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Some Lurgan Men's Minutes, 1675 - 1729.

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Pg 3 1675

Hugh Stamper and Thomas Calvart are desired to speak to Will White and to aquaint him to come to the next particular mens meeting. Roger Webb and James Knowles are desired to go to John Magill to speake to him about William White. Robert Hoope and Marke Wright are willing to go to Dublin to attend the halfe yeare meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 15th of 3rd Mo 1675.

Valentine Hollingsworth and Hugh Stamper are desired to speake to Ann Willson Concerning Willm White and bring in her answer to friends. William White having openly defaimed ye womens meetings is desired to make it out or else to owne his Condemnation. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 26 of 4th Mo 1675.

Roger Webb, Marke Wright, John Calvart, Robart Hoope and Willm Porter are desired to do what they can to put an end to ye difference that’s between Tho. Calvart John Gillpin and William Williams. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Robart Hoopes.

At our particular mens meeting at Robart Hoope the 7th of 6th Mo 1675.

Thomas Calvart, Roger Webb and Willm Porter are appointed to put fourth ye moneys that belongs to Mickhall Scaifes Children, being tenn pounds tht wch was given or left them by John Kirke and Margritt his Wife, and is now in William Porters Custody, and to be put forth by friends for ye Childrens use (according to ye appointment of ye said John Kirk) and security to be taken of ye persone to whom it is Sent. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wrights.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 18th of 7th Mo 1675.

The tenn pounds (beforementioned) that belongs to Mickhall Scaifes Children is Sent six pounds of it to Thomas Calvart, and fourer pounds of it to Mickhall Scaife. (their father) the bonds are made to Roger Webb. Willm Porter and George Hodghson, for ye Childrens use & to be given account of to ffriends as occasion requireth.

Pg 4 1675

John Robson and Sarah Atkinson, having acquainted this meeting with their intentions of marriage and friends finding nothing against it have referred them to the next gennerall meeting. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

At our particular mens meeting at Thomas Calvarts the 23rd of 8th Mo 1675.

George Hodghson and Richard Mayson are appointed to go to Dublin to Attend the halfe yeare meeting there. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at ffransis Robsons.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 4th of 10th Mo 1675.

No busines to be entered this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 22nd of 12th Mo 1675.

Ninion Simson and Margrit Noble having acquainted the meeting with their intentione of Marriage and friends finding nothing against it, have referred them to ye next genl meeting. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Lurgan.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 4th of 1st Mo 1676.

William a Crookah and Mabell Mayson having acquainted ye meeting with their intentions of marrage and friends findeing nothing against it, have referred them to ye next genl meeting. Timothy Kirk and Katheren Robson having acquainted ye meeting with their intentions of marrage, and friends finding nothing against it have referred them to the next generall meeting. Our next pticular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wreights.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wreights the 15th of 2nd Mo 1676.

Roger Webb and Thomas Walker are appointed to go to Dublin to attend ye halfe yeares meeting there. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

At our particular mens meeting at Thomas Calvarts the 28th of 3d Mo 1676.

No busines to be entered this meeting. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at ffransis Robsons.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 9th of 5th Mo 1676.

No busines to be entered this meeting. Our next pticular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 19th of 6th Mo 1676.

Roger Webb and Thomas Calvart is desired to speake to Thomas Turner and his wife concerning their difference with George Westrah. Our next pticular mens meeting is to be at Robart Hoops.

Pg 5 1676

At our particular mens meeting at Robart Hoops the 30th of 7th Mo 1676.

Roger Webb and Thomas Calvart have brought in their answer concerning the differense between Thomas Turner and George Westrah, tht ye said differense is ended. Robart Hoope and William Porter is desired to speake to Hester Hartley and John Brackenrige about the difference that is between them. Tis done. Allexander Mathews is desired to speake to William Waring about Thomas Dixson (he being present) and to bring in his answer to the next gennerall meeting. Done. Ffransis Robson and Allexander Mathews are appointed to go to Dublin to attend ye halfe yeare meeting ye next 2nd. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wrights.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 17th of 9th Mo 1676.

No busines to be entered this meeting. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

At our particular mens meeting att Thomas Calvarts the 29th of 10th Mo 1676.

Thomas Calvart and Thomas Atkinson is desired to speake to James Harrison ye elder, about his disorderly walking. William Mathews and Vallentine Hollingsworth is desired to speake to Henry Dixson and Robart Thornbrough, conserning their walking disorderly. Done.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 10th of 11th Mo 1676.

ffransis Robson and Alexander Mathews is desired to speak to William Lynas to know of him When wheather he will write against himselfe, or that he had rather ye friends should write against him (Conserning his going to ye priest to take a wife). Here followeth a coppi of a Letter sent from Dublin. William Porter; this is in short to advise thee, and that care be taken that all friends thereabouts, and where ye have opportunity to send, be advised that Lately a man pretending to be a friend, at Corke, is run away and proved a meer cheat, a shoe-maker by trade, about 50 years old midle stature, slender body, thin vissage; paile Countenance, having a light-colored perrywig somewhat short, he wears mostaches and a short chin-beard

Pg 6 1676

sutable to the Wigg, his eyes very gray and of a dead Looke a sharp nose, with a litle riseing in the midle, his voyse low and not cleare, his cloake and other apparrell was about Light brown, he had with him a sonn of aboute ten or eleaven yeare of age; his name is Richard Clemons much is enlarged to mee from friends of Corke, of his Knavery so I hope this will be suffitient to thee, and that friends up and downe may have through notise of it to present such knaves. Another Cheat run from Dublin lately, a Smyth his name is Joseph Whitehurst, in his face the small pox, a black Long-Coate, full Shoulders, and of a midle stature, rises to speake in meetings, came out of England, send about him also and give notise to friends. This from thy friend. Robart Turner. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 9th of 1st Mo 1676.

Roger Webb and Robart Hoope are desired to speak to Thomas Harding Conserning severall thing Done by him Contrary to truth. Roger Kirke and Thomas Atkinson are desired to speake to John Gillpin about ye difference between him and his wife. Our next particular meeting is to be at Lurgan.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 20th of 2nd Mo 1677.

Roger Webb and Robart Hoope have brought in their answer conserning Thomas Harding, i.e. that he confessed to them that he had done amiss, and was convinced of it, and reproved in himselfe for it, and promised to amend for ye future. Roger Kirk and Thomas Atkinson have spoken to John Gillpin and his wife, about the difference that was between them, and they have both promissed to amend. George Hodghson John Calvart Alexander Mathews and Thomas Walker are desired to see what they can do between Widdow Pearson and Widdow Thwayte about the tennements Leased in Lurgan. William Mathews and Robart Hoops is to go to Dublin to attend ye next halfe yeares meeting ye 3rd of ye 3rd Month next. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Mark Wrights.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 9th of 4th Mo 1677.

Alex. Mathews and John Calvart are desired to see if Esther Hartlaye fences betwixt her and Will Jones be made sufficient with what expedition they can. The business between Widd. Pearson and Widdow Thwayte is not yett determined.

Pg 7 1677

Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

At our particular mens meeting at Thomas Calvarts the 21st of 5th Mo 1677.

Vallentine Hollingsworth and William Mathews have brought in theire answer conserning Robart Thornbury (didlocet) that he confessed he had done amiss but hoped he would amend for the time to come. Alexander Mathews John Calvart George Hodghson and Thomas Walker is willing to take Widdow Pearsons houses and tennemts of her land, (if she be willing) and to dispose of it ye best way they can for their owne use and bennefit and if at ye end of two yeares they be not willing to keep it any longer, then ye whole meeting is to be conserned with it. Our next particular mens meeting is to be a ffransis Robsons.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 1st of 7 Mo 1677.

The moneys tht was in Thomas Calvarts hand and belongs to Michall Scaifes children, viz being seven pounds, is this day paid in againe to friends according to former order, and is committed into William Porters custody till further disposall. Here followeth an account of some Books which gennerally belongs to ye meeting and ffransis Robson & George Hodghson are appointed to take care of them and to whome they are at any time Lent. Ye titles of ye books are as followeth – Three of ffransis Howgills titled – The Dawnings of the Gospell Day - & one of Edward Burroughs – titled The Memorable Worke of a Son of Thunder & Consolation etc. One of James Parnels – titled A Collection of Severall Writings Given forth from The Spirit of the Lord etc. – One of George Keithe titled Immediate Revelation or Jesus Christ Ye Eternall Son of God, - One by George Whitehead and Willm Penn – titled The Christian Quaker and his Divine Testimony Vindicated. One of Isaac Penningtone. – Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

Pg 8 1677

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 13th of 8th Mo 1677.

Three pounds of ye before mentioned moneys which belongs to Mickhall Scaises children is in William Mathews and Alexander Mathews hands for ye use of ye aforesd children. The other four pounds wch belonge to ye children as aforesaid and is in Thomas Walkers and George Hodghsons hands for ye childrens use. The aforementioned sums of moneys is to remaine in ye above named persons hands dureing one yeare time. Roger Kirke and George Hodghson are appointed to go to Dublin to attend ye meeting there ye next 9th Mo. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Lurgan.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 24th of 9th Mo 1677.

Roger Webb, Roger Kirke and Vallentine Hollingsworth are desired to speake to John Henderson, Thomas Harding, John Garvin, John Gilpin, James Harrison, William Lynas, John Hallyday, William White, Christopher Hillary, Danniell Stamper, Hester Hartley, and to know of them why they do not give an account what hath at any time been taken from them for tythes or wheather they pay or not. William Williams is desired to speake to Patrick Gorden to come to ye next mens meeting at Marke Wrights ffransis Robson and Robart Hoope are desired to speake to Thomas Dixson and his wife conserning their marriage #done#. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wrights.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 5th of 11th Mo 1677.

Roger Webb and Roger Kirke is desired to speake to James Harryson and William Lynas, to acquaint them to come to the next mens meeting. Done. Robart Hoope and Roger Webb are desired to speake to Thomas Harding about tithes, as formerly desired. Done. Robert Hoope and William Williams are desired to speake to Pattrick Gorden conserning his discenting from us, because he refused to come to this meeting. Done. John Calvart and Alexander Mathewe are appointed to go to James Mullykin’s house to see what abillity he is in, as to the maintaineing of his family and tht care be taken tht he be supplied with something if need requires. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

Pg 9 1677/8

At our particular mens meeting at Thomas Calvarts the 16th of 12th Mo 1677. John Calvart and Alexander Mathews have (according to friends desire) been at James Mullykin’s and do finde he hath need of some helpe towarde ye maintenance of his family, so friends do consent (and desire) that Alexander Mathews to be care to buy eight pounds of mealie and give it to James Mullykin. Thomas Calvart and Vallentine Hollingsworth is desired to speake to Elizabeth Lynas about tithes. Ye busines to Elizabeth Lynas is prolonged. George Hodghson is desired to speake to Thomas Weatherill about the making of a horse Litter. Robart Hoope George Hodhson Archebald Bell and Thomas Calvart is desired to speake to John Garvin, to entreat him to amend ye fence tht betwixt his and Roger Kirks land. As formerly was ordered him by an award of friends. And if John Garven does not make up ye Sd fence, then our friend Roger Webb doth (for peace sake) promise to make it dureing ye time awarded (as aforsd) by friends. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at ffransis Robson.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 30th of 2nd Mo 1678.

Roger Webb and John Calvart do intend to go to Dublin to attend ye halfe yeare meeting there ye next third month. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 18th of 3rd Mo 1678.

ffransis Robson, Roger Webb George Hodghson Thomas Calvart & James Bullough are desired to take care that an equall division be made of ye goods and chattels tht belong to (and is between) Elin Reay and her sister Mary Reay, before ye parfection of a marriage is solemnised, betwixt James Garver and ye said Ellen Reay. Ye next particular mens meeting is to be at Lurgan.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 22nd of the 4th Mo 1678.

ffransis Robson is desired to speake to Thomas Weatherill to know if he have made ye horse litter, formerly spoken for, and if it be made to pay Thomas for it. Alexander Mathew and William Mathewe are desired to speake to William Johnes about his dissorderly walking. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wrights.

Pg 10 1678

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights ye 3rd of 6th Mo 1678.

Alexander Mathews and William Mathews have (according to friends desire) spoken to William Johnes, and have brought in his answer, i.e. that he does confess he hath done amis and at severall times hath been over taken, but hopes to amend for the time to come. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Thomas Calvarts.

At our particular mens meeting at Thomas Calvarts the 4th of the 7th Mo 1678.

George Harland and Elizabeth Duck have laid their intentions of marriag before friends, and nothing being at present found to the contrary friends (here) have referred them to the next generall meeting. Whereas our particular mens and womens meetings have heretofore been kept on dayes and places aparte, and friends having taken it into consideration, do finde some inconvenience therein, and therefore do gennerally agree, that hereafter our men and womens particular meetings be kept both at one place and both on one day. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at ffransis Robsons.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 26th of the 8th Mo 1678.

James Webb having this day laid his intention of marriage (with Sarah Johnes) before friends and they finding nothing to the contrary but that they may proceed so friends have referred them to the next generall meeting. Robart Hoope and William Mathews are desired, to gett all friends sufferings (belonging to this meeting) tht conveniently can be gott, (tht is not already) that they may be recorded in ye particular booke of record. George Hodghson and Thomas Walker are desired to speake to Henry Lester about his disorderly walking. Vallentine Hollingsworth and James Bradshaw is willing to go to Dublin to attend ye halfe yeare meeting there ye nxt nineth month, if William Porter cannot go. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Roger Webbs.

Att our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 7th of the 10th Mo 1678.

George Hodghson and John Calvart have spoken to Henry Lester, as was desired by friends, but ye matter is continued till further consideration.

Pg 11 1678

Ffransis Robson and Robart Hoope are desired to go to Esther Hartlaye, to see what repaireing her cow-house doth need to have at present. Done. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Lurgan.

Att our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 18th of the 11th Mo 1678.

Henry Lester being publicly spoken to and examined, by friends conserning his misbehavior to which he confessed, and promissed to give forth a paper publicly, to cleare ye truth and condemn, his owne evil practis, Patrick Logan is desired to make a booke, with three quire of very good paper in it, and with what expeditn he can. Done. Ffransis Robson Roger Webb and Marke Wright are appointed to see what is needfull to be done at ye burying place, and to hire labourers to do what they see needfull to be done, as soon as conveniently they can. John Henderson and George Harland are desired to assist Richard Hartley about ye selling of ye cattell, for ye childrens use. Done. William Mathewe is to take care to speake to Christopher Hartley to know his minde and then to write to John Mitchell, to Dublin conserning him. Done. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at Marke Wrights.

Att our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 2nd of the 12th Mo 1678.

ffransis Robson Roger Webb and Marke Wright being formerly desired by friends to take care about ye burying place, and as yett, have got nothing done at it, so they are willing to continue as formerly, and to gett labourers to do whats found needfull to be done, as it is soon as conveniently can be. Henry Lester being at this meeting, and spoken to by friends about his misbehavioure, (as formerly) to which he confesseth, saying he hath greatly sinned against god in doing what he hath done, and hath given forth a paper, against ye said actions. Our next particular mens meeting is to be at ffransis Robsons.

Att our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 26th of the 2nd Mo 1679.

ffransis Robson Roger Webb and Marke Wright, have (in answer to ffriends request) taken care about the burying place but say they cnnot conveniently gett done what is needfull to be done by reason of ye wetness of ye season so they are willing, yett to continue their care about it, and to gett a style sett, besides the gate, and a Lock to sett on the gate.

Pg 12 1679

Robert Hoope and Roger Webb are desired to speake to Thomas Harding about his being long absent from ye meetings. Robart Chambers being openly convinced, (before friends), of his Light and wanton behavioure, at severall times, as idle talking among company at ale houses, and fowlish washing etc, for which he hath promissed to give forth a paper of condemnation, against his actions.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 7th of the 3 Mo 1679.

ffransis Robson Roger Webb and Marke Wright have gott done some parte of what was to be done about ye burying place so ffransis Robson and Roger Webb is willing to continue their care about it, and to gett done, what is not done, as soone as conveniently they can. Roger Kirk and George Hodghson are desired to speake to Robart Chambers, to know of him why (according as he promissed to friends) he doth not give forth a paper of condemnation. Alexander Mathews, John Calvart, Thomas Walker, and George Hodghson have kept ye tennemts and houses (tht formerly belonged to Widdow Peirson) in their possession almost two yeares, and now they are willing to leave them to friends, to dispose of them, as was formerly agreed upon) so friends findeing tht Thomas Walker, is willing to keep them fourer years longer (by himselfe) friends have considered tht he shall have thm, he parforming ye conditions of the Leases, and is to build up againe ye house thts now downe between Nicholas Drapers house and ye house Widdow Pierson lived formerly in, and it is also agreed that if at ye end of ye aforesaid fourer years ye said Thomas Walker be willing to continue and keep ye said tennemts, any longer, then he is to have them dureing ye tearme of ye Leases, and to have ye Leases assigned over to him by and from Widdow Peirson, And if otherwise, and he be not willing to keepe them any Longer, than fouer yeares then he is to give them up againe to friends, that they may do what they see meet with them.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 18th of the 4th Mo 1679.

Roger Kirke and George Hodghson have spoaken to Robart Chambers as desired by friends about his giving forth a paper of condemnation against his misbehaviour as he promised friends he would, and he also being present at this meeting, and friends desireing his answer why he did not

Pg 13 1679

Give forth a paper as aforesaid, he said he would not, but desired friends do what they thought fitt about it, so friends (according to former order of truth) have gennerally consented that a paper be given forth from ye meeting against ye said Robart Chambers his actions. John Webb having intention of marriag with Judeth Johnes, hath this day laid his said intention before friends, and they findeing nothing against it have referred it to ye next gennerall meeting. Thomas Walker and George Hodghson have this day paid in the fourer pounds to friends, which both ye use is now fouer pounds tenn shill. All which belongs to Mickhall Scaifes children as aforesaid. Forty shill. Of ye aforesd moneys is now Lent to Roger Kirke for ye childrens use as aforesd. The other fifty shill. Is left with Alexander Mathews to keep untill further disposed of by ye consent of friends. Roger Webb and fransis Robson are desired to speake to John Towlenson about his dissorderly walking.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 30th of the 5th Mo 1679.

Robart Chambers having been spoken to againe by friends, they desireing that he would rather give forth a paper against himselfe (as formerly mentioned) the wch he hath done. John Towlenson being present at this meeting was spoken to by friends about his diorderly walking tht wch he is willing to condemn, and promissth to do it agn in writeing against ye same. The fifty Shill. Wch was left in Alexander Mathews hand and belongs to Mickhall Scaises children, is (with friends consent) made up of by ye said Alexander Mathews. Goerge Hodghson is desired by friends to make enquiry of ye certainety of ye report of Henry Lester he being drunk.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 10th of the 7th Mo 1679.

No business to be entered this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 23rd of the 8th Mo 1679.

James Webb and John Calvart are willing to go to Dublin to attend ye meeting thre ye next ninth mth.

Pg 14 1679

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 3rd of the 10th Mo 1679.

No business to be entered this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 14th of the 11th Mo 1679.

Thomas Harland and Katheran Bullock having laid their intentions of Marriage before friends, and friends findeing nothing against it do referr them to the next gennerall meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 25th of the 12th Mo 1679.

Roger Webb Vall. Hollingsworth Willm Crookie Will Lynas, and Marke Wright is desired to take care about the burying place to gett ye water drawn from it.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 7th of the 2nd Mo 1680.

Robert Hoope and ffransis Robson are willing to go to Dublin to attend ye next halfe years meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 19th of the 3rd Mo 1680. No business to be entered this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at fransis Robsons the 30th of the 4th Mo 1680.

Robart Hoope and George Hodghson is desired to take care to get a paper written conscerning children or others tht are not obedient to their parents.

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 11th of the 6th Mo 1680.

Robert Hoope William Mathews George Hodghson and John Calverts is desired to go to Willm Porter and see if he do record all such papers as ought to be recorded and that friends testimonies against ye paymt of tythes be Likewise recorded.

Pg 15 1680

At our particular mans meeting at ffransis Robsons the 22nd of the 7th Mo 1680.

Robert Hoope William Mathews John Robson and Timothy Kirk are desired to speak togeather with some other friends at ye next province meeting about the burying place at Carrickfergus. George Hodghson Robart Hoope William Porter and James Bradshaw are appointed to end ye difference (betwixt John Calvart and William Mathews) about ye fence on their backsides, with what expedition they can. Roger Webb and William Porter are intended to go to attend ye next halfe years meeting at Dublin.

At our particular mans meeting at Lurgan the 3rd of the 9th Mo 1680.

ffransis Robson Roger Kirk and George Hodghson are desired to go to Ninnian Symson & to know how things are with him, and what he takes in hand for a lively-hood.

At our particular mans meeting at ffransis Robsons the 15th of the 10th Mo 1680.

William Mathews and George Hodgson are desired to go to see what nesessity ther is to supply James Mullykin and his family with for their present releife he being now Lying Ill. Agreed of by the meeting that all friends to take Care to call to minde, who they have known that formerly were Convinced, and are revolted, and also what hath befallen them, since they fell away, and give an answr to ye next mans meeting. Roger Webb, ffransis Robson, William Carter Robart Hoope, George Hodgson, James Bradshaw, and Thomas Walker, are willing to go to Judeth Thwayte and see what can be done about what was Left by Jain Bass (when she died) to Rear two grandchildren, Joseph, and Peter Thwayte.

Pg 16 1680

At our particular mans meeting at Lurgan the 26th of the 11th Mo 1680.

Those friends of this meeting wch are apointed to take an account who they can remember are revolted is ffransis Robson, Roger Webb, John Hendren, Vallentine Hollingsworth, James Bradshaw, William Mathews, Robart Hoope, William Porter, and Marke Wright. Ffransis Robson and Roger Webb, are desired to speak to such as they suspect do report abroad what they heard is discoursed amongst friends in perticular meetings being matters of Consern, and tht such reprters be reproved. Vallentine Hollingsworth Alexander Christy & Roger Kirk are desired to speak to Edward Thornbrough & his wife and to Robart Thornbrough about their disorderly behaviour in severall respects. Richard Hartley and Mabell Turner, having laid their intentions of marriage before us at this meeting & friends finding nothing against it have refered them to ye next generell meeting and have desired George Hodgson and William Crooke to enquire further into their cleareness.

At our particular mans meeting at Lurgan the 9th of the 1st Mo 1680/1.

ffransis Hillary and Deborah Kirk having laid their intentions of Marryage before ffriends and nothing at present appeareing against it, ffriends have referred them to the next gennerall meeting. It is agreed by friends at this meeting that George Hodgson, William Mathews Robart Hoope, William Porter, Roger Webb, and James Bradshah do take care to correct ye papers conserning revolters.

At our particular mans meeting at Lurgan the 20th of the 2 Mo 1681.

Agreed of by friends at this meeting that a paper be written and published against Robart Chambers, conserneing his takeing of an Oath.

Pg 17 1681

At our particular mens meeting at Roger Webbs the 8th of the 4th Mo 1681. No business to be recorded this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 13th of the 5th Mo 1681.

friends (at this meeting) having taken into consideration tht ye sufferings for severall years past are wanting and not recorded in our particular book, it is therefore agreed of by this meeting tht Robart Hoope William Mathewe Roger Webb William Porter & ffransis Robson do take care to finde out so many of them as they can tht they speake to Hnry Lester and Thomas Wallace to have their answer to ye papers written by friends against them conserning their apostasie.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons ye 23rd of the 6th Mo 1681.

Ye charge wch was from ye last mens meeting upon Robrt Hoope Willm Mathewe Roger Webb, William Porter and fransis Robson is not done so they are to continue.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 4th of the 7th Mo 1681. No busines to be recorded this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at fransis Robsons ye 16th of the 9th Mo 1681.

Agreed of by this meeting that ffransis Robson George Hodgson Elling Greer and Elling Hoope, speake to James Mullykin and Ninian Simson, to know of them how they are provided with winter victualls and if ye Sd parsens see a nesessity for it then they may Lay out something in victualls to be given them as they may think needful. William Porter Roger Webb Vallentine Hollingsworth and George Hodgson ar desird to speake to those who have not brought in an account of their sufferings for this yeare.

Pg 18 1681

1681 At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 28th of the 10th Mo 1681. Robart Hoope George Hodgson and William Porter is desired to speak to William White about his being overseen in drink severall times.

At our particular mens meeting at Marke Wrights the 8th of the 12th Mo 1681.

William White being at this meeting was publicly seen to by friends about severall miscarrages wch was openly proved against him tht was guilty of so he promissed to friends tht he would be more carefull for the time to come of being overtaken. William Williams Christopher Hillary and William Lynas are desired by this meeting to see what is needfull to be done at ye burying place in repaireing ye fenses and drawing ye water from it and to gett done what they see needfull as soon as conveniently they can. George Hodgson and William Porter is desired to take care tht something be given (to whom they see needfull) of reliefe. Mary Walker and Elling Hoope are willing to assist them.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 22nd of the 1st Mo 1681/2.

George Hodgson and Roger Webb are willing to goe to atend ye meeting at Dublin ye next third month. Thomas Conway and Mary Hollingsworth have laid their intentions of marriage before this meeting and friends having conferred about it, and finding nothing against it, hast as having fellowship with them do referr thm to present ye same to ye next province meeting and have desired Timothy Kirk and George Hodghson, Sarah Robson & Ann Bradshaw, to inspect into their clearness. John ffausit and Judeth Thwaite have laid their intentions of marriage before friends at this meeting of which being considered of by friends, it is agreed tht they may present their Sd intntions to ye province meeting, and have desired Thos Walker & James Greer, Ellin Hoope & Ann Hodgson to enquire into their clearness.

Pg 19 1682

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 3rd of the 3rd Mo 1682.

George Bullock, Ezekiell Bullock, George Harland and Thomas Harland have joyntly agreed to give their bond for ye paiment of one pound seventeen shill. & nine pence to William Dixson at or upon ye first day of ye 6th Mo next. Roger Webb, George Hodgson, Thomas Walker and George Lowden are apointed by Judeth Thwaits to be trustees for her children, and she is to make an assignment over to them of ye grange Land (in trust) for her childrens portions.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 14th of the 4th MO 1682.

George Bullock, Ezekiell Bullock George Harland and Thomas Harland have (according to agreemt ye Last mens meeting) given their bond for ye paiment of thirty seaven Shill. Nine pence to William Dixson which bond is in Robart Hopes hand. Judeth Thwayte hath Likewise made over ye grange Land by an assignement (in trust) to Roger Webb George Hodgson Thomas Walker & George Lowder dureing her childrens non age. Alexander Mathewe and Roger Kirk have this day paid to Robart Hoope (by ye consent of ffriends) five pounds twelve Shill. Stl. Wch belongs to Mickhall Scaifes children and (with their consent) is to be paid to John a Murragh on their fathers account by ye said Robart.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 27th of the 5th Mo 1682.

ffriends at this meeting calling to minde and considering tht severals who profess ye truth are neclogent in coming to the weeke days meetings ye wch friends fo desire should be amended and have desired ffransis Robson & Roger Webb to speake to Richard Hartley about ye said neclect. Agreed of by friends tht a certificate be made for Vallentine Hollingsworth & also for ye rest tht go with him and to be made by George Hodgson Robart Hoope Roger Webb William Mathews & William Porter.

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At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 6th of the 7th Mo 1682.

ffransis Robson and Roger Webb have spoken to Richard Hartley according to friends desire, and have brought his answer to the meeting, wch is tht he saith he will endeavor to amend for ye future. The Certificates wch was to be made for Vallantine Hollingsworth and ye rest by George Hodgson Robart Hoope Roger Webb William Mathews and William Porter was done as was desired by friends. Ffriends at this meeting having in their view and considerations that severall young people that profess truth runs into disorder or grows heady and stubborne; it is therefore ye advise of this meeting tht friends who have such sarvants or children reprove them and if they will not heare their reproofe then to bring them before the men or womens meeting to be delt with by friends.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons ye 18th of the 8th Mo 1682.

ffransis Robson and George Hodgson is desired to take care to enquire of the necessity of ye poore that belongs to this meeting. Robart Hoope and James Greer is appointed to go to attend ye meeting at Dublin ye ninth mth next.

At our perticular mens meeting at Robt Hoopes in Lurgan ye 29th of the 9th Mo 1682.

William Williams is desired by friends to provide one to make ye graves at ye burying place when there is occasion.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 11th of the 11th Mo 1682.

Robart Hoope Roger Webb George Hodgson & William Porter are desired to speak to George Lowder about something tht he is under blame of. George Harland is to make ye burying place gate tht it may be kept shut & not to stand so often open as it doeth. Ffransis Robson & George Hodgson have brought in their answer tht according to friends desire they have taken care of ye necessity of ye poore and did administer,

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What they though necessary for their present releife.

At our perticular mens meeting at Robt Hoopes in Lurgan ye 21st of the 12th Mo 1682.

Something being told tht friends debated amongst themselves (conserning George Lowder) so friends have desired Thomas Walker and Alexander Mathews to speake to George Lower tht (if he will) he may tell them who told him what was Sd at ye meeting. George Harland hath made something to fasten the burying place gate with. John Hancock he and Deborah Webb having intention of Marriage with one another, have Laid their said intentions before friends and nothing appearing against them at present so friends have desired Timothy Kirk & William acrooks to take some caire into their cleareness.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 4th of the 2nd Mo 1683.

The matter formerly in debate about George Lowder is thought meet by friends to be delayed. William Dixson and Isabell Rae; having declared intentions of marriage with one another, have Laid their said intentions before friends, and nothing appeareing against them friends have refered them to the next province meeting. Robart Hoope and John Hendren are willing to go to attend ye meeting at Dublin ye next third month.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 16th of the 3rd Mo 1683.

John Bell (of this meeting) and Aylse Harding (of Ballanderry meeting) having intentions of mariage with one another, have laid it before friends of Ballanderry meeting as by Certificate; from thence doth a yeare a copey whereof is as followeth – forasmuch as John Bell and Aylse Harding hath laid their intentions of mariage before our men and womens meetings and nothing appearing against it, but that it might

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Pas to the gennerall meeting.

From our meeting at John Greers ye 23rd of ye 3rd Mo 1683.

Signed in ye behalfe of ye meeting by John Haddock Thomas Courtney Jonas Erwin Sarah Haddock. And ye said John Bell did likewise acquaint our men and womens meeting with ye said intention, of mariage and nothing at present appearing against it friends have consented tht they may proceed, according to order of truth.

At our particular mens meeting at ffransis Robsons the 27th of the 4th Mo 1683.

Nothing to be entered from this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 8th of the 6th Mo 1683.

Thomas McGee and ?Katherine? Mckinnah have this day laid before this meeting their intentions of marriage with one another and nothing at present appearieing against it, friends doe consent tht they may proceed according to order.

At our particular mens meeting at ffrancis Robsons the 19th of the 7th Mo 1683.

Thomas Bullough having Intention of Marrage with Sarah Scaifie hath laid it before us, and friends finding nothing against it at present, do consent tht he may proceed according to order of truth.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 31st of the 8th Mo 1683.

William Mathews and William Porter intends to go to attend ye halfe yeare meeting at Dublin ye next month.

At our particular mens meeting a ffransis Robsons the 12th of the 10th Mo 1680.

Agreed by this meeting that Roger Webb, William Porter and Robart Hoope speak to such as have not given in an acct of sufferings, to know their answer concerning it and likewise that they speake to such as comes to meetings and walks disorderly and give an acct to ye next mans meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 23rd of the 11th Mo 1683.

Roger Webb William Porter and Robart Hoope having not altogeather done what was formerly at ye Last meeting desired they should do, therefore they are desired to continue their caire to what was formerly desired.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 5th of the 1st Mo 1683/4.

Roger Webb William Porter and Robart Hoope have spoken to such as they thought needfull to be spoken to in answer to ye desire of friends.

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John Towle and Ellinor Harlan having intentions of marriage with one another have laid their said intentions before this meeting and nothing apearing against it at present, friends do consent that they lay it before ye next province meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 16th of the 2nd Mo 1684.

Friends considering that ye burying place fences being something out of repaire have desired Marke Wright and William Lynas to take care to gett ye fences mended with what other things needfull to be mended.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robson the 28th of the 3rd Mo 1684.

Mark Wright and William Lynas have gotten ye fences of ye burying place mended as was desired by friends. Timothy Kirk & Thomas Wainwright are desired by friends to speake to John Gilpin to know of him why he hath of laite absented friends meetings.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 9th of the 5th Mo 1684.

Timothy Kirk & Thomas Wainwright have brought in to friends ye answer they had from John Gilpin wch was tht some company resorted to his house upon ye first dayes wch might have brought an evill report upon him or his family wch to prevent so harr as in him lay was an obstruction to his comeing to friends meetings for a season. David Dunbarr and Elizabeth Ledaman having intentions of marriage with one another have laid their said intentions before this meeting and nothing at present appearing against it friends do consent that they may proceed according to former order. Ezekell Bullock hath laid before friends his intention of marriage with Ruth Allyson and nothing at present apeareing against it friends do consent that he may proceed according to former order.

At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons the 20th of the 6th Mo 1684.

Roger Webb and Thomas Wainwright are desired to speak to Patrick Logan that he satisfie friends concerning a late report of his giving abuse to Thomas Barnet. Alexander Mathew and Margritt Harlan having intentions of marriage with one another have laid their Sd intention before friends and friends findeing nothing

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At present ot obstruct them, do consent that they may proceed according to former order of marriages.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 1st of the 8th Mo 1684.

Friends tht was ye last meeting apointed to speak to Pattrick Logan did speak to him and found by him tht some had told him what was spoaken of him in ye mans meeting wch is a great dislike to friends and therefore friends have desired Roger Webb and Alexander Mathews to speak to Pattrick Loggan to know of him who told him as aforesd (if he will tell.) to ye intent such tailecarriers may be found out and noated as evill doers. James Bradshawh and Thomas Wainwright is willing (with ye consent of friends) to go to Dublin to attend ye servis of ye halfe years meetting the nineth moneth next. John Hendren is desired to assist ye woemen tht is apointed to provide mealie or beefe to relieve such poore friends in ye winter time as may be seen needfull by friends.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 13th of the 9th Mo 1684.

Friends at this meeting have discoursed with Pattrick Loagan about what was formerly debaited among friends and he hath publikely at this meeting given satisfaction to friends concerning what he was formerly spoaken to by friends onely refuses to tell friends who told him ye former discourse out of ye meeting as aforesd.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 24th of the 10th Mo 1684.

It is desired by this meeting that all friends who have their goods taken from them on ye account of repaireing ye Parish Worship house, do bring in an acct of what was taken and what was demanded, to ye next mens meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 4th of the 12th Mo 1684.

What was by ye last meeting to be brought in, an acct of sufferings by friends for refuseing to pay to ye repaireing of ye parish worship house is by this meeting considered to be suspended longer by reason all is not yet taken tht will be.

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Jacob Robson hath laid his intention of marriage with Sarah Brownloe before this meeting and friends finding nothing tht may obstruct it, doe give their consent that he may proceed according to former order of truth. William Waddy and Mary Maxton have laid their intentions of Marriage with one another, before this meeting, and friends finding nothing to obstruct them, in their Sd intentions doe give theire consent tht they may lay their Sd intnetions before ye province meeting. Friends at this meeting considering tht a style is nessesary to be sett at ye burying place gate (as formerly), so desires Christopher Hillary take caire to gett one sett as soone as he can, and to gett ye fences mended about ye burying place.

At our particular mens meeting at Ann Webbs the 8th of the 2nd Mo 1685.

John Handran and John Webb are willing to goe to attend the halfe yeare meeting at Dublin the next third month. George Castleton and Ann Peirson have laid their intentions of marriage with one another, before this meeting and nothing at present apeareing to obstruct them in their said intentions, it is ye consent of friends that they lay their said intentions before the next province mens meeting. John Gilpin and Mary Hews have laid thir intentions of marriage with one another, before this meeting and nothing at present apeareing to obstruct them in their said intentions friends do concent that they lay their said intentions before ye next province mens meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 29th of the 2nd Mo 1685.

No busines to be entered from this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 1oth of the 4th Mo 1685.

No busines to be entered at this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 22nd of the 5th Mo 1685.

William Gibson and Mary Caine have laid their intentions of Marriage with one another, before this meeting and nothing apeareing to obstruct them, friends do consent tht they lay their said Intentions before ye next province meeting

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Roger Kirk, John Handren, Ann Wright and Katheren Kirk, are desired to take caire wheather any thing apears against this intention of marriage before next province meeting. Friends at this meeting being lett understand that John Adamson (who comes amongst friends) is in nessessity, his family, having been sick, so friends here, have desired Marke Wright and James Greer to speake to ye said John Adamson to know of him how he is satisfied concerning friends principles, to the intent of friends see it convenient something may be given ye said John for the relief of his family.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 2nd of the 7 Mo 1685.

Some friends having spoaken with John Adamson according to request at last meeting, and findeing him but of weake capasity and understanding touching principles of religion, and that something (for reliefe of his family) may be of more servise afterwards, so is thought fitt to be foreborne till further conveniense. Friends being lett understand tht some difference is betwixt Thomas Harding and John Hoope, and that a stop may be put thereto friends do consent that Alexandere Mathews, Thomas Wainwright and William Porter speak to them, to referr ye matter of Difference to some friends to determine, or otherwise, both of them, come to ye next mens meeting. Thomas Wainwright James Bradshaw and James Greer, are desired to speake to Thomas Chapman, (he being a young man) that he may be cairefull in his traiding and dealeing Least he bring a blame and reproach upon truth.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 14th of the 8th Mo 1685.

It being considered by this meeting that some poore friends may have need of reliefe in ye winter and therefore it is consented to by friends that some beefe be bought and distributed to such as may be thought needfull. William Crooka and Willam Porter is desired to buy some. Tho. Harding and John Hoope have referred ye difference (to fouer friends) which was betwixt them and are bound to each other to stand to friends order. The friends that was desired to speak to

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Thomas Chapman have brought in an account that they did speake to him, and found him willing to take freiends councell and advise (as he sayeth) and that he be cairefull and endeavor to shun these things that may bring reproach upon truth and friends. William Crooka and John Robson are intended to goe to atend ye halfe yeare meeting at Dublin the 9th Mo next.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 25th of the 9th Mo 1685.

It is agreed by this meeting that all ye Books that (publiclely) belong to this meeting, be all brought to ye next particular mens meeting. John Robson & George Hodgson is desired to give notise (before ye said meeting) to friends that have them, that they bring or send them to ye next meeting aforesd. William Crooka and William Porter have (according to friends consent at last mens meeting) bought some beffe, which was distributed to some poore friends as was thought needfull. Ffriends of this meeting having a sence, and weightily considering, the great reproach and trouble that some who come to our meetings) doe bring upon truth and friends, by their frequenting ale houses and vaine comunication, it is therefore ye desire of this meeting, that George Hodgson, John Robson, Robart Hoope, William Crooka, Thomas Wainwright and William Porter, doe take caire to speake to those they know are prone to such things, or such as they may heare of doe practise ye like miscariage, that they may be admonished to forsake such evills.

At our particular mans meeting at John Robsons ye 6th of the 11th Mo 1685.

According to ye request of Last meeting, George Hodgson, John Robson, and ye rest aforementioned did speak to severalle who was (reported of) sometimes being overtaken in drink and often frequenting alehouses, and company keeping, and they say they will endeavor to amend for ye future. John Christy, (by William Mathes) desires to have Loane of twenty shill. Of friends so its consented that he have it Lent untill next sixt moneth.

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Alexander Matheus and Thomas Wainwright is to speake to Widdow Gilpin about severall reports that is spoaken of her behaviour contrary to truth. Timothy Kirk is to go to atend ye sessions tomorrow.

At our paricular mens meeting at Lurgan the 17th of the 12th Mo 1685.

Alexander Mathewes and Thomas Wainwright have reported to this meeting that (according to friends request) reported to this meeting that (according to friends request) they did speake to Widdow Gillpin, and this meeting not being satisfied with his answers to them, and Likewise it doth apeare that since ye said Alexander and Thomas spake to her she hath taken an oath before a Justice of peace against twelve severall persons and bound them over to ye assizes, which is contrary to our principle, so its friends desire of this meeting that ye aforesaid Alexander and Thomas do againe speak to ye said Widd. Mary Gillpin to have her answer conserneing her misbehaviour that she may be delt with for ye cleareing of truth and friends. George Hodgson is desired to gett an acctt of ye day tht ye court Last was held on at Lurgan ye Last 2nd or 3rd Month. Christopher Hillary is desired to hire some to repaire ye fence about ye burying place and upon ye ditches tht ye ground may be kept as dry as it can be gotten. George Bullock desires friend to Lend him fifteen Shill. So it is consented that he have fifteen Shill. Lent out of the Collection money for three moneths if he cannot pay it sooner. Friends at this meeting considering ye inconvenience and dislike some have of ye burying place being so very wett, are willing to purchase a piece of dryer ground, and to that intent have desired James Webb and John Webb to speake to William Williams, about a piece of dryer ground if he will Lett friends have it.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 31st of the 2rd Mo 1686.

Alexander Mathews and Thomas Wainwright have againe spoken to Widd. Gilpin as was desired them by friends and her answer to them was that she hath done no wrong so friends do now consent that a paper be written against her for her aforesd actions they being contrary to truth. Christopher Hillary says he cannot (as was desired) gett ye ditches and fence of ye burying place repaired it being wett. James Webb Robart Hoope Marke Wright and Roger Kirk are desired to go view a piece of ground for a burying place.

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Robart Hoope John Webb and James Greer goes to atend the meeting at Dublin ye next 3 month. George Hodgson, Robart Hoope, Thomas Walker, and William Porter are apointed to make enquiry what was Left by Christopher Peirson, to his brother Williams children and what was sett apart to ye sd children by their mother (before her marrying with George Castleton) and give account to ye next mens meeting how they finde it.

At our paticular mens meeting at Mark Wrights the 19th of the 3rd Mo 1686.

Those friends which at Last mans meeting were apointed to veiw a piece of Ground for a dryer burying place do now give report tht a dryer place cannot, (as yett) be had for a new burying place, for they finde ye aforesd William Williams is not willing to Lett friends have a piece of dry ground for ye aforesd use; so it is agreed of by this meeting that some tryall be made to dry ye now burying place, so have apointed John Webb, Thomas Wainwright, Roger Kirk and William Porter, to gett what they think nessesary to be done for drying of it. William Mathewes and Robart Hoope are desired to enquire (and so farr as they can) to know ye certainty how ye goods (which was left by Esther Hartley at her death amongst her children) was disposed of, and if each childe have gotten its shaire, according as was Left them and give an acct to ye next mans meeting how they finde it. Thomas Chapman and Sarah Hoope have Laid before the meeting theire Intentions of Marriage with one another and nothing at present apeareing to obstruct them friendes do consent they may Lay theire said intentions before ye next province mens meeting and have desired George Hodgson Thomas Wainwright Ellinor Greer and Margrit Mathews to take some caire conserning ye said Thomas and Sarah untill ye said province meeting, and if any thing in ye said time do apeare to obstruct ye aforesd intentions they may acquaint friends of this meeting there with.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 23rd of the 4th Mo 1686.

Some difference having lately fallen betwixt Thomas Harding and James Greer so tht ye said Thomas did shake ye sd James, and friends having given their Judgmt against it ye said Thomas hath also given out a paper of condemnation agnst his sd action wch is to be read in our meeting in publick some first day.

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Those friends wch was formerly apointed about ye graveyard are to continue untill they have got ye work done and then give an acct to ye meeting of ye charge. William Matheues and Robart Hoope having not yet done as was desired by ye meeting about Esther Hartleys children do yet continue intrusted from this meeting untill they take caire to finde out what they can relateing their task.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 4th of the 6th Mo 1686.

The paper given forth by Thomas Harding was read in ye meeting according to order from ye Last mens meeting. Those friends wch were apointed abut ye graveyard, have gotten done what at present they thought needfull and have paid Thirty and six Shillings for what is done. In consideration of ye nessessity and service of ye paper wch was given forth from ye Last halfe yeare meeting at Dublin the meeting doth think fitt tht some friends be apointed to take caire of those things mentioned in ye sd paper and so tht intent have apointed Robart Hoope, John Robson James Bradshawh, Mark Wright, Alexander Matheue George Hodgson and Thomas Wainwright to take caire therein.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 15th of the 7th Mo 1686.

It is agreed and consented to by this meeting that Thomas Conway and some other friends who are intended to Transport themselves into Pensillvania have certificates given them in relation to their behaviour and clearness here, according to friends knowledge of them. Alexander Christy desireth ye Loane of fourer pound of friends for a yeare or two so friends have consented tht he have ye Loane of four pound for one yeare out of ye collection money and he to give a bond for it to Robart Hoope in behalf of ye meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan ye 27th of the 8th Mo 1686.

Friends at ye last mens meeting having agreed that certificates should be given to Thomas Conway and other friends who were intended to Pensilvania, wch was done accordingly as was agreed of by friends. Alexander Christy hath borrowed and resieved fourer pounds wch is Lent him out of ye collection for a yeare and he hath given a bond for it to Robart Hoope in the behalfe of ye meeting.

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John Webb and Alexander Matheus intends to go to attend ye meeting at Dublin ye 9th next. Thomas Wainewright, John Robson Ann Hodgson and Ellin Hoope are desired to buy some beefe and mealie, or what they see needfull of to be given to such friends as have need.

At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons the 8th of the 10th Mo 1686.

Those friends which was to buy some Beefe or other victualls, for poore friends are still to continue their trust as formerly desired. It is agreed by the meeting tht something be written to ye mens meeting at Ballyhagan conserning Willm Weatherill who is lately come from their meeting to ours. George Hodgson and Alexdr Matheus are desired to speake to those friends who have not given in their sufferings for tithes this yeare, to know their reason why they did not. Thomas Heatherinton and Margrit Daniell have this day laid their intentions of marriage with one another before this meeting,and nothing appeareing to obstruct them, it is ye consent of this meeting tht they may lay their sd intentions before ye next province meeting. That something be written to Thomas Heatherintons father into England to have his consent about ye Sd Thos marriage.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 19th of the 11th Mo 1686.

Robart Hoope, John Robson, Timothy Kirk, and Thomas Wainwright, are desired to take care to inspect into those things mentioned in a paper from ye halfe yeare meeting (and comitted to ye generall men and woemens meetings caire) and ye aforenamed friends to give an account to ye next meeting how they finde things. A lettr was sent to Thomas Heatherintons father into England but as yet there is not an answer come.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 2nd of the 1st Mo 1686/7.

William Mathews and George Hodgson are desireth to go to Thomas Chapman, and with him (and his father in law John Hoope) see what ye said Thomas Chapman hath to pay his debts with, and how long it is since he contracted his debts, and give acct to friends how they finde things. Robart Hoope is willing to attend ye next assizes. Agreed by this meeting that all graves be hereafter made in a row, and at one side of ye burying place,

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And William Porter is desired to write a paper to that purpose, if it may be read in ye meeting to give notice to friends that ye aforesaid order may be kept.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 13th of the 2nd Mo 1687.

William Mathewe and George Hodgson, have (as formerly desired) brought in an acct that they (with Thomas Chapman and his father in law) have taken an acct how far what ye said Thomas Chapman hath, will pay what he owes, which they compute, will answer to pay all he owes, excepting about ten pounds sterl. John Robson is to attend ye next sessions. George Hodgson and Thomas Wainwright are to goe to attend ye meeting at Dublin next 3 moneth.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 2th of the 3rd Mo 1687.

William Mathews and George Hodgson is desired to Enquire of Thomas Chapman if he have satisfied any of ye persons he was indebted to, and what course or meanes he thinks to take or use whereby to satisfie (in time) What he owes and also to know of him if he be willing to Judge and condemne what he hath done contrary to truth, wch if they finde he is not willing to do then it is ye desire of this meeting tht ye said William and George do acquaint ye said Thomas Chapman that friends desires him to come to ye next mens meeting.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 6th of the 5th Mo 1687.

William Mathews and George Hodgson having (as was desired by ye last meeting) spoaken to Thomas Chapman, they finde him (as he sayeth) willing to pay what he owes, but at present is not in any condition, or way of imploymt of any Likelyhood to pay, so it is ye advise and consent of this meeting that William Mathews and George Hodgson speake to ye Said Thos Chapman againe, and at some convenient time, they also may speake to John Hoope and Robart Hoope, & ye Sd Thomas, together with halfe a dozen of friends (and as soone as conveniently they can) that somethinge which Lyes in ye way may be then discovered of about ye condition of ye said Thomas Chapman. Thomas Wainewright is desired by this meeting to use what meanes he findes nessesary for ye better secureing and keeping shut, the gate at ye graveyard and what charge he is at at, for so doing friends is willing to pay.

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Roger Kirk and Mark Wright are desired to take caire that something be given to Robart Sanders, for ye suplly of his family, he being not in a condition to so follow his trade; by reason of some humor and trouble that is fallen into one of his eyes. Richard Marcer, and Ann Hoope, having intentions of marriage with one another, have Laid their said intentions before this meeting, and upon enquiry made conserning them (relateing to their said Intentions) severall things apear, against their proceeding therein until friends be satisfied more fully conserning these things, And therefore it is ye consent and request of this meeting that ye said Richard do write a paper against himselfe, for his speakeing to her (ye Sd Ann) in relation to marriage, untill she was cleare from all others, and to condemne his so doeing – And that ye said Ann do likewise write a paper of condemnation against her selfe for her giving way and being conserned with more than one, or holding two or three in affections at a time, and not being cleare of one before she rec’d affection to another, and tht she likewise condemn her forwardness in giving way or Letting out her affections ye said Richard Marcer before she was cleare from others, and that her said paper be publikely read and she to stand by at ye reading of it in ye meeting – and tht Richard Marcer’s paper be likewise then read.

At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons the 17th of the 6th Mo 1687.

William Mathews and George Hodgson, having neglected to speak with Thomas Chapman (togeather with John & Robart Hoope and other friends) as formerly they were desired, And now the said Thomas not being in these parts, it is the desire of this meeting that the said William Mathews and George Hodgson do still continue their Caire as formerly desired. Thomas Wainewright having not yet finished what he findes needfull to be done at ye gate of ye Graveyard, is desired by friends to Continue his Care to ye finishing thereof. Roger Kirk and Mark Wright have given in their answer that something was given to Robart Sanders as was desired by the Last meeting. John Hoope and Ruth Webb, having Intentions of marriage with one another, have laid their said Intentions before this meeting, and nothing apeareing (at present) to obstruct them friends here do consent that they may lay their said Intentions

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Before the next province meeting, And William Porter not being here its ye consent of this meeting that he write a Certificate for them and signe it in behalfe of this meeting. Richard Mercer and Ann Hoope having intentions of Marriage with one another have laid their said Intentions againe before this meeting, and being it was concluded of by friends at ye Last mens meeting acc’t the said Richard and Ann should write each of them a paper against their wring proceeding relating to their said Intentions and tht the said papers should be publikely read, which is not yett done its therefore the order and conclusion of this meeting that ye aforesaid papers be publikely read the next first day in ye meeting acording to former order And after ye performance thereof William Porter is desired to write a Certificate for them to the next province meeting and signe it in behalfe of this meeting.

At our pericular mens meeting at Lurgan the 28th of the 7th Mo 1687.

The business wch was to be spoaken about conserning Thomas Chapman is now by ye consent of this meeting to be left alone; untill further occasion befall or need of further enquiry conserneing ye said Thomas. Thomas Wainwright is still to continue his caire conserning ye gates at ye graveyard. William Crooka and John Bell are appointed to go to attend ye meeting at Dublin ye next ninth moneth.

At our perticular mens meeting at Ann Webbs ye 16th of the 9th Mo 1687.

Thomas Wainwright still continues his caire of getting a gate made for ye grave-yard untill one be made and ye charge defrayed.

1687 At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 21st of the 10th Mo 1687. Thomas Wainwright having gotten a new gate made for the burying place gives an account to

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This meeting that ye new gate, and gate posts and a Lock and Hinges to ye sd gate with new style and setting and finnishing ye same cost twenty Shill. Roger Kirk and Mark Wright are desired to speak to John Hutchesson about keeping ye grave-yard ditches open and ye fenses in repaire, and to consider with him what he in reason may deserve for his Laboure, both for time past and yearely for time to come.

At our particular mens meeting at Ann Webbs the 9th of the 12th Mo 1687.

Roger Kirk and Marke Wright have (as was desired them by ye Last meeting) spoaken to John Hutchison about keeping ye grave yard ditches cleare and open, and ye fences in repaire, for which he is to have two Shill. Each quarter of a yeare, form ye first day of ye 11th month Last past. It is ye consent of this meeting that John Dobb keep ye booke of records of Marriages & Births & Burialls & write into it all such-like things as of late hath been entered into it etc.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan ye 14th of the 1st Mo 1687/8.

No busines to be entered this meeting.

At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 24th of the 4th Mo 1688.

