which sent eight, and London, which sent twelve. A clerk to the meeting was chosen by representatives of one of the five districts in rotation: these were, in 1672, North (Cheshire and Staffordshire, Cumberland and Northumberland, Lancashire, Durham, Westmoreland, Yorkshire, and Scotland); South (Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Kent, London and Middlesex, Surrey, and Sussex); East (Cambridge and Huntingdon, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Norwich, and Suffolk); West (Bristol and Somerset, Cornwall, Devonshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Wales); Midland (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Rutland). The activities of the representatives appear to have been supervised and a resolution of 1709 stated: "Advised, that no representatives withdraw, or go out of Town, before the Meeting end, without leave first requested and granted; that the service of the meeting may not be neglected." (Yearly Meeting Minutes, 2nd edition 1802. Minute of 1709).
The Yearly Meeting supervised all aspects of the Society's activities and laid down regulations and gave advice for the ordering of meetings, the governance of conduct and the clarifying of doctrine. The Epistles from the Yearly Meeting offer guidance in a wide range of issues, such as tithes, the swearing of oaths, marriage, the education of the young, trade, war, sufferings, the keeping of records and holding of meetings together with general exhortations to be strong in the faith. The meeting also acted as a "court" of appeal for other meetings against the actions and judgements of the quarterly meeting (Yearly Meeting Minutes, 2nd edition 1802. Minute of 1743).
Friends in Norfolk and Norwich held their own yearly meetings at Norwich, and at these it was decided when and where the next yearly meeting, the Quarterly Meetings and the Meetings for Worship were to be held.

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Epistles, minutes, a map of meetings and other papers.

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Created 19/11/2004 by Droip. Modified 12/03/2018 by Droip.


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