Henry Hollingsworth and Liddya Atkinson having intentions of Marriage with one another have laid their said intentions before this meeting, and nothing (at present) apeareing to obstruct their said intentions, friends do consent that they lay their intnetions aforesaid before the next province mens meeting.

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At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 19th of the 5th Mo 1688.

Thomas Wainwright John Robson & James Bradshaw are desired to speak with John Hoop and William Porter about some wrong done by thm, John (and some others) to ye Sd Wm as he aledgeth. Whereas some difference hath befallen betwixt Ambros Hodgson and Patt. Loogan, coserning wch they both are willing do referr themselves (in thr behalfe) to ye Judmt of this meeting to determine and equally Judge of ye Sd difference & as a testimony hereof they both have sett theire hands- Ambros (A) (mark) Hodgson, Patrick Logan. Friends having considered of ye above Difference and having heard and viewed the saying and alligations of both parties conserning ye promisses do finde tht ye Sd Ambros hath sustained some loss and damage by meanes of ye said Pattrk and therefore do hereby with full consent agree and do order and award that ye said Patrk Logan do and shall (in lue and satisfaction for ye loss and damages wch by his meanes ye Sd Ambros ye sume of ten Shill. For one halfe to be pd without delay and ye other halfe at or upon ye first day of ye ninneth moneth next comeing.

At our pticular mens meeting at Ann Webbs the 29th of the 6th Mo 1688.

The abovenamed friends who were to speake to John Hoope and Willm Porter do give their report to this meeting tht they did speak as desired, but findes

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That ye matter in difference betwixt ye sd John Hoope and William Porter cannot by them be decided so ye pties are willing to delay any further proceeding therein at present. Robart Hoope and William Mathews are desired to speake to John Bullough about his weareing and making of close clothes, of such shape as is disliked by friends and not thought fitt for him to make or weare such garmts.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 10th of the 8th Mo 1688.

Robart Hoope did speak to John Bullough (as was desired he and Wm Mathes should) about making & weareing of such fashioned garmts as are disliked by friends, and John Bullough confesseth he was to blame but promisseth to amend for time to come. Thomas Wainwright and John Robson are willing to assist ye woemen friends in buying Beefe and Mealie against winter to be given to some poore friends as they have need. James Bradshaw and James Greer are desired to speak to Jacob Robson about his reporting tht George Hodgson at his death was oweing him twenty pound which apeare to be false for George was not oweing or indebted to ye sd Jacob but Jacob was oweing for shop goods to ye Sd George.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 25th of the 9 Mo 1688.

James Greer reports to this meeting tht he and James Bradshaw did speak to Jacob as was desired and Jacob confessed he hath done amiss in reporting as aforesd and is willing to write agnst his so doeing, so its ye request of this meeting that ye said friends reminde ye said Jacob to write as he hath promissed to do without delay.

At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 2nd of the 11th Mo 1688. Jacob Robson having written a paper of condemnation against himselfe for his reporting as aforesd, wch aforesaid paper was publikely read in this meeting.

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Patrick Logan not having paid five shill. To Ambros Hodgson which by order of friends should have been paid ye first of nineth moneth last so Robart Hoope is desired to speak to ye said Patrick that he pay ye Sd five Shill. Gawen Stevenson having brought a Certificate (from friends of Ballyhagan meeting) that he did lay his intention of marriage with Katheren Mcgee, before their mens meeting – And the said Gawen Stevenson and Katheren Mcgee have this day laid their intentions of marriage with each other before this meeting, and nothing apeareing to obstruct their said intentions friends here gives consent that they may lay their said intentions before the next province meeting. Christin Bullock having given forth a paper agnst herselfe conserneing her daughter Christins misbehaviour, and this meeting being not satisfied with the aforesd paper as not being full and cleare, in relation to ye matter wherein she is blameworthy, its therefore the consent of this meeting tht the aforesd paper be returned to her againe with advise tht she and her husband do give forth another more full and cleare to ye better satisfaction of friends otherwise friends must write against them. Thomas Wainwright, Thomas Walker etc is desired to speak to John Hoop about ye matter that was formerly spoken to and is yet remaining betwixt Willm Porter and the Said John Hoope. The friends whose names are hereunder subscribed being this fifth day of ye 11th Mo 1688 met together to conferr of administering some releif to such poore friends as are thought worthy and likewise to inspect into ye case of Widdows


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And fatherles children & upon conferrence about severall things amongst which it appears and if found Left in writing subscribed under ye hand of Ann Pierson Widd. That she ye said Ann before she married with George Castleton (and also with his consent) left to her two eldest daughters, Mary & Dynah Pierson (to be equally divided betwixt them) such goods as she could or then had reserved for thm as is nominated in ye afore Sd writing, and having another younger daughter, Sarah Pierson, for whom there was no part or portion left, as ye other two aforesd had by their mother by reason ye said George Castlton said, (and severall of us can remember his words and heard him say) he would take cair for ye said Sarah Pierson as for his own children, - its therefore ye consent of friends here present & undernamed) that ye said George Castleton be put in minde of his aforesd promis conserning ye said Sarah Pierson Least he should omit to wch we subscribe our names, Marke Wright Robart Hoope Timothy Kirk Roger Kirk Tho. Walker William Porter Tho. Wainwright Alse Mathes John Robson James Greer Ann Hodgson. Mary Pierson having a legacy left her by her Uncle Christopher Pierson at his death, whereof George Hodgson hath of late years taken Caire for ye use and benefit of ye said Mary, and ye Sd Georg being dead friends is willing to take Caire of what is remaining of ye Sd legacy that it be improoved to ye use of ye said Mary, and will finde that there is now in Christopher Hillarys hande (as he himselfe confesseth) fouer pound and ten shill. Ster. Principle, and ye interest for two years due ye first of 3rd mo. (May) next at 10p cent. Per ann, for ye said =L04=S10=p00.

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And the said Christopher Hillary is willing and saeth he will give a Bond for ye paiment of what is in his hand, of ye said Mary Piersons money. Alexander Matheew is desired to speak to Ann Bradshaw, to know if she be willing that her husbands Will (he being dead) should be entered & recorded in a Book which friends hath for that sarvis, belonging to this meeting, and withall to advise her to take an Inventory of ye goods and Chattles, her said husband died possessed of.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 13th of the 12th Mo 1688.

The five Shilling (before mentioned) due to Ambrose Hodgson by Patt. Logan is paid as Robart Hoope saies. George Bullock and his wife having been formerly spoaken too Conserning their daughter Christy, they have not yet done any thing to ye satisfaction of this meeting, Nonetheless friends are willing to give them two weeks longer time, that if in ye said two weeks they publikly clere ye truth and friends as in Duety they ought to do other wise friends must write against them for neglecting their duety conserning their said Daughter. Alexr Matheus hath spoaken to Ann Bradshaw (as he was desired ) and saith she is willing her husbande Will be recorded, but she is not willing that an Inventory be taken of her goods being so advised by some persons. But friends being of opinion that for the future peace & quiet betwixt her and her children it may be more convenient that an Inventory be now made, its therefore the consent of this meeting that Robart Hoope speak to her ye Sd Ann Bradshaw again about it. Some friends being formerly apointed to inspect into such things as were mentioned in a papr from the halfe year meeting at Dublin, and some of ye said

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Friends having a desire that other friends should be apointed in their steade, so this meeting doth apoint and intrust Thomas Wainwright Timothy Kirk James Greer and Mark Wright to take caire thereof and to give account how they finde things.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 28th of the 1st Mo 1689.

The matter for which Robart Hoope should have spoaken of to Ann Bradshaw is now (because of some reasons of late happened) to be deferred untill a more conveniensie befall and then to be examined.

1689 At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 15th of the 3rd Mo 1689.

John Bell and Alexr Matheus are desired to speake to John Bullough about his carrying of arms amongst ye soldiers and other misdemeanor, acted by him, contrary to friends principles, part whereof he hath been admonished by friends to forbear wch he promised he would but as yet hath not. Thomas Wainwright John Bell & Alexr Matheus are desired to speak to Thomas Harding about his son Tho. Remaineing in his house being his said son of late went to a preist to marry a Wife wch is contrary to ye testimony and principle of friends. Upon consideration of great loss of goods friends have of late sustained through ye great Comotions that now is in ye nation it is thought convenient that all friends take care to keep an exact acct of what goods is taken from them either by night or day since ye said troubles did arise. Robart Hoope & Willm Porter Mary Walker & Ellin Hoope are desired to conferr with Thomas Harland about some convenient woman to keep his house his wife being lately dead.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 19th of the 4th Mo 1689.

John Bullough having been sundry times spoaken to by friends, about those things before mentioned and as yet he hath not answered friends request nor given them a satisfactory answer, its therefore ye consent of this meeting that Robart Hoope & Alexr Matheus should speak to ye said John againe.

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James Greer and Robart Robinson are desired to speak to Thomas Williams to know of him how he getts a livelyhood tradeing being now very bad and litle to be had by tradeing and some friends being in doubt that he may be in some necessity and therefore if ye said friends see that he hath need then friends are willing something should be administered unto him. Thomas Wainwright John Bell & Alexr Matheus are to continue their caire to speake to Thomas Harding Junr againe by reason he hath not yet done as he promised or seemed willing to do and so friends are not satisfied conserning him.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 31st of the 5th Mo 1689.

Robart Hoope and Alexr Matheus hath spoaken to John Bullough (as was desired) and saeth they have hope he will see his errour and amend for ye future. James Greer & Robart Robinson did speak to Thomas Williams (as was desired) and say they finde no present need for anything to be adminstered him but that he can subsist by his owne industry as yett so is not willing to take any thing untill further necessity requires. Thomas Wainwright and other friends having spoken to Thomas Harding ye younger (ye second time) as was desired and saeth they finde him now more unwilling to submit to friends councell than he was when friends spake with him ye first time about his miscarriage nonetheless friends are willing he should be spoaken with againe so Thomas Wainwright and Alexr Matheus are willing to speak both to said Thomas Harding and John Bullough once more and bring their answer and then friends may do as they see meet concerning them. William Crooka and John Robson are desired to speak to Thomas Harding ye Elder about his entertaineing his aforesd son Thomas in his house contrary to ye minde of friends because his said son hath acted such things which is against ye princeples of friends and out of ye good order of truth.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 11th of the 7th Mo 1689.

Thomas Simpson having related his case of poverty to some friends and that at present he

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Hath great need of a paire of shoes having had a paire taken off his feet (by ye Irish) and is not able to buy a new paire, so its consented by this meeting (as a Charitable act) he being an old man) that Robart Hoope do give so much money to ye said Thomas as will buy him a paire of new shoes. Alexr Matheus and Christopher Hillary are desired to speak to Lancelot Turner ye elder about his being or takeing pt with his son in some difference or Quarrell which happened with his said son and some others, so ye said friends may advise the said Lancelot to have a caire for ye future of being too forward to consern himselfe in any difference or hasty Quarrell wch may arise betwixt his son and any others because Truth Leads out of Warr and strife and to be at peace with all men. The friends who were last apointed to speak to Thomas Harding and his son, gives some acct to this meeting that by reason of ye great troubles & hurryes that’s in ye country amongst people, it may be good to forbear any further proceedings with ye said Thomas & his son untill a more convenient time befall.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 23rd of the 8th Mo 1689.

Robart Hoope Willm Crooke Alexr Mathus and Thomas Walker are desired to take care and consider what poor friends there are tht have need of some releife & also to distribute to them as they needfull.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 15th of the 11th Mo 1689.

Nothing of moment this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 26th of the 12th Mo 1689.

No thing of Moment this meeting.

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At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 9th of the 2nd Mo 1690.

Nothing of Moment this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 21st of the 3rd Mo 1690.

Robart Hoope is desired to speak to Alexander Christy about some moneye he borrowed of ye meeting - & know of him if he can now pay pt or all of it.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 7th of the 5th Mo 1690.

Thomas Walker & Robart Hoope are entrusted to dispose of ten ginnys to such poor friends as they think needfull it being pt of a certaine sum of money sent from friends in England for ye reliefe of poor friends here in Ireland who are brought to poverty by ye late Comotions & Warrs in this nation.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 13th of the 6th Mo 1690.

Nothing of Moment this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 25th of the 7th Mo 1690.

Roger Kirk Robart Hoope & James Webb are desired to speake to Thomas Harding Junr & to Jacob Turner about their goeing to a priest to take a wife wch is contrary to ye practise of ye premitive Christians & ye good order of truth - & to bring in their answers.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 4th of the 9th Mo 1690.

An answer being brought to this meeting from Jacob Turner & Tho. Harding Junr about their marriages as aforesd & they refuseing to comply (& submitt) to friends advise its ye consent of this meeting tht a paper be written and published against ye said Jacob & Thomas conserning their marriages contrary to ye good order of truth & practises of ye premitive Christians. Mark Wright & Thomas Wainwright are desired to take care tht the grave yard fences & stile be well made & kept in repaire.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 27th of the 10th Mo 1690.

Those friends formerly conserned about Widd. Peirsons

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Children are againe desired to Continue their care conserning what was left them both what it is & in whose hand or custody it is. Richard Mayson is desired to speak to John Hutchisson & gett him to amend ye ditches & ye fences about the graveyard. James Webb & John Robson is desired to enquire of William Vance & know if he be in needof reliefe tht something be administered to him.

At our paticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 11th of the 1st Mo 1690/1.

William Vance having had something administred him & friends finding he hath taken care & laboured to improve it ye best way he could have desired James Webb & John Robson to continue their care towards him. Those persons formerly desired to take care of Widd. Piersons children relating to what was left them are againe by this meeting desired to continue their care having not yet done what is nessisary to be done on their behalfe. A certaine difference being now depending betwixt James & John Webb & Willm Williams about a bargaine of Bark formerly sold to ye Sd James & John by ye Sd Willm and not yet accomplished though they have paid ye said William, for ye apealieing & reconcileing tht difference both parties have chosen & apointed Robart Hoope & John Robson to determine it.

At our particular mens meeting at John Robsons the 22nd of the 2nd Mo 1691.

Nothing of Moment this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 3rd of the 4th Mo 1691.

John Bell & Thomas Bullough are desired to speak to William Hogg to know what he is willing to do towards getting of Cloathes for a boy (of John Shepherds deceased) now willing to go apprentice & wanteth cloathes. William Dixson having (by Alex. Christy) desired the care of a little money for a while so friends have consented to lend him fifty Shill. Our of ye collection.

At our mens meeting at Lurgan the 15th of the 5th Mo 1691.

Thomas Walker Robart Hoop & Alexander

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Mathus are desired by this meeting (in stead of all ye rest formerly concerned) to take care about ye matter relateing to Widd. Peirsons children as aforementioned and give an acct thereof to friends. James Morton and Aylice Green, having intentions of Marrage with one another, did this day lay their said Intentions before this meeting & nothing at present appearing to obstruct them, friends here do consent tht they may lay their Sd Intentions before ye next province meeting. Robart Hoope & Thomas Walker & Alexander Mathes are desired to enquire of Peter Harland or his wife to know if they have need of some reliefe ye Sd Peter being now sick, & if they be needfull something may be administered for their relief. Thomas Wainwright & William Crooka are desired to speak to Ninnian Simpson to know if he be in need of something, & if they finde it nessesary that something be administered. Then John Robson & John Hendren are entrusted to buy a cow tht ye said Ninnian may ye milke of her for some reliefe to his children but ye Sd cow to belong to friends. Wheras William Porter hath made complaint to this meeting that Alexander Mathes hath wronged him by setting abroad reproachfull saying against him (ye Sd Wm) and therefore Robart Hoope Thomas Wainwright John Robson Thomas Walker Robart Robinson, and Timothy Kirk are apointed by this meeting to make enquiry & finde out if they can, ye occasion of ye Sd report & give their opinion conserning ye same.

1691 At our perticular mens meeting at John Robsons ye 26th of ye 6th Mo 1691.

Thomas Walker Alexr Mathes & Robart Hoope have brought in an account in writeing what they finde to belong to Widd. Peirsons children, (as by ye said paper doth apear) and they are desired to continue their caire to gett, what they finde belonging to ye Sd children together into some one persons hand.

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Those friends which were to enquire if Peter Harland were in want of some reliefe he being sick have not yet done it. Those persons wch were to inspect into the necessity of Ninnion Simpson saies they found he had need of some reliefe and therefore have boutht a cow (at ye meetings charge) tht ye said Ninian may have ye milk of Sd Cow, for reliefe to his children but tht ye cow to belong properly to friends being paid for out of ye collection by Robart Hoope to value of L2=1S=3d. George ffox having Intention of Marriage with Jane Nicholson did this day lay his said intention before this meeting, and nothing appeareing at present to obstruct his Sd Intention this meeting do consent tht he may proceed according to former order of truth.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 7th of the 8th Mo 1691.

Thomas Walker & Alexr Mathes are desired to continue, (having formerly neglected) their care to administer something towards ye releife of Peter Harland he being in needsessity through age & sickness. The said Thomas & Alexr are also desired to take care about what belongs to Mary & Dynah Peirson as is collected in a paper wch was brought of an acct what is theirs it being and for some years past hath been under ye care of friends for ye Sd Mary & Dynahs use. William Souldan Thomas Walker James Greer John Hoope & Wm Porter are desired to speake to John Robson (he not being here present) to acquaint him that its ye request of ye most part of friends that ye meeting be kept every other week at Lurgan dureing this winter and to tht purpose it hath been discoursed this meeting, to know ye said Johns consent, tht ye meeting be kept as aforesd. The Booke of record of Certficates of

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Marrages, Birthes & Burialls) belonging to this meeting having for some years past been entrusted to ye custody of John Dobb, & he being now absent & not in this nation severall friends are not content by reason ye said Booke hath not been duely kept as formerly, its therefore ye desire & consent of this meeting that ye aforesd Booke be now comitted to ye custody of Wm Porter that it may be more duely kept in order as formerly.

At our perticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 8th of the 9th Mo 1691.

Thomas Walker & Alexr Matheus gives report to this meeting that (for present releife) they have given ten Shills to Peter Harland. The said Thomas & Alexr are desired to continue their care about Mary & Dynah Peirson as formerly desired by friends. Those friends which at last meeting was desired to speak to John Robson about ye meeting being kept every other week at Lurgan dureing the winter, reports they did speak to John Robson & tht he gave consent tht ye meeting might be altered, as aforesd being the friends had agreed to it. Thomas Wainwright James Morton & William Porter are desired to goe to Elizabeth Dunbar, & to her neighbour Cormac to know what is ye difference betwixt them, ye sd Cormc having complained of her to this meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 30th of the 10th Mo 1691.

Thomas Wainwright James Morton & Willm Porter having spoaken to Elizabeth Dunbar & her neighbour Cormack (as was desired by ye last meeting) about what ye said Cormack made complaint of aganst ye said Elizabeth, and upon their

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enquiry have found that ye said Elizabeth had too forwardly & unadvisedly spoaken & reported of ye said Cormack, (relating to his employment) for which they did reprove, & advise her to be more carefull in her reporting so forwardly of any body hereafter. Timothy Kirk is apointed to take care tht a paper of condemnation be written against John Wright and Lettie Scaife, for ye clearing of truth of friends of them & their disorderly behaviour & going to a priest to be married. Robart Robinson & Robart Hoope are desired to speake to Bethiah Turner about her going to a preist to be maried, & with one of another Judgmt then what she formerly hath proffesed. Ffransis Hillary is desired to speake to his Brother Christopher Hillary of his having been too much in Drink, & give his answer to ye next meeting. Friends having agreed that ye meeting-house in Lurgan be enlarged Robart Hoope & Thomas Harland are apointed to provide timber for it.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 1oth of the 12th Mo 1691/2.

Robart Robinson Robart Hoope Tho. Walker Timothy Kirk John Robson & William Porter are apointed to speake to Marke Wright (& his son John) about his said sons continueing in ye house with his Sd father, after he has been so disobeydiant to his father as he hath been & received friends councell, so after ye aforesd friends have ye said Markes answer then a paper of condemnation may be written against ye said John Wright as was intended by friends. Those friends who by ye last meeting was desired to speak to Bethiah Turner sayes they could not yet conveniently speak with her, so are desired to speak to her as soon as they can. Ffransis Hillary having spoaken to his Brother Christopher as was desired & now gives acct that Christopher denies ye report of his being over

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Seen in Drinke, to be true, so Robart Hoope is to speak to ye pty tht gave information of it so to know what will be made out, upon proofe. Robert Hoope & Willm Porter is desired to speak with Thomas Turner & his wife about their daughter Bethiah & know of them how they are inclined about giving any thing to her as portion or not, being she hath maried one of another Judgemt & a publicke testimony having some yeares have been given forth in print by friends that such disobeydiant children should not be much countenanced or maintained by their parents. Thomas Walker, Alexr Mathues, Thomas Wainwright Mary Robinson Ann Webb, Mary Walker & Ellin Hoope are apointed & entrusted to dispose of four pound to such friends of this meeting as they finde needfull & deserving.

At our pticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 22nd of the 1st Mo 1692.

This meeting have agreed that Robart Hoope and Robart Robinson do take care that a paper be written against Bethyah (agle all) Turner conserning her going to be maried with a preist & to one of another Judgemt contrary to ye good order of truth. The matter formerly in discourse conserning Christopher Hillary is deffered untill further acct can be got from Thomas Courtney of ye verity of ye report as aforesd. Robart Hoop & Will. Porter being by last meeting desired to speak to Thomas Turner & his wife about their being suspected to have too great countenance and good will to their daughter Bethyah both since her mariage & in ye time of her being so inclined & ye Sd Robart & Will. Reports to this meeting tht they finde no ground for ye aforesd suspition but tht ye Sd parents are clere of such blame. Thomas Walker & Alexr Mathes wch ye reste conserned with them from ye last meeting (for ye disposall of four pounds) gives acct ye Sd money was disposed of. Roger Kirk is desired to speak to John Huchisson to amend ye graveyard fences & dress up ye ditches as he finds needfull to be done. (next page to start with “Those.”

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Having questioned him concerning the Matter and findeing nothing to obstruct his said Intention, saveing that his Mother (dwelling in England) may not know of his aforesd Intention & therefore thinks nessessary a Lettr be sent from this meeting to some friends in England (relateing ye matter) that they may acquaint his Mother there with and get a Certificate under her hand of her consent to her sons marrying with ye Sd Mary Boyes, and in ye meane time it is permitted by friends that he may proceed to lay his Sd Intention before other meetings according to former order. This meeting considering that some poore friends may stand in need of having some supply towards winter provissions & therefore have desired Thomas Wainwright to be assisting to ye woemen friends (who are appointed) to buy mealie or other necessaries for ye use of poore friends.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 19th of the 8th Mo 1692.

Thomas Bullough hath given forth a paper against himselfe & his aforesd miscarige of goeing to a preist to be married & for ye clearing truth & friends hereof it being contrary to our principle. A letter was sent to some friends in England concerning John Porter (as was apointed by last mens meeting) but have not yet an answer of it. John Neall having a minde to remove with his family to beyond Charlemont, & being poore, friends have consented that Robart Hoope give him Twenty Shill. Out of friends collection money for assistance in his removeing.

At our pticular meeting at Lurgan the 7th of the 10th Mo 1692.

Thomas Walker Alexr Mathes & George ffox are desired by this meeting to use all dilligence to finde out how what was left to Mary & Dynah Pearson lies & in whose custody any or all of it now is, it having been under friends care and for them these divers years past This meeting threfore desires ye Sd pson to take a ffull acct what remaines due to ye Sd Mary & Dynah, & likewise endeavour to know what was left by George Castleton to them & their sister Sarah, at his death. John Turner & Deborah Hancock having

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Laid their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this meeting & nothing at present appeareing against them to obstruct their Sd Intentions this meeting consents tht they may appear in like manner before the next province meeting.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 18th of the 11th Mo 1692.

John Webb & Timothy Kirk are desired to speak to John Cain he having been formerly spoken to about his late miscariage of comiting fornication & thereby hath brought a reproach upon our holy profession. Those friends formerly apointed conserning Mary & Dynah Pearson have as was desired brought in an acct, of what they find & ye ready moneys is now paid to Edward Webb who is appointed to pay ye like value to ye Sd Mary and Dynah in Dublin & take receit for it from both of thm and send ye Sd receit to John Hoope for friends of this meeting. The meeting be enformed that a sarvant woeman who lately lived with Richard Mayson hath given forth a scandelous report of ye said Richard whereupon this meeting have appointed Thomas Walker & Alexr Mathes togeather with two woemen frineds to goe to ye Sd woeman who raised ye Sd report & to finde out what possibly they can of ye certainty (or uncertainety) of ye Sd report.

At our pticular mens meeting at Ann Webbs the 22nd of the 12th Mo 1692.

John Cain having been severall times spoaken with about his aforesd miscariage & ye fact being contrary to all Christian religion friends have by one consent agreed tht a paper be written agianst ye Sd John Cain for his so acting contrary to our Christian principles. The matter conserning Richard Mayson was enquired into by ye aforesd friends & found a false report agast ye Sd Richard & ye woeman who raised ye report hath given under her hand to ye contrary and cleared the Sd Richard of ye scandale. John Morton relates to this meeting that one Jane Ballentine als Rea who for some years past frequented our meetings, hath (contrary to our principles) gone

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To a preist to be maried to one of another Judgemt so its ye advise of this meeting tht the said Jane be admonished of her errour & write a paper against her said actions withut delay.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 5th of the 2nd Mo 1693.

The paper given against John Cain, as formerly agreed of by friends was accordingly done & read in a publicke meeting at Ann Webbs.

1693 At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 17th of the 3rd Mo 1693.

Jane Ballentine having (as was desired her) written a paper against her marrying a man of another Judgemt & of being married by a preist, but what she hath written being not aproved of by friends to be full & suffitient enough relating to ye act, it’s the request of this meeting that William Porter amend her sd paper or write a new one & then to be shewed to ye said Jane tht she may signe it.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 28th of the 4th Mo 1693.

The paper conserning Jane Ballentine not yet being corrected its apointed that Wm Porter take care to correct it or write another without delay.

At our pticular mens meeting at Lurgan the 8th of the 6th Mo 1693.

Willm Smyth hath related to this assembled that he hath an Intention to remove, & its ye consent of this meeting togeather with their advise tht he may remove But that he use his endeavour to make choice of a place near some friends where he goeth for his dwelling and that he apply hiselfe to ye mens meeting next to where he may like to settle before he fully conclude a Bargaine for land. Margret Mcelvany, being fallen Lunatick, having been formerly so distempered and being she frequented our meeting when sensible, its ye concent of this meeting tht some endeavore be made for her care and so have agreed that Thomas Wainwright & Wm Porter take care & endeavour to gett her cured, or make conditions for her cure and ye meeting will pay as they agreed.

At our peticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 21st of ye 7th Mo 1693.

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Ordered that ye partys formerly apointed do continue their care to () ye cure of Margret Mcelvany can be perjected and the meeting consents to pay ( ). John Rea having been severall times spoaken too by friends about his inclining to Marry a woeman that’s of another Judgemt And ye said John Rea being now here before this meeting and severall friends have now questioned him about his being married as aforesd, to which he confesseth, but friends having (as formerly) given him their advise to contrary, being not consistant with our principles, and he ye Sd John confessing it an errour in him in being so inclined hath now desired that John Morton should goe with him to ye woeman with intent, to tell her that he is now otherwise minded, and so ye matter may be lett fall betwixt them in relation to Marge, as had been by them in agitation or had in affection to one another And so for ye future, they might be free and cleer of each other.

At our perticular Mans Meeting at Lurgan the 4th of the 9th Mo 1693.

Thomas Wainwright & Wm Porter being formerly appointed to take care about Margret Mcelvany (when Lunatick) to see if she could be cured, And now they report to this meeting that they have disbursed thirty Shill. For her Cure, so this meeting have ordered that Robart Hoope Reimburs ye said thirty shill. To ye said ptys &1S 8d more wch was disbursed. John Morton reports to this meeting that he did (as was desired by friends) goe with John Rea to speak to ye woeman he was in affections to have married, And ye Sd John Rea instead of being altered as he signified before friends) did privately informe ye woeman otherwise, so it appears he cannot be reclmed but holds his resolution to marry as aforesd, so it’s the consent and Order of this meeting that a paper be written relating how he hath been advised by friends from time to time.

At our particular mens meeting at Lurgan the 13th of the 10th Mo 1693.

There being a young childe of Thomas Dixsons (its mother being dead) & ye said Thomas being not able to maintaine it friends are willing to administer some charitable releife towards ye bringing of it up And therefore have apointed Timothy Kirk John Hoope James Morten & Alexr Mathes togeather with some

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Woemen friends to consider of what way may be most suitable to doe for ye bringing up of ye said childe And having considered its fathers inability ye aforesd friends have concluded to pay six Shill. At present towards ye keeping of ye said childe untill further need be.

At our mens meeting held at Lurgan the 25th of the 11th Mo 1693.

A paper being recommended from ye halfe year meeting to ye severall province meetings relating severall perticulars to be observed & put in practise amongst friends and ye same being also recommended to ye severall perticular meeting in each province to be carefully observed This meeting therefore have appointed John Robson & William Porter to inspect ye management of meetings for worship & publick testimonys. And likewise have apointed Thomas Wainwright Tho. Walker Alexr Matheus & Alexr Christy to inspect the vissiting of friends families with all other pticulars tending to the servis therein as may be seen needful. John Hoope and William Porter are desired to speake to Joshuah Marsh (once more) about his laite miscarage and if he canot be reclaimed then friends may deale with him as they see convenient. Ordered that twenty Shill. Be lent William Swinton for a year and that he give a Bill to William Porter for the paimt thereof in behalfe of ye meeting.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 7th of the 1st Mo 1693/4.

John Neill this day presenting himselfe hath laid his intention of Marage with Ester Rafford before this meeting & nothing appearing to obstruct his said Intnetion its ye consent of this meeting that he also lay his said Intnetion before ye men & woemaens meetings neer Ballymoney, & that Willm Porter give him a Certificate to friends there of his declareing his intention to this meeting. Mathias Calvart and Isabel Robson have this day presented themselves and laid their intentions of Marrage with one another before this meeting And a certificate from friends meeting at Richard Boys being sent to this meeting of ye said Mathias speking & relating his Sd Intention,

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But upon enquiry it apears that he ye said Mathias had sometime past made offer of Marage to one Elinor Calvart in England which is not yett fully known how ye matter is this meeting have ordered John Hoope to write to friends in England (where ye said Eliner dwells) to get a certificate under her hand for cleering ye said Mathias (if ye matter, be over betwixt them) to Marry & in ye mean time this meeting gives admittance that ye said Mathias and Isabell may lay their aforesd Intentions before ye next Province Meeting.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 18th of the 2nd Mo 1694.

William Souldan is desired to speak to Joshuah Marsh to know if he continue his inclination to take friends advise & if he frequent friends Meetings at or near Richard Boyes as he hath said he of late did wch if so then a paper is to be written agreeable to one he gave to friends signifieing his remorse and repentance for his former miscariage or otherwise to be be delt by as friends see fitt. Ordered that another letter (agreeing with and formerly written) be sent to Robart ffossicte. Ordered that a paper be written against Hannah Hall concerning her late miscariage in marrying with a Priest and to one of another Judgemt ye Sd paper to be composed by Robart Robinson & Willm Porter & ready so that it may be read in ye meeting ye next first day.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Ann Webbs ye 30th of the 3rd Mo 1694.

Its againe desired by friends that William Soulden and Lawrence Allyson speak yet once more to Joshuah Marsh as formerly and know why he is so necligent in comeing to meetings. The paper conserning Hannah Hall as before mentioned was perfected and read in ye meeting.

At our perticular mens meeting held at John Robsons ye 11th of the 5th Mo 1694.

The lettr wch was by this meeting order apointed to be written & sent to Robert ffossick got saife to his hand as appeare by his answer to friends here intimateing the perticular mentioned in our lettr. Ocassion being given to this meeting, of Joshuah

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Marshs being blamed for some fault he hath made to some body so this meeting have desired William Souldan & Lawrence Allyson to speak to ye said Joshuah to know of him how ye matter is & what he hath done & where their answer to friends how they finde of him. Moab Robinson (a young man who hath lived for some time here & frequents our meetings, now intending to remove ) desires a certificate from this meeting so Jno Hoope James Moorton & William Porter is apointed to make enquiry of ye persons where he hath lived how he behaved himselfe in his deportment & if they finde nothing of blame conserning him then its ye consent of this meeting that William Porter write a Certificate for him. Thomas Wainwright & Timothy Kirk are apointed to inspect into publick meetings of worship & testimonye as recommend from ye halfe years meetings And like wise ye said Thomas & Timothy & Richard Mayson with Alexr Christy to visit families with other things formerly given in charge to friends of that conserne.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 22nd of the 6th Mo 1694.

The friends formerly apointed to speak with Joshuah Marsh have returned their answer to this meeting that they did speak to him and since which time he hath given a paper wch is condemned his former miscarages and and a promise to amend for the future wch is recd at present. Mathias Calvart & Isabell Robson have presented themselves & declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this meeting & ye meeting findeing nothing to obstruct them, therefore have consented they may likewise apear before ye next province meeting. A Booke of ye (J)ournall or historical acct of George ffox being left a free gift by ye said George & being this day brought to ye meeting to be preserved for ye servis thereof, the charge upon it is onely for custome & carage from London being two Shill. Six pence.

At our particular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 3rd of the 8th Mo 1694.

John Dobbs having related to this meeting

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His Desire (with Intention) of removieing to Dublin to Dwell if friends have nothing to obstruct it, so this meeting have ordered that William Porter do report ye same to ye next Province meeting to have ye consent of friends there also.

At our pticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 15th of the 9th Mo 1694. Edward Thornborough & his wife (as relation is given to this meeting) having acted some misdemeanor contrary to ye good order of truth so this meeting have apointed Alexr Mathes & Thomas Wainwright to make enquiry & speak to ye said Edward & his wife about ye Sd matter and give an acct to next mans meeting how they finde it. After some consideration of ye shortnes of ye days in winter time & also of ye distance of places & length of way some friends have to goe home after ye meeting its ordered & comanded by this meeting that ye day whereon ye men & woemens meetings is to be held that friends should observe to come togeather an hour sooner than ye usuall meeting time so that ye meeting for worship be settled before (or at) ye tenth hour at furthest and that John Robson give publick notise in ye meeting on ye first day next before the mens meeting that friends may observe ye hour apointed for that meeting. Ffransis Hobson and Mary Hardin having intentions of marrage with each other have laid their Sd intentions before this meeting & nothing at present apeareing to obstruct them friends here have consented tht they may apeare at ye next Province meeting & a certificate of their apearance to this & ye woomans meeting to be sent to the province meeting.

At our pticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 9th of the 11th Mo 1694.

Its ye consent of this meeting that a paper be written against Edward Thornbrough by Wm Porter with ye assistance of Alexr Christy. (Done). Edward Webb and Sarah Walker having Intentions of Marrage with one another dis this day

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Lay their said Intentions before this meeting and nothing at present appeareing to obstruct them this meeting have consented that they lay their said intentions before ye next province meeting & that a Certificate of their apearance before this meeting & also before ye woemens meeting) be sent to ye Sd province meeting. Ordered by this meeting that ye visiters speak once more to Ann Hoop sons & Thomas Harding about their former miscarrage & know if they or either of them are willing to write to condemn their said miscarrage without further delay, if otherwise then friends must write against them. Ordered by this meeting that ye visiters speake againe to Thomas Lawlies about his loose & vaine behaviour that it possible be may nor need.

At our mens perticular meeting held at Lurgan ye 6th of the 12th Mo 1694.

George Thomson and Margrit Graves having Intnetions of Marrage with one another have laid their said intentions before this meeting & nothing at present appeareing to obstruct them this meeting have concented that they may likewise lay their said intentions before ye next province meeting & that a certificate of their apearance before this meeting (& also before ye Woemens Meeting) be sent to ye said province meeting. Ordered by ye concent of this meeting that a paper be written (by Wm Porter with ye assisstance of Alexr Mathes) against Thomas Harding & ye Sd paper be ready before ye next province meeting that is may be viewed & approved of by ye Sd meeting. Ffriends at this meeting having had some conferrance about having a collection aaltered from ye day it hath been usually kept on and now to be on the mens meeting day unless some inconveniensy may attend which is not at present foreseen & if so then to return and be kept as formerly, and that notice be given to friends in publick in ye meeting (of ye altering ye collection from ye former course) upon ye first day on wch ye collection should have been.

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At our particular mens meeting held at Lurgan the 20th of the 1st Mo 1694/5.

Ordered that a paper be written by William Porter (as can be best collected from Alexr Mathes as was formerly intended of by ye meeting) against Thomas Harding for his miscariage. Ordered that a paper be written by Thomas Wainwright and William Porter against Thomas Lawles for his loose & vaine behaviour & then shew him. John Hollydaise daughter having been spoaken with about her miscarrage of marying with a priest & ye friends with her reports to this meeting tht she apeares to be sory for which she has done in her marying as alowed and is willing to write a paper against her selfe so ye friends wch formerly spake to her is desired to take care therein. Robart Hoope & Jno Hoope are ordered to speake to Mary Noble and her sons & ask how they goe on in their busines and agreed among themselves some time in peaceand quiet and so take friends advise in ye management of their busines. Ordered that the visitors give an account to Robart Hoope Robart Robinson Thomas Walker Jno Hoope William Souldan & Jno Robson on ye first day next before ye Province Meeting how they have pformed their service & how they finde things in ye Generall and that for ye future it be observed that ye visiters make a returne to this meeting at ye next pticular mens meeting before every quarterly meeting in writeing.

At our pticular mens meeting held at Lurgan the last of the 2nd Mo 1695.

It being ordered by last meeting that a paper of condemnation should be written against Thomas Lawles which was accordingly done & shewed him and he seemed (and also promissed) for ye future to amend so its desired that ye vissiters continue their care towards him as formerly and see that he write under ye aforesd paper a confession of his miscarrage and to ye truth of what is said in ye sd paper. Ordered that Wm Porter write to some friends (near Borrowbridge) that they may make enquiry for Jane Porters Mother who dwells near ye said

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Borrowbridge and endeavour to get under her hand of her consent that her said daughter Jane Porter may marry with Barnard Bullock (as is an action betwixt them that they afterward may proceed therein. Its ye consent of this meeting that some friendes be appointed at ye next mens meeting to attend the Assize & Sessions to be held for this county. John Walker and Sarah Hoope having intentions of Marrage with one another have declared their said intentions before this meeting and at present nothing apeareing to obstruct their further proceeding its ye consent of this meeting that they may likewise appear before the next Province Meeting. Wm Porter is ordered to write a certificate to ye Province meeting of their apeareance here & also before ye Woemens Meeting this day. Alexandr Matheu (on behalfe of William Leas the said Wm being upon removeing from these pts desires a certificate from friends here, so this meeting agreeth that Thomas Wainwright assist Wm Porter in ye composeing of a certificate for ye said Wm Lease. Our antient friend William Edmondson be present at this meeting proposes ye great need there is of a better meeting house to be built that wch now is being in a decaying condition and not suitable to ye meeting, so it being approved of by ye meeting that there is a necessity for a better house have consented that preparation be made for ye building of a better as conveniensy can be had. Pursuant to order from ye last province meeting conserning some books George Keith sent to Pattr Logan wch said books are di(s)liked & not aproved of to be kept by any friends so are to be sent back to George Keeth and this meeting hath appointed Robart Hoope Robart Robinson Jno Hoope Thomas Walker & William Porter to send back ye Sd Books togeather with a letter to George Keith signifieing ye reasons why ye books are sent back and that ye said friends write a letter to friends in London touching ye matter.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 12th of ye 4th Mo 1695. Joshuah Marsh and Elizabeth Rogers having

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Intentions of Marrage with one another have declared their said intentions before this meeting and at present nothing apearing to obstruct their further proceeding therein its ye consent of this meeting that they likewise may present themselves and lay their said intnetions before ye next Province meeting and that Wm Porter write a certificate to ye Sd meeting of their appearance before this & ye woomens meeting this day. Ordere that John Hoope assist William Porter to collect ye certificates and papers of condemnation in order to be recorded in the province booke as others formerly have been. John Hoope & Alexr Mathes are apointe to attend the Assizes and sessions in this county. James Morton is desired to give notice to ye rest of Taylors (belonging to this meeting) to be at ye 6th day meeting to be held at Richard Boys according to appointmt of ye Province Meeting – that a meeting of Taylors should be kept as aforesd. Ordered that John Bell have certificate, he being a removeing from these parts, But ye certificate not to be given him untill ye difference that’s depending (betwixt him and James Greer) be ended then to have ye certificate. Ordered that William Edmonsons paper, concerning prayer and application etc be coppied into this meeting Booke of record for severll sorts of papers. (its done). Robart Chambers having given a paper to this meeting of confession and relation of his vaine and unchristian behaviour in time past in which time friends wrote a paper against him for his miscarrages and now & of late he being much reformed in conversation sot his meeting have apointed John Hoope and William Porter to review his sd paper and correct whats amiss in ye method of it.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 23rd of ye 5th Mo 1695.

Ordered by this meeting that what busines from last meeting is neglected ye same is still left to ye care of William Porter and John Hoope to be perfected against ye next meeting. Margret Allon (als Porter) having at ye request of ffriends (in Yorkshire) given a certificate under her hand with consent that her daughter Jane Porter may Marry with Barnard Bullock
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Which said Certificate was now read in this meeting so it is the consent of this meeting that ye said Barnard and Jane may have Liberty to present their intentons of Marrage any time before ye next province meeting at or before friends, being ye said Barnard is abroad so could not be at this meeting and therfore its concented that a meeting be kept on purpose of both men and woemen that ye said Barnard and Jane may present their intentions before ye same. Alexr Matheue and James Morton (being formerly apointed) to speak to Michell Scaife and his Daughters about some miscarages is reported of them) reports to this meeting that they finde ye said Michell hath been too much indulgent to his children and that of late his daughters have had a publicke drinking in his house to which he gave way, or did not forbid or reprove and therefore hath brought himself under reproofe and great blame by suffering such a servile, vaine thing to be done in his house. So its ye order and consent of this meeting that Wm Porter with ye assistance of Alexr Mathes and James Morton draw a paper of Condemnation against ye said Michell Scaife for suffering such things to be done in his house as above Sd (without reproofe) and shew it ye said Michell, before it be published and if he ye reproofe then he may underwrite ye said paper for ye further clearing of truth and friends. A certificate being writen for William Leas its ye order of this meeting that William Porter take a copy of it and after deliver it to Alexander Mathes to be forwarded to ye said William Leas. Barnard Bullock and Jane Porter being willing to present their intentions of Marrage, before friends (and to that purpose have acquainted some friends thereof so according to ye consent of ye last mens meeting its agreed to by friends that a meeting be continued the seventh day of ye 6th Mo 1695 after ye meeting done for worship & over where the said Barnard Bullock and Jane Porter presented themselves and said their intnetions of Marrage with each other before ye said meeting and at present nothing appeareing to obstruct their said intentions so its ye consent of this meeting that they may lay their intention before the next Province Meeting and that a certificate be made to ye Province Meeting by William Porter of their appearance as aforesd at this meeting according to former order in that case.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 4th of the 7th Mo 1695.

What busines Wm Porter and John Hoope had formerly in charge is to continue so untill they make their returne to

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The meeting that they have done what was given them in charge to doe. Michell Scaife having been under admonission by friends about something wherein he was blameworthy and for which he did acknowledge his fault and that he would signifie ye same in writing but hath not yet done it so it’s the consent of this meeting that ye said Michell be reminded to do as he hath consented he would. Richard Mayson and Ann Maston having declared their intnetions of marrage with one another before this meeting and nothing at present apearing to obstruct their further proceeding therein this meeting concents tht they may likewise present themselves before the next Province meeting and that Wm Porter write a certificate to ye Province meeting of their appearance before ye men & weomens meeting this day. Thomas Wainwright and Alexr Mathes are apointed to write to John Bell in answer to a letter he sent hither conserneing some discord betwixt ye said John Bell and James Greer which is not yet reconciled. John Robson is apointed to attend ye next sessions.

At our perticular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 16th of the 8th Mo 1695.

The care and charge formerly put upon William Porter and John Hoope not being fully answered by them its still continued to them that they may performe the same. Thomas Harding Senr being called before this meeting & questioned about his late miscarage (as also at severall other time before he hath been) and now seeming to be sorrowfull and confess he hath a sence of his miscarage and a great trouble in his minde for his ofence and in acknowledgment of his ofence hath now given a paper to this meeting ye which this meeting have taken to be perused and considered of untill ye next mens meeting and have apointed James Morton to get a papr (tht was ) written by friends some time past against ye said Thomas Harding wch Sd paper is now with Wm Williamson. Michell Scaife having Acknowledged his offence in writing its ordered that it be reviewed by William Porter and if it be

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Found pertinent to ye matter then it may be presented. Some conferrence having formerly been amongst friend of this meeting of ye great necessity there is of a new meeting house to be made in Lurgan and it being yet in the mindes of severall friends and being now againe held in consideration of this meeting, its ye consent and agreement of friends that some care and endeavour be used and consideration had tht ye place way and Method for Building of a new Meeting house as aforesaid, to John Hoope and George ffox are apointed to propose to ye next meeting such wayes & meanes as they may best finde out how it may be accomplished. Thomas Walker is desired to take care to finde out one Mary Hunt, she being mentioned in a Letter from friends in Pensilvania as having something Left her by William Lester who died in Pensilvania and Thomas to make a returne to some friends, if he finde where she is.

At our pticular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 27th of the 9th Mo 1695.

John Caine having related to this meeting that there is some difference depending between him and William Gibson so at request of and advise of this meeting they both have consented and agreed to referr ye difference betwixt them to Thomas Wainwright John Robson Timothy Kirk and John Webb to hear determine and a final end to make thereof. And if in any respect they finde a dubious nest in it then they may take ye assistance of some other friends therein that a full end may be made thereof. Thomas Walker relates to this meeting that he did finde out ye aforenamed Mary Hunt and hath acquainted her of whats left her in Pensilvania, And that there is Letters sent back of ye said Marys being yet alive. Ordered that William Porter may take some friend with him and they to view ye halfe year papers that such as they see servisable may be frequently read in ye meeting as is given in advise from the halfe years meeting. James Armstrong and Rebecah Tagart having apeared before this meeting and related their intentions

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Of Marage with one another And ye Said James hath brought A Certificate from friends of ye Meeting beyond Charlemt of his having presented His said Intention before their Mens Meeting And upon Enquiry at this Meeting it being found that ye said James hath not obtained his Mothers Consent to his said Intention so its ye advise and apointmt of this meeting That ye said James Armestrong desire some friend or friends of ye Meeting beyond Charlemt to goe with him to his Mother, to say if she will Consent he shall proceed to Marry with ye aforesaid Rebecah Tagart which if it be obtained then ye said James may proceed with ye said Rebecah and apear before ye next Provincial Meeting And if otherwise that his said Mother will not give her consent then he is not allowed by friends to proceed untill further consideration be had therein.

At our Perticular mens Meeting held at Lurgan ye 8th of 11th mo.

Ffriends having generally offered by subscription what they are at present willing to contributed to ye Building of a new Meeting house in Lurgan, And it being understood that ye severall sums now offered, will fall short of what charge may necessarily be Expended In ye said Building. Its therefore ye unanimus Consent and agreement of this Meeting, that Another Contribution & Collection be made, In Convenient Time, for advancing and suply of such other sums of moneys as by ye pson hereafter nominated, may be computed and adjudged needfull for finishing ye Intended house.

Robert Hoope Alexr Mathes & John Hoope are apointed by this meeting to take a place whereon to build ye aforesd house.

Thomas Wainwright George ffox, Jacob Turner Thomas Walker, Thomas Turner and William Crooka are apointed to conferr with ye three beforenamed friends who are to purchase the place to build upon And then to take all Expedient Care to provide all necessaries and make all necessary Provisions as in course the said Building May require, And to give Timely Information to ye Meeting (As aforesaid) for ye Collecting of what more moneys may be Estimated Needfull to be Expended on ye said Building.

Thomas Wainwright William Lynas Ann Hodgson and Elizabeth Lynas are desired to take Care to see what Condition William Dixson is in & tht he be not in want, and to administer some reliefe

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To him as they see or understand may be needfull.

Thomas Harding having spoaken before this meeting his Intention of Marage with Lyddia Shaw, and at present nothing appearing to Obstruct his further proceeding therein Its ye Consent of this Meeting that he may also present the said Intention of Marage before ye Mens Meeting at or neer Lisburn, and that he have a Certificate written by William Porter in behalfe of this Meeting of his having appeared before this meeting as aforesd.

Alexr Mathes & John Hoop, of Killavy? Are apointed to see and take an acct of what the aforesd Thomas Harding sette apart for his children or any of them now before he be Maryed as is Intended, And that the ye said Alexr and John make report to ye next Mens Meeting what is Done therein.

Thomas Christy having apeared before this Meeting and related his Intention of Marrage with Sarah Stevenson and its ye Consent of this Meeting that he also may present his said Intentions at ye Mens Meeting at Ballyhagan And that he have a Certificate of his apearance here.

At our particular Mens Meeting held at Lurgan ye 13th of 12th mo 1695.

Those friends before mentioned to see into ye necessity of William Dixson gives relation to this Meeting that they have observed ye request of ye Meeting and did administer to ye said William as they needfull at that time to be done.

Pattrick Loogan having some time past sent William Vance some moneys by ye consent of friends and now ye said William being not in a Condition to repay it friends of this Meeting do Consent & agree That Robart Hoope pay pattrick Loogan out of moneys that is in his hand belonging to ye Meeting.

William Vance being now Lying sick Alexander Christy and John Morton are desired by this Meeting to goe and take caire what may be needfull to be done for him now in his sickness.

Richard Bell and Elizabeth Atkinson having Intentions of Mariage with one another have apeared and Declaired their said intentions before this Meeting, and at present nothing

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Appeareing to Obstruct them, so ye meeting have consented that they may likewise lay their said Intentions before ye next province Meeting, and that ye said Richard have a Certificate to ye province Meeting of their apearance here.

William Soulden John Robson and John Webb are appointed by this Meeting to speak with Pattrick Loogan about some Miscariage he hath Lately fallen into, and that they use their Indeavore to helpe and admonish him as in wisdome they see meet, and returne their answere of ye Matter to ye next Mans Meeting.

At our particular Mans Meeting held at Lurgan ye first of 2nd mo 1696.

Patrick Logan having sometime past lent some money to Wm Vance by ye meetings consent and ye said Wm nott able to pay it again friends are Willing tht Robert Hoope do pay Patrick Logan out of ye bank so Robert and Patrick gives relation to this meeting tht Patrick is paid. (Facing notes pg 69: Patrick Logan is paid ye money he lent Wm Vance.)

Robert Kirk and Ann Halliday having received and related their Intentions of Marriage with one another before this meeting, and att present nothing appearing against them the meeting gives consent that they must likewise lay their Said Intentions before the next province meeting. (Facing note: did lay their Intentions of Mariage before ye province and was maried.)

The account of what was laid out for relief to Wm Vance in his Sickness, and expended at his death, comes to Elleven Shill: and two pence half penny.

Ordered tht Wm Porter bring in his accounts for writing to ye next meeting. (Facing note: See further.)

Att our Particular mens meeting held att Ann Webbs ye 20th 3 mo 1696.

For some reasons its ye order of this meeting tht ye books and papers tht belongs to this meeting and ye province by ye consent throf be taken from Wm Porter and lodgd in ye hands of John Hoope, John Robson John Webb and John Walker, who are to be concerned in Writing therein. (Facing note: John Hoope received ye meeting books and papers.)

Patrick Logans miscarriage being discoursed att this meeting upon some late disorders friends have tht he has committed, John Robson and John Webb are desired to speak wth him upon ye same and returne their answers concerning him to friends att ye next fourth days meeting att Lurgan. (Facing note: See further.)

Allexr Bell and Jane Mathews having Intentions of Marriage with one another have appeared and declared their said Intentions before this meeting and att present nothing appearing to obstruct them so ye meeting have consented that they may likewise lay their said Intentions before ye next province meeting. (Facing note: did lay their Intentions before ye province and was maried.

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The Cow which Ringing Simson had which belonged to this meeting being now in the possession of Allexr Mathews, and he asking of this meeting what shall be done with her, the meeting att this present has sold ye said Cow to John Neile for twenty five Shill: which money he is to pay to Robt Hoope for this meetings use. (Facing notes, pg 71: John Neile has paid ye twenty five Shill: to Robt Hoope to putt into ye bank.)

The horse tht belongs to this meeting being low in flesh its ye desire of this meeting tht John Webb send for ye Said horse from Robt Robinsons where he now is and putt him in good grass, and take care tht he be nott wrong tht and when he has gott flesh John Hoope and ye said John Webb are desired to sell ye said horse as well as they can. (Facing note: The horse is sold to Abell Weir for thirty five Shill:xhich is paid to Robt Hoope to putt into ye bank.)

The Mare which belonged to Joseph Glaisler ye younger is sold to Thomas Wainwright for 4 6d which he is to pay to Robt Hoope for this meetings use, and here being 6 Sh lost by ye said mare Robt Hoope is to charge ye loss to ye province it being their concerne as while as well as this meeting. (Facing note: See further.)

William Porter having caused truth and friends to be reproached and evill spoken of by being too conversant and familiar with Thomas Jonston (and his wife) who was a man of ill fame as a thief & robber for which crime he was putt to death and by his conversation wth them lent thm money and finding it something dificult to gett from them again took pledges for his security which is suspected was good tht ye sd Tho: Jonston had robd or stolen & that and being over kind and friendly and too conversant wth him & his wife occasioned such a scandall (over) truth and friends, tht it cannot be well passed till truth be cleared, so friends being concerned did deall wth ye Sd Wm Porter Severall times, and now to clear truth and sattisfie friends he has brought to this meeting a paper of condemnation butt it is not so perfect and full as ye friends requires ths far nott sattisfactory to friends. (Facing note: See further.)

Thomas Walker Thomas Wainwright and John Robson are appointed to hear complaint from such friends as are troubled or damnified by others tht are friends, tht will not make and keep up their hedges ditches or fences which comes before mentioned friends or any of thm are to admonish and endeavour to cause ye offendors to make up their fences, and be good neighbors and if they will nott hear nor be advised to do as they would be done by thm to present them to ye mans meeting. (Facing note: Thomas Walker Thomas Wainwright & John Robson to hear complaints about fences.)

Thomas Walker, and Thos Wainwright are desired to call to Wm Porter for his accounts for writing, and what it amounts to to order Robt Hoope to pay him.

Robt Hoope is desired to gett a good lock fixt to ye grave yard gate ye old one being broke. (Facing note: The lock for ye grave yard gate is made and fixed according to order.)

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Att our Particular Mens Meeting held att Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 5th mo 1696.

Patrick Logans miscariages being discoursed att this meeting and his behaviour has so many times grieved friends, and caused truth to be reproached, this meeting Do therefore desire Tho: Wainwright, Allexr Mathews Robt Hoope, Robert Robinson, John Robson, John Webb, Thomas Walker, Timothy Kirk, and John Hoope to draw up a paper stateing ye deportment of ye said Patrick, how agreeable his conversation has of late been to truth and its principles. (Facing page notes: Turne to ye proceedings of next meeting for further knowledge.)

That Robert Hope Call to Thomas Wainwright for fourty Six Shills: for Joseph Glaister’s Mare. (Facing page notes: see next meeting.)

Wm Porters paper nott being Satisfactory its ye desire of this meeting tht John Webb and Timothy Kirk speak to Wm Porter that he may give a paper more full to answer the offense committed. (Facing page notes: see next meeting.)

Thomas Walker, and Thomas Wainwright, having nott gott Wm Porters account for writeing, are desired to continue their care to have it against next meeting. (Facing page notes: see next meeting.)

Wm Lynas is desired to gett a gate next ye Street fixt to the grave yard, and to bring ye charge throf to ye next meeting tht he may be paid. (Facing page notes: see next meeting.)


Ordered tht ye method of once presenting of Mariages to ye provice meeting be recorded in the meeting book which is as followes

It being offered to ye last half-years meeting tht there is inconviences found by Mariages being presented to two province meetings, ye Said half years meeting have referred ye order throf to this province meeting its therefore ordered by this meeting tht ye couple tht Intends to marry do acquaint to the friends, both men and woemen of the meetings where they both belong with their Intention of Mariage at least three weeks before the present ( ), to ye particular men and woemens meetings and att ye particular meeting where they present themselves, friends of tht meeting are to appoint two men and two woemen or more as there is occasion where the parties do belong to make enquiry concerning their clearness in all cases relateing to Mariage and returne their answers to ye next province meeting following and then if all be found clear they may att a convenient season after publication take each other to mariage according to former order (Facing page notes:Order to proceed in Mariages being once presented to ye province.)

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Att Our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan the 16th day of ye 6 mo 1696.

According to Order of last meeting ye persons appointed to draw up a paper of ye state and behaviour of Patrick Logan have drawn up Said paper which is to be kept with ye meeting papers for further sight without any further publication att present and Likewise its ye opinion of friends of this meeting tht it take care of Dealing with ye Sd Patrick for sometime hopeing he may come to a sense of his Miscarriage himself because att present he rejects friends advise and it is to give him time for his proveing before they write against him and tht (Tomas Wilson) and Mark Wright acquaint him tht the letter which he Sent to friends of ye 22 5 mo doth not give any satisfaction to friends nor doth it take any of (their instruction of him into consideration) therein. (Facing notes: concerning Pattrick Logan.)

Robert Hope having not yett received 46 5 from Thomas Wainwright he is desired to get it against next meeting. (Facing notes: 7 mo 16 1696 Then Robert Hoope reported to this meeting, tht he had received fourty six Shill: from John Neile for ye Said Mare mentioned on ye other side.)

Timothy Kirk and John Walker brought in another paper from Wm Porter which no more mett sattisfaction than the last therefore it’s the desire of this meeting tht ye Sd persons do returne ye said paper to him tht he may give one more fully to answer ye offense tht is in mending such conversation with Thomas Jonston as lending him money he being a bad man as a robber convicted and (inforced) by ye law, and hearing him to be such a man yett notwithstanding Lent him money and afterwards took pledges for itt which is thught was nott honestly gott, and also was too familiar with ye Said Thomas Jonstons wife sufering her to frequent his house too much she being a woman of a vain and loose behaviour. (Facing note: See next meeting.)

Thomas Walker, and Thomas Wainwright nott yett brought in Wm Porters accounts for writeing, Robt Hoope and Thomas Walker is desired to bring it to ye next meeting.

William Lynas having nott yett fixt ye out gate to ye grave yard he is desired to have it fixed against next meeting and bring his account of ye charge throf. (Facing note: Then William Lynas gave account to this meeting tht he has fixed ye out gate to ye grave yard, for which he will nott be paid butt has done it of his own cost.)

Its ye desire of this meeting tht John Walker do record all births burials and (Inventories) in a book for tht purpose which is dellivered to him. (Facing note: John Walker received ye book of records.)

Att our particular mens meeting held at Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 7 mo 1696.

Patrick Logan having sent a letter to this and ye women’s meeting by (Lawrence Wilson) this day, dated ye 17th Instant, which letter is so scurrilous reflecting and tending to ye breeding or sowing dissention amongst friends … that friends… (Facing note: Turn over.)

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That friends of this meeting do give their Judgment and it is their sense that ye said letter is writt’ in a troublesome contentious reviling mind, therefor this meeting doth disown ye said Patrick Logan in giving forth such a reviling letter it being writt out of ye peaceable and nicer spiritt of Jesus, which is love, and as its kept to preserrve? From all revilings, friends tht consented to ye above Judgment are Lawrence Allison, John Neil, Mark Wright, Robt Robison, Robt Hoope, Allexr Mathews, John Robson, William Lynas, George ffox, Richd Mason, James Webb, Abell Porter, Jacob Turner, John Turner, John Webb, Christopher Hillary, Marmaduke Hillery, Timothy Kirk, Thomas Bullogh, Wm Wetherell, Roger Kirk, John Morten, Thomas Wainwright, John Hoope, Thomas Walker, Mary Robinson, Ann Webb Elinor Hoope Marjory Souldan, Ann Hodgson, Sarah Robson Jr, Mary Walker, Katherine Kirk, Jane ffox, Margrett Mathews, Elinor Greer, Sarah Robson Senr. (Facing notes: Concerning Pattrick Logan, Scurrilous letter dated ye 17th 7 mo 1696.)

Thomas Walker and Robt Hoope, according to appointment of ye last meeting was desired to bring in Wm Porters account for writing have nott yett done it, are desired to continue their care. (Facing notes: 8 mo 28 Wm Porter being many times asked for his accounts for writing have nott brought them in its thought fitt to dessist desireing him any more but that he offer them of himself.)

Its ye desire of this meeting tht Charles Howells paper be read next first day. (Facing notes: 7 mo 20 1696 Then was Charles Howells paper read in ye publick meeting in Lurgan being ye first day.)

Its ye desire of this meeting tht James Webb do attend ye Next Sessions. (Facing notes: 8 mo 28 James Webb did attend ye Sessions as was desired where nothing appeared oncerning friends.)

John Huchison for severall reasons being Suspended from making graves or being concerned in ye grave yard, Timothy Kirk is desired to speak to John Wetherell to know if he will be concerned in making graves, and returne his answer to ye next meeting or sooner. (Facing notes: 8 mo 28 John Wetherell being nott fitt to take care of ye grave yard Wm Lynas offers to take ye care throf upon him, so tht friends are desired to apply themselves to Wm Lynas when they have occasion to have graves made.)

Another paper being brought into this meeting from William Porter which is nott Sattisfactory, its ye desire of this meeting tht Thomas Wainwright, and John Hoope assist ye Said William in altering ye paper to ye better Sattisfaction of friends. (Facing notes: See next meeting.)

Friends of this meeting being under a Jealousie tht some friends in markitt dayes, and att other times do frequent ale houses too much, and being over taken with more drink thn Sattisfies thirst, its ye desire of this meeting tht all friends beware of being overtaken in drink or sitt too long in ale houses, butt refrain them as much as in them lies, and if any friend see any other friend so concerned he is desired to acquaint ye meeting therewith tht such may be dealt with. (Facing notes: Advice to keep out of ale houses as much as can be.)

Att our Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th 8 mo 1696.

According to appointment of our last meeting Thomas Wainwright and John Hoope have brought another paper from William Porter which gives more Sattisfction to friends than the former its there fore … (Facing Notes: Turn over.)

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Its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht William Porter read or stand by ye reading of ye Said paper in this meeting and ye woemens meeting. (Facing Notes: Will Porter did read ye Sd paper in ye Said meetings according to desire.)

Since friends left of dealing with Patrick Logan he Seems to have Some reflections upon him for his disorders, and of himself have this day sent to this meeting, a paper Signifing his uneasyness in being out of unity with friends therein desireing friends forgiveness and likewise doth condemn all his actions either in word or deed tht he hath Said or done against the truth, which paper is likt by friends, and friends in generall or all friends of this meeting do freelyforgive him his offence tht he has given to any particular desiring his preservation in the truth, and that the Lord may forgive him his trespasses against him, and being tht he desires account from this meeting what acceptance ye said lteer hath its ye order of this meeting, tht John Robson, and John Webb do returne to him ye foregoing account. (Facing Notes: Patrick Logans compliance. John Robson and John Webb did returne to Patrick Logan ye Sd account.)

Whereas John Cain having a considerable time Since committed fornication with Ann Gilpin his present wife before he married her which occasioned friends to write against him and condemning his Said actions, under which condemnation ye Said John Cain has remained a long time, and he now being sensible of ye great evill and sin tht he hath committed against ye Lord and reproach tht he brought by such actions upon the truth have brought to this meeting a paper condemning his Said actions himself, (and owning friends Judgment therein formerly given against him) which paper friends accepts of and order tht ye Said John Cain Stand by ye reading of ye Said paper ye next first day come a week at Ann Webbs. (Facing Notes: Accordingly ye Said paper was read att Ann Webbs where ye Sd John Cain did Stand by ye reading thereof and owned it as his act.)
The Sufferings of this meeting being read and are somewhat out of order, John Robson, John Walker, John Webb, and George ffox, are desired to draw thm fair, and putt them in order and take a copy of them, and give them to John Hoope tomorrow tht he may according toorder of ye province meeting send them to William Williamson. (Facing Notes: ye Said Sufferings were drawn fair and was dellivered to John Hoope who Sent them to Wm Williamson.)

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Att our Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 10mo 1696.

Thomas Williamson and Ann Cook having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other and upon Examination, att present nothing appearing to obstruct them, and this meeting takeing their Said Intentions into consideration have appointed James Greer, and Christopher Hillary Margrett Mathews, and Ellinr Greer, to make full enquiry of their clearness, consent of parents and relations concerned, and return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: Thomas Williamson and Ann Cook did present themselves to ye province meeting who consented they should Marry and were married in Lurgan ye 20th 11 mo 1696/7 as per certificate.

Att our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th day of ye 11 mo 1696/7.

Samuell Franciss belonging to Charlimount meeting and Hannah Bradshaw to this meeting having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Marriage with one another, and Charlimount friends Signified to this meeting by certificate tht the Said Samuell hath proceeded orderly, and tht they found nothing to hinder ye Said Samuells proceedings, did appoint Robert Greer and Jacob Marshall to make enquiry concerning ye Sd Samuells clearness from all others consent of parents and relations, and are upon examination finding nothing to obstruct ye Sd Hannahs proceedings and takeing their Said Intentions into consideration have appointed Mary Walker and Ann Hodgson to make full enquiry of ye Said Hannahs clearness, consent of parents and relations concerned and they with ye two men to returne their accounts thereof to ye next province meeting, if ye Couple present there. (Facing Notes: 1696/7 Samuell Francis and Hannah Bradshaw did present themselves to ye province meeting who consented they should marry and were married in Lurgan on ye 3rd day of ye 1 mo 1696 as per certificate.)

Whereas a difference hath been depending between William Gibson and John Cain concerning a piece of land in Drumgorr now in ye possession of ye Said William Gibson and ye Said John Cain claiming an Interest by his mother to Some part of ye Said land in the Said Gibsons holding, they have mutually to each parties Sattisfaction agreed in this meeting

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Meeting. The Said William Gibson promissing to pay ye Said John Cain fifteen Shill: pr Annum half yearly upon his mothers (want?) during ye lease of ye Said land to commence All Saints last besides a horse grass tht ye Said John Cain has now from ye Said Wm Gibson, which is to continue during ye lease of ye said land, to all which ye Sd John Consents; and that both parties gett Sufficient writeings drawn to that purpose for both their Securities against ye next meeting and that they delliver to each other all such bonds or writings tht either and both parties have of ye other, concerning ye Said land and difference.

Att our Particular mens meeting held att Lurgan ye 3rd day of ye 1 mo 1696.

The writeings concerning John Cain and William Gibson nott yett being perfected they are desired to have them ready against next meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

The friends tht are appointed to hinder loose, raw, or unsubjected persons to sitt in meetings of business being sometimes doubtfull who to permitt and who to cause to withdraw, its ye advice of this meeting tht such friends consult wth ye elders or heads of ye meeting concerning such as are troublesome, and presume to sitt in mens meetings of business and those persons tht are nott thought fitt to sitt in such meetings, ye friends concerned are desired to give them notice thereof particularly, tht if afterwards they do presume to sitt in such meetings wthout ye licence of ye meeting that they may nott take it ill to be publickly reprooved. There being formerly 30 p cent to William Smith by John Webb and ye Said Smith having repaid ye Sd 30 c to Joh Webb, and his nessessity is such tht he desires a little more may be lent him, its ye consent of this meeting tht John Webb lend ye Said Wm Smith 15/d of ye Sd 30 and return ye other 15 to Robt Hoope to putt in ye Stock. John Webb is desired to attend ye next assizes. (Facing Notes: A list of friends names are drawn and Thomas Wainwright and John Webb have desired severall friends by consent of ye meeting to have their Judgment who to permitt and who nott. The fifteen Shis: is lent to Wm Smith by John Webb. John Webb did attend ye assizes.)

Att our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 2 mo 1697.

Thomas Williamson Intending to remoove himself so as tht he will belong to Charlimount meeting, had this day a certificate from us of his behaviour etc.

The writeings concerning John Cain and Wm gibson nott yett being perfected they are desired to have them ready against next meeting. (Facing notes: Wm Gibson ( ) has given John Cain a bond for his mother to perform ye condition above by Mutuall Consent bearing date ye 26th day of ye 3 mo 1697.)

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Its ye desire of this meeting that John Webb be appointed to oversee the meeting instead of George ffox, and he to assist John Hoope and John Walker in writeing.

The friends tht are visiters have presented to this meeting account in writeing, of their care and concern in their service. Geo: ffox is desired to transcribe ye Sd paper and putt the visiters names thereto and date it from this meeting, and direct it to ye next 6th dayes quarterly meeting.

Itt being presented to this meeting tht a Milk Cow would be serviceable to John Hildrath its ye consent of this meeting tht Robt Hoope dispurse money for ye said Cow out of ye province stock; ye Said Robt having power from ye province to help ye Sd John Hildrath wth what friends may think convenient and nessesary. (Facing Notes: Robt Hoope gives account tht John hildrath has gott a Cow, and likewise tht he has requirement both which amounts to 3-10-00 which was paid out of ye province stock.)

The friends tht Intends to go to Next half years meeting are John Webb, Tim: Kirk, Geo: ffox Allexr Mathews. (Facing Notes: ye Said persons did attend ye 3 mo 1697 half year Meeting.)

Roger Crugiton, and Jonathan Mathews Intending to transport themselves to America, desires to have certificates, ye friends in town per consent of this meeting are ordered to give them certificates suitable to their quallifications and behaviours. (Facing Notes: ye Said persons had certificates according to their qualifications; copies whereof are amongst ye meetings papers.)

Att our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan the 26th day of ye 3 mo 1697.

Allexr Cristy requests a certificate for his Nephew Thomas Cristy now belonging to Ballyhagan Meeting, and likewise another for his Nephew (sic) Margrett Cristy, James & John Webb and George Fox are to inspect into their behaviours quallifications and their manner in going hence, and accordingly to give them two distinct certificates. (Facing Notes: nott gott given, see next meeting.)

Severall friends of this meeting do express their grievance by trespasses committed on their land by other friends Cattle to great dammage, and though severall times advised to make up their fences yett they do nott observe friendly advice butt still continue trespassing Its therefore the consent and advice of this meeting that such friends tht are grieved do give due order to ye person transgressing and if then they will nott comply they may present them to ye Meeting to be informed of ye Injury and to be persuaded to amend least by such obstinacy they draw down ye Judgments and friends over them (Facing Notes: Order against Cattle trespassing etc.

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Whereas there is a Mare Colt of about 2 years old left by John Cristy wth John Webb in part of some debt due to this meeting by ye Said John Cristy, its ye desire of this meeting tht John Webb dispose of ye Said beast to ye best advantage for this meeting, use and likewise ye Sd John Webb is desired to bring 20S to ye next meeting if he receive it in that time. Tht ye Said John Cristy left to compleat his debt due to this meeting after about 40 d forgiven him. (Facing Notes: ye mare colt sold for 16d and paid to Robt Hoope and likewise John Webb has pd only 10S of ye 20 from John Cristy.)

Robert Hoope gives account tht Michaell Scafe has paid 20S in pt of 40S tht was lent him.

William Gibson and Rose Ray having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another and finding nothing att psent to obstruct them have takein their Said Intentions into consideration and apointed Mark Wright, William Lynas, Margrett Cristy, and Margrett Morton to make full enquiry concerning their clearness consent of parents and relations concerned and to gett a certificate from ye Sd Wm Gibsons mother of her consent therein, and to returne their answer to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: appeared att ye province meeting, and permitted to proceed.)

Thomas Chapman acquainted this Meeting tht he hath Inclinations to remove to Cork and friends being nott willing to assent to it without ye advice of Cork friends, so this meeting have writt thither to have their opinion therein, a Copy whereof is amongst this Meetings papers. (Facing Notes: answer from Sam Randall in behalf of Cork friends on account of Tho: Chapman, disproveing of ye Sd Thomas going thither.)


Att ye first Particular Mens Meeting held in the New Meeting house att Lurgan ye 7 5 mo 1697.

James, John Webb, & George ffox, having nott yett given Thomas Cristy and Margrett Cristy their certificates, they are therefore again desired to give them, according to directions of ye last meeting, before the next. (Facing Notes: said certificates are given.)

John Webb relates to this meeting that he has sold ye Sd Mare Colt for 16:d and received 10S from John Cristy in part of ye 20, which 26S is paid to Robert Hoope for this meetings use.

By order of ye province meeting we appoint Geo: ffox to receive Sufferings from friends, and do desire friends to bring them to him before ye next province meeting (viz) all Sufferings tht has been ungiven in till ye 25 1 mo last and we desire John Walker to assist George ffox in pull\\tting thm in order for ye province meeting, and either of them to take thm to it.

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John Bell formerly a member of this meeting butt now remooved to Bellyhaies, by Allexr Mathews requests of this meeting a certificate, and this meeting takeing ye same into consideration have desired John Hoope to give him one which accordingly was this day done, a copy whereof is amongst ye meeting papers. (Facing notes: The Said certificate was given to Ailce ye wife of ye Sd John Bell in Lurgan by John Hoope.)

John Webb, and John Turner are desired to attend ye next assizes.

Robert Hoope and Allexr Mathews are desired to oversee ye building of ye front house on ye Meeting house tenement according to ye agreement with Thomas Millican.

Ezekiell Bullock Thomas Turner, and George ffox, are desired to use their Endeavours to gett in ye money thts promised to ye meeting house and to discharge all reckonings concerneing it, and to settle and state ye account and to bring it in perfect to next meeting. (Facing Notes: See next Meeting.)

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 6th mo 1697.

John Webb nott yett received ye remaining 10S from John Cristy, is desired to continue his care. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Thomas Wainwright being desirous to have another in his place as a visiter, John Webb and Lawrence Allison are appointed visiters, and Timothy Kirk their assistant.

George ffox and John Walker are desired to receive Sufferings and to putt them in such order as ye province meeting held att Richd Boyes ye 31st 5 mo last directs and are desired to remind friends to bring them in by giving publick notice.

Whereas ye 2nd dayes Morning Meeting from London desires friends care to send thm a Catalogue of all Geo: ffoxes books as we have this meeting desires John Hoope and Geo: ffox to receive thm and putt thm in such order as ye Sd Morning Meeting directs and bring thm to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: was sent to ye province meeting.)

John Cristy having appeared before this meeting and declared his Intention of Mariage wth Mary Hill, and this meeting takeing ye same into consideration, and questioned his orderly proceeding therein, finds nothing to obstruct him, thrfore have appointed John Morten and Wm Lynas to make enquiry concerning ye Sd John Cristys clearness orderly proceeding consent of parents and relations concerned and to returne their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: ye said persons returned their answers tht all was clear to ye province Meeting following.)

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Ezekiell Bullock is desired to fix a large Strong drawer with a good lock in ye table in ye meeting house, against next meeting and call to Robt Hoope for payment.

Ezekiell Bullock, Thomas Turner and George ffox have according to desire of last meeting brought ye accounts concerning ye Meeting house. Ye Sd persons John Hoope and Tho: Wainwright, are desired to settle ye Said accounts and John hoope to make a generall record thereof in this book wth ye particular account of each friends giving to ye building of ye Said house, which is as follows

In the year 1695 it pleased God to open ye hearts of ye Friends of this meeting to build a meeting house fit for a province meeting or other large meetings – ye usual one formerly made use of being too little and going to decay. So Friends upon several conferences ordered affairs so as tht ye said house is built upon a tenement called Maddern’s tenement on ye south end of ye town of Lurgan upon a copyhould lease from Esq. Brownlow, in ye name of Robert Hoope, being for this meeting’s use, and likewise two small dwelling houses in ye front of ye said tenement, the cost of which with the meeting house by subscription as hereafter mentioned, but what wanted to compleat ye said work was paid out of the collection stock, which was but little.

Robert Hoope being ye chief Brought Over
Promoter over seer & L S d L S d
contriver 40 -- -- 146 10 10
John Hoope his son 10 15 -- Wm Porter -- 10 6
Thomas Wainwright 10 10 -- Abell Porter 1 11 --
Thomas Walker 8 10 -- Patrick Logan 1 -- --
John Walker 4 -- -- John Neile 1 8 --
George ffox & Robt Hodgson 9 -- -- John Hendren -- 18 --
John Turner & his brother Tho: 7 10 -- Ann Hodgson 1 18 --
Jacob Turner 8 10 -- William Lynas 1 18 --
John Webb 5 5 -- William Williams 2 2 --
James Webb 3 -- 2 Roger Kirk -- 9 --
John Robson 3 5 -- Francis Hillary -- 12 --
Jacob Robson 5 16 -- Benj: Stephen -- 3 --
Timothy Kirk 2 1 -- Robt Kirk -- 13 --
William Crook 4 10 -- Marmaduke Hillary 1 7 --
Robt Robinson 2 15 -- Thomas Bradshaw -- 18 --
Allexr Mathews 5 -- -- Ann Bradshaw Widdow 2 -- --
Ezekiell Bullock 1 8 -- William Bell -- 10 --
Christopher Hillary 2 -- 8 John Hoope Senr 2 10 --
James Greer 3 15 -- John Moreton -- 16 --
Richd Mason 3 15 -- Daniell Bullogh -- 11 --
Mark Wright 3 15 --
Carried Over 146 10 10 Carried Over 167 15 4


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And done by Ezekiell Bullock who gives of workmanship throf to the meeting.

Brought Over 167 15 4 Brought Over 194 6 6
Richd Hartley -- 17 -- Joshua Hoope -- 10 --
Roger Webb 1 12 -- James Thomson -- 9 --
John Bullow 1 2 -- William Dixson -- 4 --
Robt Chambers 15 15 -- James, Will: & Jo: Moreton -- 3 --
William Souldan 1 2 -- sons of John Moreton
Lawrence Allison -- -- 18 James Armstrong -- 10 --
William Wetherell 1 8 8 Hannah Bradshaw -- 5 --
William Andrew 1 1 -- Sarah Bradshaw -- 5 --
John Cain -- 12 -- James Bradshaw -- 9 --
William Gibson -- 11 -- James Milikin -- 12 8
Robt Sanders -- 10 6 John Beck 2 2 --
Charles Roberts 1 10 -- Thomas Harlan -- 9 --
Lawrence Hobs -- 12 -- Richard Andrew -- 5 --
Thomas Turner Senr -- 18 -- Michael Scafe -- 3 --
Robt Hoope Junr -- 15 -- Jonathan Gilbert -- 6 8
Thomas Chapman -- 3 -- Mary Halliday -- 1 --
Thomas Williams -- 8 -- Will: Mason -- 5 --
Thomas Bullow -- 8 -- Richard Mason Junr -- 5 --
John Halliday Senr -- 4 -- James Chambers -- 5 --
John Halliday Junr -- 2 -- John Williams -- 10 --
Geo: Timmons -- 17 -- Jane Bullow & her da: Kathr -- 5 --
Joseph Robison 1 -- -- Mary Rea -- 3 --
Simon Bell -- 13 -- Mary Harlan -- 1 6
Stephen Thomson -- 6 -- Jane Rely (?Rea?) 1 -- --
James Hobs -- 12 -- Mary Robinson Junr -- 5 --
Ezekiel Dougall -- 10 -- Kathrine McGee -- 2 6
Roger Crugiton -- 5 -- Sarah Pierson -- 2 6
Joell Carr -- 6 -- Elizabeth Robinson 1 -- --
Richard Lynas -- 13 -- Mary Porter -- 2 6
Bridget Walker 1 -- -- Sarah Porter -- 2 6
George Hodgson -- 10 -- Margaret Brown -- 1 --
John Lafleur -- 3 -- Sarah Apleton -- 1 6
George Thomson -- 3 -- Abigail, Abraham, Hannah Hoope -- 15 --
Of John Hoope Junr
Henry Greer -- 7 -- Daniel Walker -- 5 --
Thomas Wlker Junr -- 2 6
Alexr Cristy -- 10 -- Jonathan Walker -- 2 6
John Cristy -- 11 -- John Silcock -- 4 --
Samuel Kirk -- 4 -- Robt Adams -- 2 6
Jacob Kirk -- 4 -- Ailce Hartley -- 1 --
John Kirk -- 1 -- Abel Weir -- 6 --
Roger Kirk Jr. -- 1 -- Elizabeth Saftlaw -- 1 6
Joseph Robson 1 15 -- Ann Mason Junr -- 5 --
Edwd Thornbrough -- 3 --
Carried Over 194 6 6 Total L208 -- 2

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Att a particular Mans Meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 7 mo 1697.

John Webb having nott yett received ye remaining 10S aforementioned from John Cristy is desired to continue his care. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

The last Province Meeting desireing us to peruse ye last half years meeting paper, and to take ye contents into consideration and returne their answer, this meeting have accordingly perused the same, and finds little therein tht particularly concerns us, only reminding us of our duty so we have putt our visiters upon their concerne tht they may have a full and perfect account to give us of this meeting, tht this meeting may returne ye same to ye next 6th days meeting.

Att our Particular Mans Meeting held in Lurgan the 17th day of ye 9 mo 1697.

John Webb being absent, this meeting have nott account whether he has received ye above 10S from John Cristy, tis therefore ordered to be minded ye next meeting. (Facing Note: John Webb has paid ye 10S due from Cristy to the meeting held ye 23d 10 mo 1697.)

Thomas Turner and Mary Courtney having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other before this meeting, and this Meeting takeing their Said Intentions into consideration have appointed Thomas Wainwright John Robson, Ellinor Hoope, and Ann Hodgson, to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned, and returne their answers to ye next provice Meeting. And whereas ye Said Mary Courtney has one child named Thomas Courtney, which she had by her late husband Toby Courtney deceased, and ye Said Toby Courtney by his will left one Moyetty of his Estate to his wife ye Said Mary and the other Moyety to his child the Said Thomas, Now this Meeting understanding tht what was left by ye said Toby is uncertain, however ye said Thomas Turner upon his Marying with ye said Mary doth hereby promiss and give under his hand, tht whatsoever efects in Money goods or chattells, comes to his hands tht belongt to ye said child to preserve it as his own Stock, and pay it or order it to be paid to ye Sd child when it comes to age or Marry, and likewise till tht time doth hereby promiss to maintain ye Said child with sufficient meate drink clothes and lodging according to his ability, to which he has hereunto sett by hand this 17th 9 mo 1697. (Facing Notes: Memorandum tht ye Sd Thomas Turner signd a loose paper of ye Matter on ye other side, and when he was called according to ye Meetings appointment and his condessension, to sigh ye book and make void ye loose paper, he obstinately refused, saying he regretted he had signd ye paper, and so took ye advantage and tore his name from it, refusing to give any thing under his hand tht he would maintain ye sd Marys child, after he had maried its mother, with other willfull behaviours so tht friends according to ye good order amongst them could nott permitt him to Marry unless he should be subject to ye order and Methods used among friends, so tht he and ye Sd Mary rather thn to comply with friends, choosed to Marry with a priest nott (?so mipeling) to submitt to their ways and ceremonies a Costly many more att large which proceeding is amongst ye meeting papers, and was read in this meeting in ye town on a first day being 23rd of ye 11 mo 1697.)

Pg 94-95 1697

Att a particular Mans Meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d day of ye 10 mo 1697.

Upon ye perusing of ye last half years meeting paper of ye 8th, 9th of 10dayes of ye 2nd month last this meeting more particularly finds ye 7th & 12th & 18th Articles to Immediately concern this meeting, its therefore ye order thereof tht ye same be read and as oft and in every meeting till ye business threin required be perfected. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Ordered tht Robt Hoope make a conveyance of ye Meeting house & tenement to John Robson, Timothy Kirk, John Webb George ffox Roger Webb, and John Walker, in behalf and for ye sole use, service and Interest of this meeting according to law. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)
1697 At a meeting in Lurgan, tenth Month 1697.

Wm Waddy sent a letter to this meeting desireing a certificate; this meeting thinks it nott convenient to give him one butt have sent him an answer, a copy whereof is amongst ye meeting papers. (Facing Notes: Thomas Wainwright send ye said answer.)

Samuell Morten, of Bellyhagan Meeting and Sarah Cristy of Minallan meeeting, having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage wth one another before this meeting, and takeing ye same into consideration, and also having received a certificate from Bellyhagan Meeting tht ye said Samuell, published his Said Intentions thre and tht they appointed Francis Hobson and Wm Gray to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concernd and this meeting appinted Ellinor Greer, & Esther Neile to make ye like enquiry concerning her tht they wth ye men might returne their answer to ye next province Meeting. (Facing Notes: did present att Bellyhagan and was permitted to proceed.)

Edward Pierson having appeared and declared his Intentions of Mariage wth Mary Williamson of Bellyhagan meeting and this meeting finding nothing to obsttruct him did appoint Allexr Mathews, and Thomas Harlan to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings and consent of parents and relations concerned and return their answer to ye province meeting. A certificate concerning which was given ye said Edward. (Facing Notes: did present att Bellyhagan and was permitted to proceed.)

Pg 96-97 1697

Att our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 2nd day of ye 12 mo 1697.
Thomas Turner ye elder (being deceased, and buried in ye new grave yard in this town, being ye first tht was Interred there, did leave to ye poor of this meeting 20S, which his son John has this day paid. There being also Money left by Ann Gregson to be given to poor friends of ye province; 3L 5S 00. Tis our portion which is ordered, wth ye above 20S, to be given to ye persons following acquainting them whose Legacies they are.
S d
William Rea 5 -- L4. 05. 00 Ann Gregson 3 5 --
Margrett Brown 10 -- ------------ Tho: Turner 1 -- --
Wm Dixson 10 -- 4 5 --
Ringina Simson 10 -- ----------
Lawrence Hobson 15 --
Mary Harlan 5 --
Marjory Mathews 10 --
To woemen friends
To be Divided as they see fit 1 --

(Facing Note: was accordingly paid.)

Orderd tht Timothy Kirk John Webb & Allexr Cristy take care and oversee publick worship and testymonies.

Item tht Allexr Cristy be (In Thomas Wainwrights place) wth John Webb, to Insure tht no unfitt persons sitt in particular and province Mens Meeting of buisseness.

To remind ye friends tht are to gett ye conveyance of ye meeting house tenmt from Robert Hoope, to have ye same perfected.

Att our Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th of ye 1 mo 1697/8.

Roger Webb and Mary Robson having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and this meeting takeing ye Same into consideration and att present finds nothing to obstruct them butt that they may proceed, appoints Allexr Mathews, Geo. Ffox, Ellir Hoope and Elinor Greer to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents and relations concerned, and returne their answers to ye next province Meeting. (Facing Notes: did present att ye Province Meeting held att Richard Boyes ye 9th of ye 2 mo 1698 and was permited to proceed.)

Pg 98-99 1698

Ordered tht Judith Beullies paper be fairly transcribed and observations on ye same when and where it was in part fullfilled. (Facing Notes: ye Said paper being read in ye province meeting, was commited to Ely Crockett to make notes and observation, when ye same was fulfiled, it being a prophecy.)

Memorandum that this meeting hath sett to John Hildrath ye upper end of ye front house and half of ye garden with liberty to go for water to ye river, of ye meeting house tenement for twenty five Shill: per annum to commence ye 25th Instant and to continue during pleasure of this meeting, ye Sd John to keep ye Sd house in repair, And also ye said John has undertakn to be carefull of (and keep clear) the meeting house, and yard from dirt and from grass growing on the yard and also to keep ye quicks clean from weeds, and to open and shutt ye doors, before and after meetings, and such like things nessesary to be done for ye preservation of ye Sd house and yard, and also to look after ye tenement tht no trespass be made thereon for ye doing of which nott now knowing ye trouble thereof leaves ye allowance or payment to this meeting Supposing 7d pr week to be suficient.

Memorandum also tht this meeting hath Lett to Ninian Simson ye Cows, one of ye front house and ye other half of ye garden, and ye plott of ground between ye grave yard and ye river, called a bleaching yard, with a bucking house, for 50S: pr annum tht is 25 for ye house and garden and 25 for ye bleaching yard, ye Sd Ninian keeping ye Said houses in repair, to commence ye 25th Instant and to continue during pleasure.

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th day of ye 2 mo 1698.

The money thts due from Ambrose Hodgson to Mary Pierson now Bradshaw and Dinah, being discoursed and friends here being concerned tht ye Said woemen wants their money so long and John Hoope giving account tht ye Said Ambrose did promise to pay ye Sd money greddily so tht if he do nott before next meeting tht he be desired to appear thn and give his reasons why he doth nott. (Facing Notes: Ambrose Hodgson did pay ye Sd money to John Hoope being 22S which is paid to Mary and Dinah Pierson.)

Ordered tht Allexr Mathews do acquaint Richard Hartley John Bullogh and Joell Carr to come to ye next meeting and likewise tht they be at ye Meeting of Taylors next quarterly meeting on ye sixth day.

Pg 100-101 1698

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th 4 mo 1698.
John Hoope gives account to this meeting tht Ambrose Hodgson has paid him ye 22S due to Mary Bradshaw & Dinah Pierson being ye principle, butt there being odds of 5 years expired where ye money Should have been paid, so tht this meeting do nott think it convenient to delliver up ye 8S without Interest butt by orders from ye Said woemen so tht John Hoope is desired to pay thm ye Sd sume of 22S: and to know their minds concerning ye Interest whether they will forgive it or nott ye Said Ambrose being poor, and make report thereof to ye next meeting. (Facing Notes: ye Sd woemen do forgive Ambrose ye Interest and ye five owen tht Abell Porter give Ambrose Hodgson ye bill and Robt Bradshaws ( will) or discharge. )

Memd to enquire of ye visiters how James Ray behaves himself.

The covering and walling of ye bucking house is comitted to Allexr Mathews care to prceed towards finishing it with as little cost as may be.

Att a particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th 5 mo 1698.

The visiters are desired to continue their care over James Ray.

Whereas there are severall young men tht comes to meetings tht does nott submitt to ye rules of truth in their habitts and otherwise: the visiters are desired to give notice to such young men tht are nott so orderly: that they may come to ye next 4th dayes meeting as also notice to ye Taylors tht they may come to be informed advised and be made sensible of ye minds and order of friends.

Its ye desire of this meeting tht ye friends tht knew or have a testymony to give concerning Thomas Low, tht they be concerned to putt ye same in writeing. Wm Souldan is desired to see ye same perfected. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

George ffox is appointed to receive Sufferings from friends and to transcribe thm fairly in one paper or book and present them to ye meeting.

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th 6 mo 1698.

Timothy Kirk, John Webb, Alexr Cristy and some other friends when they please to call are desired after ye rising of this meeting to speak to James Ray concerning ye matter, depending on him.

Pg 102-103 1698

William Souldans care concerning Thomas Low is desired to be continued. (Facing Notes: 8 mo 19 1698 Wm Souldan has taken care accordingly, and given to this meeting some testymonys concerning Tho: Low.)

Ezekiell Bullock bringing a charge of 16S 10d for work and hinges in making ye leafs of ye gallery is desired to call to Ellinr Hoope for his money. (Facing Notes: Ezekiell Bullock gives account tht he has received ye Sd 19S 10d.)

Att a particular mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th day of ye 8 mo 1698.

Samuell Taylor of Dublin and Bridgett Walker of this Meeting having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and this meeting takeing ye Same into consideration and att psent nothing appearing to obstruct them butt that they may proceed, and present at ye next province meeting have appointed Allexr Mathews and John Hoope to write to some friends in Dublin concerning ye Sd Samuell s Clearness and Sarah Webb and Sarah Robson to make enquiry concerning ye Sd Bridgts clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: did appear at ye following province Meeting and passt.)

Richd Lynas and Kathrine Bullow having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and this meeting takeing ye Same into consideration and att psent nothing appearing to ostruct them butt that they may proceed, and present at ye next province meeting have appointed John Turner George ffox, Mary Walker and Ellinor Greer to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concernd and returne their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: did appear at ye following province meeting and passed.)

James Ray and Sarah Chambers having appeared before this Meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and this Meeting takeing ye Same into consideration and finding Irregular proceedings have appointed Allexr Mathews John Webb, Margarett Mathews and Ailce Williamson to make enquiry concerning thir clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and where they find ye Said James and Sarah in blame and offenders against truths orders as has been demonstrated at this meeting tht they cause them to give Judgment against themselves to be publickly read before ye province Meeting tht answers may go clear to it. (Facing Notes: did give Judgment against themselves wch was publickly read & did appear at ye following province Meeting and passed.)

Ordered tht John Hoope do write a certificate concerning Thomas Chapman and Show ye Same to some friends next first day for their approbation therein. (Facing Notes: John Hoope did accordingly write a certificate for Thomas Chapman and showd it to friends who Signed it and Sent it to him.)

Pg 104-105 1698

Memorandum To remind ye friends tht are concernd about ye conveyance of ye Meeting house. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

There being 50 Shills: this meetings proportion of a Legacy from Ann Gregson to poore friends, is divided as followes and to be paid by Robert Hoope. Margarett Brown 5S William Dixson 7S Ringing Simson 10S Lawr: Hobs 13S Mary Harlan 4 Margery Mathews 7 John Hildrath 4. (Facing Notes: Robert Hoope did accordingly pay ye Severall Sumes as on ye opposite mentioned.)

There being L31 12S 10 ¾ d due to Robt Hoope an account of ye Meeting house debt for payment of which a list is drawn and Severall friends offered, which is given to George ffox to collect and to know of those who have nott yett offered what they will give and accordingly receive it. (Facing Notes: Severall friends paid butt nott so much as does compleat ye debt see next meeting for order of ye remaines.)

John Beck and Elizabeth Robinson having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intention of Mariage with one another, and this meeting takeing ye Same into consideration, and att psent nothing appearing to obstruct them (butt that they may proceed and present to ye next province meeting) have appointed Allexr Mathews James Greer Margarett Mathews and Deborah Hillary to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and ye men friends to gett a certificate under ye hand, of ye Said John Becks father and Mother of their willingness thereto and return their answer with ye Said certificate to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: did psent att ye following province meeting and passed.)

Robert Adams and Ailce Hartley having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and this meeting takeing ye same into consideration, and att psent nothing appearing to obstruct them (butt that they may proceed and present to ye next province meting) have appointed Francis Hillary William Lynas, Ann Bradshaw, and Ellinor Greer, to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concernd and returne their answers to ye next province Meeting. (Facing Notes: did present att ye following province meeting and passed.)

Att a particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 11 mo 1698.

The conveyance of the meeting house nott yett being perfected, its desired itt may be done against next meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Nottwithstanding friends contributions towards ye discharge of the debt due to Robert Hoope for ye Meeting house there still remaines about 8 pound uncontributed for, and to have ye same finished and paid of: this Meeting has committed ye (appletting) of ye Sd 8L to Timothy Kirk John Webb Robert Sanders and Thomas Harlan which they have accordingly done as by list given Geo: ffox may appear, which friends tht are charged are desired to pay.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of ye 1 mo 1698.

The Indenture of conveyance and bond concerning ye meeting house and tenement thereunto belonging for ye use of friends was read and ye method agreed upon tht it should be settled in and William Porter to perfect them readily.

Pg 106-107 1699

Its concluded by consent of all friends concerned tht was psent tht for ye time to come according to a former rule and order of this meeting: three friends were appointed to accompany publick friends from this meeting when there is occasion and this meeting understanding tht there is great backwardness in performing ye said service, its therefore now thought fitt by this meeting that no friends hereafter shall make excuses having timely notice butt either go themselves or take care to gett some other, and if any neglect ye same it is thought by this meeting they are nott fitt to sitt in mens meetings.

Robert Hoope is desired to be at ye care to repair any breach in ye gates or fences tht belongs to this meeting house tenement.

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 1st mo 1699.

Wm Porter gives account to this meeting tht ye writeings concerning ye meeting house are ready, so tht now ye friends concerned are desired before one week pass to gett thm perfected, and to be left with Robert Robinson to keep. (Facing Notes: are accordingly perfected and in Robt Robinsons hands to keep.)

Its desired tht John Hoope of Killaghy and James Mullican of Munallan be added to Thomas Walker Thomas Wainwright and John Robson to advise friends according to former directions being now reminded from ye province meeting to this meeting to entreat friends to keep up their fences, and likewise as application is made to thm, tht they apprize and value trespasses & as by desire in 2 minutes in this book ye one upon ye 20th 3 mo 1696 and ye other upon ye 25th 3 mo 1697

Pg 108-109 1699

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d day of ye 4 mo 1699.

Accounts being this day Ballanced between Robt Hoope and ye meeting and ye said Robt appear to be at this Junction directly one pound in ye meetings debt ye meeting house charge and all other tht ye said Robt has dispuused to this time being Included in ye said account.

John Walker is desired to record ye testymony concerning Thomas Loe. (Facing Notes: John Walker gives account tht ye testymony concerning Thomas Loe is recorded.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 6 mo 1699.

Whereas there being one John Murdagh who comeing to our meetings and appearing as one of us butt doth nott walk answerable to truth, for lately he has procured some bark Indirectly, and when he was questioned how he came by it, to cover his dishonest practise told severall manifest lies, to ye great scandall and reproach of our profession, therefore this meeting being under a concerne tht our camp may be purged of such evill persons and tht truth may be cleared of such practises, Allexr Mathews Geo: ffox, and John Webb are desired to draw up a paper suitable to ye matter and show it to him and report to friends his answer tht it may be considered what further to do therein. (Facing Notes: The said paper was accordingly drawn and shewed unto him and afterwards read against him in this meeting, & recorded in ye province book and ye paper amongst others of tht sort belonging to this meeting.)

Allexr Cristy, John Morton, John Robson, Timothy Kirk John Webb Wm Souldon, Lawrence Allison, Ezekiell Bullock, Thomas Walker, Allexr Mathews, James Greer, Francis Hillary & George ffox, are appointed to make remarks in writeing upon such friends as doth nott Walk answerable to truths principles and friends order, because many do severall times committ divers transgressions, tht so such may be seasonably admonished for their amendment. (Facing Notes: remarks on transgressors.)

Memorandum tht this meeting has promised Thomas Nixon for his encouragement to keep schooll in this town 50 Shillings to ye 25th 10 mo next and tht Jacob Turner promised him in tht time 5 weeks diet and Thomas Walker 7 weeks diet, and James Greer 3S in money all over and above ye Sd 50S. (Facing Notes: condition with Thomas Nixen.)

Pg 110-111 1699

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th day of ye 7 mo 1699.

Desired tht John Walker and Joseph Robson be assistant to George ffox in writeing over ye sufferings.

Memorandum tht it is agreed between James Mullican and Margarett Simson, tht she hath putt her son Allan an apprentice to ye said James for 7 years and 3 years Journey man, to enter ye 29th Instant, ye said James to pay him for ye first year Journey man 20 Shillings ye 2nd 25S and ye 3d year 30S, and tht ye said Margarett Cloath him for ye first year and to leave him with a new suitt of cloths att ye expiration of ye first year, and ye said James to supply him ye rest of his apprenticeship with suitable apparrell and att ye end of his apprentiship to give him a new suitt. (Facing Notes: Conditions between James Mullican & Margarett Simson for her son Allan.)

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th day of ye 8 mo 1699.

To remind to call to friends for their sufferings tht they may be putt in order.

A difference appearing to rise between William Andrew and Jacob Turner about a pass throw their lands, John Hoope ye elder Allexr Mathews Wm Porter, & Wm Wetherell are desired to accommodate ye difference and speedily to use their endeavours to settle ye difference between them in peace. (Facing Notes: 10 mo 6 1699 Then ye said friends advised that they had so accomodated matters tht they were like to settle in peace.)

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6 day of ye 10 mo 1699.

This meeting being this pretty while dissattisfied with Patrick Logan tht he did nott walk so orderly as becomes our profession as he ought to have done, and being tender of him, hopeing tht he would mend deferred giving a testymony against his evill practises, and now it being presented to this meeting tht of late he has often times taken too much drink to ye disordering of himself so much tht he committs many misbehaviours, and expresses unsavory words so tht this meeting appoints Thomas Walker, Allexr Mathews, Geo: ffox John Walker, and Lawrence Allison, to gett further Intelligence into ye report and accordingly speak to him, and lay such matter upon him, wth a nessessity of clearing truth of such practises, and afterwds to write a paper suitable to ye occasion and show it to friends tht what further may be considered to be done therein. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Pg 112-113 1699

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 15 day of ye 11 mo 1699.

The friends tht were appointed to Inspect into Patrick Logans Misbehaviour and to speak to him, do report to this meeting tht they did speak to him, and Inspect into his condition, and found him so evilly Inclined tht they drew a paper to clear truth of his practises and shewed ye same to ye province meeting, who assented after signing to its publication so is this day signd, and orderd to be publickly read next first day. (Facing Notes: was accordingly done and is amongst ye meeting papers.)

Mary Gilberts daughter of Jonathan Gilberts, and Mary Hoope daughter of John Hoope Senr having of late run out and Maried with men of other persuations with ye priests contrary to truths principles so this meeting desires, Tho: Walker, John Walker Geo: ffox, and Allexr Mathews to prepare suitable papers against their practises if they do nott offer any against themselves, as also to examine ye parents, who are suspected to be connivers in ye said transgression, and so farr as they find them guilty to endeavour to gett truth cleared either by their own tesymonys or friends against them. (Facing Notes: They both condemned their Sd actions themselves, which are amongst ye meetings papers.)

There being presented to this meeting a letter from Theodore Eccleston from London, desireing a particular amount of ye rise and progress of truth, as, when and where meetings meetings were first settled, etc. Robt Hoope, Robt Robinson, Mark Wright, Wm Souldan and John Hendren, are desired to give account in writeing of their knowledge in those things tht is required, and to return account to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: Robt Hoope returnd account to ye province meeting.)

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th 12 mo 1699.

Itt is agreed tht six or more of ye sensible members of this Meeting do at a convenient season before ye next province meeting, coll ye young men belonging to this mens meeting or any others tht may come before their view to give advice or use means to know who may be admitted to go to province meetings. (Facing Notes: was done and (?passed?).)

Wm Porter & Frances Wickliff having appeared before this meeting and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another and this meeting takeing ye same into consideration and att psent nothing appearing to obstruct them butt that they may proceed and present at ye next province meeting have appointed Allexr Mathews, Geo: ffox, Sarah Webb & Mary Walker to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of relations etc and return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: did present at ye next province meeting following.)

Pg 114-115 1699/1700

The visiters Tim: Kirk & John Webb both reported to some friends of this meeting tht there is a difference; depending concerning a parcell of land between Wm Souldan & Lawrence Allison and to compose ye difference between thm and to help to bring ye matter to an end, Allexr Cristy, William Lynas Wm Williams Richd Mason Thos Wainwright Allexr Mathews Robt Hodgson are appointed to take ye matter in hand, and John Hoop Senr to be their assistant. (Facing Notes: Lurgan meeting D 8 to J Walker Pd to a man for takeing a Celler to Menallen - 0 – 6. To acquire paper for a book – 2 – 4. To pd for binding ye Same – 2 – 6. (0 – 5 – 4). To pay John Hay for Writeing.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Mary Whitesile formerly Gilberts, nottwithstanding ye testymony tht she gave aginst her self, she does nott walk according to truths way butt appears hypocriticall and acts things Inconsistent wth truth, principales therefore Allexr Mathews and John Walker are desired to enquire into ye Matter, and draw up a paper of condemnation against her according to ye state of ye case. (Facing Notes: The said friends advises tht they spoke to ye Sd Mary and found things as it was reported so drew up answer against her which was publickly read in this Meeting and is amongst ye meeting papers.)

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d day of ye 3 mo 1700.

Friends of ye province having comitted John Garvins poverty to this meetings care, so for his help and releef, this meeting has prevailed with John Webb, to build him a house and Inlose him a garden in some convenient place in his land, and order as many turf to be made ready as may be thought to serve him ye winter for which this meeting is to pay ye Sd John Webb his dispursments in making ye turf as also an equall rent for ye house yearly so long as this meeting thinks convenient.

There being 10L to be raised of ye several meetings for poor friends this meetings portion being 2L 10S 00 Robt Hoope is desired to answer so much for this meeting and charge ye same to account. (Facing Notes: Robt Hoope reports tht he has advanced ye Sd 2-10-00 and placd ye Same.)

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 5 mo 1700.

The difference depending between Wm Souldan & Lawrence Allison is now in a fair way of accomodation, its desired to be called next meeting to know if it be ended. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Pg 116-117 1700

John Farmer of Carrickfergus meeting and Mary Rea of this meeting having appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this meeting, and ye Said John produceing a certificate from Lisnegarvy mens meeting Signifying his presentation there and tht they appointed John Millhouse and Mathias Calvert to make enquiry concerning his Clearness, this meeting upon examination and consideration finding nothing appearing to obstruct them do appoint Ann Bradshaw and Kathrine Lynas to make enquiry concerning ye Said Marys clearness, so are permitted to proceed tht they with ye Sd men may return their answers to ye province meeting where they psents. (Facing Notes: were married in Lurgan on ye 7th of ye 6 mo 1700 as per certificate may appear.)

The list of ye friends tht was appointed to accompany travelling friends being out ot order, Robt Hoope Robt Robinson, Thomas Walker, John Walker, John Turner Jacob Turner, Allexr Mathews, Thomas Wainwright & John Hoope are desired to meet at ye motion of Geo: ffox to regulate it. (Facing Notes: was accordingly regulated.)

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th 6 mo 1700.

The difference between William Souldan &Lawrence Allison nott yett being fully ended, John Robson is desired to be concerned to remind Wm Porter to draw ye lease for Lawrence ye want of which being ye chief cause of ye difference depending, so its desired to be goot signd & settled before next meeting.

John Robson is desired to read Martha Hobsons paper in some futr meeting upon a sixth day when its in town.

John Walker offers to this meeting to furnish John Garvin wth a house and garden for 20S per year which this meeting is to pay and John Webb is desired to gett ½ 00 turf laid at ye said house which this meeting is also to pay out of ye province money that’s in Robt Hoopes hands.

Pg 118-119 1700

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th 7 mo 1700.

The difference between William Souldan and Lawrence Allison nott yett concluded, Allexr Mathews, and Wm Lynas, is desired to endeavour to see ye conclusion of ye same. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

This meeting being advised tht ye sheriff is expecting Simon Bell should return to prison except he procure a discharge under John Batemans hand, Allexr Mathews and George ffox are desired to use further endeavours for a discharge if it can be obtained. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

John Willson of ye meeting near Charlimount and Mary Willson of this meeting having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this meeting and ye said John produceing a certificate from Charlimount mens meeting signifying his presentation there and tht they appointed Robt Groaves & John Millar to make enquiry concerning his clearness, And this meeting upon examination & consideration finding nothing appearing to obstruct thm do appoint Sarah Robson & Ann Mason to make enquiry concerning ye said Marys clearness & to returne their answers to ye province meeting where they present. (Facing Notes: were maried.)

James Roberts and Jane Taylor both of this meeting having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this meeting who takeing ye same into consideration, and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed Geo: ffox Allexr Mathews, Mary Walker, & Jane ffox to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and returne their answers (with certificates under their parents hands) to ye next pro: Meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried.)

Gabriell Silcock and Hannah Shaw both of this meeting having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage wth one another, before this meeting who takeing ye Same into consideration and nothing at present appearing to obstruct their proceeding have appointed John Walker and John Turner, Ellinor Greer and Margaret Mathews, to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried.)

Pg 120-121 1700

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st 8 mon 1700.

William Souldan having nott yett perfected ye Case to Lawrence Allison, Allexr Mathews, and William Lynas are desired to continue their care to have ye same ended speedily.

Simon Bells discharge nott yett being obtained, ye persons concerned are desired to gett it if they can. (Facing Notes: The friends concernd do advise tht Simon Bells discharge is obtained so now at liberty.)

That John Robson next first day read Daniell Rigbys paper.

A difference depending between James & John Halliday. Allexr Mathews, John Robson, William Lynas, William Williams & Geo: ffox are desired in their discretion to consider of ye best ways & means in truths way speedily to end ye same. (Facing Notes: The said friends advise tht they have determined ye said Difference by award Signd & Sealed.)

According to ye desire of ye last half years meeting ye question being putt to friends of this meeting tht have been concerned in buying or selling in Camps or plundered goods Intending to enrich themselves, do generally confess they now so reflect on themselves, tht if such opportunities should hereafter present they would nott be so concerned and severall tht had thoughts to deal that way do confess tht in going about such things, ye wittnesss of God did so smile against ye practise tht in their attempts therein were made to desist.

There being 25 Shillings this meetings proportion of a Legacy left by Ann Grgson to ye nearest friends ye said Sume is devided as follows, and Robert Hoope is desired to pay ye Sume out ot ye meetings stock.
Margaret Brown 4—6, Margaret Simson 4—-, William Rea 4—-, John Garvin 4 ---,John Hildrath 4—6, Mary Noble 2--, Jane Ray 2--. (1-5- --) (Facing Notes: was accordingly paid.)

Pg 122-123 1700

James Chambers & Abigail Sanders both belonging to this meeting having appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other before this & our woemens meetings which after consideration & examination therein finding nothing to obstruct them but tht they may proceed hath appointed William Williams Francis Hillary, Ailce Williams, & Deborah Hillary, to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned and to return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in the town of Lurgan ye 1700 as per certificate may appear.)

Att a Particular Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th 10 mo 1700.

The difference between Wm Souldan and Law: Allison nott being quite finished, though ye Case be signd, butt Livery & Seiz is nott given nor ye mess devided ye persons formerly appointed are desired to press ye ending ye same speedily. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow and Sarah Pierson both belonging to this meeting, after having acquainted some friends therewith have appeared and declared their Intention of Mariage with one another before this & our woemens meetings which after examination & consideration, & nothing appearing to obstruct them have appointed Geo: ffox & Thomas Walker, Mary Walker & Jane ffox to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings etc and to return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in Lurgan ye 23d 11 mo 1700 as per certificate may appear.)

This meeting desires Robert Hoope to pay its part of ye publick Charge being 2-7-5 2/4. (Facing Notes: is paid.)

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th 11 mo 1700.

The testymony by Lawrence Hobson against his making a drinking etc was read in this and our woemens meetings which is thought ye needfull to be done therewith at present. (Facing Notes: A testymony against Law: Hobson.)

Pg 124-125 1700

Matters nott yett being decided between William Souldan and Lawrence Allison, Alexr Mathews & William Lynas are desired to continue their care && endeavour ye ending ye same speedily.

John Hoope ye elder of Killaghy appearing disorderly in ye meeting for worship to day: friends are Jealous tht he was overcome by drink. Thomas Wainwright and Alexr Mathews are desired to speak to him & report his answer to ye next meeting. (Facing Notes: concerning J. H. of Killaghys misbehaviour.)

The testymony against & by Elizabeth Dunbarr was read in this and our woemens meetings and ye further publishing of it being left to consideration Thomas Wainwright & John Robson are desired to speak to her whether she will stand by ye publishing of same & report her answer to ye next mens meeting. (Facing Notes: about a testymony against Elliz: Dunbarr.)

John Robson is desired to read ye last province paper next first day. (Facing Notes: was accordingly done.)

Att a Particular mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th day of ye 1 mo 1700.

The buisieness nott yett being accomplished between Law: Allison and William Souldan: Ezekiell Bullock & William Porter are desired to gett all done speedily.

The further publishing of yetestymony against & by Elliz: Dunbarr is thought convenient for ye present to be deferred till it appear how she behaves for ye time to come.

John Hoope ye elder appearing at this meeting and giving account how it happened with him this day six weeks, who have done it in writeing by way of Judgment against himself which was read in this & our woemens meeting. (Facing Notes: account of ye testymony by J. H.)

That all friends who have any books tht belongs to ye meeting do bring thm to next meeting.

John Hewet of Bellyhagan meeting & Isable Hoope of this meeting, having after convenient notice given to severall friends this day appeard and declared their Intentions of Mariage wth each other before our men and woemens meetings, and upon enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings, Richd Wetherill and Abraham Pierson, being appointed from Bellyhagan mens meeting of ye 11th Instant and Ellinor Greer and Kathrine Lynas being appointed from our woemens meeting held this day, to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and to returne their answers to ye next pr: meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in Lurgan ye 16th of ye 2 mo 1701 as per certificate may appear.)

Pg 126-127 1700

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d 2 mo 1701.

The Books tht belongs to this meeting tht were desired to be brought to this meeting being neglected its now again desired tht those friends tht have any of them do bring thm to Robert Hoope speedily tht a new list may be taken of thm and then lent to do their service.

The friends concerned do advise the depending difference tht was between William Souldan & Law: Allison is now ended. (Facing Notes: The difference between Wm Souldan & Law: Allison composed.)

That Alexr Mathews, John Robson, Thomas Walker, and Thomas Wainwright are desired to consider what pretended friends of this meeting tht are of such a loose and scandalous behaviour at ye pro: meeting recommends to take care to clear truth of that they take their names in writeing and in a convenient season call a Meeting to consider how and what testymony may be given aginst them. (Facing Notes: about loose behaved pretended friends.)

That Thomas Wainwright do under & over see ye roofing with shingles, hanging a door, putting seals & something like a table in ye middle, & plaistering of ye little square walls tht stands besides ye meeting house. (Facing Notes: about ye repair of ye little square walls at ye meeting house.)

According to ye province meetings desire, John Robson John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to take notice, where and when friends testymonies are dellivered by way of prophecy of Judgments or Calamities to come, tht such be noted in writeing Immediately after ye meeting rises where such testymonies are dellivered. (Facing Notes: persons to notice when propheticall testymonies are dellivered.)

That John Robson do read Geo: Knipes Epistle in ye publick meeting next first day come a week. (Facing Notes: Geo: Knipes Epistle read.)

All ye riseing of ye meeting this day week friends are desired to meet to consider what answer to give to ye Minute from London, containing 7 questions tht ye same may be sent to ye half years meeting. (Facing Notes: was done and sent to Dublin by our representatives.)

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 4 mo 1701.

What books could be found tht belongs to this meeting, are brought hither and given account of: A new list whereof being taken and ye friends names annexed tht hath thm.

The friends tht were appointed last meeting to draw up a testymony against loose behaved pretended friends, have done it, which being read in this meeting and thought fitt with some amendments to be published, ye following being those tht are Included in one testymony (viz.) Abell Weir, Jacob Porter Lanie Pierson Edwd Patteson, gabriel Horner, John Halliday, Grace Harding, William Marshall & Lydia his wife Richd Dean, Benjamin Shepherd & Ailce Wolsey als Webb. (Facing Notes: The said testymony was publickly read on a first day.)

Pg 128-129 1701

Timothy Kirk, John Robson, Alexr Mathews, Thomas Walker, James Greer & Thomas Wainwright are desired to speak to George Thomson John Bullogh, Richard Webb, Henry Webb, & William Mason concernign their careless & loose behaviour, and to examine them concerning the principles of truth, whethe they believe therein because they do nott walk conformable thereto. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

A little being yet done about ye roofing etc of ye little square walls & repair of ye Bucking house, William Crook with Tho: Wainwright & Jacob Turner, are desired to continue their care.

(Note: The following page is from a loose sheet at the beginning of this Book One, which seems to be dated 1701 but not part of the minutes.)

1701, 03 Mo ye 3rd (This is a loose page kept at the beginning of Book One.)
John Robson & John Webb gives account that William Roberts, a tythmonger, had one year his best corn stacks all burnt and afterwards became verry poor so as was forced to beg & was often & by many relieved bye friends from (which) he had taken a great deal of corn etc, & tht when his corn stacks was burnt ye neighbors did say it was a Judgment upon him, because of his tything.
John Webb also gives account tht one Daniel Cantling a tythmonger for severall years, & one year haveing reserved a stack of wheat, boasting what benefit he would make of it, when he gott upon it to throw it down, it was so destroyed with ratts, & mice so as tht he fell into it & much terrified saying it was ye Judgment of God upon him and some time after died in a rageing miserable condition.

Att a particular Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 5 mo 1701.

That John Webb desire Geo: Thomson to be at ye meeting next first day, tht friends may speak with him about some miscarriages.

The friends tht were appointed to speak to John Bullow, do advise, he seems to be sorrowfull, for some disorderly walking, & promisses or hopes to be more circumspect hereafter: Geo: ffox is desired to have an eye upon him how he answers ye same; the said friends being appointed to speak with Richard Webb, Henry Webb and Wm Mason, who seems to speak fair towards amendment; this meeting appoints Alexr Mathews, Thomas Walker, & Geo: ffox, to observe how they answer ye same. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Thomas Wainwright , Wm Crook & Jacob Turner are desired to continue their care about ye repair of ye Bucking house & little square walls, & tht they mind to get it done speedily, while good weather continues. (Facing Notes: ye said work going forward.)

The last half years meeting paper being read in this meeting, ye severall paragraphs contained therein relateing to youths Education & desired to be publically read on ye next first day tht ye meeting is in town, & tht ye province paper be read next first day. (Facing Notes: was accordingly read.)

Also tht there be a mans meeting held next fourth day, to consider what answer to give to tht part required concerning ye rise & progress of truth. (Facing Notes: was accordingly held and ye said matter done to ye best of friends knowledge & capacity.)

Geo: ffox, John Webb & John Walker are desired to take care to gett John Garvin about 60 Cash of good turf laid down at his door, & to dispose of them tht are in John Webbs Mess. (Facing Notes: they advise tht ye said turf was accordingly laid down.)

Pg 130-131 1701

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan the 27th day of ye 6 mo 1701.

George Thomson nott appearing as was desired last meeting John Webb is again desired to acquaint him to be at ye meeting at John Robsons next first day & to stay a little tht friends may talk with him. (Facing Notes: friends did accordingly speak to ye Sd George Thomson who confessed severall of his faults and promissed amendment, which friends are willing to wait for.)

This meeting is advised tht John Bullow, does nott amend his way as he promissed, butt rather declines meetings & friends that they cannot admonish him and it appearing tht he is guilty of sundry misdemeanors, as extravagant drinking, ruining into debt & breaking his romisses verry frequently, and other loose behaviour nott becoming our profession: its therefore this meetings desire tht John Walker draw up a pertinent paper against his said actions and tht Alexr Mathews, Thomas Bullow Richard Lynas, George ffox and William Lynas use their endeavour to find him out and to give him a copy of such paper after its perused by some friends. (Facing Notes: The paper against John Bullow was prepared and presented to him butt he partly promissing amendment & paid some of his debts, & besides gave in a paper against himself that friends is willing to try what ye Issue of his condemnation & promisse, will be, ye paper is in John Walkers hands.)

As to ye behaviour of Henry Webb and William Mason such as formerly Butt some disorder happening by Richard Webb since last meeting which requires Judgment John Walker is desired to draw up a pertinent paper relateing to ye matter, and after perused by some friends, a copy therof to be given to him by Geo: ffox and Alexr Mathews, and to give him a little time to consider thereof and thn to receive his answer and report ye same to this meeting.

Thomas Wainwright advised tht ye work about ye bucking house and little square walls is going forward, his care is desired to continue.

That John Webb dispose of those turfs tht is in his moss tht was intended for John Garvin and advise ye meeting.

That Robert Hoope pay out of ye meetings stock 20S to John Walker for a years rent for John Garvin ending this time and tht he may continue till about ye 25th 1 mo next and thn to provide for himself, Also to pay George ffox 20S for ½ 00 of turf laid down at ye said John Garvins Door.

Pg 132-133 1701

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 8 mo 1701.

Robert Hodgson of this meeting haveing appeared and declared by his Intentions of mariage with Sarah Nicholson of Ballyhagan meeting, and this meeting after enquiry finding nothing to obstruct his proceedings, do appoint John Walker, and Ezekiel Bullock to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, and return their answers to ye province meeting. (Facing Notes: was maried at Bellyhagan ye 20th day of ye 9 mo 1701.)

Thatt Alexr Mathews, Thomas Walker, and Geo: ffox take care to know how William Mason behaves. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

The paper being yet given against Richard Webb because of his offering to give one against himself, butt not yett haveing done it, Alexr Mathews and George ffox are desired to continue their care concerning him. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

Thomas Wainwright is desired to continue his care about fixing ye bucking hose etc. (Facing Notes: Thomas Wainwright gives account tht ye bucking house is almost ready.)

John Webb advises tht he is to pay S6: for ye remainder of the turf tht was for John Garvin, which ye said John Webb is desired to give to Robt Hoope. (Facing Notes: John Webb has paid ye said 6S to Robert Hoope.)

Christopher Hillary desireing a certificate of this meeting for his son Caleb, being now gone to Dublin, - this meeting doth appoint John Robson & Geo: ffox to make enquiry concerning his behaviour and report what or as , they find the matter with him, to ye next meeting.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th day of ye 9 mo 1701.

The friends tht were appointed concerning William Mason reports that they think it nessesary there be a hearing of some matters between his father and he, Alexr Mathews, Thomas Walker and Geo: ffox are desired to see it done.

Pg 134-135 1701

The friends tht were appointed ocncerning Richard Webb advises that he now refuses to give Judgment against himself, thrfore according to former meetings order, John Walker is desired to fitt ye paper tht was before prepared and shew it to friends next first day after meeting in order to ye publishing of it.

That Geo: ffox do write a suitable certificate for Caleb Hillary, and bring it to ye next first dayes meeting to be viewed.

John Hunter of Lisburn country meeting, and Ellizabeth Mathews of this meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other, & ye said John produceing a certificate from ye mens meeting of Lisburn held ye 20th Instant signifying his presentation there, and tht they appointed Wm Hill and John Houlden to make enquiry concerning his clearness and this meeting takeing their said Intention into consideration and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed Ann Bradshaw & Ellinor Greer to make enquiry concerning ye Sd Ellizabeths clearness, & return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 10 mo 1701 as by certificate may appear.)

That James Greer and Lawrence Allison speak to Joshua Hoope & know if he is guilty of committing ye sin of fornication as is reported, and if he be, that they tell John Walker tht he may prepare a testymoney against him, and Show it to friends for further advice in publishing. (Facing Notes: was quilty of ye said sin, & a paper was accordingly published against him.)

That John Walker prepare a testymony against Isable Logan. (Facing Notes: a testymony was also read against her..)

Also against John Bullow. (Facing Notes: Also one against ye Said John Bullow who is gone to Pensilvania.)

That Alexr Mathews & Geo: ffox do enquire into a report whether John Williams be quilty of quarrelling.

Also tht a testymony be prepared against ye evill practises of George Thomson. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

That Robert Robinson and Thomas Wainwright have an eye over Joshua Stevenson, and advise ye next meeting.

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th 10 mo 1701.

John Robson & John Hoope are appointed according to province meetings advice to look over former Epistles & half years papers which may be thought to be read sometimes.

Pg 136-137 1701

The friends tht were appointed concerning Wm Mason advise tht they spoke to him, & he seemed to condescend to friends advice, butt since, it appears tht he has been concerned in keeping Idle company untimely which accasioned quarrelling: The former friends are desired to Inform themselves of ye matter, & speak to him and return their answers to a meeting they may call for tht purpose.

Notwithstanding Richd Webbs refusall to give Judgement against himself as appeared to last meeting, yet he since gave in a paper against his disorderly walking, which friends for ye present are willing should delay ye writeing against him to see if his acknowledgments appear by his good life & converstion, to be reall.

Also George Thomson has for ye present diverted ye Judgment of friends against him by giveing a paper against him self, promissing amendment which friends are willing to wait a while for.

The friends tht were appointed to enquire of John Williams quarrelling do advise th he was in company where there was a quarrell butt cannot understand tht he was concerned in itt - however ye said friends with ye visiters are desired to have further care of him.

That Robert Robinson and Thomas Wainwright continue their care to Joshua Swanson.

That George ffox draw up ye Sufferings as well as he can in order to be read next 4th day.

That George Bell & Ezekiel Bullock be joined with Timothy Kirk as visiters.

Pg 138-139 1701

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 12th mo 1701.

Joseph Robson of this meeting haveing appeared and declared his Intentions of Mariage with Isabell Nicholson of Charlimont meeting, and after enquiry this meeting finding nothing to obstruct his proceedings do appoint Alexr Mathews and John Walker to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned, & to returne their answers to ye next prov: meeting.

William Mason hath been before this meeting & at present do nott condescend to give friends sattisfaction: Therefore its ye order of this meeting : that John Walker prepare a paper of condemnation suitable to his offence against next meeting.

Notice being taken that George Thomson is nott so dilligent in comeing to meetings as he outht to be; Timothy Kirk and George Bell are desired to speak to him and stirr him up to more dilligence. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

Robert Robinson & Thomas Wainwright gives this meeting account that Joshua Swanson Intends to have ye house where widdow simpson lived, for one year if friends pleases, so this meeting upon Robert Robinsons engagement for ye payment of 30S rent for ye same, for one year, condescends ye said Joshua may have it, to enter on ye 25th 1 mo next. (Facing Notes: house to Joshua Swanson.)

The sufferings were according to order drawn up & read.

Friends of this meeting being under a concern for Thomas Bradshaw fearing tht he will cause truth to suffer by running into more debt than he has efects to answer, therefore this meeting desires Thomas Wainwright, Will: Lynas, Geo: Bell and Timothy Kirk to go to him and take a narrow Inspection into his affairs and if he will nott be honest in giveing account how matters is with him, ye said friends are to give John Walker notice to repare a paper suitable to his fact. (Facing Notes: concerning Thomas Bradshaw.)

Pg 139 1701

Ditto die
Thomas Courtney of ye grange Meeting & Ruth Truman? of this meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other, and ye said Thomas produceing a certificate from ye said grange mens Meeting held ye 14th 12 mo 1701 at James Moores signifying his presentation there, and tht they appointed John Fawsett, & Walter Clark to make enquiry concerning his clearness etc and this meeting takeing their said Intentions into consideration and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed Sarah Robson and Ellinor Greer, to make enquiry concerning ye Said Ruths clearness and to return their answers to ye next province meeting.

Pg 140-141 1702

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th 1 mo 1702.

A paper according to former order being drawn up against William Mason, is committed to Timothy Kirks care to produce to him, & to return his answer to ye next particular meeting.

John Walker is desired to draw up a paper against George Thomson, concerning his disorderly walking & breach of promises.

Friends tht were appointed to enquire of Thomas Bradshaw advise tht they cannot get a sensible & clear account of his concerns by which friends are Jealous he hath nott wherewith to pay his debt, and also fears tht James Bradshaw is in too much debt, its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht Alexr Mathews, John Walker, Thomas Wainwright & Thomas Walker do gett Ann Bradshaw, Thomas, & James all together & strictly enquire of thm all how matters are with them, and return their answers to what friends of ye mens meeting tht may be at ye next fourth days meeting.

The last province meeting sending a paper hither adviseing of sundry things, particularly against excessive takeing of Toba. & strong drink with other things, which paper is recommended to ye care of ye visiters to be minded tht pertinent answers may be returned to ye next quarterly meeting.

John Crook and Ann Gilbert haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before our men & woemens meetings, who being particularly examined and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings and our meetings takeing ye same into consideration have appointed Lawrence Allison, Alexr Mathews, Deborah Hillary, & Ruth Bullock to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relatios concerned & return their answers to ye next province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in ye town of Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 3 mo 1702.)

Pg 142-143 1702

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th of ye 3 mo 1702.

John Moore and Ruth Hoope haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this & our woemens meetings who being particularly examined, and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed George ffox & Jacob Turner Ellinor Greer and Ann Hodgson to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Facing Notes: Samuel Kirk and Mary Jonston haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this and our woemens meetings who being particularly examined, and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed George Bell, & Roger Webb, Margaret Mathews, & Jane ffox to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned and return their answers to ye next pro: meeting.)

William Lynas advises this meeting tht William Mason appears to do better thn formerly, so Timothy Kirk is desired to continue his care, & report to ye next meeting how he behaves or finds matters with him relateing to truth. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

That Timothy Kirk and Ezekiel Bullock take care to get ye testymony ths propared against George Thomson viewed by friends tht ye publishing of it may be considered. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Whereas Thomas Bradshaw and James Bradshaw have for a long time been suspected to run into debt beyond bounds (especially Thomas, But James for later time) or what was safe for thm to do and frineds being Jealous tht things would nott be well in ye end, were frequently concerned from time to time to advise and deal with them least by their forward and in considerale running into debt truth might be reproacht butt they mostly were verry refractory, and would not be plain with friends tht sought their good & preservation, and so caried on their affairs in ye dark: Butt by friends dilligence in strictly enquireing into their circumstances do find tht they have runn into debt without ye due bounds and limitts of truth and orderly profession which this meeting Judges and Condemns, and gives their testymony against such practises an ye said Thomas and James therein, given under our hands in behalf of our said Meeting this 10 4 mo 1702. (Facing Notes: The said testymony was publickly read on ye 14th of ye 4 mo 1702 being a first day & in Lurgan.)
Robt Robinson Tho: Wainwright Tim: Kirk
John Robson Wm Lynas Jno Hoope
Mark Wright Geo: Bell Geo: ffox
John Hendren Ezekiel Bullock John Walker
Alexr Mathew Thomas Walker Francis Hillary

Pg 142f-143f, following 142-143, not numbered 1702

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th 4 mo 1702.

That Timothy Kirk continue his care concerning William Mason.

That ye testymony against George Thomson be deferred publishing till further.

At a meeting held in this place ye 12th day of ye 1 mo 1700 ye testymony against Elliz Dunbarr being thn desired to be delayed reading to try how she might behave for ye time to come, Butt of late notwithstanding her own testymony against her former evills, hath appeared verry drunken to ye reproach of truth, so ye said testymony, with an addition of this last transgression was publickly read on ye 14th day of ye 4 mo 1702 in Lurgan. (Facing Notes: Testymony read against Elliz: Dunbarr.)

There belonging to this meetings proportion 150 of ye book called ye primitive Christianity & 150 of ye book called Alexr Piotts Apology & 63 of ye eals to Christendom: Its ordered tht one of ye said primitive Christianity be given to every family of friends of this meeting, and ye remainder lodged at Robt Hoopes who is desired to give such as friends may call for to distribute to ye worlds people as occasion offers, and to keep account who calls for them & ye sorts. (Facing Notes: Books devided.)

Wm Johnston of this meeting, haveing appeared and declared his Intention of mariage with Jane Turner of Carickfergus meeting and after enquiry this meeting finding nothing to obstruct his proceedings do appoint Alexr Mathews & Geo: ffox to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next Province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried at John Wardells near Carickfergus ye 4th 5 mo 1702.)

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th 6 mo 1702.

Timothy Kirk is desired to continue his care concerning William Mason.

That ye testymony against George Thomson be further delayed publishing.

Pg 144 1702

George Moore of Ballymony meeting and Mary Hoope of this meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before this meeting and ye George showing a certificate tht he laid his said Intentions before ye mens meeting held at Grange ye 1st of ye 6 mo 1702 who appointed Eli Crocket John Knox to make enquiry concerning him & this meeting takeing ye same into consideration & nothing at psent appearing to obstruct them our woemens meeting appointed Ann Hodgson & Margaret Mathews to make enquiry concerning ye Said Marys clearness consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next pro: meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried in Lurgen ye 1st of ye 7 mo 1702 as pr certificate may appear.)

James Neile and Jane Moreton both of Munallan meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before this and our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration & nothing at psent appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed Alexr Cristy, & Geo: ffox, Ellinor Greer, & Mary Cristy to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next province meeting.

Charles Roberts and Elizabeth Mason both of this meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before this and our woemens meetings, who takeing ye same into consideration & nothing at psent appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed John Walker, Ezekiel Bullock, Isable Atkinson & Ruth Bullock to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents and relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next pro: meeting.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10 thay of ye 7 mo 1702.

That Timothy Kirk and George Bell & Alexr Mathews speak to George Thomason about his behaviour thts contrary to truth. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Pg 145 1702

That ye visiters be concerned to deal with James Ray about his declining meetings, & falling into many disorders, and give account throf to next meeting.

That Thomas Wainwright & John Webb help ye woemen friends towards ye releef of John Garvin and call to Robt Hoope for money as they may have occasion.

That John Robson do read ye last province meeting paper on ye next first day tht ye meeting is in ye town.

Whereas Barthol: Garnet haveing made some complaint to this meeting tht matters are nott settled between James Greer & he, concerning ye land of Broughaloy, tht ye said Barthol: wants a writeing from ye said James of his part conformable to ye originall agreement between thm, also tht ye said Barthol: alledges tht though he has his proportion of quantity, yett is nott equall in quallity: also alledges tht he is at a loss in tht James as he saith hath possessed for severall years some of ye land tht Barthol ought to have had, & thrfore thinks he should have some allowance for ye time before ye measuring thereof; all which and what other difference may appear, The Said Barthol: & James have each of thm committed, & fully referred ye said matters for ye settling and determining thereof unto Wm Whitesile Senr, Jacob Marshall, Tim: Kirk, & John Webb they haveing notice & regard to ye former accord so farr as matters relateing thereto are mentioned therein to be determined before ye next quarterly meeting.

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan the 21st day of ye 8 mo 1702.
The friends tht were appointed concerning George Thomson do report tht he does nott appear to answer his promisses, so John Walker is desired to write ye needfull under ye former paper & John Webb & Alexr Cristy are desired to show it to ye said George

Pg 146 1702

The visiters are desired to continue their care towards James Ray.

Robert Hoope and Ann Harding haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of marriage with each other before this and our woemens meeting, who after enquiry and takeing ye same into consideration it appeared tht ye said Robert did nott as he ought to have done according to ye order of truth acquaint his father & mother and ye said Ann’s father before her, butt he now being sensible of ye great hurt he has received thereby and tht attends such practises hath judged and condemned ye same under his hand which was read in this and our woemens meetings, who have appointed John Robson, Timothy Kirk, Mary Walker & Kathrine Lynas to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned and to returne their answers to ye next province meeting. (Note in Margin: was married in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 9 mo 1702.)

Nottwithstanding friends tenderness and forbearance towards Richard Webb, concerning some former transgressions, hopeing for his amendment, yett he hath nott truly regarded ye same, butt lately has behaved himself upon occasion of being at Hilsburrough verry unbecoming truths way so John Walker is desired to prepare ye paper against him as is appointed, & John Robson desired to read ye same publickly on a first day when a meeting is in town.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d 10 mo 1702.

Robert Robinson hath paid to this meeting 15S for ½ years rent for Joshua Swanson. (Note in margin: Swanson’s rent paid.)

John Robson is desired to read ye testymony against George Thomson, & Richard Webb next first day. (Note in margin: testymony read against Thomson & Webb.)

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Thomas Harlan haveing appeared and declared his Intention of mariage with Ailce ffoster and this meeting takeing ye same into consideration nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings have appointed Thomas Walker & Alexr Mathews to make enquiry concerning his clearness and orderly proceedings, & to return their answers to ye next province meeting.

John Robson haveing complained to this meeting tht his brother Jacob hath stopt an old road or high way therefore this meeting have appointed Tim: Kirk, George Bell, John Webb & William Lynas, to enquire into ye matter and of Jacob; and report ye same to friends next fourth day, tht further care may be taken to settle ye said difference.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th day of ye 11 mo 1702.

The friends tht were appointed last meeting to enquire into ye cause of John Robson’s complaint haveing been sundry times about it, butt not yet haveing come to a resolution nor agreement in ye matter are desired by this meeting to take a convenient season and to agree in their Judgment concerning ye said difference & delliver ye same in writeing to ye next mens meeting.

Joseph McNeese of Charlimount meeting & Margaret Cristy of Manallan meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with each other, ye said Joseph produceing a certificate from ye mens meeting held near Charlimount ye 9th 10 mo last wherein they advise tht nothing appeared to obstruct his further proceedings, did appoint Wm Whitesile ye younger & Bathol: Garnett to make enquiry concerning his clearness consent of parents etc and this & our woemens meetings takeing ye said presentation into consideration have appointed Elinor Greer and Esther Neile to make enquiry concerning ye said Margarets clearness consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next

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Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 12 mo 1702.

The buiseiness of John Robsons complaint against Jacob being further considered, and tht there is an appearance tht they are likely to lett matters fall so friends do nott think fitt to Insist any further in tht affair hopeing and desireing tht things of difference will Cease & love grow & Increase between thm.

Sarah Harding haveing sometime since gone away without consent of friends, & suspected to be with child & a strong report thereof amongst people yet this meeting nott being well advised of it deferred giveing fJudgment against her till ye receiveing of a letter from friends of Manchester signifying tht she had a child there, so a testymony was read against ye Said Sarah last first day.

The rain in stormy weather beats so violently upon ye ends of ye meeting house tht verry much damnifys it, so this meeting appoints Thomas Wainwright, Alexr Mathews, Robt Hodgson & Joseph Robson, to take such timely & seasonable care as to provide stuf & get it well rough Casted in a right season. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

That John Walker, Alxr Mathews, & Tho: Wainwright Discharge Wm Davison for his trouble in attending Charles Roberts. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan on the 7th of ye 2d month 1703.

Thoms Wainwright and assistants gives account to this meeting tht they are preparing materialls in order to get ye meeting house rough casted when ye weather proves seasonable which they are desired not to neglect. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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Thoms Wainwright Alexr Mathew & John Walker acquaints us that they have spoken to Wm Davison concerning ye trouble he had in attending Charles Roberts and he refuseing to give them account, what he would have for sattisfaction, this meeting orders 10 Shill to be given him & tht he be cleard of an Engagement for ye paymt of some boards etc for a Coffin for Sidney Madderon. (Note in margin: it was paid him & Robt Hoope out of ye Collection being in all 12S 11 ½.)

Whereas Charles Roberts for many years haveing frequented our assemblies, ownd & professd ye same doctrines & principles of faith with us, & gone under our name & denomination; hath of late throw ye decay of worldly substance, fallen into despair, & been prevailed upon by ye Suggestions & temptations of Satan, to lay violent hands upon himself in order to perfect his own destruction, although often warnd & admonishd by sundrie friends who were jealous of his wicked design, to walk against it; which he rejected, and manifests his over eager pursuit after transitory things, & that ye seed of ye kingdom sown in his heart came to be Choaked, through ye Cares of this world & deceitfulness of riches all which being inconsistent with our principles & profession, he hath thereby excluded himself from our Society & Communion, & is out of fellowship with us; till he come to a godly sorrow for his offences which worketh repentance never to be repeated of. (Note in margin: It is not thought expedient to read it publickly.)

Timothy Kirk according to appointmt of last provincial meeting, hath proposd to this meeting ye necessity of haveing particular mens meetings more frequently, & this meeting takeing ye same into Consideation & finding that business increases; doe unanimously agree tht to have said meetings monthly instead of six weeks as they now are will answer better & be of more service & doe think ye time most suitable & Convenient is in ye 4th day of ye 4th week after ye quarterly meeting, and ye 4th day of ye 2d week after ye province meeting, and ye 4th day before ye quarterly meeting, and so forth. And that ye same be mentiond in ye paper to ye province, to have their approbation. (Note in margin: See further whats Concluded next meeting relateing to this matter.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th 3 mo 1703.

The rough casting of ye meeting house being yet unfinished, ye friends appointed to take care therein; are desired to prosecute it without delay.

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Pursuant to advice recommended from last quarterly meeting, it is here agreed, that henceforth there be a preparative meeting Establisht, to be held on ye forth day of ye Second week after ye province meeting, in order to bring business more clear to ye Mans meeting, which for ye future is to be held three weeks after Sd preparative meeting.

Benjamin Shepherd having presented a paper to this meeting, Condemning his goeing out to a priest to be married to a woman of another judgement, which and expressing his hopes of leading a more godly & pious life for the future: The paper is laid by till it appear how he Squares his life & Conversation, before he be received into unity.

This meeting being Informd that Thoms Linas son of Willm Linas hath of late (without ye Consent of his parents & Contrary to ye practice of faith full friends) run out to a priest & married with one of another proffession; Alexr Mathew & Geo. Fox are desird to speak to him, & give account to friends next fourth day or sooner how they find things. (Note in margin: did speak to him & was true for which a testymony was read aganst him.)

That John Neil give his assistance to Alexr Christy & John Morten in visiting families &.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan the 19th of ye 5 mo 1703.

Robert Robinson hath paid to this meeting fifteen Shill being for one half years rent due from Joshua Swanson ending 25th 1 mo last & will nott longer engage.

The friends tht were appointed to see ye meeting house rough Casted do give account tht it is done ye cost whereof amounts to L6 - 18 - 7 viz: to Thom: Wainwright 0.11.5; Robt Hodgson 2.13.0; Alexr Mathews 1.17.6; Joseph Robson 0.15.4; Robert Hoope 1.1.4, total 6.18.7.

which sum is to be raised by subscriptions and advise how done. (Note in margin: all ye said persons are paid their money by subscription as was appointed.)

That Alexr Mathews & George Bell help ye woemen friends to get ye testymony tht was published against Eliz: Taggart als McComb als weir from Lisnagarvy meeting. (Note in margin: did gett it & delivered it to ye woemen friends.)

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Itt being thought convenient, help full & necessary that some friends from this meeting go at least once in 6 weeks to visitt ye friends near Rathfryland at their meeting on first dayes, in order as there may be occasion to assist them in such matters of ye affairs of truth as may be awanting. Timothy Kirk & Alexr Cristy are desired to go next first day to begin ye visitt.

Ordered from ye preparative meeting 4 mo 23d 1703

tht Alexr Mathews, Thomas Walker, & John Walker attend ye next sessions and mind tht no friend professing truth be too bold in going into ye court with their hatts on, where others pulls thm of.

John Whitesile Junr of Charlimount meeting & Ruth Robson of this meeting, after some time since acquainting friends have declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this and our woemens meetings, who takeing ye same into consideration, and ye said John produceing a certificate from ye mens meeting of Charlimount held ye 13tth Instant signifying his proceedings there and tht they appointed Thomas Baker & Barthol: Garnett to make enquiry concerning ye said Johns clearness: And our woemens meeting haveing appointed Ellinor Greer & Margaret Mathews to make enquiry concerning ye clearness of ye said Ruth orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next province meeting.

Richard Tinslay and Mary Kearnaghan both of this meeting after some time since acquainting friends, have this day declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before this and our woemans meetings who takeing ye same into consideration nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed George ffox Joseph Robson, Sarah Robson & Ruth Bullock to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned and to gett a certificate from their grand fathers, & to return their answers to ye next province meeting.

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Samuell Kinning and Sarah Hobkin of Rathfryland meeting, after sometime since acquainting friends have appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other before this & our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration and nothing materiall appearing to obstruct their proceedings have appointed Robt Willson James Dixson, Jane Willson, & Margaret Chambers to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent ot parents & relations concerned & to gett a certificate from ye said Sarahs father & mother of their willingness thereto & return their answers to ye next province meeting.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th of ye 6 mo 1703.

Lucia Turner in her husbands absence, haveing complained to this meeting tht Christopher Hillary doth owe them a considerable sum of money and they being dissattisfied for wand of it or better security, Richd Mason, William Jonston, & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to speak to ye said Christopher to satisfy ye said Lucia speedily otherwise friends will be forced to give Judgment against him: & leave her to take her liberty in ye Law, also to know how his affairs are with his sons in Dublin whether they prosper or nott. (Note in margin: was spoken to & promised to discharge it as soon as possible. also tht he said his sons in Dublin were like to do well.)

Robert Robinson & John Morton are desired to visitt friends at their meeting near Rathfryland next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 8 mo 1703.

This meeting being acquainted tht Robert Wilson near Rathfryland with some other friends have been summoned to ye Bishops Court about tythes, & desiring friends advice. Robert Hoope, Thoms Wainwright, John Walker & Alexr Christy are desired to goe to ye Sd friends as soon as possible, & give them their

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their assistance in any thing tht may be wanted, either Endeavouring to get ye matter remitted & fall with a Clear Consciense, or to Strengthen them in bearing thr testimony against ths Antichristian oppression of tythes.

Gabriel Clark haveing writt to a friend of this meeting signifying John Dobbs intention of marriage wth a widdow friend in Youghall, & accordingly presented att Munster pro. meeting; who orderd Gabriel Clark to write to ths meeting for a Certificate of his Clearness from all woemen relateing to marriage in these parts & upon Inquiry in ths meeting, nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings, and is Clear for any thing i known to us: John Hoope is desird in behalfe of this meeting to send a Certificate accordingly.

James Halliday & Hannah Leare after sometime haveing acquainted friends, did this day declare their Intentions of marriage with one another before this & our woemens meeting, who Enquiring Concerning it, & after Consideration nothing appearing to obstruct them; Wm Williamson & William Wetherill, Mary Walker & Alice Williams are desird to make Inquiry concerning thr Clearness orderly proceedings, Consent of parents & relations concerned, & return thr answers to ye next Pro. meeting.

That Alexr Mathew desire all those tht hold gleab or bishops lands to be at ye next Preparative meeting.

That Robert Hoope pay to John Walker 20 Shill being a years rent for John Garvin, & to Collect how much he has Cost this meeting since he came to it.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 9th month 1703.

Robert Hoope John Walker & Alexr Christy have acquainted this meeting tht according to appointment of last mens meeting, they went to vissit friends nigh Rathfryland, which they beleive was of Service to ye Incourageing & Strengthening thm in bearing up their testimony against tythes etc. And now being Informd tht Robert Wilson & James Hanan were taken by a warrant of a definitive Sentence on ye 3d of

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this instant, and Conveyed to Down prison, where they remain prisoners, & this meeting thinking it expedient tht they be pretty frequently vissited: Robert Robinson & John Webb are desird to goe & see them ye next week, & vissit their families by ye way, and at their return, acquaint friends how they find things. And Alexr Mathews John Turner & John Walker are desird to Speak to Richard Chase to Crave his assistance in moderateing Mc Mullan ye Prosecutor. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hoope not haveing Collected ye Charge tht John Garvine hath been to ths meeting, he is desird to have it ready against next meeting.

The friends tht hold Gleab lands & did according to order appear at ye preparative meeting, & upon Examination we doe not find that they have taken such lands or renewed thr leases, since ye order from ye halfe years metting. (Note in margin: did bring it in & is amongst ye meet. papers.)

William Mason after haveing acquainted friends at our Preparative meeting of his Intentions of marriage with Anna Stevenson of Ballyhagan meeting; hath this day declard ye same to this meeting, and nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings: Alexr Mathew & Robert Hodgson are appointed to make Inquiry conserning his clearness orderly proceedings Consent of Parents, & relations Concerned & to return ye answers to ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: were married at Ballyhagan as per certificate may appear.)

Joel Car & Eliz. Plumstead, both of this meeting: after some time since acquainting friends have this day appeard, & declard their intentions of marriage to each other, who takeing the same into Consideration & finding nothing to obstruct their proceedings, have appointed Joseph Robson & John Webb to make Inquiry concerning ye Clearness, orderly proceedings, Consent of parents & relations concernd & to return thier answers to ye province meeting they appear att. (Note in margin: were married in Lurgan as per certificate may appear.)

Thoms Wainwright is desird to Inspect into Michael Scafes Condition & acquaint friends how he finds it. (Note in margin: did go & advises did not want butt is since dead.)

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according to liberty from ye last mens meeting Richard Webb produced a paper against himself and read it also on a first day publickly. (Note in margin: 1 or 2 pages missing here.)

Ann Bradshaw sometime since haveing returned ye sum of four pound eight shill: nine pence Sterl: which was given her out of ye money tht came out of England to supply ye wants of those tht lost by ye warr, hath now again on some terms accepted of it.

Kathrine McGee being deceased & left part of what she had to friends particularly to ye care of Tho: Wainwright to dispose of & distribute, Ezekiel Bullock Mary Walker, Mary Robinson, Ann Hodgson, & Sarah Robson are desired to assist him in disposeing of those things which she hath left, to ye most neediest friends. John Walker to record her will, & to enter ye particulars of ye Inventory, as also how & to whome ye said goods have been disposed of.

William Dixson being destitute of a house to live in, Thomas Walker offers him a house garden & cowes ?grass? for 40S pr annm provided tht if ye said Wm Dixson cannot, or do not pay it, tht this meeting will , to which this meeting agrees for one year commencing ye 3d mo next.

Att a particular mens meeting held In Lurgan ye 3rd of ye 3 mo 1704.

George Fox having according to order, takeing a list of friends names, & brought it to this meeting, which being Called over, it appears tht many friends have not yet setled ye conserns by will & there fore its desired tht such be Concerned to have it done as soon as Conveniently may be.

Thomas Wainwright & ye other friends tht were appointed last meeting to dispose of, & distribute, ye

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goods of Kathrine McGee widdow to ye neediest friends, have returnd their answers tht it is done & brought her will, the Inventory of her goods & accts to whom distributed, which are given to John Walker to be recorded in ye meeting book. (Note in margin: is recorded.)

James Hobson of ye City of Dublin having writt to Thoms Walker to procure him a Certificate from this meeting. Geo Fox is desird to draw one Suitable to his life & Conversation when here, & let some friends in y town view it over tht it may be signd & sent him by ye first Convenient oppertunity. (Note in margin: was sent him.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 3 mo 1704.

Robert Hoope and John Neile haveing acquainted this meeting tht Elizabeth Mason desires to have matters cleared between her & Charles Roberts ye said Robert & John with Thomas Wainwright & Robt Hodgson are desired to speak to ye said Charles and endeavour to get a discharge from him freeing ye said Ellizabeth of all things tht hath hapened between thm relateing to mariage, or otherwise. (Note in margin: ye said Ellizabeth & Charles have discharged each other.)

Henry Greer haveing presented to this meeting his Intention of mariage with Sarah Henderson, & nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings, have appointed Alexr Mathews & George ffox to make enquiry concerning his clearness consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers when called for.

Remember James Greers business with Barthol. Garnet; John Walker is desired to draw a Copy of ye minute relateing thereto out of this book, & write a few lines with it to Charlimount friends desireing them to endeavour to get matters between ye said James & Bart. ended. (Note in margin: done.)

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Roger Webb, Robert Hodgson, John Neile, & Alexr Cristy, are desired to attend ye province meetings & mind tht no unquallified friends sit in ye mens meetings.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 4 mo 1704.

Charles Roberts haveing cleared & discharged Elizabeth Mason from any pretence of mariage and she him also, & her father desireing a certificate; John Walker & Geo: ffox are desired to draw one suitable to her condition & shew it to friends next first day. (Note in margin: done.)

Itt being recommended by ye last half years meeting tht every monthly meeting take care to collect such suitable matter as hath hapned within ye compase of their meeting since 3 mo 1700, to 1705 as may be fitt for ye progress of truth, and so from year to year to continue as may more at large appear by ye said half years meeting Epistle, to which is referred, John Walker, George ffox, & Joseph Robson are desired to be concerned thereabout.

Roger Webb & George Bell are desired to visitt friends of Rathfryland meeting & to know how matters relateing to ye affairs of truth are amongst thm, & how ye case is between ye gaoler & those tht were prisoners.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 5 5 mo 1704.

There being 17-4 to this meetings proportion of George Gregsons Legacy is divided to Wm Dixson 2.8 ½, to Margaret Brown 2. 8 ½, to Jos: Swanstead 2. 8 ½, to John Garvin 3.9 ½, to Wm Rea 2. 8 ½, to Dan: Bullock 2.8 ½., total 9. 2 /2. (Note in margin: all paid Except to John Garvin.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Elizabeth Hodgson is maried to a man of a contrary persuasion unknown to her father & mother as they say, Joseph Robson & Robt Hodgson are desired to draw up a testymony against her mischife to be read next first day. (Note in margin: done.)

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6 day of ye 7 mo 1704.

To remind John Walker, George ffox, & Joseph Robson about collecting suitable matter for ye progress of truth. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & John Webb nott haveing had oportunity to meet with Charlimount friends avt Barthol: Garnett & James Greers business, since last meeting, are again desired to mind it to give answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Something being brought to this meeting as a testymony concerning severall deceased friends as was desired last meeting: John Robson, Tho: Wainwright, Alexr Mathews & rest tht were concerned before are desired to consider further of tht matter and add or diminish as they may think fitt and present it to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in Margin: see next meeting.)

James Armstrong & Elizabeth Hollin after sometime since haveing acquainted frineds this day appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this & our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration & upon enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings, Robert Hodgson Joseph Robson Margaret Mathews & Ruth Bullock are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of persons & relations concerned, to get certificates from their parents , & return their answers to ye next Pro: meeting. (Note in margin: were married in Lurgan on ye 27th day of ye 7 mo 1704.)

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This meeting being acquainted of Mary Webb being married with a priest, which practise being contrry to our principles & order of truth, Alexr Mathews, Timothy Kirk John Walker are desired to enquire into ye matter of itt & into ye manner of the proceedings how far parents & relations have been concerned therein, & how clear they stand in ye testymony of truth relateing thereto, & particularly consider ye contents of a letter from Margery Nicholson to this & ye woemens meeting, and return their answers to friends next first day before ye meeting with a paper of condemnation suitable to ye offence tht if ye friends see fitt it may tht day be read against her practises. (Note in margin: was true tht she maried with a priest and also enquiry was made how parents stood clear in their testymony wch does nott appear tht some were - see next meeting.)

George Dunbar & Ann Hartley after some time since haveing acquainted friends, have this day appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other before this & our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration and upon enquiry finds tht ye Said George hath nott proceeded as becomes truth & ye order thereof preserving parents propperty, in their children in tht he did nott first acquaint his father & ye Said Ann’s father & mother before her self, so Richard Mason & George ffox, Ann Mason & Mary Cristy are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness & orderly proceedings, & ye said George ffox & Richard Mason are desired to see tht ye said George Dunbar give a testymony against his disorderly proceedings & to be publickly read next first day, and they to return their answers to ye Pro: Meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan on ye 5th of ye 8 mo 1704.)

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John Lockert & Mary Mathews after sometime since haveing acquainted friends, this day appeared & declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other before this & our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration and after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their proceedings John Neile & John Turner, Ann Bradshaw, & Deborah Hillary being appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned are desired to return their answers to ye prov: meeting.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th day of ye 7 mo 1704.

This meeting being acquainted tht Sarah & Henry Webb are nott so clear in bearing their testymony for truth concerning the Mariage & entertaining of ?Mary? Nicholson & her husband, as they ought to be Timothy Kirk is desired to desire thm to be at ye meeting next first day, & to gett some friends both men & woemen to stay to examine matters. (Note in margin: was spoken to and pretends cannot get clear of them; Henry could nott be mett with.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 8 mo 1704.

John Walker haveing presented something towards ye progress of truth, which not being so full as thought may be, he & ye rest are desired to continue their care.

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Timothy Kirk & John Webb nott yett haveing ended ye buisieness depending between James Greer & Barthol: Garnett, are desired to use their endeavours to get it ended against next meeting.

The friends appointed to make mention of ye deceased faithfull friends, have brought something done therein which Alexr Mathews is desired to carry to ye pro: meeting.

This Meeting being acquainted tht Joseph Lynas & Henry Webb do nott walk so circumspectly as they ought; Ezekiel Bullock is desired to get them some convenient day at a meeting tht friends may deal with them as also John Mathews, & John Hartley. (Note in margin: The preparative meeting held ye 8th of ye 9 mo 1704, & nothing matteriall offered.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 9 mo 1704.

There being presented to this meeting some misunderstanding in accounts about rent between John Stanfield & Margery Mathews, & for ye endeing ye same ye said John hath chosen John Robson & John Walker; & Alexr Mathews in behalf of ye Said Margery hath chosen Thomas Walker & Joseph Robson to hear & determine ye Same who are desired to care tht it be done without delay. (Note in margin: ended amicably.)

To remind about ye progress --

Timothy Kirk gives account tht ye buisieness between James Greer & Barthol: Garnett is in a manner composed & agreed upon, & ended to makeing ye writeings according to ye agreement, whrefore Tim: Kirk John Webb & James Greer are desired to take speedy care to have all done all manner of wayes quickly.

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John Mathews & John Hartley haveing been spoken with concerning their transgression about Thos: Wainwrights orchard & took a weeks time to consider of to give answer, which being past & no answer come, Alexr Mathews & John Turner are desired to acquaint them tht they may have an oppertunity to give in their answers to friends next first day. (Note in margin: they gave in testymonies against thmselves which friends received & laid by to see whether they demaine thmselves accordingly.)

This meeting haveing had under their consideration severall disorders committed by Joseph Lynas & Henry Webb especially be ye first, & friends haveing many times spoken to thm, & they nott appearing to amend their ways, John Walker is desired to draw up a testymony against their evill practises & shew it to friends next first day, when frineds are desired to appoint some to shew ye Said Joseph & Henry ye same & to return their answers to friends as soon as done tht friends may consider ye publishing of it. (Note in margin: Henry Webb being weak of body ye dealing wth him is for a while suspended & about Joseph Lynas see next meeting.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 10 mo 1704.

According to former advice & now again from ye province meeting friends are desired to bring in their sufferings tht they may be read and examined according to ye said meetings directions. (Note in margin: The sufferings were brought in, & such of thm read as pertaind to ye friends who were present & ye rest desired to wait ye reading of ye remainder next first day.)
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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 11 mo 1704.

To remind about ye progress. (Note in margin: see next meet:)

James Greers buisieness to be called for next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meet:)

This meeting being acquainted of some further disorder committed by John Hartley & John Mathews about some abuse should be done to James Fleming and about beateing a woman; Robt Hodgson & Joseph Robson are desired to speak to James Fleming & otherwise examine matters how farr they are guilty. (Note in margin: does nott appear tht James Fleming was wrongd or abused, butt appears tht John Hartley kickd a woman.)

There being some account to this meeting of some suspected breach of order by James Moreton William Moreton Daniel Robinson & some others being in an ale house together: Alexr Cristy John Cristy John Neile, George ffox, Thomas Walker Thomas Wainwright & John Robson are desired as soon as they can call ye persons together & enquire who have been quilty of transgression & give account to ye preparative meeting. (Note in margin: appearred tht Daniel Robinson did challeng Wm Moreton to ye back side for which he is sorry, as also tht ye other young men who were in company do confess they did amiss & promised to have a care for ye time to come.)

Also ye visiters are desired to enquire whether any friends, or friends children have been at an immoderate & unseemly drinking at ye house of one Henry Hagan or nott & give account to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: they give acct tht thy cannot find any matters att cause of accusation against any particular.)

Matters whereof Joseph Lynas hath been sometime since accused of nott yet being cleared, John Cristy is desired to enquire about ye matter & give account to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Att a particular preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st 11 mo 1704.

Itt appearing tht John Hartley in his anger kickd or abused a woman, Joseph Robson & Robt Hodgson are desired to deal with him & know whether he will give Judgment against himself or friends must do itt. (Note in margin: hath given in a testymoney condemning ye said practise against himself.)

There being presented to this meeting ye writing from John Henin tht Joseph Lynas was guilty of swearing cursing, & other loose and unchristian behaviour at a fair att ye Bann bridge abt ye latter end of ye last 3d month Tim: Kirk & Roger Webb are desired to speak to ye said Joseph & signify how clearly such great transgressions are made appear against him so tht truth must be cleared of such practises and if he will nott do it himself, he may expect tht friends will.

Whereas Thomas Mills a friend from Glocester in England, who deceased in Dublin and left to poor friends of this nation, ye sum of 100L 8L 12S 6 d whereof being this meetings proportion is devided as below and Jno Neile, John Walker, Alexr Mathews, John Hoope are desired to distribute, & give ye same accordingly acquainting them tht it is a legacy from Thomas Mills.
L S d
pd Danl Bullogh 00 15 00
pd Margaret Brown 00 10 00
pd Lawrence Hobson 00 15 00
all pd Edward Piersons wife 00 10 00
pd Christian Bullock 00 07 06
carried over 02 17 06

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Brought over 02 17 06
pd Margery Mathews 00 10 00
pd John Hildrath 00 10 00
pd Joshua Swanson 00 10 00
pd Ann Bullogh Widd 00 10 00
pd William Dixson 00 10 00
pd John Garvin 00 10 00
pd Margaret Simson 00 05 00
pd Mary Noble 00 05 00
pd Margaret Madderen 00 05 00
pd Ellinor Sinton 00 05 00
pd Margarett Cooley at R:Ws 00 10 00
pd Wm Rea 00 10 00
pd Elizabeth Kirk 00 10 00
pd Edward Willson 00 05 00
L8 S12 6d

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st 12 mo 1704

To mind about ye progress to call to James Greer to know whats done in ye buisieness between him & Barth Garnet.

Accounts are such from Joseph Lynas tht its thought convenient tht a paper be prepared against him upon his former misbehaviour as witnessed by John Henin and by John Walker, & tht Alexr Cristy & John Moreton are desired to make enquiry how quilty or clear he is of bateing or abusing one Jno Crow on ye 11th intant & if found true to Insert ye same in ye testymoney. (Note in margin: A testimoney was prepaired & publickly read in a meeting at Ann Webb’s ye 11th 1 mo 1704/5.

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 2 mo 1705.

Joshua Swanson hath this day paid by ye hands of John Walker ye sum of seven shill: six pence sterl: being in part of two pound five Shill: Sterl: which was due for rent ending ye 25th last month.

John Walker haveing presented what has been collected fitt for ye progress of truth, he is desired to carry ye same to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: It was done.)

James Greers buisieness with Barty Garnett nott yett being ended, is desired to be gott done against next meeting.

There being a letter come from George Newland & Robt Bradshaw by order of ye mens meeting in Dublin dated ye 27th of ye last month signifying tht Caleb Hillary hath presented his Intention of mariage with Susannah Sharp in Dublin meeting & ye said two friends being appointed to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings & consent of parents etc, haveing writt to this meeting to have account thereof from hence: so this meeting desires George ffox & Joseph Robson to make full enquiry concerning ye said Calebs clearness, & if they find nothing to obstruct his said proceeding then to signify ye same to ye said Geo: Newland & Robt Bradshaw. (Note in margin: Enquiry was made, & nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings, a certificate was sent to Sd frds.)

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The Said friends gives account tht htey have been with Mark Wright, who desires tht Esqr Brownlow would call Robt Chambers to account by what Authority ye Said Robt holds Marks land, of which ye Said friends who were appointed to speak to him, are desired to tell ye Esqr what Mark desires.

Att a preparative mens meeting held att John Robsons ye 25th 2 mo 1705.

There nott happening a preparative meeting to fall into ye Country Since ye Polling thereof untill now & itt appearing tht itt will be more convenient to be held allwayes in ye town of Lurgan thn in ye Country: therefore this meeting orders tht when either mens meeting or preparative meeting falls tht itt be hereafter appointed in ye town; John Robson nott being willing to burden any friend.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan on ye 16th of ye 3 mo 1705.

To mind James Greers business wth Bar: Garnett, John Williams haveing sent a paper to this meeting Signifying his trouble of Conscience for his transgression in running to a priest to be married wth one of another Judgement, & ye said paper appearing deficient in some part, George Fox is desired to tell him to Come to ye fourth days meeting to be held on ye 30th Instant, that friends may discourse him etc.

(Note in margin: Willm Lynas having declared his Intentions of marriage wth Sarah Coats before ye meeting & nothing appears to obstruct his proceedings James Mullikin & Francis Hillary are appointed to make Inquiry concerning his clearness etc & return acct when Called for.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 4 mo 1705.

To mind James Greer buisieness wth Barthol Garnet and tht Robt Robinson do write to Barty to come to our next mens meeting & bring ye leases in order if possible ye said diference which hath so long depended be ended.

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John Williams haveing sent in another paper which is something more satisfactory thn ye former & friends would be glad tht ye matter of repentance & sorrow therein sett forth would prove to his benefitt & for tryall how he behaves according as he writes ye said paper is thought fitt for ye present to be laid by without further publication, John Walker & Geo: ffox are desired to acquaint him therewith.

The last half years meeting Epistle being read in this meeting, with which friends, haveing good unity, & in as much as ye said Epistle desires that as many copies of tht part of ye Epistle from ye 3 mo meet: 1701 relateing to ye Education of youth may be drawn as may serve ye families of all friends of every Meeting to whence they may be thought fitt to be distributed & John Hayes haveing offered to copy ye same for 2d of page 80 this meeting desires him to draw 30 copies thereof as soon as he can.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th day of ye 4 mo 1705.

There being fifteen Shill: five pence Sterlg belonging to ye poor of this meeting being our part of George Gregsons legacy for last years rent out of ye houses in Lisburn, is ordered to be dellivered to ye following named friends. L S d
pd to Jno Beck to: Margaret Cooley att Robt Willsons 00 02 00
Pd to Alexr Cristy to be given to Daniel Bullogh 00 02 06
pd to Wm Williams to be given Margaret Brown 00 02 00
pd to Robt Robinson to be given to Joshua Swanson 00 03 00
pd to Alexr Mathews to be given to Margaret Madderen 00 01 00
pd to Ezekiel Bullock to be given to his Mother Christian 00 01 06
pd to Robt Robinson to be given to Mary Noble 00 01 00
pd to John Walker to be given to John Garvin 00 02 05
pd to Robt Hoope to be given to John Hildrath 00 02 00
00 15 05

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John Hayes, haveing brought 30 copies of ye paper as was desired last meeting which comes to 5S Thos Wainwright is desired to pay him ye same which papers are distributed to friends according to ye desire of ye half years meeting with directions to frequently read ye same to their children. (Note in margin: it was done.)

Robert Robinson did according to ye desire of ye last preparative meeting write to Barty Garnett, concerning ye matter of difference between him & James Greer, ye said Barty nott thinking fitt to come to our meeting writt to Robert Robinson to ye purpose tht if any had any thing against him tht they might make their appeal to ye mens meeting he belongs to: so ye matter yett depending, ye said James John Webb & Timothy Kirk are desired to continue their care.

Joel Carr haveing fallen into some transgression as being overcome with too much strong drink & guilty of quarrelling which he has condemned under his hand, & hopes for amendment, which said condemnation, John Walker is desired to read next first day & Joel to stand by ye reading of it. (Note in margin: was read in a public meeting on a first day in ye town)

Also further accounts being presented to this meeting of more misbehaviours comitted by John Mathews, & John Hartley, notwithstanding what they gave under their hands condemning former evill practises, & fair promisses, so tht Ezekiel Bullock is desired to get ye two papers & those 2 young men to ye meeting next first day or as soon as he can tht truth be cleared of their transgressions. (Note in margin: See further whats done relating to ths next meeting)

Pg 170 1705

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 5 mo 1705.

John Mathews & John Hartley haveing refused to appear before friends & to give sattisfaction for thr offences, Geo. Fox, Joseph Robson & John Walker are desired to draw up a paper suitable to ye transgressions & Incert something of ye Papers they formerly gave, & when ready to shew it to friends for thr approbation tht at a Convenient time it may be signd & publickly read. (Note in margin: was done & shown thm & read first day 6 mo 1705 in a publick meeting at Ann Webbs.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 6 mo 1705.

To know whats done in relation to James Greers bussiness with Barthol. Garnett.

[Friends haveing dealt severall times wth Wm Crookes about his publick appearance in meetings & he continuing in on subjection & rejecting ye advice of friends from time to time dellivering such things as Cannot be stood by this meeting returns him his Collection & thinks him unquallified to sit in mens meetings till such time as he hearkens to friends advice & becomes more subject than he heretofore has been.] (Note: this fragment was copied separately in the (1870?) surviving transcription, probably due to difficulty in reading the original.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 29th day of ye 6 mo 1705.

Timothy Kirk & John Webb gives account tht they William Whitesile & Jacob Marshall have agreed concerning ye difference between James Greer & Barty Garnett, so tht we hope it will end.

Margaret Simson presenting to ye last mens meeting her Inclination of going to live in Waringstown, as thinking it may be a better place for her to get a livelyhood thn where she is, butt friends fearing a loan woman may nott do so well at such distance from friends did nott last

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meeting condescend or give consent for her going butt she Insisting on ye same by a message by Mary Walker to this meeting still desireing to remove thither, & this meeting considering tht if they should possitively oppose her going & any thing butt well happen her by her staying here, do leave her to her liberty.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 19th day of ye 7 mo 1705.

Richard Milhouse, & Isabel Henderson, ye first personal & ye other by writeing haveing made complaint to this meeting tht there is money due to them by James Webb deceased, & since his death they nott being paid nor finding any appearance how they shall, Richd Webb for o ye said James being ye person who is Judged by ye Creditors, ye propper person to pay those debts for tht he is in a likely way to have ye efects & substance which ye said James left, butt he nott thinking himself liable is nott willing to submitt thereto except friends shall order him: therefore Robt Hoope John Robson, Alexr Mathews, Thos Wainwright, John Walker & John Hoope are desired before ye next province meeting, to hear what Sarah Webb, Richd Webb, John Webb & Jacob Robson have to say concerning tht matter, & also to examine all wills, deeds, or papers, relateing to ye same and as ye said friends finds matters & gives their sence thereupon ye said Richard Webb doth before this meeting promise to conform, do, & comply, to such determination as ye Said friends shall adjudge. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 172 1705

Richard Webb haveing presented his Intentions of Mariage with Sarah Brownlowe before this meeting who takeing ye same into consideration & after asking him questions, concerning his orderly proceedings, nothing now appearing to obstruct his further proceedings relateing thereto, John Robson & Alexr Mathews are desired to make enquiry concerning his orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned and return their answers to ye province meeting he presents to.

William Rea of this meeting & Elizabeth Rea of Munallan meeting, tho of one second name yett nothing related, haveing appeared & declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before this and our woemens meetings, and after enquiry nothing at present appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, George ffox & Joseph Robson, Esther Neile & Mary Cristy are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to ye province meeting they present to.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 8 mo 1705.

Memorandum to read ye last half years meeting Epistle ye next mens meeting.

Robert Hoope is desired to give notice to friends next first day to bring in what Births & burials friends have had: to John Walker that according to usual order they may be recorded & also to remind friends to bring in their sufferings to George ffox.

Pg 173 1705

Att a Particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 8 mo 1705.

The buisieness relateing to ye complaints concerning debts due by James Webb is nott yett concluded upon there being last pro: meeting some more friends appointed to Join ye friends of this meeting, so tht now it is become ye concern of ye province meeting to which this meeting referrs.

Henry Toppin of Bellyhagan meeting and Hannah Wetherill of this meeting, haveing appeared before our men & woemens meetings & declared their Intentions of marriage with one another, & ye said Henry produceing a certificate from Bellyhagan mens meeting held there ye 21st 7 mo last who appointed, Wm Richdson & Wm Stevenson to make enquiry concerning his clearness etc, & our woemens meeting haveing appointed Deborah Hillary & Ann Mason to make enquiry concerning ye clearness of ye said Hannahs orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to ye pro: meeting they present to.

This meeting having under their consideration some misbehaviours of Francis Robson & Henry Webb, Ezekiell Bullock Geo: Bullock, & Tim: Kirk are desired to speak to thm & know how they stand affected or disafected to truth, & give their answers to ye next meeting.

Pg 174 1705

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st 9 mo 1705.

Francis Robson & Henry Webb haveing been spoke to & nott giveing friends ye satisfaction as truth requires, John Walker is desired to draw two pertinent papers distinctly after one preamble suitable to their offenses & show it to friends next meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th day of ye 10 mo 1705.

This day ye meeting paid John Walker ye sum of one pound Sterl being for a years rent for John Garvin ending ye 29th 7 mo last.

John Walker according to ye desire of ye last meeting hath presented to this meeting a paper distinguishing ye transgressions of Francis Robson and Henry Webb, which being approved of by this meeting Roger Webb & George ffox are desired to show ye said Francis & Henry what friends are about to publish against them, & after shown, John Walker is desired to putt thm in order gett them signed & read thm publickly on some first day between this & ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: They did show papers & they ownd ye matter of fact which are charged with but refusing to subscribe therein they were read in a publick meeting at Ann Webbs ye 13th 11 mo 1705.)

Thomas Walker Thoms Wainwright & Robt Hodgson are desired to speak to Jacob Robson how he stands afected with his sons marying contrary to truth, or what or whether he has any testymony to bear against such practises, or how he stands afected to friends & whether he bears his testymony, against tyths & if he do why he does nott bring in his suffering.

Pg 175 1705

Mark Wright desireing this meeting to keep some papers for him, John Walker is desired to lay ye said papers safe up, which are according to a list in ye custody of Ezekiel Bullock.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 11 mo 1705.

Thoms Walker giving this meeting to understand tht he & Robt Hodgson spoke to Jacob Robson concerning such matters as ye meeting desired, but did not get any sattisfactory answer; therefore Alexr Mathew & John Hoope are desird to speak to him again, & return their answers to next meeting how they find him inclined.

Those friends tht have not given in their sufferings are desird to bring them against next first day & Geo Fox is desird to prepare thm to be viewd over next mens meeting.

Att a Mens meeting held in Lurgan the 23d day of ye 11 mo 1705.

Alexr Mathews & John Hoope gives account tht they spoke to Jacob Robson setting forth ye danger of backsliding & forsaking his first received principles especially when he yett remaines measurably of ye principle tht our way is ye right way butt through some dangerous reasoning declines for ye psent to come to our meetings ye said friends advise tht tho they had nott yt satisfaction as they could desire yett its desired tht he may nott yett be lett alone butt be further spoke to, & endeavours used to save him: by such friend or friends who have any openness to speke further to him.

Pg 176 1705

The sufferings haveing been read butt some wanting amendment, & Rathfryland friends sufferings nott yett being brought in: Geo: ffox is desired to correct & amend what is amiss, & to gett those of Rathfryland friends entered & to take thm in order to ye next pro: meeting.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th day of ye 12 mo 1705.

The Epistle from ye last quarterly meeting held in this place ye 2d Instant being read in this meeting & ye following particular being recommended is here Incerted for friends observation as Itt being observed & proposed to this meeting that some young people as taylors and other tradesmen who make a profession of truth, do go from meeting to meeting and place to place takeing a great deal of liberty in their conversation that truth doth nott allow of to ye hurting of friends Children & otherwise dishonourable to truth so Its desired tht ye visitors and overseers of meetings do take notice of such as they come amongst them, or to their meetings of their behaviour in friends families, & deal with them as there is occasion.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th day of ye 1 mo 1705.

That George ffox do examine ye Sufferings & correct whats amiss & carry thm to ye next pro: meet: (Note in margin: It was done.)

Alexr Mathews & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to Speak again to Jacob Robson & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 177 1706

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan on ye 24th day of ye 1st mo 1706.

Alexr Mathew & Ezekiel Bullock have Signified to this meeting, tht they Spoke to Jacob Robson, and finds him appears to be easy in keeping att a distance from friends, & rather desires to be let alone then ffurther dealt with; But this meeting being under a Concerne for ye preservation of all tht proffess ye truth, doth recommend to Such friends as may have freedom, to further use Endeavours to reclaim him.

Att a perticular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 2 mo 1706.

George ffox is desired to remind friends next first day to bring in their sufferings. (Note in margin: It was done.)

Ann Bullow widdow near Knockbridge haveing Joind her self in marriage with one of another persuasion Contrary to ye order of truth, John Walker is desired to prepare a pertinent paper suitable to ye offence & Shew it to friends to be considered how to be published.

A preparative meeting was held ye 15th 3 mo butt severall friends being absent nothing proceeded upon necessary to be entered.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 3 mo 1706.

According to ye desire of ye last mens meeting John Walker hath brought ye paper relateing to Ann Bullow, which being thought propper Alexr Cristy & John Cristy is desired to Show or read it to her, & afterwards give it again to John Walker, who is desired to acquaint friends

Pg 178 1706

with her answer, which if it be nott to Satisfaction, thn friends to sign it & John Walker to read it in Munallan meeting on a first day between this & next preparative meeting.

Prudence Dalton haveing sent a paper to this meeting setting forth her sorrow for her transgression & owning friends Judgment therein & seems to be penitent for her sin, so tht this meeting thinks fitt to lay by ye said paper for some time to see how she answers ye same.

Roger Kirk to ye grief of his father Timothy & mother Kathrine haveing given such way to ye temptations of ye Devill as to committ ye sin of fornication, which practise being under ye Judment of truth as hath many times been published & declared, to ye knowledge of ye said Roger, & he seeming Inclinable to set something forth in writeing towards a Judgment against himself for ye same, & have sent a paper to this meeting in order thereto, butt it nott being to satisfaction Robt Hoope & Thomas Walker are desired to show him wherein friends are disatisfied & return his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Hildrath haveing made some disorderly steps in proposing mariage to a young woman of another persuasion, & since being come to a sence of ye disorder presented to this meeting a testymony against his proceedings & hath condescended to publickly read ye same himself in ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: did read ye same himself in a first dayes meeting att John Robsons.)

Pg 179 1706

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th day of ye 4 mo 1706.

Robt Hoope & Thos Walker haveing given account tht they spoke to Roger Kirk, butt did nott perceive tht compliance from his as could be desired, therefore John Walker is desired to draw a suitable paper to his offence Show it to friends next first day tht afterwards Roger Webb & Geo: Bell may show him ye same & return his answer to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Elizabeth Saftlaw haveing Joined her self in mariage by a priest with one of another persuasion John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent paper against her offence, show it to friends next first day & Joseph Robson & Alexr Mathews is desired with two woemen friends to speak to her & if they do nott find her under sorrow & trouble & willing to confess Judgment against her self, thn to read or show her friends testymony, & return her answer to ye next mens meeting, & ye said friends are desired to know of her ye Sd Elizabeths grandfather Wm Souldan how clear he hath stood in his testymony concerning ye said mariage. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Itt being proposed to this meeting tht Joshua Swanson has a mind to go to Dublin believing he can make a better shift for a liveing there thn here: if he had some help to forward him, he haveing gott licence from his Creditors to go, therefore this meeting in Charity to ye Sd Joshua desires Alexr Mathews & Robt Hodgson to call to Thos Wainwright for fifty shill: & to give it to ye said Joshua in such manner as may best enable him to gett to Dublin, & to take a bill for ye Sd money adding thereto what he owes for rent for ye use of friends. (Note in margin: did give him ye said 50S which with money oweing for rent makes 6-5-0 for which Robt Hodgson & Alexr Mathews hath his bill.)

Pg 180 1706

James Anderson by Ezekiel Bullock haveing made complaint to this meeting tht he cannot gett 1L 2s 6d from Joell Carr which has been oweing to him this long time, wherefore Richd Mason & James Greer are desired to speak to ye said Joell & if he do nott pay ye said Jn: Anderson or give satisfactory reasons why he does nott thn to tell him tht friends cannot avoid giveing ye said James liberty to take his coarse against ye said Joell to gett his money. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 5 mo 1706.

Roger Webb & Geo: Bell according to appointment of ye last preperitive meeting spoke to Roger Kirk & read to him ye testymony which is drawn up against him to which he made little answer of giveing friends any satisfaction or giveing Judgmt against himself, wherefore this meeting desires friends to sign ye said testymony & tht John Walker do read it publickly next first day come a week. (Note in margin: was accordingly read with a paper of ye said Roger, was giveing in; conserning friends testymony against wickedness, & exhorting others to take warning by him tht they do nott fall into ye like.)

Alexr Mathews & Joseph Robson have spoke to Elizabeth Saftlaw & read friends Judgment against her proceedings, to her, who seemd butt little concernd & when she was askt if shee had trouble on her when she was before ye priest, she said she had nott wherefore no penitency or sorrow appearing this meeting desires friends to sign ye sd testymony, & John Walker to read it on ye first day aforesaid ye said Alexr & Joseph spoke also to Wm Souldan of his clearness in tht matter, who said he was & hath Joined with friends in ye testymony by signing his name thereto.

Pg 181 1706

Richd Mason & James Greer according to appointment of last meeting spoke to Joel Carr abt ye money he owes James Anderson, who told thm tht he had nott money at present & tht if he would nott stay till he could gett it, he might do what he pleased or to tht purpose, Butt friends being Jealous tht ye said Joel doth nott walk & behave as becometh truth by extravagant expenses in drink & which has been a cause of his running into & remaining in debt as he has done therefore ye said Richard & James are desired to speak again to ye said Joel, & also to ye said James Anderson, tht they both come to our next preparitive meeting except in ye mean time ye sd Joel satisfy ye said James by giveing him goods or otherwise & also to tell ye sd Joel unless he mend his wayes tht friends cannot avoid bearing a testymony against him.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st of ye 5 mo 1706.

Richd Mason gives account tht tho he & James Greer endeavoured to speak with Joell Carr, yett they could nott find him so are desired to continue their care & to speak to him as they were desired last meeting. Butt James Anderson was at this meeting & told friends tht if Joell would butt take any care to pay him over in small sums at a time he would be easy with him which this meeting desires ye said Richard to tell ye said Joell to take care to satisfie ye said James as aforesaid & to return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st of ye 6 mo 1706.

Richd Mason gives account tht he spoke to Joell Carr abt paying James Anderson what he owes him butt Joels poverty hindering him to do what he seems to Incline, & James haveing signified to ye last meeting tht he had no mind to putt him to trouble for his debt, this meeting therefore leaves James to his liberty as to ye manner of his endeavoring

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(line lost in this transcription; see original)
with ye sd Joell for his money, as he said himself he did nott Intend, untill he again acquaint friends (therewith.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan this 11th day of ye 7 mo 1706.

The last province meeting desireing ye meetings care to Inspect how poor friends is supplied or releeved in thier necessities, this meeting therefore appoints Robert Hoope & Alexr Mathews to make enquiry against next meeting & return account who they find in need & deserving of being helpt. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Nathaniel Hillary haveing appeared and declared his Intentions of Mariage with Grissle Miller of Dunclady meeting & after enquiry being made nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings, this meeting hath appointed Henry Greer to tell Richard Lynas & Robt Hoope ye younger they are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next pro: Meeting.

James Hildrath, & Ellinor McCullogh haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this meeting & some obstructions being removed which seemed for a while to stand in ye way as by a paper under ye said James’s hand may appear, this meeting therefore takes their said Intentions into consideration, and have appointed Alexr Mathews & Geo: ffox and ye woemens meeting haveing appointed Margaret Morten & Mary Cristy to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

Pg 183 1706

Benjamin Robinson & Sarah Lynas haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of Mariage with one another, and after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings & this meeting takeing ye same into consideration have appointed Thos Wainwright & John Robson & ye woemens meeting have appointed Mary Walker & Ellinor Greer to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return their answers to ye next mens & woements meeting.

John Hildrath & his wife haveing condescended to their son James’s proceedings towards mariage with a woman of another persuasion, which practise being contrary to ye order of truth, & ye said James haveing condemnd his proceedings butt ye said John & his wife nott haveing given any satisfaction for their transgression, its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht Robt Hoope & Thos Wainwright do speak to ye said John Hildrath & his wife laying their disorderly practise before them, & to give account to ye next mens meeting what satisfaction or Judgment they are willing to give friends & against themselves. (Note in margin: ye said John Hildrath & his wife Mary have acknowledged their weakness & inconsiderateness & same in writeing which is amongst ye meeting papers.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d 8 mo 1706.

The friends appointed to Inspect into ye necessities of ye poore do give account tht there are severall who stand in need to be helpt, some of whome nott being worthy, however friends are concerned to take care in tht respect as usuall, tho many times are in a strait how to behave, because of ye stubbornness & willfullness of some who will not be advised by friends.

Pg 184 1706

Whereas Mary Noble haveing this considerable time past been releeved & her necessities administered to, by friends, & now stands as much need as ever and friends being concerned to advise her how she may according to their Judgment be in a better condition to live thn she now can, & wherein they can more freely extend releef towards her, yett she seems to reject friends councill, by alledging a care & charge over her for Mark’s child, And this meeting thinking it propper tht he ought to take care of his child, & he being at Chester therefore, desires Alexr Mathews, Geo: ffox, & Joseph Robson to write to friends of Chester stateing ye sd Mary’s burden with Mark’s child to them, desireing thm to deal as closely with him as possible to either send for, or send sufficiently wherewith ye said Child be sustained. (Note in margin: Joseph Robson gives account tht they writt to friends of Chester directed to Thomas Rutter about Mark Nobles child.)

James Hildrath & Ellin: McCullogh haveing appeared & signifyed the continuance of their Intentions of marriage with each other, & Alexr Mathews & Geo: ffox, Mary Cristy & Margaret Morten gives account tht nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings, so this meeting gives thm liberty to present to ye next province meeting & appoints ye said friends to return their answers there. (Note in margin: They did present to ye province meeting & had liberty to accomplish their mariage.)

Benjamin Robinson & Sarah Lynas haveing appeared & signifyed ye continuance of their Intentions of Mariage with each other, and Thos Wainwright & John Robson Mary Walker & Allinor Greer gives account tht nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings, so this meeting gives thm liberty to present to ye next province meeting & appoints ye said friends to return their answers there. (Note in margin: They did present to ye province meeting & obtaind liberty to accomplish their mariage.)

Pg 185 1706

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d day of ye 8 mo 1706.

Whereas Henry Brookfield & John Devitt by appointment of ye mens meeting of Dublin, writt to this meeting desireing friends to make enquiry concerning the Clearness of Elizabeth Mason daughter of Richd Mason her mariage with Robert Scot of Dublin, and accordingly Ellinor Greer & Jane ffox were appointed to make enquiry who returns their answers tht they have done ye same & finds nothing to obstruct ye Elizabeth’s marying with ye said Robert Scot so John Hoope is desired to advise ye mens meeting of Dublin thereof directing ye same to ye said Henry Brookfield & John Devitt. (Note in margin: It was done.)

The last province meeting held at Bellyhagan haveing under their consideration a service for each mens meeting to record all testymonies given against transgressors, & desires tht all such papers as can be found may be duely recorded according to their dates, & so to continue, as they happen to fall out, so John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to prepare a book & seek out such papers as are nott recorded, & record them as directed and also to mind ye same care for ye time to come. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan on ye 13th of ye 9th month 1706.

Joseph Robson & John Walker doe give account tht they are preparing a book to record testimonies against transgressors which book is thought fit to be bound & when done, John Hays to transcribe such testimonies as are not recorded in their order & according to their dates as soon a Conveniency will permitt. (Note in margin: The book is ready & John Hayes has begun with ye work.)

Pg 186 1706

This meeting haveing testymoney tht Benjamin Robinson & Daniel Robinson have lately Committed several disorders particularly by fighting & quarrelling, which greatly tends to ye dishonour of truth & reproach of ffriends; Therefore Thoms Wainwright & Alexr Christy are desird to assist ye vissitors to Inquire into ye sd matters & deal wth ye persons, & make report to ye next fourth days meeting how they find things. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George Bell is desird to get John Garvine & his wife to come to next preparative meeting, that they may be discourst wth by friends & that sd George also Endeavours to get paymt for turf dellivered to sd Garvine by Wm Andrew. (Note in margin: was spoke to & a great deal of advice given, to pay Wm Andrew & other things.)

Thoms Wainwright is desired to pay to John Walker twenty Shill for a years rent for John Garvine.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 10th mo 1706.

The friends appointed to make enquiry concerning Benjamin and Daniel Robinson do give account tht they made enquiry concerning their disorderly practises, & Benjamin hath given a paper against himself Judging & condemning his quarrelling with one nt gives & wounding John Mathews with open knife, which so farr, seems to give some satisfaction, butt there being some account tht ye said Benjamin should have drawn a knife, & expressd some unsavory words about ye time of his quarrell before he wounded John Mathews, which he denying, and friends being unwilling to accept of ye said Benjamins Judgment against himself will be bettered cleared & friends fully sencible thereof: therefore Ezekiel Bullock, John Walker, John Robson George ffox Robert Hodgson are desired to enquire of all parties ye said matter & return their answers & sence to friends at ye next fourth day Meeting. (Note in margin: the friends appointed to make enquiry of what was in further question, did, and matters not being found so full & clear as was alledgd, friends pas’t tht pt by: & Benjamin Robinson read a testymony against himself on a first day in Lurgan being 22d 10 mo 1706.)

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And as to Daniel Robinson he hath sent a paper to this meeting condemning his keeping bad company, playing at Cards & sleighting his parents Councill, which said paper wanting some help, John Walker is desired to give ye said Daniel assistance (if he desire it) to amend some things in ye said paper, & thn to show it to friends next fourth day. (Note in margin: The said Daniels paper was amended & showd to friends who at psent hath considered to lay it by to see how he answers ye same.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Margaret Cooley widdow near Rathfryland haveing a charge & tht some releef would do her a kindness, this meeting desires Thos Wainwright to send six Shills: by James Heynan tht he with Robt Wilson and their friends may lay it out after such manner as may do ye said Margaret most good. (Note in margin: Robt Wilson gives account tht it was done.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye first of ye 11 mo 1706.

Thos Strettell of Dublin Meeting and Abigail Hoope of this meeting after haveing some time since Laid their Intentions of mariage with another before our preparative meetings, this day declared ye same before this meeting: And ye said Thomas laying his Intentions before ye mens meeting of Dublin who appointed Joseph Maddock & John Devitt & our woemens meeting appointed Sarah Robson and Jane ffox to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned have returned their answers ye men by certificate & ye woemen personally tht they made enquiry & nothing appearing at psent to obstruct their further proceedings are permitted to lay their said Intentions before ye next pro: meeting John Walker desired to give ye sd Thos a certificate.

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Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th 11 mo 1706.

There being a letter come from Timothy fforbes Robt Bradshaw & John Chambers, by order of Dublin mens meeting, concerning William Porter signifying tht if this meeting would be counterbound to Dublin meeting they would be bound for Williams appearance again in order tht by his being at liberty he may be in a better condition to procure wittnesses in Defending his cause upon tryall with James Glen upon consideration whereof this meeting doth not think convenient to be counter bound or Indemnifie Dublin Meeting thereupon, Butt are rather of opinion tht being his son Abell Porter is in a condition to be bound for his father its ye Judgment of this meeting tht he ought to be concerned for his fathers enlargement or ease rather thn any other therefore: this meeting desires Joseph Robson & Robt Hodgson to go this evening to ye said Abell & use their endeavours to prevaile with him his mother in law & wife to be concerned & assistant to his father in helping him out of his troubles with James Glenn, and as they find matters with ye said Abell to write this night to Dublin mens meeting giveing them account how farr friends have been concerned. (Note in margin: the said Joseph & Robt did go butt could not prevaile on Abell to do any thing.)

This meeting being acquainted of John Crockets committing ye sin of fornication & other wickedness & fraudulent practises so John Walker is desired to draw up a paper suitable against his

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transgressions & to show it to ye said John & afterwards acquaint friends in order tht ye publication thereof may be considered.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th day of ye 12 mo 1706.

John Walker according to appointment of last meeting hath presented a testymony against John Crocket which being pertinent to ye matter of his transgression, is desired to show it to friends at ye next province meeting for their approbation, as also a testymony which Eli Crocket ye said John his father hath given against him, & give account to friends at ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: was presented to ye pro: meeting and approved, & a testymony which ye said Jno Crocket sent against himself read in ye sd pro: meeting both which are desired to be read next first day.)

This meeting being under ye consideration tht it is too weighty for ye visiters to be both concerned in visiting & also to overseeing of worship & testymoney, its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht John Robson and John Hoope do take ye said service of worship & monies upon them, which they consent to, conditionally tht at whatsoever time they desired to be of, or eased tht ye meeting do release thm or if they do not, that they shall not blame thm if they decline their service.

A generall visitt being thought necessary to be made sometime before ye next quarterly meeting ye following friends are desire to meet, and consider when & how they may devide thm selves for ye said service Ezekiel Bullock George Bell, Alexr Mathews Robt Hoope Thos Wainwright, John Walker, Joseph Robson George ffox, Richd Mason, James Greer Tim: Kirk Francis [Hillary?]...(see original for rest of sentence).

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Att ... in Lurgan the 26th dy of ye 12 mo 1706 (See original for this line)

John Hoope desireing to be excused of what was putt upon him last meeting concerning overseeing of worship & testymonies, this meeting leaves him to his liberty.

William Porter being deceased, & friends nott understanding tht he has made any provission for his widdow Frances Porter, this meeting therefore desires Alexr Mathews to acquaint ABell Porter to be at ye meeting next first day tht friends may have an oppertunity with him to know how his father hath left matters: how what he has left is to be disposed, or what provission is like to be made for ye said widdow.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th of ye 1 mo 1706/7.

According to appointment of ye last meeting friends had one oppertunity with Abell Porter, & made enquiry of him of ye condition how his father left matters who gave friends account tht he died without makeing any will tht he knew of, & himself & William fforbes being bound for fro odd, ye said Wm fforbes Administered to what was left , an Inventory whereof being taken & as they were valued did butt appear tht they would putt that discharge ye said debt so tht nothing at psent appears to remaine either for ye widdow or any other except ye said goods will make more money thn they are valued to, or some other or more efects appear which hath not yet been discovered; so Abell Porter hath promised friends to take care to make ye most of all ye goods & give friends a true account what they make & how ye state of things is, whereof Alexr Mathews Geo: ffox, Joseph Robson & John Robson are desired to take care tht things are ...and give (see original for this line)

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give account to ye mens meeting.

Friends not haveing this pretty while visited ye friends near Rathfryland, John Cristy & John Moreton Mordecai Barrow & Hen: Greer are desired to visitt them next first day & to give account to friends at this meeting next first day. (Note in margin: did go and give account.)

Whereas Richard Webb haveing been lately over taken in abuseing & strikeing some persons, & upon friends dealing with him, & promiseing to have a care of such evill practises inconsistant whith truth & giveing a paper of condemnation against himself friends being tender, do get a little further by ye performance of his promises, hopeing tht he minds ye fear of ye Lord, he will be preserved out of such evils.

Whereas Jacob Turner haveing unwisely run into so much debt or mismanage his affairs so as tht he hath lately been taken by a writ, & upon some people appearing to rescue him did not behave so well as according to truth he ought to have done in tht he took ye oppertunity of their rescuing him to shun & avoid Justice, and also caried some carnall arms to defend himself afterwards, which practises being contrary to ye peaceable Innocent principles of truth, this meeting desires Alexr Mathews & John Walker to deal with him thereon: whether he will give Judgment against himself or tht friends must do it, & give friends account next first day.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 9th day of ye 2 mo 1707.

Alexr Mathews, Geo: ffox, Joseph Robson, & John Robson are desired to continue their care with Abell Porter about William Porters goods little being yet done. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Friends of ye last province meeting ... meeting to enquire into ye cause that Benjamin Robinson & Sarah Lynas did not accomplish their Intended mariage, its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht John Robson Francis Hillary Ezekiell Bullock, Robt Hoope Timothy Kirk John Walker Thos Wainwright, & John Hoope, do make enquiry some convenient time before ye next mens meeting in order tht it may be cleared & satisfaction given to ye next pro: Meet: (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John McCreest & Mary Simson haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this & our woemens meeting, and after enquiry & consideration nothing at psent appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Henry (overwritten by James?) Greer & Christopher Hillary, Mary Walker & Ellinor Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings careful of ye said Johns Uncle Daniel McAlasters & of ye said Mary’s mother, & other relations concerned & Return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Mason haveing made a complaint tht Joseph Robinson hath given him some abuse towards ye reproach of his reputation, its desired tht Thos Wainwright, Ezekiell Bullock, Geo: Bell, Alexr Mathews, John Walker, John Robson, & Joseph Robson do hear both parties & endeavour to reconcile them butt if either party be refractory, ye said friends are desired to present ye matter & their sence to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: The said friends haveing enquired into ye cause of Wm Masons complaint did find tht Joseph Robinson was ye greater transgressor in their disagreemt so friends desired both ye said Jo: Robinson & Wm Mason to acqt ye same psons who they had reflected upon each other to confess wherein they were amiss which ye said Joseph hath done & ...[see original for rest of sentence.] )

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Jacob Turner haveing given a testymony against himself under his hand Judging & condemning his Carying Arms to defend himself against being taken for Debts, which testymony haveing been read in this meeting, ye further publication of it is deferd for some time, & John Walker & Alexr Mathews are desired to acquaint ye said Jacob thereof & to advise him tht as he has oppertunity, he himself do clear truth of tht which he now finds he acted contrary to it.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d of ye 2 mo 1707.

The friends appointed to take care with Abell Porter abt Wm Porters goods give account tht yet they have not had a seasonable oppertunity to examine matters, so sd friends are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed by last meeting to take a time with Wm Lynas Robt Robinson their wifes son & daughter why Benjamin Robinson & Sarah Lynas did nott accomplish their Intended mariage do give account tht since last meeting they have had an oppertunity with them & through discourse with them all, & as they found matters have committed ye same to uniteing which being read in this meeting who thinking it to be what may be convenient to return answer to ye next pro: meeting John Robson is desired to carry or send ye same thither. (Note in margin: committed to ye care of ye province meeting: see province book.)

The province charge being L10-10-11 our pt whereof being L3-99-08 Thos Wainwright is desired to pay ye same to John Hoope. (Note in margin: Itt is paid.)

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John McCreest & Mary Simpson haveing a second time signified their Intentions of mariage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness haveing returned their answers with a certificate from Johns Uncle Daniel McAllestern, tht they have made enquiry and nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings, so this meeting consents tht ye said Jno & Mary do present their sd Intentions to ye next pro: meeting, & ye said friends to continue their care in makeing further enquiry & return their answers to ye next pro: meeting ye said Couple prsents att. (Note in margin: did present to ye province meeting, and were consented to Marry who accomplished ye same in Lurgan ye 21st of ye 3 mo 1707.)

The following friends are desired to attend ye next half years meeting John Robson John Walker John Cristy John Hoope. (Note in margin: ye said friends did attend ye half years meeting.)

And Alexr Mathews, Joseph Robson, Geo: ffox, John Walker & John Hoope, are desired to attend ye parliamt when called for.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2st day of ye 3 mo 1707.

The friends appointed concerning Wm Porters goods give account tht they have been concernd therein and have brought a copy of ye Inventory, butt not acct how ye goods have been disposed of or what hath been made of them neither account what money or debts ther is to pay, of which the said friends are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting haveing account tht John Garvin haveing taken a place a liveing in without friends consent, and is in great want Mordecai Barrow & Francis Hillary are desired to see his condition, & ye reason of his poverty and if they find it convenient to help him with some little thing tht they call to Thos Wainwright for what they may think fitt att psent.

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James Greer haveing with sorrow given acct tht his daughter Mary Greer hath lately & secretly gone away with a man & maried with a priest to ye reproach of truth great grief of her parents & trouble to friends so to clear truth of such practises John Walker Mordecai Barrow are desired to draw up a suitable & pertinent testymony against ye transgressions of ye said Mary and show it to her & acquaint friends with her answer in order tht Judgment be place., and also in asmuch tht she is maried to a young man whose father frequents friends meetings viz Robt Duglass of Bellyhagan meeting so John Hoope is desired to write to tht meeting tht they may enquire how clear ye said Robt Duglas hath been or stands its testymony against such practises.

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 4 mo 1707.

Abell Porter gives account to this meeting tht he keeps account of ye disposing of his fathers goods butt being they cannot all be disposed of, occasioning ye accounts to be delayed makeing up, so Abell is desired to continue his care, & ye friends formerly appointed about tht affair to remind him thereof. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Neither Francis Hillary nor Mordecai Barrow being at this meeting, friends do not know what they did about John Garvin; so Alexr Mathew is desired to ask them or either of them what they have done & if nothing, to putt them upon doing what they were desired last meeting, & give account to ye next. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker gives account tht he drew up a testymony against ye deceitfull behaviour of Mary Greer, & her marying with a priest, & Thos Walker gives account tht ye same was showd to her, who had nothing against ye publishing ye same, so John Walker is desired to show ye said testymony to ye next Pro: meeting and if it be there appoved tht it may be signd & publickly read, ye next meeting which will be in

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the town on a first day, and John Hoopes gives account tht according to ye desire of ye last meeting he writt to Bellyhagan abt ye said Robt Douglas, which meeting hath returned answer to this tht they have dealt with him, and tho he denies tht he was privy to his sons proceedings, yet entertains them, butt in as much as he is not admitted to sitt in mens meetings friends of Bellyhagan meeting think it convenient to let him alone, dealing any further wth him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a particular preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2 of ye 5 mo 1707.

Nothing further done by Abell Porter about giveing account of ye disposing of his fathers goods since last meeting, so ye friends concerned are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow gives account tht he & Francis Hillary spoke to John Garvin about his necessities who signified tht they were not in tht distress or need as was expected butt they thought they could make endeavours to pay their rent & live so did not administer anything to them att tht time.

John Walker, haveing sent ye testymony against Mary Douglas als Greer to this meeting being approved by ye pro: meeting which friends signd at this meeting and desires John Walker may read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Richard Lynas after acquainting some friends before haveing declared his Intentions of Mariage with Sarah Agnew of Lisnegarvey Country meeting, which this meeting takeing into consideration & after enquiry nothing att present appearing to obstruct his further proceedings Christopher Hillary & Henry Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings & return their answers to ye province meeting ye said Richard appears att. (Note in margin: was done.)

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George Bell haveing of late hapned to be overcome by takeing too much drink, which hath brought great exercise and Judgment upon him, and to clear truth & Judge himself hath given in a testymony against such practised which hath been read in this meeting, who being tender of George, believing him to be under great exercise, do order tht ye said paper be laid by without any further publication at psent.

John Hildrith being deceased & suspected in debt Thos Wainwright, John Walker, Mordecai Barrow, & Ezekiel Bullock, takeing some other neighbours wth thm are desired to take an Inventory of what is left, & to examine what debts ye said John owed to anybody tht some Expedient may be found or way taken to satisfy his creditors so farr as his efects will go. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

By a select number of friends out of ye province Meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st of ye 4 mo 1707.

Whereas it appeared by account from ye 6th dayes meeting that there was a neglect in Lurgan meeting in relation to visiters and overseers of worship & publick testymonies; some who haveing had tht service upon thm being attend, & others not chosen: Therefore it was under ye consideration of ye said select meeting, who came to this conclusion by consent of ye most part of Lurgan friends who were present at tht select meeting tht they would leave ye choice or Election of friends in ye said Lurgan meeting for ye said services unto ye Six friends: How ye Six friends, haveing had ye foregoing matters under their weighty consideration, have thought fitt to nominate ye following friends for ye afforesaid services.

viz Ezekiell Bullock, John Robson, Joseph Robson, & John Walker for overseers of worship & testymonies, And Robt Hoope, Ezekiel Bullock, John Robson, Roger Webb, & Henry Greer for visiters & John Hoope for assistance when necessity calls for it, And such two of ye said friends for each service as Lurgan mens meeting shall think fitt to attend ye six dayes meeting. (Note in margin: to which ye said meeting did concur & agree with & six friends appointment who were present at tht meeting.)

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Lurgan ye 23d of ye 5 mo 1707.

The friends appointed to take account of what Wm Porter left etc not yet haveing gone thru ye same are desired to bring a perfect account to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last province meeting according to ye desires of ye last half years meeting to supply ye friends of Lisnegarvey, & ye last province Meeting finding it convenient to advance 20L to them for ye present which is desired to be raised by each meeting according to their proportion L5-15-00 whereof being this meetings part and Thos Wainwright being willing to lend ye same for a while to ye meeting Alexr Mathews is desired to call to Thos for ye said L5-15-00 and carry it to ye next Pro: Meeting, & this meeting is to pay Thos his money again on demand. (Note in margin: Alexr Mathews did receive the money of T.W. & says he paid it to Jno Combs.)

The friends who were appointed last meeting to take account of John Hildriths debts & what he left to pay thm with, have returned account thereof which appears to be short to answer everybody with, butt most of ye debts being due to friends, who out of compassion to ye Widdow & tht John & James Hildrith sons of ye said John deceased will pay ye money, have made considerable abatements, in order to get ye rest, & this meeting haveing a conferrence with ye said Widdow & young men whether they will pay ye severall sums hereafter mentioned & keep ye goods to themselves to which they pretty readily agreed & doth promise to pay ye following sums in some reasonable time giveing their notes Joyntly to each person for ye money till it be paid, (tht is to say).

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for 3-14-11 George ffox is willing to take a heifer & 20S in money 1-00-00
for 0-13-5 Robt Hodgson is willing to take 0- 6- 6
for 0-2-1¼ Joseph Robson forgives it all 0- 0- 0
for 0-9-9 Robt Robinson to take 0- 5- 0
for 0-4-6 Joseph Robinson to take 0- 2- 3
for 0-1-0 Daniel Robinson to take 0- 0- 6
for 0-9-11 Alexr Mathews to take a pr of Sole leather 0- 0- 0
for 0-8-6 Jno Williamson to be Intreated to take two pieces of cured leather 0- 0- 0
for 0-2-10 Nathaniel Harison to be Intreated to abate something 0- 2- 10
for 0-1-8 Obadiah Willsons wife ye like 0- 1- 8
for 0-2-4 Thomas Gilpin ye like 0- 2- 4
for 0-3-0 William Andrew Willing to take 0- 1- 6
2--2--7
As wittness our hands
this 23 5 mo 1707 John Hildrith
James Hildrith

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th 6 mo 1707.

Abel Porter haveing been abroad of late ye friends appointed had not oppertunity wth him, therefore they are desird to Continue their care & get account of such matters as were Committed to them, & acquaint next mens meeting.

Joseph Berry after acquainting some ffriends hath now declared his Intentions of marriage wth Ann Toul of Ballyhagan meeting, which this meeting takeing into Consideration, & after Enquiry nothing att psent appearing to obstruct his further proceedings George Fox & Joseph Robson are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings & return their answers to ye province meeting ye Sd Joseph appears att.

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Moses Hetherington haveing for some time past been of a very loose Conversation & walks disorderly in severall respects (viz) frequenting idle Company & gaming & ale houses at unseasonable times & will not be reclaimd though often seasonabley admonisht, therefore John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to draw up a paper against his ungodly practises & shew it to some friends & if approvd to read it to him & then publish it at a Convenient time. (Note in margin: a paper was drawn & approved of by friends & shewd to him which he ownd was true. it was read in a publick meeting on a first day in Lurgan.)

There being a report tht Mary Lynas ran out to a priest to be married wth John Fletcher John Morton is desird to speak to her & her parents to come to ye meeting on ye first day next tht friends may be Informd of ye truth of itt. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 3d of ye 7 mo 1707.

The ffriends appointed to speak to Abel Porter say they desired him to bring in his accounts to this meeting, which he hath neglected, therefore they are desired to be further Concerned to get ye needful done against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mary Lynas ownes that she is married, therefore Joseph Robson & John Walker are desird to draw up a paper against her disorderly proceedings & shew it to friends next first day, & if approved tht it may may be shown to her & then publisht at a Convenient time. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Ann Turner is married to James Bradshaw with a priest wth out ye consent of her parents, Joseph Robson & John Walker are desired to draw a paper against her disorderly practice & shew it to friends next first day and if approvd that it be read to her and at a Convenient time published. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Whereas Mark Wright a member of this meeting lately deceasd, by a deed of gift to Robert Hoope left to this meeting a bond of forty Shill & ye money being now gott, this meeting think fitt to dispose of ye same as followeth. (Note in margin: Robt Hoope gave account tht ye said money was accordingly paid to each person.)

To Margret Simpson 0 5 0 To Mary Hildrith 0 5 0
To Christian Bullock 0 5 0 To Margrtt Brown 0 5 0
To Margrett Madderen 0 5 0 To Margrett Bruise 0 2 6
To Francis Porter 0 5 0 To James Chalmers for his Charge of getting in ye same 0-5-0
To Mary Noble 0 2 6
L1 2 6 0 17 6

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 24th day of ye 7 mo 1707.

The friends appointed to speak to Abell Porter, gives account, tht they severall times did feel he sleightily spoke or promised to bring or give in ye account of his fathers goods how they were disposed, & what debts there was due, & how matters stands, butt still neglects where fore ye friends appointed are desired to continue their care in getting ye accounts butt if they cannot to desire him to cometo ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testymony against Mary Lynas haveing been presented to ye province meeting, & also shown to her & nothing appearing to obstruct ye publishing of it John Walker is desired to read in ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly read.)

And also ye testymony against Ann Turner was likewise showd, to ye meeting & to her, & nothing to obstruct John Walker is desired to read tht thn also. (Note in margin: was also accordingly reaad.)

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th day of ye 7 mo 1707.

Abell Porter not yet haveing brought in ye accounts, neither appeared at this meeting ye friends appointed are desired to continue their care.

The last province meeting in their Epistle reminding friends as they make their epistles to speak to tht minute from ye last half years meeting relateing to a lying Equivocating spiritt as doubling from ye last accts tht matter was not so fully spoke to or minded and therefore desired where it had not been spoken to & occasion for it, to mind to answer ye same & give account to ye next mo: meeting, & our visiters haveing been reminded thereof last preparative meeting, & this meeting enquired of, they give account tht they have so gone thro & spoken to tht evill tht they do not know how to do more whereof John Hoope is desired to advise ye next pro: Meeting. (Note in margin: done.)

Whereas Thos Walker, Thos Wainwright & John Robson were appointed by ye mens meeting held at Ann Webbs ye 20th of ye 3d month 1696, to hear complaints relateing to friends trespassing upon one another by reason of bad fences & relation being had to ye said minute may more at large appear. And Thos Wainwright not being in a Condition to go about such work & also there seeming occasion to appoint some more friends to be added, to Thos Walker & John Robson. This meeting desires Robt Hodgson to join with Thos Walker & Tim: Kirk to Join with John Robson and Christopher Hillary & Richd Lynas to take care about their quarter, tht friends do Justly to one another, & live peaceably in respect of fences & neighborhood. (Note in margin: friends appointed about trespasses.)

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Ezekiel Bullock haveing Inclination to take ye ye house & yard on ye back of ye meeting house for his son in law Michael Cherry & daughter to live in, this meeting desires Robt Hoope & Thos Wainwright to meat with Ezekiel about it & report what conclusion they come to, to ye next meeting.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th day of ye 9 mo 1707.

ABell Porter hath been severall times spoken to, to bring in ye accounts abt his fathers goods, butt still neglects so friends appointed are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Ezekiel Bullock haveing had some other considerations, thn to take ye above mentioned house, have at psent declind his Intentions for it, & leaves friends to their liberty to dispose of it otherwise.

Samuel Baker, & John Chambers by order of Dublin mens meeting haveing writt to this meeting to make enquiry concerning James Hobsons clearness in relation to mariage with Mary Strettell, & also to get a certificate from his mother of her willingness, & enquiry accordingly being made here, & also a certificate got from Bellyhagan meeting tht his mother is willing & consents thereto, therefore Thos Walker & John Hoope are desired to signifye ye same to Dublin mens meeting, & also send ye certificate from his mother. (Note in margin: done.)

James Alderdice & Patience Harlan haveing laid their Intentions of Mariage with one another before this & our woemens meetings who takeing ye same into consideration, have appointed Alexr Mathews, & Joseph Robson, Ailce Williamson & Margaret Mathews who are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness and orderly proceedings & to gett a certificate from ye said James his father &
(Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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mother, & return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

James Bullow haveing appeared and declared his Intentions of mariage with Elizabeth Henderson of Dunclady meeting, & this meeting makeing some enquiry & nothing appearing at psent to obstruct his further proceedings, have appointed Christopher Hillary & James Greer to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceeding & return their answers both to ye next mens meeting & to ye pro: meeting. John Hoope is desired to give him a certificate.

There haveing been a great report of some miscariage & disorderly behaviour committed by Benjamin Robinson John & James Hildrith, as they came from ye last province meeting which was at Bellyhagan, and has occasiond truth to be reproacht, & friends haveing had ye matter under their consideration for ye clearing of truth, and sent for ye said Benjamin to some friends who refusing to come which ye testymony or Judgments of truth is hindered & obstructed therefore its ye desire of this meeting, tht Roger Webb & Ezekiel Bullock do acquaint ye Sd Benjamin, John & James Hildrith, & Wm Mason & his wife to be at ye next mens meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 26th day of ye 9 mo 1707 Collection -10S-6 ¼

This meeting haveing been for some considerable time past verry much excercised & troubled by Margaret McLevys verry often publick appearance as if she would be a preacher amongst friends & ye meeting being grieved with her as a troubler of ye church, dealt with her provately according to friends order, butt she could not be prevailed upon to be subject to friends advice, butt continues verry (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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unruly & troublesome, wherefore Joseph Robson John Walker, & John Hoope are desired to draw up a testymony gainst her & show it to ye next province meeting, and afterwards to ye next preparative meeting.

Abell Porter not yet haveing brought in ye account ye friends concerned are desired to remind him or get ye account from him against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Alderdice & Patience Harlan haveing appeared a second time & signifyed the continuance of their Intentions of mariage with each other & ye friends appointed to make enquiry haveing returned their answers with a certificate from James’s father & mother, tht they have not yet found anything to obstruct their further proceedings, so tht they have their liberty to lay their said Intentions before ye next pro: meeting. (Note in margin: did present at province meeting held at Richard Boys & were Consented to marry.)

John & James Hildrith appeared at this meeting according to desire, with whome friends have had a great del of discourse, gave some seeming condescention to friends, butt not so fully as could be desired, yett desireing a little further consideration, this meeting leaves ye matter of Judgment for their transgression att next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Benjamin Robinson would nott come to ye mens meeting as was desired, butt would have so much of his own will, to speak with a few, to which friends condescended to try if it were possible to bring him to a sence of his miscariage & clear truth butt yet notwithstanding friends Intreaty & setting forth ye danger of obstinacy & refractonness they gott butt very Indifferent answers from him & no satisfaction, yett his compliance to his mother & a regard to his preservation, they gave him time till next preparative meeting to consider further. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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A friend of this meeting by ye desire of James Skelton, signifyed tht he had Inclinations to go to England in order to take a wife, and therefor desired a certificate of his clearness in relation to mariage, And this meeting takeing ye matter under consideration, thought not fitt to give him one, untill he presented his mariage before friends & therefore ordered him to appear before friends and declare his matter himself, tht friends might order enquiry to be made, and accordingly give him a certificate. (Note in margin: The friends appointed to make Inquiry returnd thr answers tht they found nothing to obstruct, therefore he got a Certificate.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th 10 mo 1707.

According to ye order of last meeting a testimoney was drawn up against Margrett McLevy & presented to ye province meeting but ye friend who hath it not being here ye publication of it is suspended till next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There being noe sattisfactory accounts receivd of Abell Porter, it is to be minded next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Ezekiel Bullock is desird to give publick notice to friends next first day, to bring in their sufferings for this present year to George Fox who is desired to transcribe thm against next mens meeting, that they may be viewd over. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John & James Hildrith did appear here & seemd to submitt to ffriends, soe Robert Hoope is desird to acquaint them that it is Expected, that they present something in Writeing against their transgression next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Benjamin Robinson sent a message to this meeting by a friend, which doth not give

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Sattisfaction, George Fox is desird to tell him soe & tht friends being tender of him on his parents account gives him untill ye next mens meeting to Consider what he will doe to Clear truth etc. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Boyd & Jane Bell both of this meeting after haveing acquainted some friends before did lay their Intentions of marriage with one another before this meeting, who takeing ye same into Consideration have appointed Henry Greer & Richard Lynas Ellinor Greer & Deborah Hillary to make Inguiry Concerning their Clearness, orderly proceedings Consent of parents & relations concernd & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Friends Considering James Skeltons Incapacity of maintaining a wife & family here (if he should marry) as Circumstances appear att psent doe, (not with standing ye Certificate he gott ) appoint John Walker to draw a Coppy of a letter and here relateing thereto, & direct it to John Carlile that he may Communicate it to ye woman ye said James is about to marry & such other friends of tht meeting she belongs as he may think fitt; and that ye originall be kept amongst this meetings papers. (Note in margin: was sent to John Carlile.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th day of ye 11 mo 1707.

Thomas Wainwright being deceased, & therefore ye keeping accounts about ye collection being vacant, Robt Hodgson is desired to receive & take care of ye collection, & keep ye accounts relateing to ye same.

The testymony against Margaret McLevy haveing been again reviewed by this meeting and approved, what friends belongint to ye mens meeting are at ye next first days meeting are desired to stay to show ye said Margaret ye sd testymony, tht afterwards it may be published as there is opportunity, John Hayes is desired to stay ... Margaret ... (see original for last line of this page.)

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Abell Porter giveing some reasons why he does not produce ye accounts about his fathers goods, & tht if ye accounts were produced, little or nothing appearing to be above what will pay ye debt, therefore friends think fitt to lett this matter alone for ye present.

Notwithstanding friends have been frequently desired to bring in their sufferings, yet they are not so brought to George ffox as tht he hath thm in readiness to be viewed butt hopes to get them ready against next fourth day before ye province meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Benjamin Robinson hath sent a few lines to this meeting, butt not at all to ye satisfaction of friends, butt rather Justification of himself thn condemnation wherefore George ffox is desired to acquaint him therewith tht unless he deal more plainly and be more penitent thn friends yet have a sence of ths then ye meeting cannot receive such a paper as this, & therefore thro tenderness, this meeting desires ye said Benjamin to take matters relateing to his said transgression into further consideration, & sink down in humility & suffer ye Lords Judgment, to pass upon the same, & return his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John & James Hildrith have not yet brought a testymony against themselves, by reason John is abroad, butt they seem to be concerned so tht Robt Hoope is desired to acquaint them tht their offering is expected to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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John Boyd & Jane Bell haveing appeared a second time & signifyed their Intentions of mariage with one another, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry, being enquired of have returned their answers tht they have made enquiry & nothing yet appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, do consent tht they lay their sd Intentions before the next province meeting, & tht ye friends appointed do return their answers, thither. (Note in margin: was maried in Lurgan ye 28th day of ye 11 mo 1707.

John Hartley haveing by some lines signified to this meeting his sorrow & concern in giveing occasion to friends sometime ago to disown him & Joins with friends in Judment against himself & desires friends to pass ye same by & tht he may be ownd or accepted according to his life & conversation, which friends, takeing into consideration, and being willing to show all ye tenderness truth will allow, & ready to pass by transgression as ye Lord is pleased with repentance for ye same, do condescend tht ye sd John Hartley have liberty to stand by ye publishing of his sd paper. (Note in margin: was read on ye 25th 11 mo 1707 & stood by ye reading of itt.)

Lydia Simpson sometime since being suspected to be with child wherefore friends spoke to her butt she denied tht she was untill such time as she could not hyde it, & now says she is maried, butt be she maried or not, she has greatly transgressed against truth to ye reproach of it, therefore John Walker is desired to prepare a testymony against her Wickedness & show it to friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Aaron Bullock haveing in a secret and hidden manner to ye great reproach of truth, grief of his parents, & trouble to friends, maried with one of another persuasion, where fore John Walker is desired to draw a testymony against ye sd Aarons practises & show it to friends.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 28th day of ye 11 mo 1707.

The testymony against Margeret McLevy being signd at this meeting & before showed to her, & she not seeming any wayes to be subject John Hoope is desired to read it next first day. (Note in margin: was done & was given to John Walker to record.)

George ffox giveing account tht what sufferings are come in are ready to be presented therefore all ye friends who have given in sufferings are desired to be at ye meeting next fourth day in order to hear if they be right, & to give account of ye manner how they have suffered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing drawn a testymony against ye wicked actions of Lydia Simpson, & showd it to friends, and is approved also according to ye order of truth Mary Walker & Ellinor Greer are desired to show or read ye sd testymony to her & return her answer to friends next fourth day, tht friends may consider ye publishing of it. (Note in margin: was done & read.)

John & James Hildrith & Benjamin Robinson have sent a paper of condemnation to this meeting which being to friends pretty good satisfaction, if they perform what they seem to promise therein, so friends do receive ye paper & lay it by (Note in margin: the paper given to Jno Walker to keep.)

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without further publication at psent to try how they answer ye same & behave themselves for ye time to come.

The testymony against Aaron Bullock haveing been read & approved Christ: Hillary & Hen: Greer are desired to show it to him, & return his answer to friends next fourth day, tht ye further publishing of it may be considered.

The last half years meeting haveing had the time of friends gathering together in their meetings both first dayes & fourth dayes under their consideration, have in ye last Epistles concluded and desires tht friends may meet at ye tenth hour in ye mornings of both ye first dayes & fourth dayes, when fine. John Robson is desired to give notice tht of ye next first day which friends are desired to carefully observe, & keep ye said time in meeting together as near as they can. (Note in margin: was done.)

The list for conveying friends being somewhat out of order by reason of some friends being dead, & others not thought worthy, George ffox, John Walker, & Joseph Robson, are desired to putt ye said list into some good order or ye best they can, & present ye same to ye next mens meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: was done and approved.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan this 18th day of ye 12 mo 1707.

Nottwithstanding John Hildriths pretensions of being sorry for his last transgressions, this meeting understands tht he is lately maried with a priest, wherefore John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testymony against his actions, tht it may be showed to friends and afterwards to him & published as may be seen needfull. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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The last half years meeting desireing to know how many of George ffoxes Doctrinall books friends will take; this meeting thinks fitt to take one; for ye present, & John Hoope is desired to acquaint ye province meeting thereof. (Note in margin: was done.)

This meeting haveing account tht Mary Thompson daughter of Steven Thompson, is maried with a priest, and suspected by ye approbation of her father, and in as much as ye said Steven & ye said Mary, & others of his family comes sometimes to meetings & makes some show of being friends yett doth not walk so circumspectly nor agreeable to truth as it requires therefore Robt Hoope, Ezekiel Bullock. Joseph Robson, John Walker & Thos Walker are desired to speak to ye said Steven James his son & ye said Mary & use their Endeavours to know their opinions & principalls & if they be towards truth thn to show thm how inconsistant their practises & behaviours have been thereto & give account of their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

All ye friends who gave in sufferings not being present last fourth day, some of those who were absent being present today their sufferings was read & examined & those who are yett unexamined notice is given to desire them to be att meeting next first day, & then George ffox is desired to take thm to ye pro: meeting.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 1 mo 1707.

John Walker did according to ye order of ye last meeting draw up a testymony against John Hildrith, which was showd him, & to which he Joines, & hath under written it acknowledging (Note in margin: it was read publickly on ye 21st of ye 1st mo 1707 in a meeting in ye town.)

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ye truth thereof & hopes to be more carefull of his conversation for ye time to come so friends now present haveing signd ye Judgment John Walker is desired to read ye same next first day tht ye meeting is in town.

Robert Hoope, Ezekiel Bullock Joseph Robson John Walker & Thos Walker, gives account tht they have not since last meeting had oppertunity to discourse with Steven Thomson & his daughter & son, so are desired to do it against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meeting desireing tht friends may collect such suitable matter as is fitt to be added to ye progress of truth therefore John Walker, George ffox, & Joseph Robson are desired to reduce such things to writeing as hath occurrd since last 3 mo half years meeting relateing thereto: against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hartley & Tamar McCombe both of this meeting after haveing acquainted some friends before, did lay their intentions of marriage with one another before this meeting who takeing ye same into Consideration have apointed James Greer & Wm Wetherill Jane Fox & Ellinor Greer to make inquiry Concerning their Clearness orderly proceedings Consent of parents & relations Concerned, & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. And whereas upon Examination it appears tht ye Sd John made offers of marriage to ye Sd Tamar before he acquainted his parents & her mother be it is Expected that he present to ye next mens meeting a few line under his hands judging his disorderly procedure.

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st day of ye 1 mo 1708

The friends whch were appointed to speak to Stephen Thompson his son & daughter do give account that they spoke to Stephen & his daughter, and finds thm to own ye way of truth which friends proffesses to be ye right way, butt doth not find them to be convinced or think tht they have done any evill or violated their principles which they own to profess nor could they be convinced thereof, which pretensions & practises being so Inconsistant, & tht they go under ye name of friends & some times have come to meetings, & its probable or likely tht they may do so again, this meeting finds thm selves concerned to publish a testymony against ye said Stephen & his daughter Mary, & therefore John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testymony suitable to both their transgressions against next preparative meeting, & in mean time ye friends who spoke to Stephen & Mary are desired to speak to James Thompson to know how he stands in principle & practise to & in truth. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker, Joseph Robson, & George ffox had drawn something up fitt for ye progress butt not so full as desired therefore ye said friends are again desired to incert some more matters thn they have done, & present ye same to friends next fourth day for approbation tht it may be presented to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: it was done.)

John Hartley & Tamar McComb haveing again appeared & declared their Intentions of mariage wth one another, & James Greer & Wm Wetherill Ellinr Greer, & Jane ffox being enquired of what enquiry they have made concerning their (Note in margin: done & passed.)

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clearness have returned their answers tht they do not find any thing material to obstruct their further proceedings, and tht ye said John Hartley haveing given in a paper condemning his disorderly proceedings, this meeting gives them their liberty to present their mariage to ye preovince meeting to which the said friends are desired to give their answers. (Note in margin: done & passed.)

Edward Thornbrough of Munallan meeting haveing lately runn out & maried one of another persuasion with a priest, John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to draw a pertinent Judgment against ye transgressionto show to ye next meeting.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st day of ye 2 mo 1708.

According to ye desire of ye last meeting John Walker hath presented a testymony against Stephen Thompson & his daughter Mary, which Robert Hoope & Joseph Robson are desired to show to thm & return their answers to ye next mens meeting tht ye publishing of it may be considered,, and Robt Hoope gives account tht he spoke to James Thompson how clear he was in ye matter of his sisters marying with a priest, who gave a satisfactory account of his clearness & his dislike to ye practise & some other hopefull accounts of his likeing to ye way of truth & walking in it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also John Walker hath presented a testymony against Edward Thornbrough which John Moreton & John Cristy are desired to show him & return his answer to ye next mens meeting tht ye publishing of itt may be considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 19th day of ye 3 mo 1708.

Robt Hoope and Joseph Robson gives account tht they showd ye testymony drawn up against Stephen Thompson & his daughter Mary, to them who seemed to be something touched, concerned & made sencible of the transgression in so much tht they have acknowledged ye truth of friends testymony under their hands, so John Walker is desired to draw ye sd testymony over fare & bring it to friends to sign & thn add what ye said Stephen & Mary have acknowledgd & to read both on ye next first day come two weeks. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Moreton, & John Cristy haveing neglected to show Edwd Thornbrough ye testymony written against him so they are again desired to mind to show it to him & bring it, & his answer to ye next preparative meet:. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 4 mo 1708.

The above mentioned testymony against Stephen Thomson & his daughter was signd at this meeting in order to be read next first day. (Note in margin: was read and is with John Walker.)

And tht against Edward Thornbrough is returned wth his acknowledgment, under his hand confirming the truth of ye testymony, which was also signd by this meeting, in order tht John Neile may take care tht ye same be publickly read in ye meeting at Munallan next first day & then return to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: was also done & is with John Walker.)

John Kirk who lived with Joseph Robson being by his ffathers consent gone to live in Corke, & desireing a certificate, George ffox & John Walker are desired to make enquiry concerning his behaviour, & his (Note in margin: was also done & is with John Walker.)

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going away clear from any scandall, etc, and as they find things to prepare suitable, a certificate & bring it to ye next mens meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d day of ye 4 mo 1708.

John Walker gives account tht George ffox & he made enquiry concerning John Kirk & finds nothing butt tht he has behaved himself pretty well, so tht this meeting hath signd a certificate, & desires Joseph Robson to take a copy of it, & send it to ye said John Kirke to Corke. (Note in margin: was done & ye copy is amongst ye meetings papers.)

This meeting haveing account tht Margaret Colley of Rathfryland meeting haveing 2 children & her self not healthy, is therefore nott in a condition to maintain her self & thm & haveing bought a cow from James Dixson wch cost 20S towards releeving her necessity, & not being able to pay for her this meeting has sent ye said 20S by David Dixson to ye said James, tht ye poor woman may be eased of tht charge & her wants supplied. John Hoope lent ye meeting 3-5 ¾ of ye sd 20S paid. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 14th day of ye 5 mo 1708.

None of Rathfryland friends being att this meeting they did not give it account whether ye above 20S which was sent to ye releef of Margaret Cooley be paid so is desired to be known next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Nottwithstanding friends care & frequent admonition to Joell Carr concerning his loose & inconsistant manner of liveing & conversation by takeing too much drink and other misbehaviour contrary to truth, & is not like to reform, so tht John Walker Joseph Robson, & George ffox are desired to draw up a suitable testymony against his disorderly walking & present ye same to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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The water in ye time of great rain beats so upon ye gabell end of the meeting house tht in time it may danger ye standing of it, besides ye inconveniences of ye water in ye Inside; wherefore Robt Hoope & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to order ye mending of itt by shingling over ye gabell, & such other wayes as they can best contrive for ye safety of it, now when ye season of ye year answers, and ye meeting will pay ye charge. (Note in margin: upon consideration that ye season of ye year is much spent its ordered tht ye repairing of ye meeting house be deferrd, only ye east end windows secured from water beating thm.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 4th day of ye 6 mo 1708.

John Beck gives account tht Robt Willson told him tht ye 20S for Margaret Colley was paid according to appointment.

John Walker haveing produced a testymony against Joel Carr, which this meeting doth approve, ye said John Walker, & George ffox are desired to read ye said testymony to him & return his answer to ye next preparative meeting, tht ye publishing of it may be considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting desires tht John Cristy Roger Webb & Robt Hodgson do attend province meetings & mind tht no unqualified persons from this & Munallan meetings do sitt in those meetings at any time.

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th of ye 6 mo 1708.

John Walker and George ffox gives account tht they showd ye testymony against Joell Carr to him, to which he seemd to Join with friends and to own it to be mostly true, butt in regard tht he has made many promisses to amed, & yett

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doth nott, If he should promise again he is afraid he will break it, butt said tht he would try again to repent & amend his wayes, & would be glad tht friends would suspend ye publishing of said testymony for some time, wherefore this meeting in tenderness & willing to hope ye said Joell would turn to ye Lord to form his life & amend his wayes desires John Walker to lay by ye paper till further occasion for publication.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 7 mo 1708.

The last quarterly meeting by their Epistle desireing where friends had nott made a thorough visitt this season, to do it before next quarterly meeting its therefore desired tht ye friends appointed for this meeting may so agree amongs them selves, & order matters so, as tht a thorough visitt may be made & full account may be sent to ye next quarterly meeting as desired.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th day of ye 8 mo 1708.

The friends concernd in ye visitt nott haveing since last meeting had an oppertunity to go through ye same, are desired forthwith to go about it tht ye service of truth may be fully answered against ye quarterly meeting.

This meeting being acquainted tht Ben: Hartley & Mary Hancock, have foolishly, Inconsiderately disorderly, & disagreeable to ye endes of truth & example of ye holy men in ye Scriptures of truth gone & maried whith a priest, so tht John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testymony against their transgressions, & show it to friends next first day, & if it be approved, tht

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John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to read ye said testymony to them, & return their answers to ye next mens meeting tht ye publishing of itt may be considered.

This meeting being also acquainted tht one Jane Beck who made some show, or profession of truth, & lived some time in Lurgan is now gone to some place nott farr from Rathfryland, & supposed with child wherefore Alexr Mathew & Ezekiell Bullock are desired to go to tht meeting of Rathfryland & take Robt Willson or John Beck wth them & Endeavour to know ye truth of matters in tht case & if possible ye father of ye Child.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th day of ye 8 mo 1708.

John Walker & Joseph Robson have produced a testymony against Benjamin Hartley & his wife with account tht they showd ye same to them, who confesses to ye truth thereof & have given a paper from themselves agreeing with friends therein, so John Walker is desired to read ye said testymony first & thn their acknowledgment in ye meeting next first day come two weeks. (Note in margin: done accordingly.)

Ezekiel Bullock & Alexr Mathews gives account to this meeting, as they did sometime before to some friends: tht they were with ye said Jane Beck to know whose ye child she is with, is & she both told Eliz: Beck & them tht it was Benjamin Robinson, wherefore friends discourst ye said Benjamin thereupon who did not deny butt tht he had

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to do with her, upon which friends orderd John Walker to draw up a testymony against them of their wicked actions, which he has done, & brought to this meeting & is approved therefore George ffox & Robt Hodgson are desired to show ye said Benjamin ye said testymony and afterwards gett friends to sigh it tht it may be read ye next first day come two week. (Note in margin: was done.)

Whereas Joseph Berry hapened to be at a bull beat, & upon some occasion challenged one to fight or box wth him, & friends hearing of it dealt with him upon which, he seemd to be troubled for it & hath sent a few lines of Judgment against himself for ye same which hath been publickly read in this meeting, & this meeting desires & tenderly Intreats all young people & others who profess truth, to avoid & refrain going to such places of bull baiting or do fighting & such like.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 9 mo 1708

The last province meeting haveing had under their consideration ye severity of ye priests takeing tythes, especially unlawfully takeing for small dues so called, whrefore ye said Meeting desires all friends to take care to collect their sufferings & distinguish for what taken, tht application may be made, which the friends of this meeting is desired to mind.

Itt being suspected tht Charles Roberts has taken a wife or maried with a priest, John Walker & Robt Hodgson are desired to make enquiry of ye truth thereof & report their answers to ye next mens meeting.

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 10 mo 1708.

ffriends nott yett haveing fully brought in their sufferings as was desired which obstructs ye preparing thm for ye province meeting Its therefore desired tht ye friends who are present do forthwith give them to George ffox, & tht Ezekiel Bullock do speak publickly ye next first day desireing friends who have nott given thm in tht they may speedily do it in order tht ye mind of friends may be answered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hoope, John Walker, & Robt Hodgson give account tht Charles Robts owns his being maried with a priest, which practise with his being often over taken with too much drink Causes friends to bear testymony & give Judgmt against him & them therein, & accordingly a testymony relateing thereto hath been read in this meeting which being approved, John Walker & Robt Hodgson are desired to show or read ye same to him, & gett it signd by friends in order to its being published.

This meeting thinking itt necessary & serviceable to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife, Robt Hoope, John Hoope, Timothy Kirk & Alexr Mathews, are desired to do it, smoetime before next reparative meeting.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 29th day of ye 10 mo 1708.

George ffox gives account tht he has nott yett gott in all ye sufferings butt hopes to gett them ready to be read this day two weeks so tht friends concerned in sufferings are desired to be there & Ezekiell Bullock to give notice... (see original for rest of this sentence.)

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John Walker gives account tht he showd Charles Roberts ye testymony writt against him who owned ye truth thereof in relation to his marying with ye priest, & did nott deny his being concerned, or clear of takeing too much drink, therefore ye said testymony is signd at this meeting & John Walker is desired to read itt ye next first day come a week. (Note in margin: was done.)

The friends appointed to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife hath not had oppertunity to do it since last meeting so are desired to mind to do it Against ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Murtagh McCowen & Jane Cain haveing Intentions of Mariage with one another, & sometime since acquainted some friends therewith, and now at this meeting hath declared their said Intentions with each other, & there hapning some difficulties in allowing them to proceed to take one another among friends by reason of ye said Janes’ nott then comeing among friends yett owned ye way of truth & by reason of ye said Murlaghs makeing offer to her before she came among friends, & ye said Murtagh haveing Judgd the his said proceeding, & ye said Jane owning ye way of truth & behaves her self pretty orderly & hath patiently waited friends freedom about a year to permitt thm, to take one another among friends & friends being tender & desirous tht ye said Murtagh & Jane may be preserved in ye way of truth this meeting by assent of ye last province meeting do receive their presentation, & appoint Robt Hodgson & Joseph Robson, & ye woemens meeting appointed Mary Walker & Jane ffox to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent & certificates from their parents of their willingness thereto & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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James Stevenson of Bellyhagan meeting & Mary Millikin of Munallan Meeting haveing appeared and declared their Intentions of mariage with one another before this meeting & ye said James produceing a certificate from Bellyhagan meeting of his laying his sd Intentions before thm who appointed Luke Beell and David Kell to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings, & this meeting upon enquiry finding nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings have appointed Esther Neile & Sarah Morton to make enquiry concerning ye said Marys clearness, & also desires Sarah Robson if she can to assist them or however to be at ye next mens meeting & province meeting, to return their answers. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting finding some Inconveniency or however do think tht ye collection would be better to be on ye first first day of every month, as it formerly was thn as it is only every mens meeting therefore its desired tht Ezekiel Bullock do give account of ye alteration ye first day before ye next time it will happen after ye next mens meeting, & tht Robt Hodgson Joseph Robson, John Walker & George ffox do attend ye table at ye time of friends laying down, & if it happen tht ye meeting fall to be in ye Country on a collection day its desired tht it may be in ye town tht day & in ye Country ye first day following to keep it in its turn.

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 19th day of ye 11 mo 1708.

The friends appointed to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife hath not had oppertunity to do it since last meeting are therefore desired to mind it as soon as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

According to ye order of ye last meeting, notice was given for friends to attend ye reading of their sufferings, which was done to so many friends as were present this day week, & some more read to such as were present today & who have nott yett heard thm read George ffox is desired to ready thm and putt thm in ye best order he can & carry thm to ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: was accordingly done & delliverd to ye rovince meeting att Bellyhagan.)

Murlagh McCowen & Jane Cain haveing appeared at this meeting & declared ye Continuation of their Intended mariage with one another & Robert Hodgson & Joseph Robson, Mary Walker & Jane ffox haveing returned their answers with certificates from their parents, tht yett they find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings so are desired to continue their care & return their answers to ye next province meeting.

James Stevenson & Mary Millikin haveing appeared at this meeting & declared ye continuation of their Intended mariage with one another and Esther Neile & Sarah Morton haveing returnd their answers tht they made enquiry & finds nothing to obstruct thm butt tht they may lay their said Intentions before ye next ro: meeting.

ffriends haveing made a triple Collection today more than is usuall to raise ye proportion of this meeting towards ye reparing of Lysburn Stable etc it is thought fit to suspend ye next collection for a month longer than was intended.

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Robt Hoope Tho. Walker, Roger Webb, John Robson, & John Hoope are desired to speak to Abell Porter. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Neile, Ezekiel Bullock, & Alexr Mathews are desired to speak to Robt Hendren. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Cristy, John Hoope, Richd Mason & John Robson are desired to speak to James Hildrith. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robt Hoope, Joseph Robson, John Walker & Timothy Kirk are desired to speak to James ffinley. (note in margin: was done.)

That Alexr Mathews desire James Halliday to be at ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 12 mo 1708/9.

The ffriends appointed to visit Willm Souldan & his wife haveing not had an oppertunity to doe it are desird to get it done against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The ffriends appointed to speak to James Hildrith have not had an opertunity soe are desird to Continue thr Care. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Charles McCabb & Sarah Lynas haveing sometime since acquainted some ffriends did this day appear & declare their intentions of marriage with one another before this meeting which takeing ye same into Consideration have appointed Alexr Mathew & George Fox & ye woemens Meeting have appointed Ellinr Greer & Jane Fox to make inquiry Concerning ye Clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concernd & to return their answers to the next mens meeting. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The proceedings of last quarterly meeting was read in this meeting & matters

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therein Containd recommended to be observd Robert Hoope & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to inspect into that part relateing to ffriends frequenting alehouses too much etc and to return accounts frequently to ye quarterly meetings how ye advice given in wht respect is answered.

Att a Mens meeting held in Lurgan the 2d of ye 1 mo 1708

The friends appointed to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife have nott yett done itt, so are desired to mind to do it before next meeting. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Hildrith nott haveing been spoke to since last meeting ye friends appointed are desired to do it at ye riseing of this meeting if he can be mett with if nott to take another oppertunity soon. (Note in margin: was spoke to butt friends had butt little satisfaction.)

Charles McCabe & Sarah Lynas haveing appeared att this meeting & declard ye continuation of their Intentions of mariage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquirey being askt if they enquired concerning their clearness who returned their answers tht they find nothing att psent to obstruct their further proceedings so tht ye said Charles & Sarah have their liberty to present their said Intentions before ye next pro: meeting & ye friends are desired to continue their care in makeing enquiry, & return their answers to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: did present att ye province meeting.)

Whereas sometime since this meeting encourged John Cristy to be bound for Daniel Bullow for 5L, which he did, & now ye money being demanded, & John Cristy makeing application to this meeting for itt; & this meeting haveing

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discoursed with ye said Daniel Bullogh about his circumstances in ye world, & finding him pretty much in arrears of rent & nott likely to gett out of itt suddenly have advised him to use his endeavours to sell his Interest of his farm expecting tht he may gett so much for it as may clear him & Munallan friends are desired to assist him in ye sale of it & if by their management & contrivance they cannot gett ye said 5L answered or respitted for sometime longer, thn ye next meeting is desired to take care to raise & pay John Cristy ye said five pound. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Whereas William Robson haveing by some foolish behaviour, occasioned a report tht he was makeing offer of mariage to one Kathrine Hall of Dromore, & he now seeming to be sorry for such behaviour & proceedings being contrary to truth, hath offered & produced a discharge from ye said Kathrine Hall, & offered Judgment in writeing under his hand against his practises relateing thereto, which he read & owned in this meeting, and for as much as ye said William Robson hath Inclinations to live in England, & desireing a certificate from this meeting, George ffox & Joseph Robson, are desired to prepare a suitable certificate accordingly, & show it to friends next first day in order if it be approved to be signd. (Note in margin: a certificate was given him.)

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The friends desired to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife have nott yett done it so are desired to continue their care.

Munallan ffriends have according to desire of last meeting been concerned about Daniel Bullow, butt at this time or season of ye year do not find it convenient to advise him to dispose of his Cattell etc nether doth any body yett offer to buy his farm and Daniel Madden nott Insisting or being earnest for ye money: ye payment of ye 5L interest is putt of till further.

The last quarterly meeting desireing friends to make a generall visitt, Robt Hoope, John Robson, Ezekiel Bullock Henry Greer, & Roger Webb, are desired to take care to answer ye mind of friends in tht case tht accounts may be returnd to ye next quarterly meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 13th day of ye 2 mo 1709.

The ffriends appointed to visitt Wm Souldan & his wife have not yett had oppertunity to do it, are again desired to mind it. (Note in margin: itt was done & to pretty good satisfaction.)

William Marshall being in a poor weak condition & nott able to releeve himself, Robt Hoope & Robt Hodgson are desired to take care to supply him with such necessarys as they may see fitt, & charge ye same to ye meetings account. (Note in margin: was supplied butt is since dead, & friends gott him a coffin sheet etc.)

Since last meeting Daniel Madden haveing processd Daniell Bullow to ye assizes for ye said 5L which John Cristy is bound for, ye undermentioned friends have consented to lend ye meeting ye said sum and pay it to John Cristy who is desired to pay it, & take up ye old bond

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and gett a new bond from Daniell Bullow for ye 5L in his own name, it being for ye use of this meeting, And this meeting is to take measures as speedily as they can to raise ye said 5L to repay ye particular friends who have advance it viz

Robt Hoope 0-10-00 Jno Neile 0-5-0
Jno Hoope 1-0-0 Robt Hodgson 0-5-0
Robt Hoope Junr 0-10-0 Roger Webb 0-5-0
Jno Walker 0-10-0 Alexr Mathew 0-5-0
Jno Holland 0-10-0 John Turner 0-5-0
Thos Walker 0-5-0 George ffox 0-5-0
Joseph Robinson 0-5-0
(Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to make ye visits nott yett haveing fully performed it, are desired to do what they can against next fourth day tht they thn may give in their accounts. (Note in margin: was done.)

Whereas it has hapned tht George Bell hath unexpectedly fallen short of being able to discharge his debts, as seeming nott to have efects to pay what he has contracted, & Instead of offering his body & goods to ye discression of his Creditors as in Justice he ought to have done, Hath by this meeting as advised, absconded or gone out of ye way, & also as is reported made over all or most of his substance to one of his Creditors which occasions a reproach & scandall, & therfore this meeting places Judgment upon such practises as being contrary to truth & order of friends. (Note in margin: a testymony against George Bell.)

There being some cause to believe tht Deborah Williams is maried with a priest, John Robson and Roger Webb are desired to make enquiry of ye truth thereof and acquaint ye next meeting. (Note in margin: did enquire, butt she denies tht she is maried: so ths matter is suspended till further knowledge.)

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Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of ye 3 mo 1709.

Robt Hodgson & Samuel Stanfield are desired to take two neighbours and make an Inventory of what little things William Marshall has left & secure thm tht they may nott be diminished and give account thereof to ye next mens meeting. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Cristy nott being att this meeting, account is wanted what he did in Daniel Bullows affair of which he is to give account next meeting: and tht meeting is to use endeavours towards raising ye five pound. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Armstrong declining comeing to meetings John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to take an oppertunity to speak to him or gett him to ye meeting where they with more friends may have a time with him. (Note in margin: was spoken to and appeared verry cool & Indifferent in his affections to truth & refused to come to friends so said friends are desired to go to his house.)

William Williams being deceased, John Robson & John Webb are desired to enquire how matters are left, & to gett a true Inventory taken and give account to this meeting as soon as they can. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There haveing lately hapned some evidences against some professing truth for taking wood or timber tht was nott their own, & some people being of ye opinion tht its no great harm to take a stick in their own land, yett they are under a great mistake & verry weak in their Judgment in tht respect, & such practises are quite contrary to truth, & must be Judged, whrefore John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to draw up a pertinent testymony against such practises & show it to friends next mens meeting. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Att a Mens meeting held in Lurgan the 25th day of ye 3 mo 1709.

Robt Hodgson & Samuel Stanfield have sent account to this meeting, tht they enquired of what efects William Marshall let, & only found a corse bed tick a boulster, & two Corse pillows in James Hildriths valued to three Shill: & one bed stead in Thomas Leathes valued at tenn Shill: which friends do not think convenient to meddle with for tht William died in debt, & tht his children are nott come to age.

John Cristy hath brought to this meeting Daniel Bullows Bond for ye 5L which was pd to Daniel Madden for him, which bond is payable ye 24th of ye 3 mo 1710 & is amongst ye meetings papers and friends of this meeting have subscribed towards raising ye 5L, which John Walker hath in a list and it but falls short of raising ye said 5L Robt Hodgson is desired to pay it out of ye collection, & give account how it is discharged to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Armstrong refuseing to come to friends , John Walker, & Joseph Robson are desired to go to his house & speak to him according to ye last meetings desire. (see next meeting.)

John Robson & John Webb nott yett haveing taken an Inventory of William Williams efects are desired to do it before next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker, & Joseph Robson nott haveing drawn up a testymony against friends takeing wood or timber as was desired last meeting so are desired to mind to do it against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robt Hoope, John Hoope, John Walker, Joseph Robson Ezekiell Bullock and George ffox are desired to visitt Rathfryland friends next 3d day being 31st Instant. (Note in margin: was done.)

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Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 4 mo 1709.

Some friends being Expected to Contribute towards ye five pounds paid for Daniel Bullock being absent from this meeting John Walker is desired to mind to speak to them that that matter may be Ended against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Barry haveing appeared & declard his intentions of marriage with Isbel McWhorter of Dunclady meeting & this meeting makeing some inquiry & nothing appearing at present to obstruct his further proceedings have appointed John Turner & Alexr Mathew to make inquiry Concerning his Clearness & orderly proceedings & to return their answers to friends next first day, as also to ye next mens meeting & province meeting, John Walker to give him a Certificate. (Note in margin: was done.)

Joseph Robson & John Walker give account that they spoke to James Armstrong & desired him to be at ye afternoons meeting next first day that friends may have an oppertunity to speak wth him, which he promisd to doe. (Note in margin: did come & said tht ye reason of his not comeing to meetings, was for some particular reasons butt nott thro dislike to friends.)

John Robson & John Webb being both absent from this meeting its desird that they be Called to for ye Inventory of Wm Williams effects. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson & John Walker according to desire of last meeting, have presented a testimoney against takeing wood or timber Indirectly which lyes in ye book till farther Consideration. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 6th day of ye 5 mo 1709.

There wanting nineteen Shill: & six pence to compleat ye 5L paid for Daniel Bullow besides what was contributed for, Robt Hodgson is desired to pay ye said 19S-6d to John Walker tht he may discharge tht debt. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Robson haveing brought a copy of William Williams will & ye Inventory of his goods & efects, said papers are ordered to be laid by amongst ye meetings papers till further occasion require.

The testymony against takeing timber or wood Indirectly or without leave, nott being fairly drawn John Hayes is desired to draw it fair against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This book almost gone thro, Robt Hodgson is desired to gett a quire of good large paper well bound, & charge ye same to ye meetings account. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The two posts of ye great gate being rotten & ye gate thought to be too heavy to hang upon one post, Robt Hodgson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to gett two new posts, to devide Ye gate in two parts, & hang a leave to each post putting a standard in ye middle to fasten thm to. (Note in margin: was done accordingly.)

John Marshall son of William Marshall deceased being of ye age of 15 years ye 25th of ye last 1 mo being willing by ye consent of this meeting & his relation Samuel Stanfield to go apprentice to John Robson to learn ye art or trade of a weaver, and John Robson being willing to take him, they have agreed tht ye said John Marshall shall serve ye said John Robson six years from ye first of ye 4 mo last & to furnish with

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sufficient meate drink washing & lodging befitting such an apprentice dureing all ye said terme, and also to pay him ye said John Marshall ye sum of 16S yearly at times & times for 4 years of ye said 6 years & ye two last years ye sum of twenty Shill: each year in order tht he may be furnished with cloths and Samuel Stanfield offering to be bound for ye said John Marshalls performance, ye said John Robson & Samuel Stanfield are desired to gett Indentures & bonds perfected according to this agreement against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Charles McCabe haveing behaved himself verry ffoolishly & wickedly in tht he has been guilty of quarelling & fighting, & also entertained a spiritt of Jealousie of his wife without cause, & thereupon took liberty to abuse her in may unsavory wicked & ungodly words, to ye reproach of truth upon which friends dealing with him, he seems to be sorrowfull for what he has done, & hath sent to this meeting a testymony against his practises, butt friends being apprehensive tht he is of such a raw unsettled temper, tht its doubtfull whether he will perform what he has promised and therefore have thought fitt to defer ye publishing of ye said Judgment till next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account being given to this meeting tht Deborah Williams is maried with a priest, John Walker is desired to draw a testymony against her transgression John Robson & Roger Webb are desired to read it to her, & give friends account next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson, & John Turner are desired to write a letter to William Marshalls friends in England giveing thm account of his being dead, & how he has left 3 children, & show it to friends before it be sent away. (Note in margin: Was done & sent by post.)

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Murtagh McCoens wife being dellivered of a child and butt maried ye 9th of ye 12 mo last, by which appears tht they have done wickedly, wherefore Joseph Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to speak to ye sd Murtagh and if he own ye child to be his tht the said friends and John Walker do draw up a pertinent testymony against their wicked actions, against next meeting. (Note in margin: ye 25th of ye 4 mo last ...did own... & a paper .. to be publisht on ye ... 5 mo 1709.)

Whereas this meetings proportion of ye last nationall charge amounts to L21:15:4d and this meeting haveing lately raised some money & nott now being in a condition to raise so much at this time & John Walker offering to lend ye meeting 20L at 12d pr a Interest for ye time ye meeting keeps it, ye meeting accepts of ye offer, promiseing to repay ye same as soon as well they can, & Robt Hodgson is desired to pay ye remaining L1:15:4d out of ye collection. (Note in margin: Was done by John Walker ..nt of T. Wainwrights money pr annum..... Robt Hodgson paid ye L1:15:4d.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 5 mo 1709.

John Hays being disappointed of getting ye testimoney Concerning takeing timber Indirectly, has not yet drawn a Coppy as was ordered therefore is desired to get it done against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.

Robert Hodgson gives account that a book for ye meetings use is a prepareing.

The Indentures between John Robson & John Marshall are not yet perfected by reason of John Robsons being from home, therefore desired to be got done against next meeting. (Note in margin: done.)

Its thought fit to suspend ye publication of Charles McCabbes paper till next meeting, in ye mean time Robt Hoope, John Turner & John Walker are desired to Inquire how he has behaved since. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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John Walker haveing drawn a paper against Deborah Williams as also another against Murtough McCowan & his wife, The friends appointed are desired to read sd papers to them that they may be publickly read at ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was done & read.)

The province meeting haveing had under ye Consideration ye differences depending between Benjamin Hartley, Mary his wife & Jacob Hancock and ye Evill Consequences that may Ensue by Carrying on ye Lawsuit, John Turner & Deborah his wife seeming to be Concerned, recommended to friends of this meeting to deal wth Deborah for some reflections dropt against friends, as also to perswade ye sd Benjamin and Mary, John & Deborah to put matters to a refference of four friends & 2 others Therefore this meeting desires John Robson, George Fox, Robert Hodgson & John Walker to doe what they Can therein tht ye province meeting may have a sattisfactory answer. (Note in margin: ye said pties were perswaded to putt their differences to a referrence & ye arbitrators declare upon it this 17th 6 mo 1709, & Deborah promised to take care of her words by reflecting on friends.)

Hannah Marshall daughter of Wm Marshall deceased being of 13 years of age is Willing by ye Consent of ths meeting & her relation Saml Stanfield to serve Christopher Hillery six years from ye first of ye 4 mo last he agreeing to furnish her wth sufficient meat, drink, lodging & Clothing befitting such a servant dureing all ye sd term and att ye Expiration thereof with two suites of Clothes to ye sattisfaction of friends as also to give her a heifer with Calfe, providing she have not incouragement from her relations in England to transport herself there before ye Indentures are made. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Pollock haveing sometime since removed himself to Ballenderry Meeting & now requiring a Certificate, John Hoope is desired to write one for him & shew it to friends. (Note in margin: did get one.)

Complaint being made on behalfe of John Moore that James Hildrith owes him money & does not take care to pay him as also tht ye sd James behaves himself disorderly, John Robson George Fox, Joseph Robson are desired to speak to him & give friends acct what he says.

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 6 mo 1709.

Whereas there is one James Crawford, by trade a weaver who comes to meetings & makes appearance of a friend, butt is a wandering Idle, prodigall like vagabond fellow, going Idleing up and down, & neglecting his work, & moreover, hath in a whimsical disorderly manner without any ground, this day stood up before a few friends & said there was Intentions of mariage between him & a young woman, (“Hannah Hoope” is scratched out), without any consent, liberty or countenance from either her or her parents, which disorderly practise, this meeting takeing into their consideration & also considering his Idle course of life & ye order thereof; Joseph Robson & John Walker is desired to draw up a pertinent testymony against ye evill practises of ye said James Crawford, in order tht friends & truth may be clear of him & his folly (wickedness is scratched out), & show ye same to friends next first day in order that it may be published. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testymony concerning takeing of timber Indirectly nott being drawn fare over John Hayes is desired to do it against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends who were desired to enquire of Charles McCabes behaviour gives account tht it is little better, thn formerly & little appearance of his takeing councill to walk orderly according to truth, yett this meeting being willing to try him a little further, ye testymony against him is suspended till further consideration mean time Robt Hoope & Tim: Kirk are desired to take two woemen friends, & discourse with both Charles & his wife, letting thm know, tht without amendment friends cannot be clear without publishing a testymony: and give account to ye next meeting. (Notes in margin: see next meeting. publishing.)

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No account being yett come out of England from Hannah Marshalls friends, whether they desire her to go to them or nott; because of which her Indenture nott yett perfected butt waiting to have an answer from them according agreement of last meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to James Hildrith about ye complaint made against him by John Moore & of his disorderly walking, nott haveing so gone thro ye same as are able to give a pertinent account thereof: are desired to continue thier care & give account to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: George ffox gives account tht John Moore is either satisfied or desires tht his complaint may nott be yett Insisted on.)

Toby Courtney makeing a complaint to this meeting tht John Webb owes him some money, & nott withstanding tht he has spoke to him severall times to pay him & yett does nott Robt Hoope & Tim: Kirk are desired to speak to ye said John Webb, & bring his answer to ye next meeting in writeing. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of 7 mo 1709.

The testymony against timber nott yett being fairly drawn John Hayes is desired to have it done against next meeting. (Note in margin: is done & ye testymony is amongst ye meetings papers.)

The testymony tht was ordered to be drawn against James Crawford was accordingly done & shown to some friends & afterwds to ye province meeting, & being approved, Robt Hodgson, & Joseph Robson, are desired to read ye said testymony to ye said Crawford; if they can meet with him before next first day, & thn give it to John Walker to read after it hath been shewd him. (Note in margin: was accordingly read on a first day att Ann Webbs.)

Charles McCabe haveing made severall promisses to amend his foolish & unchristian behaviour a testymony against him is suspended publishing for a further tryall how he answers his promisses.

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No answer being yett come from Hannah Marshalls friends out of England, ye perfecting her Indentures is yett delayed to see wheather an answer come or nott. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hoope & Timothy Kirk gives account tht they spoke to John Webb about Toby Cortneys complaint, & John promised to give his answer in writeing butt hath nott done itt: so the said friends are desired to gett his answer as speedily as possible, & send ye same to Toby, & know of him what further he would have done, & give account thereof to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting haveing account tht a woman is dellivered of a child, & layes it upon Robt Hillary, and as a confirmation, hath gott it sprinkled & called Mary Hillary, & likewise told ye midwife tht it was ye said Robert Hillarys, so tht James Greer, Henry Greer & Richard Lynas are desired to speak to ye said Robt & tell him how it is layed upon him, & to have a care how he denyes it, if he be guilty: least add sin to sin; & bring his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 28th day of ye 7 mo 1709.

No answer yett come from Hannah Marshalls friends ye perfecting of ye Indentures is further putt of. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to Robert Hillary abt ye child being laid upon him, did do it, & he denyes being quilty so tht James Greer, Henry Greer, Richd Lynas & Roger Webb are desired to desire Robt to go with thm to ye woman, and also to ye midwife, and others as friends shall think fitt & see how he can clear himself, & give account how they find matters to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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John Webb haveing given his answer by writeing in a letter to Toby Courtney ye reason why ye money was nott paid, which this meeting hath sent to Toby as an answer to his complaint & desired him to lett this meeting know how he is satisfied. (Note in margin: Toby Courtney being enquired of his satisfaction he said he would not tell what more could be done at psent.)

Itt being desired to know how many of George ffoxes Journall friends of this meeting will take acct is as follows
John Hoope 1 Timothy Kirk 1 George ffox 1
Joseph Robson 1 John Walker 1 Alexr Mathew 1
James Greer 1 Henry Greer 1 Ezekiell Bullock 1
Christ: Hillary 1 John Turner 1 Robt Hodgson 1
Munallan 1 Robt Willson 1 4
5 5 5
14

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th day of ye 8 mo 1709.

No answer being yett come from Hannah Marshalls friends, its doubtfull whether ye letter tht was writt to thm gott to their hands or nott, whrefore Joseph Robson & John Turner are desired to write another letter to ye same purpose of ye last etc and Robt Hodgson & John Hayes are desired to make ye Indenture ready tht they may be signd after a reasonable time is expired tht an answer to this second letter may come, if nothing therein when it does come: obstruct. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends who were appointed concerning Robt Hillary gives account tht before they could gett him & ye woman together, he went out of ye way & from his fathers house unknown to him, so tht now friends knowes nott where to find him to speak to him, butt ye woman hath been spoken to & doth possitively lay ye child upon him, & says tht he gave her a 2S 10d himself & sent her another by one Nicholas Shoal, ye truth of which Richd Mason is desired to know. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan the 9th day of ye 9 mo 1709.

Joseph Robson & John Turner gives acct tht they have writt a second time to Hannah Marshalls friends,, butt it cannot yett be expected tht an answer can come, so tht Robt Hodgson, & John Hayes are desired to have her Indentures ready against next meeting by which time an answer may be expected. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Richard Mason told some friends tht Nicholas Sheal told him tht Robt Hillary did give him some money to carry to tht woman who layes ye child upon him, which with his absenting himself so suddenly, gives ground to spspect tht he is nott clear, Butt in regard tht his father hath some expectation of his comeing back again, any further proceedings about him is deferred for a while. (Note in margin: That Robert Hillary be dealt with when he returns.)

James Hill haveing a mind to remove himself to his fathers of Ballanderry meeting, & Munallan friends giveing a very good account of his behaviour, John Walker is desired to write a suitable certificate for him & show it to some friends or to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: John Walker did show ye meeting ye certificate which being approvd ye same is ordered to be sent him by John Cristy & a copy thereof to be kept amongst ye meetings papers.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th day of 9 mo 1709.

No answer yet being come from Hannah Marshals friends, nor ye Indentures fully ready, so John Hayes is desired to have thm ready against next meeting, tht if then no obstruction appears they may be accomplished. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Richard Wetherill son of William Wetherill sometime since signifying to friends some Inclinations to go into England, & desired a certificate & friends hearing th he had made some disorderly proceedings out of ye line of truth towards Mariage, could not give him a certificate till he had placed Judgment upon such proceedings to which he seemed to Join with friends and gave an expectation tht he would condemn his proceedings therein: butt instead thereof hath manifested his Hypocrisy & deceit by Joining himself in mariage with a priest to one of another persuasion, contrary to ye order of truth & example in ye holy scriptures wherefore John Walker is desired to prepare a testymony against the said practises & show it to friends in order tht it may be showd to him, & published. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last Nationall half years meeting takeing into consideration ye great abuses tht friends suffer by tyth takers desires tht account be taken of ye abusive parts & laid before ye Bishops, Wherefore George ffox & Joseph Robson are desired to collect this meetings sufferings & distinguish ye abusive parts, as soon as they can in order to be presented to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st 10 mo 1709

Hannah Marshalls relations haveing sent noe answers to ye letters Writt to them & ye Indentures being ready John Turner & Joseph Robson are desired to see them signd, Christopher Hillary voluntarily promising that if any answer come with better (note in margin: was done)

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Incouragement for ye girl he will give to her notwithstanding her being bound.

John Walker hath presented a testimoney against Richard Wetherill which Robert Hodgson & ye sd John is desired to shew him before next first day (if an oppertunity can be had) that soe it may be signd by friends and published. (Note in margin: was shewn him & read publickly on a first day in Lrgan meeting.)

George Fox gives account that ye sufferings which are given in have been perused, & litle found that is Extraordinary. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George Foxs Doctrinall book being come that this meeting subscribd to, & ye Charge being one pound & eight pence, Robert Hodgson is desired to pay it to John Hoope out of ye Collection. (Note in margin: was done.)

(Note: The following list of book subscribers may apply here. It is kept as a loose page at the beginning of the Book One papers, with no title, page number or date.)

Wm Williams, Robt Hoope Jun, Wm Gibson, Christ. Hillary, Abell Porter, James Halliday, Robt Willson, James Haynan, John Beck, Wm Bell, Fran: Hillery, Ann Bradshaw, Geor. Bell, John Poge and And. Taggart, Alexr Cristy for Menallen, Wm Crook, John Robson, Robt Hoope Sen, John Webb, Roger Webb, Will. Wetherill, Will. Andrew, William Lynas, William Mason, John Williams, Ben. Shepherd, Robt Sanders, John Cain, Ann Hodgson, James Robts, Lau. Hobson, Mordecai Barrow, John Lockert, Patrick Gogh, John Eager, Simon Bell, James Dixson, Wm Souldan, John Neile, James Anderson. All listed (1) except (5) for Alexr Cristy for Munallen.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th mo 1709.

Ezekiel Bullock is desired to give publick notice to ffriends to bring in their Sufferings to George Fox & their births & burialls to John Walker who is desired to bring in ye record thereof to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

George Fox is desired to have the Sufferings ready against next mens meeting that they may be perusd & Examined. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

That ffriends provide against next mens meeting to raise ye publick charge. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted that there is a report that ye Bishop has been (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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informed how friends have made up a bag to st(art) a suite of law with him on behalfe of Wm Davis which being an untruth & what was not in ye mind of friends, Alexr Mathew Geo: Fox, Joseph Robson & John Turner are desired to goe to ye Bishop or John Bateman & signifie that it is an aspersion & noe truth in it. (Note in margin: The sd friends finding upon Inquiry that ye bishop had not heard it; only some others whom they spoke to in order to stop sd report.)

Robert Hillery being come back again & ye woman haveing taken an oath before a justice that he is ye father of her child, soe that he is compelld to maintain it & friends (notwithstanding his deniall) being Jealous that he is guilty desires ye friends before appointed to discourse him again & see if he will confess, or get him to come before friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of 12 mo 1709/10.

George Fox hath brought in ye Sufferings wch were read in this meeting and such friends as are present were Examined & those that are absent sd George is desired to speak to them if a right account be n & then carry them to next province meeting.

Severall friends that are here present have subscribed towards ye publick Charge who are desired to pay ye same to Robert Hodgson & George Fox is desired to speak to others that are absent from this meeting to see what they will doe towards it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to Robert Hillery give account that he still persists in his deniall & refuses to come to friends and this meeting thinkeing that they cannot be ... without publishing a testimoney against him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Therefore John Walker is desired to prepare one against next preparative meeting.

Friends of Ballyhagan meeting haveing signifyed by writeing that Gabriel Winter has laid before them his Intentions of marriage with Sarah Wilkinson & desires this meeting to appoint some to make inquiry concerning his clearness etc therefore George Fox & John Walker are desired to doe it & return their answers to next province meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d 12 mo 1709/10.

A testimoney against Robert Hillery being prepared & read in this meeting, its thought fitt to deferr entring it in this book or publishing it att present, his father signifying that he has a mind to speak with Robert Hoope & John Walker about it, who are deired to read ye said testimoney to him & give his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Whereas last province meeting did appoint George Fox & Joseph Robson to get 500 of Robert Barclays Catechisms printed for ye use of this Province therefore ye sd Geo & Joseph are desired to take care thereof according to sd meetings directions. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Willm Dixson has not his health of late soe tht he cannot work for ye subsistance of his family, therefore John Robson & Timothy Kirk are desired to vissit him & give acct to friends what help may be needfull to administer to him. (Note in margin: did visitt him & Wm told friends tht he thought they could subsist with out help yett; butt if he could ... would give ... a further account.)

Mary Hildrith Widdow being Inclined to remove out of front house in this

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tenement & her sonne James being willing to let her have a room which she thinks more convenient for her at 12 Shill per annum, which this meeting takes upon them to pay, commencing from ye 25th of next month.

Willm Dovers School increasing & ye place where he teacheth now being too litle & not soe convenient as it should be & ye sd front house like to be vacant in a litle time Robert Hodgson & John Turner are desired to get it fitted up for him as soon as they can. (Note in margin: part done & ye next intended to be done.)

Whereas Robert Sanders being dead made a will wherein this meeting understands tht John Robson & Timothy Kirk are left assistants, sd friends are desired to bring it or a coppy thereof to ye next mens meeting, that it may be considerd, & ye needfull done. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hodgson gives account that he has received ye greatest part of ye subscriptions towds ye publick charge which he is desired to pay to John Hoope and get in what remains as soon as he can. The Subscribers are as followeth.

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Att a particular mens meeting held in Lurgan the 15th of ye 1st mo 1709/10.

Robert Hillary nott haveing spoke to Robt Hoope and John Walker, as he seemed to be willing to do, therefore ye said friends are desired to use their endeavours to speak to him, read frineds testymony to him: receive his answer and give account thereof to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George ffox & Joseph Robson gives account tht they writt to some of Dublin friends to have ye 500 of Robt Barclays catechisms reprinted, & Intends to take care thereof. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Robson haveing brought Robert Sanders will it was read in this meeting, and ordered to be recorded, and their seeming to be a necessity for takeing an Inventory, John Robson & Timothy Kirk are desired to advise with ye Executor, & gett it done by his consent, & bring ye Inventory to this meeting as soon as finished. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson moveing for a certificate for John Nicholson who served his apprentiship with George ffox, and nothing appearing upon enquiry in this meeting butt tht he hath behaved himself pretty well & honestly to his master, John Hoope is desired to prepare a suitable certificate for him & show it to friends next first day, in order to be approved & signd. (Note in margin: was done & a copy amongst ye meetings papers.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th day of ye 2d mo 1710.

Robt Hoope and John Walker gives friends account tht they spoke to Robert Hillary, who still persisted in his deniall, of his being as aforementioned; they perswaded him to come to this meeting which he did, & ye question being closely putt to him whether ever he had any carnall dealings or concern with ye woman who layes ye child upon him, and he possitively denyed tht he ever had any carnall dealings with her, yett nottwithstanding which deniall

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some country friends signifying to this meeting their disatisfaction tht ye meeting for worship is so often in ye country, which disatisfaction is to be taken into consideration next mens meeting.

This meeting thinking it convenient tht ye meeting beyond Rathfryland be visited, this meeting therefore desired tht John Walker, Robert Hodgson, & John Hoope do make thm a visitt sometime before ye next pro: meeting and its expected tht Wm Dover will find it in his mind to go also. (Note in margin: were there on a first day where was severall strangers & Wm Dover had a publick testymony.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th day of ye 2 mo 1710.

John Robson gives account tht for some reasons ye inventory of Robt Sanders efects could nott yett be taken butt Timothy Kirk & he intends to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Little progress being made relateing to ye advice given friends to settle their outward concerns by wills or otherwise George ffox is desired to submitt ye names of such friends in writeing who are expected should settle their concerns tht ye same may be read & called over every meeting till ye whole be accomplished. (Note in margin: Ye list is ... left in ye book till answered.)

The consideration of ye alteration of ye meeting haveing been discoursed in this meeting and all ye friends butt some few being willing tht this meeting should endeavour to agree ye matter, butt in condescention to those few friends who are not willing to have ye matter decided at this meeting butt at ye province, this meeting therefore leaves ye disatisfied friends to their libert to present their disatisfaction to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: ye friends laid their satisfaction before ye pro: meeting at R: Boyes who hath taken consideration upon till next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk, John Robson, & Wm Dover, Intending to attend ye half years meeting,

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Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 3d day of ye 11th mo 1702 (sic 1710).

The friends appointed to get ye inventory of John Crookes Effects are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing presented a paper ... testimoney against Wm Lynas so Alexr Mathew George Fox are desired to read it to him & give his answer to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The ffriends appointed to make inquiry ... Thoms Walker ye younger, give account they made inquiry & finds nothing but that he ... pretty well of late soe takes his request into consideration.

John Robson & Timothy Kirk gives account they have been concernd to get matters settled ... Mary Sanders & her sister Elizabeth, & haveing ... pretty far in it to both their sattisfaction ... things yet depending Willm Lynas & Francis ... att ye request of both ye young woemen are desired (to) join ye two friends above sd soe as to bring ... conclusion against next province meeting. (Note in margin: itt was done.)

Edwd Thompson produceing a Certificate ... Charliamount meeting & haveing dwelt in about a year hath signifyed to us his intention of transporting himself to America & ... Certificate, and upon inquiry of his master & friends in this meeting, nothing apears against ... but that he behavd orderly; soe John Walker ... to write one for him that it may be signed this evening. (Note in margin: a certificate was accordingly given him copy whereof amongst ye meetings paers.)

John Pollock & Mary Sanders haveing appeared ... this meeting being a second time & declared ye Con... of their intentions of marrriage with one another & nothing appearing against them this meeting ... thm to their liberty to make a presentation to ... meeting Leonard Sedgwick & Thoms Peel haveing ... appointed by ye mens meeting held at Richard B(oyes) ... inquiry concerning his clearness etc and our last wo(emans) meeting haveing Mary Walker & Sar(ah) ... to Enquire concerning her & to returne their answers ... province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 11 mo 1710 as by certificate may appear.)

Geo Fox haveing brought in ye sufferings pretty C... were read in this meeting such part as appertain... & ye sd Geo is desired to take an oppertunity wi... (Note in margin: was done.)

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The friends appointed to continue their care about ye Inventory of John Crooks efects. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexander Mathews & George Fox have given account tht they communicated ye testimony against William Lynas to him, who seemd to be under some remorse, & acknowledgd his miscarriages & hoped for ye ... to come he would take more care and amend his ways, & desired friends forbearance in publishing ye testimony till they did see his amendment therefore ye said friends are desired to gett him to underwrite ye said testimony owning ye truth thereof, & such further matter as he is sencible of wherein he hath done wrong, & return his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: did underwrite ye testymony owning ye truth thereof & ... amendment so deferrd publishing .. try ..rformance Jno ... hath ye paper.)

Elizabeth Langtree formerly Saftlaw, haveing signifyed in writeing her concern & sorrow for her marrying out of ye line of truth, this meeting being willing to give encouragement to true repentance, so receives ye said acknowledgement as to lay it by for a while without further publication, to see whether she answers her pretensions of sorrow & walks agreeable thereto or nott.

Robert Hendren, haveing writt from Cork to friends of this meeting, for a certificate as by ye said letter may appear, & his behaviour when here, haveing been such tht friends cannot give him a good one, yett friends thinking it expedient, to give him an answer. John Hoopes & George Fox, are desired to write a pertinent one, & show it to friends next first day, in order to be sent him. (Note in margin: was done.)

Whereas John Willson of Munallan, haveing complained of James Milikin of his committing some trespass upon him or stopping some old high ways or passage, which as he says hath been usual gone to his land, & in order tht the truth or allegation of ye said complaint may be known, John Robson, Alexander Mathews Robert Hodgson, John Neill & John Christy are desired to meet at Munallan next fifth day come a week & enquire into ye cause of ye said complaint & if or wherein they find James Milikin to have done amiss, to advise him to comply, to make redress and satisfaction & give account of their proceedings, & how they find ye matter to ye next Meeting. (Note in margin: friends appointed and hath ... matters between ye parties, tht they are agreed thrn.)

Joseph Berry haveing a desire to be admitted to Sitt in Mens Meetings, & friends believing him to have good Inclinations for ye prosperety of truth: leave is granted him.

Att a mens Meeting, held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 12 mo 1710.

The Inventory of John Crooks efects to be minded. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There being a report & some circumstances to believe it tht Debora ye daughter of Christopher Hillary is married to one of another persuasion contrary to ye order of truth, so this meeting desires tht Christopher make strict enquiry of ye truth thereof & give account to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing desired tht ye meeting may take care to pay him ye 20S tht it owes him, friends are desired to be provided to raise it or make subscriptions towards ye raising of it ye next preparative mens mtg.

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That John Walker do receive accounts from ye visiters, & write an epistle to ye six days Meeting to be viewed next fourth day and John Hoope do write an answer to ye last quarterly Meeting epistle & to be viewed ye same day. (Note in margin: was done & returnd to ye province meet:)

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of ye 1 mo 1710 (1711).

The Inventory of John Crooks efects to be minded. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Christopher Hillary gives account tht he hath made enquiry ... ye report of his Daughter being married, & believes it to ... show a certificate from ye priest, tht married them, whom John Walker, is desired to prepare a suitable testimony against ye ... & show it to friends next fourth day in order tht Henry Greer. William Lynas may after its approved by friends, show it to ye young ... & return her answers to friends, next first day comes ... friends may consider ye further publication thereof. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

According to ye desires of ye last meeting some progress of truth ... & severall subscriptions offered towards raising ye 20 ... John Walker, ye friends who have offered are desired to pay ... to John Walker as soon as they can & those whose names ... down & no sum annexd, thereto, John Walker & George Fox are d... to know what such friends will give & place their offerings h... names. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Whereas there is a report tht Richard Houlden & Sarah Webb ... of James Webb deceased, are married, Alexr Mathew & Robt Hodgens are desired to make strict enquiry concerning ye said report & give account how they find it, to ye next meeting, also this meeting are further acquainted, tht ye said Sarah Webb being defamed by a scandalous report, of which to clear her self she happened to ... for a writt of Defamation against ye person who abused her, ... method of proceeding not being practicable among friends, & tending to be of ill example & president for any who proffeses truth to take tht way of redress without acquainting friends, Robert Hoope, Ezek: Bullock, Sarah Robson, & Elinor Greer, are desired to deal with ye said Sarah, & if she be convinced of milling her way in ye said proceeding tht she may give a few lines under her hand against next Meeting. (Note in margin: upon examination of matters itt appeared tht tho a writt was sent for ye person Sarah Webb did not do it, butt another did on her behalf & clears her.)

The inward gate of ye burying place in Monreaverty being ... & broke, tht a new one must be had so John Cristy is desired to desire William Lynas to get such a one made as he may think most propper, & to bring or send his charge to ye Meeting & he shall be paid. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Gibson, son of William Gibson, haveing for some years att times frequented our Meeting for worship, but did not walk orderly nor agreeable to truth in many respects, as keeping unsuitable company, takeing too much drink being idle & walk.. loosely in other behaviour, for wch he hath been many times admonished & warned to refrain such evill idle practises, contrary to ye truth he made profession of but would not take councell ... persist in his libertine course of life wherefore this meeting ... clear truth of him, & his practises, desires tht John Walker do draw a suitable testimony against him ready to be reviewed next first day morning in order to be signed & ... (Note in margin: was accordingly done.)

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James Thompson haveing given a Testimony against himself for his being guilty of ye sin of fornication, which hath been read in this Meeting, being thought sufficient for ye present, & ye testimony is with ye .. papers in John Walkers hands.

John Moore haveing made a complaint to this meeting tht James Hildrith, James Armstrong, & James Roberts, have owed him money a considerable time & takes no care to get him paid, but breaks their words from time to time, therefore Alexr Mathews & John Turner are desired to speak to them & acquaint them tht if they do not forthwith take some care to get those debts dischargd this meeting must leave ye said John to take his liberty to get his money ye best way he can & tht ye said friends do speak to James Armstrong to pay Robert Hoope & Joseph Robson what he owes them.

Whereas James Finley James Hildrith & Jonathan Hildrith haveing frequented our religious meetings but have not walked answerable thereto but have been often guilty of takeing too much drink keeping idle company & a loose conversation, for which they have been verry oft dealt with & advised to amend yett Nottwithstanding continues in their evill practice & will not be reclaimed so tht its necessary a testymony be given against such practises, and therefore friends are desired to consider how to deal with them next meeting.

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 2 mo 1711.

The Inventory of John Crooks efects to be minded. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing according to ye desire of ye last Meeting prepared a testimony against Deborah Hillary, which being read approved & sigd at this meeting, Henry Greer & Richard Lynas are desired to speak to her about her transgression, read ye said testimony to her, received her answer, & acquaint ye next preparative meeting therewith. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The subscriptions towards raising ye 20L not yet being compleated, John Walker, & George Fox are desired to continue their care & use their endeavour to get it raised against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

That John Cristy remind William Lynas to mend ye Inner Gate of ye burying place, in Monteavertee as hath been discoursed at this meeting & to deferr makeing a new one till further direction. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexander Matthewes & John Turner gives account tht they spoke to James Armstrong, James Hildrith, & James Roberts concerning John Moores complaint, & have returned their answers But inasmuch as John Moore is not present to give account how satisfactory ye answers will be to him, this meeting desires ye said friends to get their answers to ye next meeting, whre John Moore is desired to give account what further he would have done therein. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The disorderly walking & behaviour of James Finley, James Hildrith, & Jonathan Hildreth, being noted last meeting in order for further consideration, how to deall with them this meeting

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desires James Greer, Ezekiell Bullock, & John Walker deal with them about their transgressions & let them know tht if they do not or will not give Judgement against themselves, tht friends must give judgement against their wicked practiss & give account of their proceedings therein to ye next meeting.

John Cristy acquainting this meeting tht John Morison of Munallan meeting thinking it convenient to remove from ye place he now lives in, to some place where he will belong to Bellyhagan Meeting & therefore desires a certificate, so this meeting desires John Morton & John Cristy to make enquiry concerning him & give account how they find matters to ye next meeting.

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 2 mo 1711.

The Inventory of John Crooks efects to be minded.

Richard Lynas & Henry Greer gives account tht they read ye testimony against Deborah Hillary to her, which she owned & seemd to be sorrowfull, & signified her willingness to join with friends judgement against her transgressions, so ye sd friends & Timothy Kirk are desired to go to her again & receive such testimony as she hath to give from her in writeing either on ye back of friends testimony or in another paper, & acquaint ye next meeting therewith.

The subscriptions towards raising ye 20L not yet being compleat John Walker & George Fox are desired to continue their care, & use their endeavour to get it raised.

That Wm Lynas mind ye mending of ye graveyard gates of Monreverty.

John Moore not being at this meeting to receive ye friends account or answers, concerning his complaint against James Armstrong James Hildrith & James Roberts, Alexr Mathews & John Turner are desired to acquaint him to be at ye next meeting.

James Greer, Ezekiell Bullock & John Walker gives account tht they spoke to James Finley, James Hildrith & Jonathan Hildrith who all acknowledge tht they have done amiss & seem to be willing to give testimony against themselves, but have not yet done it to satisfaction so ye sd friends are desired to continue their care in dealing with them & present what they have to offer towards satisfaction to ye next meeting.

John Cristy gives account tht he made enquiry concerning John Morisons behaviour, & understands by his master with whome he lived, tht he has behaved pretty well, & was willing to give him a certificate, but yet hath not, & friends thinking it convenient to have or see ye certificate from his Master, before ye meeting gives him one, John Cristy & John Morten are desired to continue their care therein.

The following friends are desired to attend ye next 3 mo half years meeting wth approbation of ye province vis John Roberts John Hoope, Robert Hoope, Peter Rogers, John Walker for tht thereto... (Note in margin: done.)

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... not be another Province meeting before ye half years meeting.

The last Province Meeting appointed a Select Meeting to be held ye 3d day of ye 9 mo in order to prepare accounts for ye sd half years meeting so its desired tht Robert Hoope, Tim:y Kirk Ezekiel Bullock John Robson, John Cristy, John Morten, John Walker, John Hoope, Willm Dover, Geo: Fox, Joseph Robson Robert Hodgson James Greer Henry Greer, Roger Webb, Alexr Mathew Tho Walker & Mordecai Barrow do attend ye service of ye meeting to answer for this meeting. (Note in margin: done.)

Richard Houlden of Ballanderry meeting with a certificate from thence & Sarah Webb of this meeting, haveing appeaared & declared their Intentions of marriage wth one another and upon enquiry nothing at present appearing to obstruct further proceedings, & Sarah Robson & Elinor Greer being appointed by ye woemens meeting to make enquiry concerning ye said Sarah Webbs clearness & orderly proceedings are desired to give account how they find matters relateing thereto to ye next mens meeting tht Richard Houlden is desired to bring a certificate from ye mens meeting of Lisburn, to give account what friends are appointed to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings tht next mens meeting may give a certificate to ye next province meeting.

Matthew Goodbody of Dublin haveing writt to this meeting complaning of George Bells dealing unfarily by him & neglecting to repay 25L wch he out of kindness paid for him without any profitt or advantage as by ye sd Mathews letter may more largely appear, so John Hoope, John Robson, Joseph Robson Henry Greer Tim: Kirk John Walker Geo Fox Robt Hodgson Mordecai Barrow, & Roger Webb are desired to speak to ye sd George Bell about ye said complaint after meeting next fourth day being tomorrow week & return his answer, & how they find matters to ye next mens meeting.

Att a mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 3 mo 1711.

John Crooks Inventory being brought in by Alexander Mathews: John Walker is desired to record ye same.

Timothy Kirk gives account tht he with ye other friends concerned to speak forth Deborah Hillary did speak to her: & she presented a paper which her father looks to coppy & drawn fairer, & forgott to bring ye same so is ye desire of this Meeting tht Christopher Hillary to bring it in to friends next fourth day. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The subscriptions towards raising ye 20L to pay John Walker not yet being raised & so many friends belonging to this meeting no being here George Fox & John Walker are desired to continue their care against next preparative Meeting & friends are desired to provide it against tht time. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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John Morton is desired to remind William Lynas to have ye grave yard gates of Monreavertee mended against next preparative Meeting: John Moore, according to desire being at this meeeting says he has not got satisfaction from James Armstrong James Hildrith, & James Roberts; Its now ye desire of this meeting tht Alexr Mathews & John Turner, go along with ye said John to speake with them & then if John Moore do not receive satisfaction, this meeting will be necessitated to leave him to his liberty to get it on his own ye best way he can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Finley, James Hildrith, & Jonathan Hildrith, haveing not yet given satisfaction to friends, James Greer is desired to acquaint them to sit against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Cristy & John Morton are desired to continue their care about John Morris(on).

Richard Houlden & Sarah Webb haveing appeared at this meeting ye second & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage wth one another, & nothing appearing against them this meeting leaves them to their liberty to make a presentation to ye province meeting, John Murra & Alexr Bell haveing been appointed by ye mens meeting held at Lisburn ye 26th of ye 2 mo last to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & our last woemens meeting haveing appointed Sarah Robson & Elinor Greer, to enquire concerning her & to return their answers to ye next preparative meeting Joseph Robson is desired to give ye said Richard a certificate. (Note in margin: were married in ye town of Lurgan 20th 3 mo 1711.

The friends mett according to desire about Mathew Goodbodys complaint against George Bell, Timothy Kirk giveing account ye said George has (nott).. to sd Mathew so ye matter is deferred to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George Fox presented to this meeting a certificate about Thomas (Prys) & his wife from ye mens meeting of Grange dated ye 8th of 2 mo last & Thomas ... requesting friends here to give him & wife such certificate as they ... his abode in this place; so George Fox, John Turner, & Joseph Robson are desired to make enquiry of his behaviour & write a few lines on ye back of his certificate from Grange suitable to ye accounts they receive & sign ye same with some other friends they think suitable for ths matter. (Note in margin: done.)

John Walker, George Fox, & Joseph Robson are desired to draw papers suitable for ye next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: done.)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th day of ye 3 mo 1711.

There wanting a booke to record wills & Inventorys in, John Walker & Robert Hodgson are desired to gett a suitable one made, & charge it to ye meetings account, & when made to take care tht all such wills & inventories as are in loose papers be recorded therein in order of times. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony tht Deborah Green formerly Hillary hath offered, not being pertinent nor pleasing. Henry Greer is desired to give her ye oppertunity of acknowledgeing her transgression & Joining with friends in judgement against ye same on ye back of friends testimony, & John Walker is desired to read it ye next first day come a week if she join with friends & sign it to read tht also. (Note in margin: ye said testymony was read, butt she would nott join with friends.)

This meeting being thin, the additionall subscription to raise ye remainder of ye 20L for John Walker is put of till ye mens meeting, when its desired itt may thn be raised. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The grave yard gates of Monreavertee to be minded to be mended. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The matter relateing to John Moores complaint against James Armstrong, James Hildrith, & James Roberts is deferred till next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Finley & Jonathan Hildrith, haveing given testimonys under their hands agains their disorderly walking, John Walker is desired to read them (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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... against James ... reformation or amendment by him, neither is he concerned to clear truth or give Testimony against himself to be received & considered next Mens Meeting. (Note in margin: ... Hildriths testymony against thmselves were read, & as to James Hildrith see next meeting.)

John Cristy & John Moreton not being present to give account about John Moretons clearness & a certificate from his Mother tht he may have a certificate some friends are desired to mind it next Meeting.

This Meeting being acquainted from Mathew Goodbody tht George Bell writ to him, giveing him some expectation of paying him some of his money abt ye first of ye 6 mo next, ye said Mathew being willing to waite what tht time will produce, provided George gives him his bond & warrant of Attorney to pay ye sd 6 mo next, so Joseph Robson, & Robert Hodgson are desired to prepare a bond & warrant accordingly & see perfected against next Meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This Meeting being acquainted tht Abell Porter hath of late in a Public manner been very drunk, Robert Hoope & Ezekiell Bullock are desired to speak to him & deal with him & acquaint him tht truth must be cleared of which practises & professions of it & Judgement placed thereupon, & return his answer to ye next Meeting. (Note in margin: see next Meeting.)

Also James Anderson & Hugh Mathews hath behaved themselves disorderly, by quarelling with each other for which offence James hath given Testimony against himself signifying his trouble & sorrow, which was read in this meeting, as being thought publick enough at present, but Hugh not haveing given any satisfaction, John Walker & George Fox are desired to deal with him, & return his answer to ye next Meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also tht Samuell Johnston should last fair at Portadown been guilty of fighting & quarelling publickly so Timothy Kirk & John Robson are desired to deal with him & acquaint him tht truth must be publickly cleared of such practises. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker, Joseph Robson, George Fox, John Turner, Robert Hodgson, & John Hoope, are desired to examine ye Schoolmasters accounts in order to make up or see tht ye sums promised therein be paid.

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 4 mo 1711.

The friends gives account tht ye books for recording of wills & inventories is makeing.

Friends at this Meeting have made so many additionall Subscriptions, tht hath raised ye 20L due to John Walker all to about 40 Shillings, & there being severall from about, who are expected to give towards ye makeing up ye remainder, John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to know what ye absent friends will give & to give account to ye next Meeting, what thn will be awanting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The grave yard gates of Mounravertee not yet being mended John Cristy is desired to tell Willm Lynas tht if it be inconvenient for him to get it mended friends appoint some other to get it done. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Some friends from ye Woemens Meeting, Signyfying their dissatisfaction .. ye settlement of ye Meeting as it now is wth which is ye generall this Mens ... doth Join & are under trouble & dissatisfaction also; Therefore Alexr Mathew & George Fox are desired to represent ye grievances to ye next Province Meeting & intreat tht there may be such a regulation, as may give generall Satisfaction .. friends & Service to truth. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

James Hildrith, James Armstrong, & James Roberts, not haveing given John Walker satisfaction & he still insisting upon his complaint of their non performance breaches, as promises, therefore Alexr Mathews & Turner are desired to acquaint (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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him, ... ye next preparative Meeting so tht testimony tht was ordered last Meeting to be prepared against him is desired to be deferred till friends see what satisfaction he gives & how he behaves. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Alexander Mathews makeing complaint against George Bell of ye breach of his promises, Robert Hodgson is desired to tell him to be att ye Meeting next fourth day to answer what may be objected against him.

The friends appointed to endeavour to gett a bond & Warrant of Attorney from George Bell for Mathew Goodbody, & tht said George refuses to give a warrant & also to pay all ye money at ye 1st of ye 6 mo next, but offers to give a single bond, to pay half of money thn & ye other half ye 1st 9 mo come a year of which John Walker & Robert Hodgson are desired to write this post to Mathew, & acquaint him what friends would have done for him, what refused & what George offers to do, & desires his answer by ye next post. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to Abell Porter did do it & had an expectation from him, tht he would come & speak with friends, but hath not, so ye friends are desired to continue their care tht he may be dealt with. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to Hugh Mathews did, and he acknowleded his fault, & said he was sorry for it, but not willing to give Judgement under his hand but ye transgression being such tht requires Judgement in writeing tht said friends are desired to acquaint him tht this Meeting expects satisfaction under his hand & desires ye same may come allso from his heart. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk gives account tht John Robson & he spoke to Saml Jonston .. make some excuse for himself, & gives account tht how he heppened to b ..ned in ye quarrell was in vendication of some abuse offered to Richard W... so tht Timothy Kirk & John Robson are desired to take oppertunity with Saml & Richard tht they may meet with friends, to know ye truth of ye alledged transgression. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Att a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 5 mo 1711.

The grave yard gates of Monreaverty not yet being mended, Alexr Christy is desired to Intreat Wm Lynas to gett them done against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

There hath been some more additional subscriptions at this meeting towards raising ye remainder of ye 20L, but yet there wants some, so Joseph Robson is desired to know what ye friends who are absent will give, & acquaint ye next meeting how it is. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to represent ye meetings dissatisfaction of ye meeting being so often in ye Country, did do it & ye following accot is what was ordered by friends at ye Pro: meeting held at Ballyhagan ye 30th day of ye 4 mo 1711.

Whereas at a Pro: Meeting held at Ballyhagan ye 17th of ye 4 mo 1710, there was laid before sd meeting that there was a great uneasiness in & amongst friends belonging to Lurgan meeting, occasioned because their meetings being so often held in ye Country, upon which ye sd Pro: meeting appointed several friends as a select meeting to consider & weigh ye various Circumstances thereof, also for ye future to make a settlement thereon; which sd select meeting did at that time according to ye best of their understandings having under thier consideration the danger of ... that some had already gott, & likely to suffer upon sd account is not suddenly removed Notwithstanding ye alterations that was then made & concluded & concluded upon by ye sd select meeting now again at this meeting, several belonging to ye sd Lurgan meeting hath shewed & said do that there still remains, or rather Increases, great uneasiness concerning holding their said meetings according to ye above sd settlement, which hath occasioned a great deal of discourse in this meeting & at last came to this result (viz) to appoint a select meeting again to take the matter into their consideration, & make such alteration as they might see most likely for ye .. of .. if possible that peace & love might be restored, kept & prosper in & amongst them instead of the said uneasiness that hath been and still is too much present amongst members of the said Lurgan meeting about the foregoing matter. ... (Note in margin: Alteration of ye meeting.)

Pg 10 1711

Now we haveing had the matter thereunto belonging ... concluded (that is) that the week days meeting is allways to be held at Lurgan, & from ye first day of ye 5 mo until ye last of ye 5 mo successively for ye said 3 months to have on ye first days by equal turns, once meeting in Lurgan & another in ye Country & all ye Collection days which may fall out to be the Countrys turn to be held at Lurgan without giving any meeting for it, or in Lieu thereof: which the one half of all the first days meetings to be held at Lurgan in the said three months, & all the Collection days that may happen to fall out to be the Countrys turn, given to Lurgan over & above ye one half, and for ye other 9 months (that is) from ye last of ye 5th mo untill ye first of ye 3 mo that it may be only once a month, a first days meeting held in ye Country: this soe there may reasonably give satisfaction unto the uneasy party about ye meeting being so often held in the Country however we heartily desire it may be for the future that the members of the said Lurgan meeting my seriously & weightily consider matters at home amongst themselves that are most propperly ought to be ended & Concluded in their own mens meeting & not so often bring those things to Pro: meetings that might be done otherwise away which occasioned some uneasiness several times to the Prov: meeting both now & heretofore: this hint we give in Love, good will & due respect as a gentle Caution for the future.

John Moore, nor the people that he complained of, not being here notwth standing, they were spoke to & that James Hildrith told Alexr Mathew & John Turner that he had not money but would give him goods: So Alexr & John Turner are desired to tell John Moore, James Hildrith answer & also to desire him to use convenient tenderness to Ja: Roberts & Ja: Armstrong untill they can be able to pay him.

James Hildrith, having given a testimony against himself, & friends being tender & desirous that he may repent & amend his ways, are willing to try how he may behave for the time to come: so John Walker is desired to take a suitable oppertunity to read the said testimony in ye publick meeting on a first day in town as soon as conveniency offers, and that James be at the meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Abel Porter coming so seldom to meetings, & so hard to be mett with, the friends appointed to deal with him have not since last meeting seen him so they are desired to go to his house to meet with him, & deal with him according to truth viz Robert Hoope & Ezekiel Bullock. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

George Bell not being near to attend this meeting to answer to such matters as may be desired of him relating to Mathew Goodbody & Alexr Mathews complaint therefore Robt Hodgson is desired to speak to ye sd Geo: Bell to be at ye meeting next 4th day & that friends then stay to deal with him about the said complaint. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Hugh Mathews hath sent a paper to this meeting, but its not to satisfaction therefore the visiters, Wm Dover, John Walker & James Greer are desired to acquaint him wherein his paper is not satisfactory. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & John Robson, not having oppertunity to gett Samuell Johnson & Richd Webb to friends, are desired to continue their cares. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht notwithstanding friends apprehensions & timely dealing & warning William Wetherill to have a care of unequally yokeing himself & marrying with a priest: yet he hath rejected friends councel & followed his own & is married with a priest, wherefore John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testimony against his transgression, show it to friends & afterwards he & Alexr Mathews are desired to read it to ye said Wm Wetherill & then John Walker to read it in ye publick meeting on a first day when it is in town. (Note in margin: was accordingly done & publickly read in ye meeting ye first day being ye 29th of ye 5 mo 1711.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of ye 6 mo 1711.

The grave yard gates of Monreavartee not yet being done John Cristy is desired to tell William Lynas tht except he will gett them accomplisht next Meeting, tht friends must employ some other. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 11 1711

John Walker gives account tht ye twenty pound due to him is raised by subscription but all have not paid what they promised, therefore such as have not paid are desired to pay John Walker as soon as possibly they can. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Since James Hildriths giveing a paper against his disorderly walking he is suspected not to have walked so circumspectly & orderly as he should hve done, or tht he seems in his paper to acknowledge he sh.. wherefore Robert Hoope & Ezekiell Bullock are desired to speak to him & ... him therewith & to tell him tht ye publication of his paper is deferred for some time to try how he behaves or answers what he has given under his hand. (Note in margin: read ye testymony publickly himself)

Robert Hoope & Ezekiell Bullock not haveing had the oppertunity of dealing with Abell Porter since last Meeting they are ... to continue their care. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye appointment of last meeting friends have had further dealing with George Bell about Mathew Goodbody, & Alexr Mathew.. & received but very little or no satisfaction in depending upon ye p... of which expectation he gave friends, tht he would pay Mathew one half his money about this time, But he not being likely to do it, & ths Meeting desired tht if friends could not help him to this money, tht he might have liberty to take other course in order to gett his money, wherefore Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, John Turner & John Hayes are desired to write from this Meeting to ye said Mathew giveing him account of ye manner of friends dealing with George & show ye same to friends, & afterwards to ye said George, tht he may be sencible of friends proceedings therein. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And as to Alexr Mathews complaint, he being one with friends in dealing with George, & belonging to ye meeting, & sees tht friends have done what they can but to little purpose, do leave Alexr to his freedom how to ... with him, only tht before he take any course by law against him, tht .. further acquaint ye meeting therewith.

Hugh Mathews haveing sent a few lines something short but to better satisfaction than ye former, so tht ye Meeting receives it & layes by desireing tht he may be carefull to behave himself circumspectly for ye time to come, & tht William Dover is desired to acquaint him therewith.

Neither Timothy Kirk nor John Robsin being here to give account what they have done concerning Samuell Johnston & Richard Webb are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 6 mo 1711.

William Lynas not yett haveing finished ye grave yard gates of Monreavertyl John Robson is desired to assist him in procureing timber & see thm done. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

To remind friends who have not paid John Walker tht they may pay him as soon as possible. (Note in margin: John Walker gives acct tht all is paid.)

Robert Hoope & Ezekiell Bullock gives account tht with some difficulty they met with Abell Porter & had some discourse with him but to little satisfaction however he promised to come to friends but yet hath not so George Fox & John Turner are desired to endeavour to get him before friends tht he may be dealt with. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to write to Mathew Goodbody concerning George Bell, did do it but for some reasons thought not fitt to send itt since .. some friends discoursed Mathew & it appears he has got ... his money .. & desires tht this meeting appoint some friends

Pg 12 1711

to use their endeavors to gett George to make up what he ... half what he owes Mathew or to take his bond for ye other half payal ye 1t of ye 9 mo 1712, wherefore Henry Greer, John Turner, & Mordecai Barrow are desired to get ye said bond & provoke him from time to time to pay ye remainder of ye money. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & John Robson haveing been abroad & had not oppertunity to gett Samuell Johnston & Richard Webb before friends are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th day of ye 7 mo 1711.

John Robson gives account tht William Lynas told him tht he would mend ye gates of ye grave yard in Monreavartee in a few days, so John is desired to see them done accordingly. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to Abell Porter gives account that they did, & tht he promised to come & speak with friends, but yet hath not, so ye said friends being George Fox, & John Turner, are desired to use their endeavours to gett him to come. (Note in margin: did come to friends, was spoke to and acknowledgd tht he had nott behaved well butt hoped to mend.)

George Bell not yet haveing given bond or made up ye half of Mathew Goodbodys money, John Turner, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow are desired to use their endeavours to gett him to do itt. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & John Robson gives account tht they spoke both to Samuell Jonston & Richard Webb, but could not gett thm to come together to speak to friends, so are desired to continue their care & use their endeavour to gett friends an oppertunity wth them as soon as possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Robinson haveing had Robert Hoopes conveyances & bond of ye Meeting house & tenements in Lurgan a keeping, & he thinking tht it may be as well & safe for wth some other friend he growing old, its ye order of this Meeting tht Robert Hodgson do keep ye same, & ye sd Robert Hodgson hath received it at this Meeting accordingly in order to keep & preserve itt, & tht John Hays do enter Coppys of ye originall lease, & ye above mentioned conveyance & bond in ye book tht was lately made to enter Wills & Inventories in. (Note in margin: The said writeings are recorded & ye originall in Robt Hodgsons hands.)

Whereas Toby Courtney sometime since made complaint of John Webb tht he did not pay him some money tht he owed him whereof friends took care & spoke to John & upon some expectation tht he gave Toby of paying him, he ceased insisting upon his complaint in hope of being paid, but not yet being paid ye said complaint is again renewed to this Meeting, requesting friends tht if John not immediately pay ye money tht Toby may have his liberty to use his freedom to gett it ye best way he can, whereupon Timothy Kirk is desired to tell John to be at Meeting on next first day tht friends may tell him tht except he pay him speedily friends must be nessessitated to leave Toby to his freedom. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 13 1711

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 8 mo 1711.

John Robson gives accot tht by reason of his indisposition he cannot give account what progress Wm Lynas has made abt mending ye graveyd gates in Monravartee so its desired to mind ye same against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Turner gives accot tht he hath gott a bond from Geor: Bell for ye 20L due to Mathew Goodbody, which bond lies in ye said Johns hand. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & John Robson gives accot tht they spoke to Saml Johnson & Richd Webb who seemd inclinable to come & speak with friends, but as yet not having done it, ye sd Timothy & John are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk gives acct tht he spoke to John Webb to be at meeting, which accordingly was performed abt ye complaint Toby Courtney made against him abt debt due, & Tobys wife being then present was desired tht her husband or some of them should appear, meeting after meeting to shew their like or dislike to the matter, & none of them appearing at ye meeting it is deferd to next mens meeting. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Samuel Stanfield & Jane Andrew both of Lurgan meeting having appeared & laid their intentions of marriage with one another & upon enquiry nothing at present appearing to obstruct ye further proceedings, Elinor Greer & Marget Mathews being appointed by ye womens meeting to make enquiry concerning ye said Jane Andrews clearness & ye mens meeting have appointed Geo: ffox & Jno Turner to make enquiry of ye said Samuells clearness, orderly proceedings etc and to give acct how they find matters relating thrto to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Friends are desired next mans meetg to know how many of Jno Bank’s Journall the meeting will take. . (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a Mans Meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 8 mo 1711.

Robert Hodgson gives acct tht Wm Lynas hath repaired ye gates to ye graveyd of Monraeverty & has paid him ye charge being 9S 3d out of ye Collection.

That Jno Turner write to Mathew Goodbody & lett him know tht Geo: Bell hath given a bond for 20L as he formerly desired. (Note in margin: writt to him.)

Tim: Kirk & Jno Robson hath spoke to Richd Webb from whom they received but (little) satisfaction both in repect of his neglecting coming to meetings & other matters, however ye said friends are desired to continue ye care in speaking & advising him to come to meeting and as to tht matter of Saml Johnstons beating a man, it hath been enquired into & he denies tht he beat him, neither would ye Justice give a warrant against him knowing tht Samll was abused, & therefore friends do not think proper to insist any further therein, save tht Tim: Kirk & Jno Robson are desired to caution Saml to be carefull how he keeps bad company or quarreling with any body. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Toby Courtney attending this meeting & signifying tht he hath not yet received any satisfaction from Jno Webb; Robt Hodgson & Alexr Mathew are desired to tell Jno Webb tht unless he satisfie Toby before ye next preparative meeting, tht friends then will be necessitated to give Toby leave to take his liberty to obtain his money ye best way he can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The following friends desires to have each of thm one of Jno Banks books John Hoope Alexr Mathew, Tim: Kirk Jno Robson Geo ffox Jno Walker ditto for his father Thomas Walker Joseph Robson John Turner Roger Webb Robt Hoope Jr Robt Hodgson Wm Crook Alexr Cristy Geo: ffox for James Greer & Henry Greer Jno Nicholson Wm Mason Robt Willson. (Note in margin: Subscribers for John Banks Books.)

Saml Stanfield & Jane Andrew having appeared ye 2d time & declared ye continuation of thr intentions of marriage wth one another before this meeting, Geo: fox & Jno Turner, Elinor Greer & Mary Mathew who were appointed last preparative meeting to make enquiry concerning their clearness from all others consent of parents & relations concernd, have returnd thr answers tht they have done so & finds nothing to obstruct ye proceedings, so this meeting permits them to lay ye said intentions before next province meeting, the aforesaid friends to continue their care and give their answers to ye said meeting. (Note in margin: were maried Lurgan ye .. day of ye 9 mo as certificate may appear.)

John Walker & John Hoopes are desired to prepare suitable epistles for the next quarterly meeting, to be viewed next fourth day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Timothy Kirk, John Morton & William Dover, are desired to attend the next half years meeting. (Note in margin: first did ye 2d did not)

Pg 14 1711.

Att a preparative mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 9 mo 1711.

Timothy Kirk & John Robson, not haveing had oppertunity wth Richard Webb, are desired to continue their care & John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to assist them or these last 2 to speak with him themselves or what other friends they may see fitt to call to their assistance. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexander Mathews, & Robert Hodgson gives account tht they told John Webb tht except he satisfie Toby Courtney before this meeting tht friends would be necessitated to give Toby his liberty to gett his own as he thought convenient, & John told ye said friends tht he could neither blame ye meeting nor Toby, & Toby Courtney being at this meeting to receive an answer what he may do, this meeting therefore do leave him to his liberty wth a caution to forbear goeing to law if possible, but rather than lose his money friends as before do leave him to use his freedom. (Note in margin: determination of Toby Courtney’s complaint against John Webb, see friends at ye meeting ye 6 of 12 mo 1711 then following.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 10 mo 1711.

The friends appointed to speak to Richd Webb, have done it, & have received no satisfaction he still refusing to take advice, & positively refuses to come to meetings, which with a careless libertine course of life that he leads in several respects, occasions a trouble sorrow & concern upon friends minds that the labour of love cannot prevail to shore him up to the worship of God & a good & orderly conversation, wherefore this meeting finds themselves concerned in honour to the blessed truth to bear testimony against ye practices of ye said Richard Webb, who is at present at a distance that we cannot own him as one of us, & therefore Judgment is against him untill he repent & mend his ways: so Roger Webb & Timothy Kirk are desired to take a copy of ye above & read it to him that he may know his distance from friends by reason of his transgression. (Note in margin: a copy of which was whown him which he did not regard.)

By reason of some confused accounts tht hapened between John Webb, Jacob Turner & George Timmons, they have so miscarryed matters relating to their affairs tht they have gone to law with one another, contrary to the order of truth & ye apostles advice wherefore William Dover, John Hoope, John Walker Joseph Robson & George ffox are desired to draw up ye state of ye case & ye manner of ye disorder, & show it to friends next first day to be further considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht James Thompson after severall admonitions & warnings to have a care of a disorderly conversation, hath unequally yoked himself, wherefore to know ye certainty John Neile is desired to ask him, & John Walker is desired to prepare a testimony to be published against ye transgression, if it be found true, after ye same hath been showd to ye said James. (Note in margin: was true & a testymony prepared see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 10 mo 1711.

The friends appointed to draw up ye state of ye case & ye manner of ye disorder in acc.. between John Webb, Jacob Turner & George Timmons, & about their proceedings in .. one against another, hath done it, which hath been viewed by some friends, &again in this meeting, which friends thinks is pertinent to ye matter: George ffox Mordecay Barrow, are desired to read it to George Timmons & John Webb, Jacob having heard it now in this meeting, and if they do not before the next mens meeting, so agree to withdraw ye law suit, retract & place Judgment what they have done, then the said testimony to be published. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 15 1711

The report of James Thompsons being marrried with a priest being true, John Walker hath according to ye desire of ye last meeting, drawn up a testimony against his said transgressions, which ye said John is to read to him, & next first day to read it publickly. (Note in margin: was published.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th of ye 11 mo 1711.

This Meeting being acquainted tht Jacob Turner, George Timmons, & John Webb have again referrd their differences theirfore ye Judgement tht was prepared to be published, is deferrd, till it may be known whtat further they do thereing.

Inasmuch as George Timmons, hath declined comeing to Meetings for some considerable time, & seems to be loose from friends, Timth Kirk, Robert Hoope, & Alexr Mathews are desired to speak to him, & know his reason for his (declaration) & not frequenting of meetings & comeing nearer friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The sufferings haveing been recd examined & corrected so farr as could be done by ye friends present, so ye friends who were absent, are desired to be at ye meeting next fourth day, in order that theirs may be examined & corrected. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker, is desired to prepare an Epistle for ye six days meeting, & John Hoope another for ye seventh days meeting, to be viewed by friends next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done.)

James Anderson, being removed to Charlemount meeting desires a certificate. Alexr Mathews & Joseph Berry, are desired to make enquiry of his behaviour & return their answers, to ye next meeting, tht he may have one accordingly. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 12 mo 1711.

The matter wherein Jacob Turner, George Timmons & John Webb were at law about is now ended by being again referrd, so that the testimony which was prepared against them is not thought fitt to be published; yet their proceedings therein have been so Inconsistant with truth that they are under blame & censure for that they did go to law one with another as before is expressed, & also tht they did not end their discourse by ye cohoice among friends but by others, which is not according to the rules of our society: wherefore John Turner & Alexr Mathews are desired to acquint thm forthwth tht they may take oppertunity to acknowledge their fault wherein they have done amiss: and there being in ye above mentioned testimony something particularly respecting John Webb in relation to his not paying Toby Courtney what he owes him; wherefore this meeting was necessitated to give Toby leave to take other measures to get his money by reason whereof & ye above matter relateing to his going to law, ye said John Webb stands at a distance & is out of unity of friends untill he make satisfaction.

The friends tht were appointed to speak to George Timmons give accot tht they went to his house in order to meet with him but he was gone from home: so they are desired to continue their care & take an oppertunity with him when he returns.

The sufferings having been pretty fully examined & corrected, were taken to ye province meeting, but some other meetings beind deficient in giving in theirs, they were returnd to us for further additions if there may be occasion, so tht they may be in a readiness & good order again next pro: meeting.

Alexr Mathews & Joseph Berry gives acct that they made Inquiry concerning James Anderson & do not find any thing to hinder him of a Certificate: therefore John Walker is desired to write a suitable one for him against next fourth day, & show it to friends for ye approbation that it may be signed. (Note in margin: signed & given ...)

Pg 16 1711

This meeting having account tht Daniel Bullow & family , by reason of sickness & is much reduced poor & in some want, wherefore Robt Hodgson is desired to give him forty shillings & charge it to account. (Note in margin: was pd to John Hollin to give to Daniel.)

At a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th day of ye 12 mo 1711.

Jacob Turner having been spoke to, & he hath given a few lines by way of acknowledgmt of his having done amiss & given friends trouble & hopes to be more carefull for ye time to come.

The friends appointed to speak to George Timmons did speake to him about his refraining coming to meetings, & whether he had any thing against friends principles who gave account tht he had not, but for some reasons he could not come to meetings, so that the said friends are desired to continue their care in admonishing of him upon that account & also upon a late misbehaviour & give the next meeting accot of his answer. (Note in margin: did speak with him .. fair .. carefull... he is now gone to Dublin to live so tht friends are disan..ted of ..ing further ..him.)

This meeting having account that George Williams & Benjamin Hobson having joined themselves in marriage to women out of & contrary to ye rules of our Society: John Walker is therefore desired to draw up a pertinent testimony against them & show it to friends for approbation in order that it may be showd them & published accordingly. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account of ye friends names who will take some of Joseph Pikes Books concerning Bapm:

Robt Robinson 1-calf pd John Christy 1-c pd John Holm 1-c
pd John Morton 1-c pd Richd Lynas 1-c Joseph Berry 1-c
pd John Morton Junr 1-c pd Wm Henderson 1-c pd Alexr Mathew 2-sheep
pd John Neile 1-c pd John Greer 2-s pd James Bullow 1-s
pd John Nicholson 1-c Richd Mason 1-c Wm Rea 1-s
pd Wm Crook 1-s pd Geo: ffox 2-s pd Henry Greer 2-s
pd John Turner 1-s pd Saml Morton 1-s pd Robt Hodgson 1-s
pd Joseph Robson 1-s pd John Walker 2-c Mordecai Barrow 1-c

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 19th day of the 1 mo 1712.

John Walker hath drawn the testimony against George Williamson & Benjamin Hobson which hath been read & is approved, so that John Walker & Alexr Mathews are desired to read it to them & if thereupon they find nothing to obstruct the publishing of it, John is desired to read it publickly the first, first day that is convenient & seasonable. (Note in margin: was shewd thm & nothing appeared to obstruct ye reading of it, so it was done in Lurgan 6th 2 mo 1712.)

John Morten Junr of Munallan meeting having before acquainted some friends of his Intentions of Marriage with Sarah ffletcher of Lisburn meeting: this day declared the same before this meeting, & upon examination & enquiry, nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings: John Neile & John Christie, are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned and return their answers to the next or that province meeting that the said John & Sarah presents to.

James Skelton & Deborah Wright acquainted some friends of their intentions of marriage with each other, this day declare the same before our womens meeting & also before this save upon further examination & enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Francis Hillary & Mordecay Barrow Sarah Robson & Ellinor Greer are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, and a certificate from James mother, ..t professing truth of her willingness, & return their answers to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 17 1712

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 2 mo 1712.

James Skelton & Deborah Wright having the second time appeared & declared ye continuation of their Intentions to Marry & ye friends appointed being enquired of whether they find any thing to obstruct their presenting ye same to ye next province meeting, & nothing appearing agianst them they have their liberty & ye said friends are desired to return their answers to ths meeting & have produced a certificate from ye said James his mother tht she is willing. (Note in margin: were married in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 2 mo 1712 as Certificate may appear.)

The following friends are desired to attend ye next half years meeting, viz: Tim: Kirk, Joseph Robson, John Hoope, John Walker Robt Hodgson George Fox, John Robson. (Note in margin: Joseph Robson, Jno Walker & Geo Fox did not attend.)

The visitors not having fully compleated their service are desired to dispatch what they can against this day week & return their answers in order tht an account may be sent to the quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: did do it & was accorddingly returned.)

Mordecay Barrow & Roger Webb are desired to attend the next asizes. (Note in margin: did do it.)

Att a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 2 mo 1712.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting, friends are desired to put ye matters therein recommended in practice. (Note in margin: Nationall Epistle.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st day of ye 3 mo 1712.

It being a pretty while since ye account of ye Books that belongs to this meeting was examined, where they are & who hath them, its therefore desired tht every friend who hath any of them may bring them in to the next preparative meeting, that a new account may be taken and the service of them appointed. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 4 mo 1712.

Several friends being absent tht have some of ye meetings books in their hands its thought fitt tht ye list be called over next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meetings proportion of ye Nationall publick charge being six pound ten Shill: ye friends are desired to propare to make it up against next mens meeting.

John Robson Tim: Kirk, Alexr Mathew & Robt Hodgson are desired to visit Mary Pologe widdow as speedily as they can & take an Inventory of her goods & give such advice as may be most suitable. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d day of ye 5 mo 1712.

The list of ye meeting books being called over & several friends tht have some of them being absent, Alexr Mathews is desired to speak to those to bring them to agmt next meeting. (Note in margin: done.)

Friends here present have subscribd towards raising ye publick charge which falling short of making up ye whole, Joseph Robson & John Walker are desired to speak to those friends tht are absent & take their subscriptions so as to get ye whole advancd against next pro: meet: & if there prove a deficiency tht is to be pd out of ye Collection. (Note in margin: done.)

The fds appointed to take an Inventory of Mary Pologs goods, give acct tht this not yet done, so are desired to get it done as soon as they can & give acct of it to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson having made complaint to this meeting tht James Courtney owes him some money a long time, & cannot get it, so Alexr Mathews & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to speak to him about it & let him know tht, if he neglect to pay him ye meeting will be necessitated to leave Joseph to his liberty to get it ye best way he can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexr Mathew having made complaint of Geo: Bell tht he doth not take care to relieve him of a bond wherein he stands ingagd for a sum of money so tht he is afraid of coming to damage thereby: Peter Rogers is desired to speak to George to be at ye meeting next 4th day tht friends may discourse him about it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There having been a report tht Jeremiah Wright had got Elizabeth Sanders with child & upon Inquiry friends found it to be so, therefore a testimony was written against them & published on ye 22d of ye 4 mo last in a meeting in this place. (Note in margin: testymony against Eliz: Sanders.)

Pg 18 1712

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d day of ye 5 mo 1712.

The friends appointed to get an Inventory of John Pologs effects, have not yet done it, so are desired to do it without fail against ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to James Armstrong abt ye money he owes Joseph Robson, gives account tht they spoke to him & there being no likely appearance of his making satisfaction, this meeting leaves Joseph to his liberty, desiring him to be as easy as he can & Alexr Mathew & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to tell James tht the meeting hath left Joseph to his liberty. (Note in margin: ..sult upon .. Robsons Complt. against J. Armstrong done.)

Peter Rogers gives acct tht he spoke to George Bell to come to friends abt Alexr Mathews complaint but did not; so ye said Peter, Mordecay Barrow & Henry Greer are desired to tell George tht except he give Alexr Satisfaction & security before ye next mens meeting, tht Alexr is after tht time left to his liberty to secure himself ye best way tht he can. (Note in margin: ..sult upon Alexr Mathews complt against Geo: Bell )

Some testimony having been writt concerning Mary Robinson & not yet fully approved & perfected, Wm Dover, John Walker, & Joseph Robson are desired to put them in as good order & method as they can & bring them to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Henderson laying before this meeting his Intentions of visiting friends in Munster & desires a Certificate Joseph Robson & John Nicholson are desired to draw one; & bring it to ye next mens meeting for approbation and to be signed. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of ye 6 mo 1712.

The Inventory of Jno Pologues effects not being yet taken, ye friends appointed to do it are desired to continue their care to get it as soon as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Several testimonies concerning Mary Robinson being brought to this meeting, after some amendmt made by ye friends appointed to view them: Joseph Robson is desired to present them to ye next Province meeting for their concurrence. (Note in margin: did give it to (Henry) Walker to present to ye Pro:)

Joseph Robson & John Nicholson having drawn up a Certificate for Wm Henderson which being read in this meeting, approved & signd, said Joseph is desired to send it to him by next post to Dublin. (Note in margin: was done.)

Sometime since; Wm Dover having signified to us a concern upon his mind to visit friends in Scotland, & likewise did acquaint last pro: meeting therewith, who left it to this meeting to consider throf & give him a Certificate; therefore Joseph Robson & John Nicholson are desired to draw one for him & present it to friends for approbation & to be sign. (Note in margin: was done.)

Henry Dobson having made complaint to this meeting by Geo: Fox, Jos: Robson & Robt Hodgson tht Wm Andrew detains a sum of money from him due by bond, ye sd friends are desired to speak to sd Wm & advise him to do sd Henry Justice imediately, otherwise appear before frds next 4th day. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Neil having acquainted this meeting tht his daughter Rebecca, has gone out wth a man of another persuasion & married with a priest therefore John Walker is desired to draw up a testimony against her till next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There being a report that Aaron Mercer is either Married to Mary Hannah, or otherwise done worse: wherefore Alexr Mathews, Tim: Kirk, Roger Webb, & Ezekiel Bullock are desired to enquire into ye matter & give friends account as soon as they find out ye truth. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hay being willing to take upon him ye keeping of ye school, this meeting thinks fitt to allow him three pounds of last half years Sallary, &for ye future tht he content himself with what ye school produces whether little or much. (Note in margin: was raised: & paid by Robt Hodgson.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 7 mo 1712.

There being so many friends absent from this meeting tht ye several matters tht was before ye last mens meeting are desired to be called over ye next.

There being a discourse tht Wm Andrew should have had some hand in indirectly allowing a bond: Geo: ffox, Robt Hodgson & Joseph Robson are desired to speak to him about it that friends may have satisfaction how tht matter is. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker, according to order of last meeting, hath produced a testimony against Rebeccah Neile, which being approved & signed: John Christy is desired to read it to her and John Morton is desired to read it next first day at Munallan meeting and John Walker is desired to read it ye next first day come a week in this meeting. (Note in margin: was done & read in Munallan meeting as also in Lurgan.)

Pg 19 1712

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 7 mo 1712.

The friends appointed to take an Inventory of John Pollochs effects give account that they do not find a willingness in the parties concerned to have it done, so are either to know the reason or gett it done and give account to the next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Notwithstanding Aaron Mercers denial of his transgression, he now confesses tht he has been guilty of the sin of fornication with Mary Hannah, and that the child she has had, is his & denies that he is married to her, which practice being wicked & contrary to truth, John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testimony against his wickedness & show it to friends next fourth day, that afterwards it may be shown to ye said Aaron & publickly read ye next first day in ye meeting in town after ye province meeting. (Note in margin: all was done accordingly.)

The friends appointed to speak to Wm Andrew about Henry Dobsons complaint, gives account that they have agreed matters but not accomplisht them or perfecting writings conformable to their agreement, so the friends are desired to take care to gett tht matter fully done against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Souldan having by his last will left 40 Shill: to Robert Hoope, intended to be disposed of to friends, to be paid by 10 Shill: a year: so ye said Robert has this day paid to Robert Hodgson for this meetings use ye said 10 S, being his first payment: ye rest of ye payments ordered to be entered in ye collection book. (Note in margin: Souldan Legacy.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 15th day of the 8 mo 1712.

The friends appointed about John Polloges efects give account that the parties concerned do not sleight friends endeavours to get an Inventory but for some reasons are not willing at present to have it done: wherefore that matter is to drop at present. (Note in margin: abt John Pollocks efects.)

The friends appointed concerning Henry Dobsons complaint of Wm Andrew being absent was also the friends appointed to speak to the said Wm about the bond, being absent that matter is desired to be minded next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Several friends being absent from this meeting, which obstruct the appointment of friends to attend the service of the next half years meeting, wherefore the next mens meeting is desired to be held this day two weeks being the 4th day before the first day that friends are to meet to confer about friends & business for the half years meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Bradshaw having sent a paper of acknowledgment to this meeting, confessing condemning & giving Judgment against himself for his former transgressions in marrying with the priest etc & thereby seems to be sorrowful & repent: so this meeting thinks fitt to lay by the said paper for some time that the sincerity thereof may appear by his suits & according to friends sence of his sorrow & repentance he may be received: ye paper is in John Walkers hands. (Note in margin: James Bradshaw owning his transgression)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 25th day of the 8 mo 1712.

The matter about William Andrew both in respect to Henry Dobson and the bond before mentioned, not yet being ended nor satisfaction given, George Fox, Joseph Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to remind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

According to the adjournment of the last meeting, concerning appointing friends to attend the service of the half years meeting: this meeting appoints Joseph Robson, James Greer, Timothy Kirk Henry Greer & John Cristy. (Note in margin: did accordingly attend.)

Eli Crockett signifying in writing to John Hoope and desiring a Certificate for his son John, of his clearness in relation to marriage: and there being a letter from Saml Galloway & William Richardson of Maryland, of the said Johns good behaviour: this meeting having accordingly signd a Certificate, a copy whereof is amongst the meetings papers. (Note in margin: about a certificate for John Crocket.)

John Hay signifying his unwillingness to continue keeping school any longer thn abt ye first of the next month, & requesting his liberty this meeting grants it. (Note in margin: liberty granted John Hay.)

Pg 20 1712.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th day of ye 9 mo 1712.

George ffox is desired to use what means & care that he can to collect the sufferings so as that they may be in readiness to be viewed and examined at the next mens meet: (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The matter about William Andrew not yet being ended, the friends concerned are desired to use their endeavours to gett it ended against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hay having laid his Intention before this meeting of going to Pensilvania, & desires a Certificate, so Joseph Robson, George ffox & John Walker are desired to speak to his wife and if she be willing that he should go, they are desired to prepare a Certificate for him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 10 mo 1712.

The matter about William Andrew not being ended, notwithstanding ye friends care who have been concerned, so John Robson Tim: Kirk and James Greer are desired to assist ye before mentioned friends to deal wth ye said William as well for his not ending with Henry Dobson, as about ye Counter bond whereof he is suspected to have acted Indirectly. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to enquire of John Hayes’ wifes willingness tht he should go to America, gives account tht she hath consented, before friends & one Thomas Hall, and therefore have prepared a certificate, which being read & approved by this meeting ye same was this day signed & a copy ordered to be taken, & kept amongst ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Cain, formerly belonging to this meeting & about 4 years past left this & went within ye bounds of Bellyhagan Meeting, yett did not desire a certificate untill now tht he is Intended to remove to America, so this meeting have this day signd a certificate for him & directed it to Bellyhagan Meeting tht they may since his goeing to their Meeting add to it, as they have found him to walk, or behave, a copy whereof is ordered to be taken & kept amongst ye Meet: papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

According to ye desire of ye last meeting George Fox hath produced a draft of ye sufferings which hath been read & examined in this meeting to such friends as were present & found pretty right & those who were absent, notice is sent thm to be att ye meeting next 4th day in order tht they may be examined also, & thn ye said George is desired to gett thm fairly transcribed & putt to rights & take thm to ye Province Meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to prepare ye necessary answers to ye last quarterly meeting Epistle against next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th 11 mo 1712.

Wm Andrew being abroad ye friends appointed concerning tht matter could not meet with him to know what is done, so they are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 11 mo 1712.

The matter relateing to William Andrew in respect to ye difference between him & Henry Dobson, George Fox gives account tht Henry Dobson told him tht it was done so as tht we need not be any further concernd about it, but as to tht of ye bond before mentioned, there is no satisfaction given by ye said William in tht respect, Wherefore Alexander Mathew is desired to have William Andrew before friends next 4th day. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 21 1712

There being account tht Joseph Robinson son of Robert Robinson is married to one of another perswaision, with a priest, & some friends viz John Robinson & James Greer askt ye said Joseph whether it was true or not, who at first possitively denied it, & yett before they parted, confesst tht he was, whereupon John Walker drew up a suitable testimony against his transgression, which being approved by this meeting ye said John Walker is desired to send it to Robert Robinson, tht he may be acquainted therewith, and if he will Join with friends to sign it, & thn tht John Robson & James Greer may read it to ye said Joseph afterwards gett it signed by friends of this meeting in order to be published. (Note in margin: The said testymony was done in all ye parts according to direction & read publickly in ye meeting in Lurgan ye first day being ye 15th 12 mo 1712.)

There being a report tht William Lynas is married with one of another perswasion Robert Hodgson, George Fox & John Nicholson, are desired to know ye truth thereof & also to acquaint ye said William of Thomas Baylys complaint for want of some money tht he owes him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 12 mo 1712.

William Andrew was before friends according to ye appointment of last meeting when was ye matter about his being concerned in getting a false bond made discoursed ye makeing of which he did not deny but tht he knew of it Shuffld & would have excused himself, but George Brown told some friends if he caused ye said bond to be made & was guilty thereof, against which practise & consent must be placed wherefore friends have dealt closely with ye said William & told him tht if he would not place Judgment upon himself, friends must & gave him time to consider thereof til this meeting, butt this meeting having received no answer from him so Timothy Kirk & James Greer are desired to tell him of his neglecting giveing answer & satisfaction so if he do not do it agreeable to friends wishes either before or at next mens meeting, he may expect Judgment must be placed upon ye transgression. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)
The friend appointed to know ye truth of ye report of William Lynas being married gives account tht they believe tht he is not yet married & also tht he has made Thomas Bayly some satisfaction. (Note in margin: concerning Willm Lynas.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th day of ye 1 mo 1712/13.

William Andrew haveing sent a paper to this meeting wherein he gives Judgement against himself for agreeing to ye makeing of a Counterfeit bond etc which hath been read here & is ordered to be laid up amongst ye meetings papers till further occasion appear for makeing it more publick. (Note in margin: ye said paper is in John Walkers hands.)

William Henderson haveing appeared & declared his Intentions of marriage wth Eliz: Smallman of ye City of Dublin and nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings Joseph Robson & John Nicholson are desired to make inquiry concerning his clearness, orderly proceedings & consent of parents and relations concernd, soe that they may be ready to give an account thereof when required by Dublin friends & John Hoope is desired to give ye sd William a Certificate. (Note in margin: ye said friends did give acct to Dublin friends tht (they) found nothing to object.)

Sd William Henderson also haveing laid before this meeting his Intentions of removeing himself to Dublin & requesting a Certificate, this meeting grants his request & have given

Pg 22 1713

him one, John Walker is desired to take a coppy of it & lay it by with ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Hoope & John Walker are desired to prepare suitable Epistles for ye quarterly meeting against next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan 2 mo ye 1st 1713.

The last Nationall Meeting desireing friends care to send account of matters fitt for ye progress etc & ye last quarterly meeting recomending ye same John Walker & Joseph Robson are desired to collect ye necessary transactions relateing thereto as also to answer ye seven queries against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There being 9:13:1 ½ our part of publick charge friends are desired to be prepared to raise it next meeting & George Fox is desired to have a list ready of ye friends names who are sett to contribute thereto. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Friends being acquainted tht Elizabeth McComb is married to one of another perswasion, desired John Walker to draw a suitable Testimony against her transgression which he has done & is approved, & therefore John Turner & George Fox are desired to speak to her, read ye testimony to her, take her answer & report ye same to ye mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Dover being returned from Great Brittain and according to order gave back ye Certificate tht he had for tht Journey & at ye same time, signified his concern to visitt friends of Leinster & Munster & desired a Certificate John Walker & Joseph Robson being desired to prepare one for him have done it, & ye same was read & signd at this Meeting, so ye said friends are desired to take a coppy of it & directs it to William to Mountmelick according to his desires. (Note in margin: was done.)

William Mason haveing signified to this meeting tht he is removeing to Bellyhagan Meeting, with his Wife & family & therefore desires a certificate, so John Robson, Timothy Kirk, John Cristy, & John Hollin are desired to make enquiry concerning his conversation, & leaving ye place he dwelt in clear of any scandall, or reproach, & give account to John Nicholson, & Robert Hodgson, how they find matters tht they may have a certificate ready accordingly, to present to ye next Mens Meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht James Henan is of an unruly rough behaviour in his conversation by takeing over much drink & other ways & though friends have been concerned, to admonish, advise, & reprove him from time to time in hopes of his amendment, yet he doth not reform nor amend wherefore John Walker is desired to draw a suitable Testimony against his transgression, & show it to friends for approbation in order to show it to him, & consider of ye publication thereof. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 2 mo 1713.

Pursuant to ye desire of ye last preparative meeting agreeable to ye desire of ye last quarterly meeting, John Walker & Joseph Robson hath drawn up ye matters relateing to ye progress belonging to this Meeting & some others which is to be perused at ye convension of this meeting tht its maybe in order to present to ye next Province Meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

Friends haveing subscribed towards raising ye 9:13: 1 ½ wch by reason of some friends being absent & ye whole is not subscribed for therefore Robert Hodgson & John Nicholson are desired to know what of absent friends will give, collect ye whole & what is falls short Robert Hodgson is desired to make up what it wants out of ye Collection against ye Pro: meeting. (Note in margin: was paid.)

The Testimony against Elizabeth McComb haveing been read to her to ye truth of which she confessed ye same being read & signd at this meeting John Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was read.)

The friends appointed to make enquiry concerning William Masons clearness gives account tht there appeared something not so clear as could be desired but appoint friends discoursing wth William & he haveing acknowledged wherein he hath walked (Note in margin: done.)

Pg 23 1713

contrary to truth & hopes to be more carefull for ye time to come friends have given him a certificate to Bellyhagan Meeting & copy whereof is amongst ye meeting papers.

Friends haveing since last Meeting so admonished & dealt with James Henan for his transgression that it has taken such Impression upon him tht he has sent a Testimony to this Meeting against his transgressions, owning some of thm giveing Judgement against thm & promises amendment & friends being verry tender of everything tht is good & would forget hope for an amendment, have so received his said Judgement & laid it by to try ye performance of what he promises wth Patrick Gaw & Samuell Henning are desired to acquaint ye said James with & tht friends do expect his amendment. (Note in margin: abt James Henan.)

The friends who Intend to attend ye service of ye half years meeting are John Hoope, John Walker Joseph Robson, Henry Greer, John Nicholson, John Robson, Timothy Kirk, Mordecai Barrow John Greer John Turner, and George Fox. (Note in margin: did attend ye meeting.)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 3 mo 1713.

This Meeting being acquainted tht Ann Crook Widdow to John Crook, is married by a Priest, to one of another persuasion, so John Walker is desired to draw a suitable Testimony against her transgression, & give it to Henry Greer who with Richard Lynas to ask his wife, & Ann Hoope, are desired to speak to ye said Ann Crook, & if they find ye matter to be true, to read ye Testimony to her & take her answer. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The South East gable end of ye Meeting house being damaged by ye weather & is out of order Alexr Mathew & Robert Hodgson & John Turner are desired to Inlist good workmen & Materialls & take out ye two upper windows & get ye places well made up again & to take of all ye old plaster & rough cast & get it done anew, & to lath & plaster what is wanting in ye Inside.

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d day of ye 4 mo 1713.

The friends appointed to speak to Ann Crook att Gatonbie have done it & find it true tht she is married to one of another persuasion, therefore they read ye testimony to her, at which she seemed to be but little concerned or sencible of her transgression so ye testimony being signed at this meeting John Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly done.)

Robert Hodgson gives account tht it will be a great charge to pull of ye old rough cast of ye Gable end of ye Meeting house & when now done doubtfull how it will turn ye rain so ye friends appointed are desired to gett tht glass taken of ye upper windows filled up, lathed, plastered & rough casted well about, & to mend ye house within so try what tht will do. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of ye 5 mo by adjournment from ye 27th last month.

The meeting house not being yett repaired, according to directions of friends appointed are desired to take care to get it done before ... (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last Nationall & ye Province, Quarterly meetings Epistles being read, wherein are severall matters for ye edification & observation of friends & this meeting being small ye said Epistles are desired to be read & further considered of at ye next mens meeting amongst other things viz being desired to ... severall friends writt etc; severall friends have given account at this meeting as by a testymony appear & those who are at ... are desired to give (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 24 1713

account to ye mens meeting tht account may be returned to ye next Province Meeting as also its desired tht such friends as may have anything ... by way of Testymony concerning ye said William may committ ye to writing against ye mens meeting.

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan 5 mo ye 15th 1713.

The friends appointed to get ye Meeting house repaired give account tht they cannot get good time yet but expects some soon so are desired to delay no time but get it done. (Note in margin: ye time is gott & ye friends intends to gett ye work done.)

The last Nationall & our quarterly Province Meetings Epistles were again read in this meeting & ye contents recommended & ye names of such friends as were not present at last preparative meeting & have now subscribed for William Edmondsons Journall are added to ye other list but noe Testimonies concerning said William in writeing yet presented but we find there is something upon ye minds of some friends to get drawn up to offer which they are desired to get done tht it may be ready to present seasonably to ye Province meeting after haveing ye approbation of friends belonging to this friends meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends names who will take William Edmondsons Journall,

Robert Hoope John Greer Richard Mason John Morton
John Hoope John Neile Richard Lynas Jno Cristy
Timthy Kirk Joseph Robson Ezekiell Bullock John Nicholson
Geo: Fox Alexr Mathew Roger Webb James Greer
Hen: Greer John Turner John Walker Robert Hodgson (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 5th of ye 6 mo 1713.

No testymony concerning Wm Edmondson being yett presented, the friends who have any thing in their mind are desired to reduce it to writeing against the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting)
Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th ye 6 mo 1713.

There being something presented to & read in this meeting by way of testymony concerning Wm Edmondson; John Hoope is desiredt to present it to ye province meeting for further approbation. (Note in margin: was done & approved.)

Laurence Hobson being deceased, Mordecai Barrow & Robt Hodgson are desired examine if he made a will & get a copy of it and & to take an Inventory of what he left & what he owes, debt & credits and return account to ye mens meeting. (Note in margin: was done & approved.)

Robt Hodgson & John Nicholson are desired to order to be dellivered to (James Dater?) 25 (Kests?) of good turf 15 (Kests?) Margt Sinton & 10 Kests? to Margt Maddern, & 15 Kesh to Mary Hildreth. (Note in margin: is done.)

Pg 25 1713

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of 7 mo 1713.

Robert Hodgson & Mordecai Barrow gives account tht Laurence Hobson died Intestate, so have taken an Inventory of ye efects, debts, & creditts by which it appears tht there is nott efects to pay what is oweing and its supposed tht there are more debts thn is yet given account of so ye said friends are desired to find out what more debts Lawrence owed & Insert thm in ye account & thn take a copy of it & give to Wm Gray & give ye originall to John Walker to record. (Note in margin: was done.)

The last quarterly province meeting haveing desired tht friends do make a thorough visit against next Pro: meeting so Robert Hoope, Tim: Kirk, John Robson & Ezekiell Bullock are desired to perform ye same against next mens meeting, & where they think one other friend may be of service to assist they are desired to call on such, who are desired to go with them & in particular Wm Dover. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 7th day of ye 8 mo 1713.

The friends appointed to perform ye visitt gives acct tht they have pretty fully done it and in most places were kindly received and as they found matters they spoke either by admonition or reproof and in ye generall things are much as they have been for some time past, butt in some places nott so well as could be desired.

Benjamin Hartley & Mary Hartley, haveing sent a testymony against themselves, Judging & condemning their marying with a priest which friends hopes is from a concern & sence of ye evill of such practises: so John Turner is desired to tell thm to stay at ye riseing of ye meeting next first day tht friends may speak to thm and if they find ye satisfaction to be real they may be taken into admonition and care of ye Church. (Note in margin: did come to friends &signified their trouble for their transgression.)

Standish Brownlowe who was one of ye lifes of ye lease of ye meeting house tenement being deceased, John Hoope is desired to gett ye life of Joseph Webb son of Roger Webb propperly Indorsed & duely perfected on ye present lease in place & room of ye life of Sd Standish deceased, & to pay ye fine being 40 shillings, which Robt Hodgson is desired to repay to ye said John Hoope. (Note in margin: was done as by ye lease in Robt Hoopes hands may appear.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th 8 mo 1713.

John Hoope according to ye desire of the last meeting haveing had Joseph Webbs name endorsed upon ye lease in room of Standish Brownloe deceased & ye same duely perfected by William Brownloe Esqur butt in as much as Robert Hoope has transferred his title for the security of friends Robert Hodgson John Walker & John Robson are desired to peruse ye said writeing & consider what is necessary to advise upon him relateing to adding ye said life, and give account thereof to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 26 1713

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 18th day of ye 9 mo 1713.

John Walker, Joseph Robson, & Robert Hodgson haveing produced ye writeing from Robert Hoope of his transferring his title of ye meeting house tenement to friends by which appears tht Robert Hoope is obliged to endorse ye same life upon tht Instrument or conveyance which is endorsed upon ye Originall lease, so the said friends are desired to gett it done & perfected against ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George ffox is desired to collect ye sufferings, and to putt thm in order as soon as possible, and John Robson, John Morton Junr, Roger Webb, Robt Hoope Junr, Richard Lynas, John Neile & Andrew Tagart are desired to be assistant in calling to friends (about where they live) for them and give them to George ffox. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The visitors are desired to give John Walker account what returns they have to make to ye Six dayes meeting, tht he may have it ready for friends perusall ye next 4th day as also John Hoope is desired to have ye answer of ye last quarterly meeting: to ye next: for friends approbation at the same time. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th day of ye 10 mo 1713.

The friends who were appointed to gett ye endorsement from Robert Hoope have not yett gott it done, so are desired to mind to have it ready against ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Goerge Fox is doeing what he can to collect ye Sufferings, but severall being negligent in bringing thm in they are not yet ready, so George is desired to do what he can, to have thm ready against ye Mens Meeting, for friends perusal. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting also ye last 9 mo Nationall Meeting being read in this meeting, containing seasonable & good advice to friends in many respects & referring to ye observation of severall former minutes, which visiters are desired to have regard to, & in their visitts to intreat friends to put thm in practise, so John Hoope is desired to gett ye minutes which are referred to drawn out & give thm to ye visitters. (Note in margin: was done see further next meeting.)

Humphrey Streaton, haveing made complaint of some matter against Benjamin Hartley alledging some injustice to him, so John Walker, Joseph Robson, Mordecai Barrow, & Henry Greer are desired to gett ye said Humphrey & Benjamin together & hear what both parties have to say, thn if they find ye matter .. tht they advise thm both thereto tht if they agree .. tht they immediately choose referees in order to put an end to ye difference & give account whats true therein to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 27 1713

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th day of xbr 1713.

The Endorsement being drawn on ye back of ye writeing aforesd & signd & sealed by Robert Hoope its dellivered into ye hands of Robert Hodgson who is desired to lay it safely up, till Called for by friends.

The ffriends appointed to speak to Benjamin Hartley concerning Humphry Straitons complaint, give account that they had them together & got an end put to ye difference.

George Fox haveing Collected ye sufferings pretty fully (except from Rathfryland side) & drawn thm up in good order, they have been read once in this meeting, & appears to be right soe farr as friends here psent can answer to, & whereas several friends are absent, sd Geo is desird to read over thr part to them & if right to psent all to next Province meeting. (Note in margin: were accordingly all examined and caried to ye province meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th day of ye 11 mo 1713.

Hugh Mathews haveing laid his Intentions of mariage with Mary ye daughter of James Ogle of Armagh before this meeting who takeing ye same into consideration have appointed Robert Hodgson & John Nicholson to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned and to returne their answers to ye next pro: meeting tht they present to and John Hoope is desired to give ye said Hugh a certificate to Bellyhagan meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 12 mo 1713.

The friends appointed to make enquiry concerning Hugh Mathews do give account that htey understand tht he has made some offer of Mariage to Rachell Morton daughter of John Morton of Munallan unknown to her father: wherefore ye said friends are desired to make careful & speedy enquiry, and acquaint friends how they find tht matter tht Hugh maybe accordingly dealt with before ye province meeting. (Note in margin: ye matter was found true Hugh dealt with & he gave Judgment against himself to friends & to ye woman.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Kathrine Harlan daughter of Thomas Harlan who made profession of truth is maried by a priest to a near relation which truth doth not allow of , so John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testymony against her transgression & show it to friends for approbation & when approved, Mordecai Barrow & Robt Hodgson are desired to speak to her & read ye testymony to her & to lett her know tht friends cannot avoid publishing it against her except suficient cause appear to ye contrary. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 28 1713/14

Thomas McClur of Rathfryland meeting haveing acquainted this meeting tht John McGaw son of Patrick McGaw of tht meeting is maried to one of another persuasion by a priest contrary to ye order of truth, so John Walker is desired to prepare a suitable testymony against his transgression, & show it to friends and after approbation ye said John Walker is desired to send or give it to Robert Willson tht he with some other friends of Rathfryland meeting may deal wth him read ye testymony to him and thn return ye same to this meeting with ye said John McGaws answer tht ye publishing of it may be considered.

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 1 mo 1713.

The friends appointed to show & read ye Testymony to Kathrine Harlan, against her for her transgression, did do it, & do give account, tht she owned ye truth of friends Testimony acknowledged her sin on both prospects of it & seemd to be sorrowfull & repentent & willing to condemn her self, so this Meeting have signed ye said Testimony; & Robert Hodgson & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to go to her again & understand her concern & sorrow, & because she cannot write, to help her to committ to writeing tht wch she is mind to do, & thn give ye same to to John Walker, tht he may take ye first oppertunity to read it in a first days meeting ye next if it can be gott ready. (Note in margin: ye said Kathrine did readily confess Judgment against her self in writeing, so Jno Walker is desired to read ye testymony next 1st day.)

John Walker gives account tht he sent ye Testimony against John Gaw to Robert Willson wth directions according to desire, & to be refurred, against this Meeting, wth answer thereto but it is not come. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Whereas there hath been of late some stolen plow irons found in James Hallidays house upon wch friends dealt with him of wch he clears himself, but believes his brothr John is not clear, & ye said John being a considerable time since denied by friends, & said James often times & seasonably advised not to harbour, lodge or countenance ye said John, yett he rejected friends advice & councill & entertained him, & now upon discovery of ye said fact, friends thought it expedient to place Judgement upon ye said James for entertaining ye said John, & accordingly a Testimony was shown to ye said James, who desired friends to forbear publishing of it, which they did, & last first day he brought a paper confessing his rejecting friends councill & his fault in entertaining ye said John, upon wch friends advised James to putt away his brother from about his house, & have no conversation, nor have any thing to do wth him, wch he seemd inclinable to doe, So this meeting thinks fitt to suspend ye publishing of friends Testimony against him, & to keep ye one he hath given against himself, for sometime till it be known how ye said James answers his promise, as also how clear he keeps of his Brothr wch John Cristy & John Morton are desired to acquaint ye said James Halliday. (Note in margin: was told him.)

Jonathan Hudson & Elizabeth Milikin haveing acquainted some friends of their inclinations of marriage with each other this day presented ye same & upon enquiry nothing yett appearing to hinder their further proceedings, John Turner, & Robert Hodgson, Elinor Greer & Mary Cristy are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents, & relations concerned, & return their answers to ye next Men & Woemens Meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Aaron Mercer haveing given in a Testimony, against himself for his transgression signifying by words in his paper of his sorrow & concern for his sin so in hope of ye sincerity of it Timothy Kirk is desired to tell Aaron tht if he expects friends countenance tht he must stand by ye publishing of it & answer ye same in life & conversation, tht he sett forth in words so John Walker is desired to read it next first day if ye said Aaron will stand by it. (Note in margin: ye said Aaron did read ye said testymony against himself on ye said day.)

Pg 29 1713

(Note: Pg 29 & back of 29 were placed here out of order, apparently when the 19th century transcription was made or when page numbers were added.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th day of ye 6 mo 1715.

William Andrew, Wm Robson & Margaret Simpson haveing been dealt with & no satisfactory answer from them this meeting orders tht ye testymonies may be recorded in this book, and tht John Robson, Robert Hodgson and John Cristy do acquaint them that they are out of fellowship & stand denied by us untill they come to repent and give satisfaction to ye church for their transgression. (Note in margin: The said friends did acquaint thm.)

This meeting not finding any hope of amendment by Daniel Robinson, Joseph Hobson and Nicholas Price butt tht rather notwithstanding friends care they persist in their unchristian life and conversation so John Walker is desired to publish the testymonies against them next first day: and a little time afterwards to read ye last yearly meetings Epistle from London. (Note in margin: Daniel Robinson & Joseph Hobsons was read butt not Nich: Price’s see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to deal with Moses & Isaac Bullock not haveing had oppertunity to speak with thm & Tim: Kirk being unwell so James Greer is desired to join with Robert Hoope and John Nicholson & to acquaint them of their misbehaviours & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Hugh Mathews haveing not yet given ye meeting satisfaction his last offering nott being thought sufficient: so John Turner and Joseph Robson are desired to acquaint him tht friends is not satisfied & return his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Nathaniel Hillary is maried to one of another persuasion contrary to ye order of truth so John Walker is desired to draw a testymony against his transgression, & James & John Greer are desired to speak to him read ye testymony to him, take his answer & report ye same to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The next province meeting being appointed to be held att Coothill ye following named friends are desired to attend ye service thereof (viz) John Hoope, John Cristy John Walker Alexr Cristy, Joseph Robson, Robert Hodgson, Alexr Mathews, James Greer, John Greer, & Rober Webb. (Note in margin: all ye said friends did attend ye said meeting Eliz Jacobs was there.)

The testymonies against William Andrew, William Robson, & Margaret Simpson are Recorded on the other side.

Pg 30 1715

Whereas William Andrew several years agoe Seemd to be convinced of ye blessed truth, came to our religious meetings, & Joined himself in fellowship wth us but not keeping in subjection to ye spirit of truth wch leads unto all truth, & enables those yt are led & guided by it to order their consversations aright, & thereby brings honour to God & draws down his favour & blessing, upon them, When on ye (Contrary history & slight & reject ye dictates of this holy Spirit fully into unwatchfullness & gives ye enemy ye means hapiness an opportunity to prevail over them & lead them into () as may be said of ye Said William, who of late for his ends hath either taken an oath or conformd, so much so & manner of takeing it yt it called for an oath, & did not bear a faithfull testimony against Swearing as many of our ancient friends & Brethren have done according to our Lord & Saviours command, who saeth swear not at all Matt: 1 5th & by their firmness & consistency to observe this & keep a good conscience have suffered worry deeply both in body & goods, but ye testimony of truth being dropt by him & thereby our holy profession dishonoured & ill spoken of, & do think it our duty to give testimony against ye said William for his so doeing & therefore he stands out of unity & followship with us, till he come to a sense of his transgression, & walk up more faithfully to our principles as he hath hitherto done in other matters besides this for wch he hath been often loveingly admonished, yet persisted in his rough course of living contrary to ye peaceable way of righteousness, so tht tho he may out of form, appear as one of our Society we have not fellowship wth him, and desires tht what sin, disorderly practice, or inconsistent behaviour, to our holy principle yt he acts or committs may be charged upon himself.

Whereas Margrett Simpson hath for many years made a proffession of truth wch had she kept in ye possession of would have preserved her from falling into ye temptations of ye enemy, & enabled her to bear a faithfull testimony, for Christ when tried & called thereto but it appears yt she rashly & inconsiderately engaged in a Suit of law, or prosecution of a person she thought wronged her upon a slender & weak evidence without takeing advice of friends & whose ye matter came to a determination before ye Judge of Assize as she was demanded to swear, she did not stand faithful in her testimony against Swearing, according to our Lord & Saviour command but conformd so yt her compliance called for an oath which hath given great occasion for many to open their mouths against us, & brought reproach upon ye truth, wherefore ye Said Margrett is disowned by us of being of our profession & is out of unity & fellowship wth us untill she came to a sence of her transgression & heartily & sincerely repent.

Whereas William Robson hath been educated in ye way of truth & came to our religious Meetings from his Childhood, but not into a due subjection & obedience () grace of God, did not come to wittness a being caught thereby effectually to order his conversation aright as becometh a whole profession, but took as much liberty in some things which hath tended to ye dishonour of truth as in particular his rash undertakeing a law Suitt wthout seekeing ye advice of friends, & to curry his point therein conformd so farr to ye manner of takeing an oath yt it passed so & did not bear a faithfull testimony against swearing as behooves all those to do who believes oaths to be abolished, & yt our Lord & Saviour command ought to be observed, & this having brought a reproach upon our holy profession, & opened a way yt may lend to bring sufferings upon others, & do think it our duty to bear our testimony against him for these practices, & he stands out of unity wth us, untill he amend his ways & lives up according to our proffession (viz) Soberly, righteously & Godlily.

Pg 31 1713/14

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 24th day of ye 1 mo 1713.

The testymony against John Gaw haveing been showed him to which we understand he gave little answer, so ye same is signd att this meeting, & John Nicholson, John Cristy & Henry Greer are desired to go to ye meeting of Rathfryland and give ye friends there an oppertunity to sign it, & read it in tht meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly done.)

Jonathan Hudson, & Elizabeth Milikin haveing appeared and declared the continuation of their Intentions of mariage with each other, & the friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness haveing given account that they have made enquiry and nothing appears to obstruct their laying ye same before ye province meeting to which ye said friends are desired to return their account of them. (Note in margin: did present to ye province meeting & were permitted to marry.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 2 mo 1714.

The last subscription to William Edmonsons Journall being thought too small ye following is an addition

John Robson 1 Robt Hoope Junr 1 Mordecai Barrow 1
Joseph Bury 1 Thos Greer 1 Thos Walker 1
Andr Tagart 1 James Bullow 1 John Morton Junr 1
Richard Hartley 1 Wm Robson 1 Charles McCabe 1
Gabriel Winter 1 Tho ffletcher 1 Christopher Hillary 1
Abm Hoope 1 Wm Crook 1 John Turner Junr 1
John Hollin 1 Ben: Shepherd 1 James Millikin 1
Samuel Morton 1 Robt Willson 1

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th day of ye 2 mo 1714.

The visiters gives account tht they have made a pretty generall visitt, and where they found things amiss did advise, & were mostly promised amendment, & had pretty good satisfaction in ye mean so account is desired to be given to ye six friends next quarterly meeting, which is to be ye next fifth day. (Note in margin: was done.)

This meeting being acquainted tht notwithstanding ye former promises of amendment by both James & Jonathan Hildrith tht their conversation in respect of taking too much drink is disagreeable to truth temperance & sobriety wherefore John Robson & Roger Webb are desired to remind thm of their former promises & caution thm tht except they speedily repent & mend their ways friends will be necessitated to clear truth of their disorderly practises. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The following named friends is desired to be presented to ye Province Meeting for approbation to attend ye service of ye next half year Nationall Meeting viz John Hoope, John Greer, John Turner Junr & John Robson. (Note in margin: did attend ye meeting accordingly.)

Pg 32 1714

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 3 mo 1714.

The friends spoke to James & Jonathan Hildrith, & got but an indifferent answer to little satisfaction, so Roger Webb is desired to desire thm to be at ye meeting at John Robsons next first day tht friends may advise & admonish them to amendment. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Thomas Greer son of James Greer, having before acquainted some friends of his Intentions of marriage to Ann Henderson daughter of Kathrine Henderson of Dunclady & this day presented ye same before this meeting who made enquiry concerning his orderly proceedings & nothing appearing at present to obstruct him but tht he may proceed towards accomplishment therefore Richard Lynas & Robert Hoope Junr are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & return their answers to ye Province Meeting, wch they present to & John Hoope is desired to give ye said Thoms a Certificate to ye men & woemens meeting to be held at Grange.

Isaac Webb haveing signified to some friends his intentions of marriage wth Mary Holden daughter of John Houlden of Ballenderry, this day presented ye same before this meeting, who made enquiry concerning his proceedings, & nothing appearing to obstruct thm at present George Fox & Joseph Robson are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings, & give account to ye Province Meeting they present to, & John Hoope is desired to give him a Certificate to Lisburn Men & Woemens Meetings.

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 4 mo 1714.

According to appointment of last Meeting friends spoke to James & Jonathan Hildrith, & laid matters closely before them in much tenderness & concern for their preservation, which seemed to take some place with them & they promised to use their endeavours to avoid ye evills they have been guilty of, so this meeting is willing to try thm further how they answer ye expectation they have given. (Note in margin: about James & Jonathan Hildrith)

Whereas about three years past friends had given a Testimony against ye disorderly practises of William Lynas son of Edward Lynas who entreated friends to forebear publishing of it promiseing amendment & underwritt ye said testimony yett notwithstanding his fair promises, & friends tenderness, he hath since walked disorderly & dishonestly so John Walker is desired to bring ye said testimony, & show it to friends next first dy, tht ye publishing of it may be considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th day of ye 5 mo 1714.

Thos Winsloe & John Sawyer haveing wrote to this meeting about John ffosters Intention of Mariage with Beatrix Godfrey and ye said John ffoster haveing formerly lived here Ezekiel Bullock & Alexr Mathews are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness and return their answers as speedilly as possible. (Note in margin: did make enquiry and found nothing to hinder & returned answer ye 10th Instant.)

The testymony against William Lynas being read under written and signd at this meeting John Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was read ye 1st 6 mo 1714.

The proceedings of last half years meeting being read, its ye desire of this meeting tht ye matters therein contained may be duely observed & putt in practise. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 33 1714

It being doubted of tht Sarah Robson widdow doth not manage her affairs so well as she might, so John Turner Alexr Mathews & Robt hodgson are desired to enquire into her management & advise & assist her, particularly in selling some grass or hay to pay her rent. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And this meeting adjourns till this day week being ye 14th Instant.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 28th day 5 mo 1714.

Thomas McCany? & Eliz: Henin? having appeared a second time declared the continuation of their intentions of marriage wth each other & the friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness giving acct tht they know nothing to obstruct their further proceedings so they have leave to lay the same before next Pro: meeting. (Note in margin: did appear att ye pro: meeting att Bellyhagan an nothing appeared to obstruct their marriage)

The proceedings of the last Nationall meeting to be minded.

The friends appointed about Sarah Hobson give an acct tht they have been concerned about her affairs & finds things out of order & thereupon gave her advice what to doe but have not yet sold the meadow towards paying the rent so they are desired to continue their care in adviseing and assisting her, and alsoe to give Wm Gray acct how they find matters are to her. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to write an(wer) to the last Quarterly meetings proceedings & shew it to friends next fourth day. (Note in margin: was done)

Alexr Mathews Robt Hodgson & Roger Webb are desired to procure
15 Kesh of Turf for Marg: Garvin
10 for Mary Hildreth
15 for Frances Porter
10 for Margt Maddern
&20 for Margt Simpson. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

Pg 34 1714

Att a Preparative Means Meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 6 mo 1714.

The friends appointed to take care about Sarah Hobson gives account tht they have been concerned & are in hopes to get matters so managed tht she will get her rent paid. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to get ye Widdow’s Turf have done part & Intend to do ye rest. (Facing Notes: all done.)

James Greer Son of James Greer of this Meeting, & Ann Willson daughter of Robt Willson near Rathfryland after having acquainted some friends this day appeared before our Men & Woemens Meetings & declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other & upon enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Richard Lynas, George Fox, Sarah Cannings & Margaret Eayer are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & return their answers to ye next Means Meeting.

The proceedings of ye last quarterly Meeting having been read in this Meeting ye matters therein contained is desired to be considered of next Means Meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th 7 mo 1714.

The ffriends appointed to take care about Sarah Hobson gives account that they have taken ye needfull Care to assist her to manage her Concerns; but doe not find that she will be able to get her rent paid, of which they are desired to acquaint Wm Gray, and that they be assisting to her, to dispose of her Chidren & put ye youngest out apprentices to such masters as may Instruct them in trades that they may be fit for. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

James Greer & Ann Wilson having appeared a second time & declared ye continuance of their Intentions of marriage wth one another, & ye friends appointed to make inquiry concerning their clearness, giving account tht they find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings; they have leave to Lay ye same before next Province meeting. (Facing Notes: were maried at ye house of Robt Willson near Rathfryland ye 28th day of ye 7 mo 1714.)

All ffriends tht have not given in accounts of their births & burialls, are desired to give thm in to John Walker wthout delay, that they may be duely recorded & account thereof returned to next pro. meeting. (Facing Notes: Severall have given in their birth & burials & John Walker intends to take care to all ye rest.)

Ffriends are desired to be Carefull in takeing a right account of their sufferings & to give them in timely to Geo. Fox. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Att a Preparative Means Meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 7 mo 1714.

Friends appointed about Sarah Hobsons affairs have done what they can but have not accomplished what they expect to do so are desired to continue their care.

The proceedings of last Means Meeting not ended to be called for next Mens Meeting as also of Nationall & last Quarterly Meetings proceedings to be considered of & answered. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Pg 35 1714

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 8 mo 1714.

The friends appointed about Sarah Hobsons affairs gives account tht they have raised as much money mostly out of her own effects as paid her last (?3 mo) May rent, & have got one child out to William Gray & another to Timothy Kirk for a while to try how they like one another & if they do Timothy is desired soon to determine whether he will take him apprentice or not & if he do incline he is desired to apply to his Mother & William Gray & make conditions wth thm about him, & as to ye farm of land tht Sarah lives upon as much of it is thought best, to sell as will pay ye Landlords rent wch is left to William Gray to do for ye Widdow being his sister in law & lease of it in his name. (Facing Notes: was done.)

William Gray he above desired some friends to make enquiry concerning Samuell Johnsons clearness in relation to Marriage with Ruth Broughler? Because of his being of truths tho not belonging to our meeting & Timothy Kirk & Robt Hodgson being desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, do give account to this meeting they made enquiry, & find nothing to obstruct his proceedings, so ye Said Timothy & Robert are desired to acquaint William Gray herewith as that he may have ye account against next 6th day morning being ye day of their Mens Meeting.

George Fox gives account tht tho he has received Severall friends Sufferings yet there are Severall behind so he is desired to take care to collect all ye rest & get them fairly transcribed as soon as possible. (Facing Notes: see next meeting.)

It being desired by ye last 3 mo National Meeting to have ye mind of ye Severall provinces concerning an alteration in ye 3 mos National Meeting so as ye Meeting may be held in time to go home thence to answer ye yearly Meeting at London & it is ye mind of this Meeting tht any 9 mo Nationall Meeting may have their liberty to alter ye 3 mo Meeting so as tht friends may have time to go from our half years Meeting, to ye Said Yearly Meeting at London except ye Nationall Meeting may think fitt so for ye winter Meeting to begin on ye first of ye 9 mo & ye other one first of ye 3 moth this Meeting would rather desire & then there will be allways time to go to ye yearly Meeting at London without ye trouble of Alteration. (Facing Notes: ye Said account was given to ye pro: meeting.)

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to answer ye last Quarterly & National Meetings proceedings & bring ye Same to ye next fourth days meeting to be proved corrected & approved & to mention ye under named friends who are desired to attend ye Service of ye next half years Meeting John Turner, John Neile, Roger Webb, Henry Greer, William Dover, John Nicholson, John Cristy John Hollin Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Robson. (Facing Notes: was done & all ye rest answered ye half years meeting except Roger Webb.)

William Wetherill having for some time past Signified his concern & Sorrow for his transgression in Marrying one of another persuasion by a priest, & hath sent some lines by way of Judgement against himself for ye Said transgressions & friends belongeing there is some penitency & repentance upon him we are willing to reserve his Judgement provided tht it be held clear & clear tht ye above mentioned paper being thought to be something short Robert Hoope is desired to acquaint him therewith & direct him to John Walker & Joseph Robson who are desired to assist him because he cannot write himself to committ to writeing what he hath upon his mind towards Satisfaction for ye said offense. (Facing Note: See next meeting.)

Pg 36 1714

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 9th mo 1714.

George Fox being unwell and not here to give account what proceedings he has made towards preparing ye Sufferings in good order so Robert Hodgson is desired to assist George & mind to get thm fully ready & fairly transcribed in order to be examined at ye next Mens Meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

The matter about Widow Wetherill to be called for next Mens Meeting.

The last quarterly Meetings proceedings being read at this Meeting but many friends being absent & abroad its desired to be read again & further considered at ye next Mens Meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Thomas Fletcher & Ruth Walker haveing in ye days since acquainted some friends this day declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other & after ye necessary questions being asked & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings this Meeting appoints John Turner & Robert Hodgkins to make enquiry concerning Said Thomas his clearness & ye woemens friends have appointed Elinor Greer & Sarah Barrow to make enquiries concerning ye Said Ruths clearness & ye return of answers to ye next Mens Meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of ye 10 mo 1714.

By friends neglect in bringing in their Sufferings they are not all yet brought in which hath hindered their being fairly drawn out so Joseph Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to assist George ffox & use their endeavors to get all in & fairly drawn or (hereafter) to further draw out all those which are or can be got in & bring them to ye meeting this day week where all friends who have had any Sufferings are desired to be; in order that they may be drawn & prepared to be given in to next Province Meeting according to desire. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

William Wetherill haveing Sent another Testymony against himself wch hath been read in this Meeting as also hath ye (formerly) which friends have considered & ordered ye same to be received as to read them to see whether he walk behave or answer in (free life) & conversation what he setts forth in words & ye Meeting will have ye nearer fellowship with him when his repentance is more confirmed to be well & sincere. (Facing Notes: William Wetherill.)

Thomas Fletcher & Ruth Walker haveing appeared a Second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage with each other & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning them; haveing Signified tht they yet find nothing to obstruct their proceedings So ye Said Thomas & Ruth have leave to lay their Said Intentions before ye next Province Meeting & ye friends appointed are desired to continue their care in makeing further enquiry & return their answers to ye Province Meeting. (Facing Notes: did present to ye Province meeting.)

Att a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 22nd of ye 10 mo 1714.

Some of ye Sufferings nott yett being examined Joseph Robson & Robt Hodgson are again desired & Intreated to speedily gett what few there are yett to do: done: & transcribe them fairly & send them to Wm Gray according to appointment of ye last Pro: meeting without delay. (Facing Notes: was done & sent to Wm Gray.)

There being L4-18-1 ½ belonging to this meeting to be given to ye poor by a Legacy left by John Comb of rent out of ye National Meetings houses in Lisburn ye same is to be divided to ye poor att ye next meeting. (Facing Notes: See next meeting.)

The National meetings proceedings from ye last 9th mo half years meeting, & ye written Epistle from London to be read & ye contents minded ye next meeting.

Pg 37 1714

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th day of ye 11 mo 1714.

The L4-18-1 ½ mentioned last meeting to be divided as followeth.

Note: The 3rd column denotes who collected the money, faded & mostly unreadable.

Simon Bell 0-10-00 to Robert Hodgson
Margret Brown 0-04-00 to ... Kirk
(Eliz?) Hildreth 0-03-00 to Robert Hodgson
Margt Garvin 0-05-03
Margt Matthew 0-03-00
Francis Porter 0-03-00
Margt Simpson 0-05-00
Widdow (?These?) 0-05-01
William Smith 0-05-00
Daniel Bullow 0-08-00
Christian Bullock 0-08-00
(Joshua Mason)? 0-05-00
Christian Bullock 0-05-00
Jane (?Charles?) 0-09-01 1/2
Mary ‘Cooles? 0-03-00
(?John Cooper) 0-05-00
(?Geo Thomson) 0-05-00
Mary Turner 0-05-00
(?John) Rea 0-01-00

L4-18-1 ½ all ye above was paid.

(Mostly unreadable paragraph omitted here.)

It being desired by last Province Meeting ... Nationall Meeting... have a mind or can be prevailed with .. when wrote for or .. ye next Yearly Meeting & tho severall things have been spoken Encourageing friends to go yett none has offered neither hath ye meeting appointed any, so leaves it to further consideration.

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to prepare suitable returns for ye Quarterly Meeting & show it to friends for approbation next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan the 2nd day of 12 mo 1714.

The proceedings of ye last Province Meeting haveing been read at this Meeting containing necessary & good advice to ye professors of truth to walk answerable thereto as becometh ... in respect of ... (rest of paragraph unreadable.) (Note in margin:see next meeting.)

(Faded paragraph omitted)

Francis Robson son of John Robson ... haveing acquainted some friends... (most of this paragraph faded). (Note in margin: did enquire and found nothing to obstruct.)

Pg 38 1714/15

... enquiry ... nothing at present to obstruct his further proceedings therein John Walker & John Nicholson are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness .. their answers to ye next mens meeting as also to ye next Province meeting that ye said Francis & (Mary) present. (Note in margin: ... nothing to obstruct.)

John Taylor & Mary Agnew hath this day laid their Intentions of Marriage wth each other before this & our woemens meetings & after enquiry nothing materiell appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer Joseph Robson & Elinor Greer are desired to make enquiry ... clearness & return their answers to next mens & woemens meetings. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d 12 mo 1714.

Our friend Ezekiel Bullock being deceased who used to appoint meetings so John Robson is desired to mind tht service, & ye said John, Tim: Kirk & Joseph Robson are desired to take care tht ye said Ezekiels Will & Inventory be carefully recorded. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And our friend George ffox being deceased, Joseph Robson Robt Hodgson & John Nicholson are desired to gett his will & Inventory carefully recorded. (Note in margin: ye will is recorded & ye Inventory will be minded when it can be done.)

The visitors gives account tht they have made some progress in admonition & visiting, butt nott near done, so are desired to mind tht service & in particular those things which are recommended from last half year & quarterly meetings.

John Taylor & Mary Agnew, haveing ye second time appeared and declared ye continuation of their Intentions of Marriage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, gives account tht they find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have liberty to lay their said Intentions before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: did appear at ye Province meeting.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 1 mo 1714/15.

The friends appointed to gett Ezekiel Bullocks will & inventory recorded have nott gott it done so are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Jonathan Hetherington of Lisburn meeting & Martha Millikin of Munallan meeting ye said Jonathan produceing a certificate from Lisburn meeting appeared & declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other, & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, James Morton & Robt Richardson are appointed to make enquiry concerning ye said Jonathan & Ellinor Greer & Mary Cristy concerning ye said Martha. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

The visitors are desired to perform as much of their service as they can against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Nicholas Price haveing been for a considerable time past Inclined to take too much drink, which friends hath been often concerned to admonish him against, yett of late he hath not regarded ye advice butt came too much Intoxicated to ye last province meeting, which is a grieveous sin against God to come in tht condition under pretence to worship him wherefore this meeting in presence of ye said Nicholas, when severall friends gave him a great deal of advise

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and laid ye danger of such practise before him & read ye ... and testymony tht was drawn against his transgression to him & he did not gainsay, so ye further publication of it is deferred ... time to see how he behaves, & if he fall into ye same practices then it is to be publickly read: ye testymony ... thm in ye next meeting. (Note in margin: Concerning Nicholas Price.)

Aaron Mercer haveing complained to friends of a great abuse tht Hugh Mathews gave him by (writeing) him to some danger of his health and afterwards denied it & thn confessed, upon which some friends spoke to Hugh to tell him Judgment must be laid upon such transgressions and deniall & ye matter yett true, whereupon Hugh hath sent a paper against himself, butt it is not to satisfaction, therefore Wm Dover, .. Turner, James Greer & John Nicholson are desired to return his answers & tell him its not to satisfaction: And tht he also ... to give Aaron satisfaction in ye abuse: And likewise ye said friends are desired to tell Aaron to ... if Hugh will not ... thn Aaron is at his liberty to .. against him as he pleases but friends advice is and would rather .. that they make a friendly ... & agreement thn go to law. Note in margin: see ye meeting held ye 10th of ye 6 mo 1715.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of ye 2 mo 1715.

Friends gives account tht Ezekiel Bullocks will is received & ye Inventory when ready will be taken care of also.

The visiters gives account tht they have visited pretty many of ye families of friends, and Intends to do what more they can against next fourth day, att which time John Walker & John Hoope are desired to prepare pertinent accounts and answers to ye quarterly meeting & to Incert ye names of Timothy Kirk, John Walker, John Hoope, Robert Hodgson, John Nicholson, & John Turner for to attend ye service of ye next 3 mo half years meeting and also to mind to answer ye last half years meetings proceedings. (Note in margin: was done as to ye answers to ye questions, meeting)

Jonathan Hetherington & Martha Millikin haveing appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their intentions of Mariage with each other, & ye woemen friends appointed to enquire giveing account tht they find nothing to obstruct their laying their said Intentions before ye Pro: meeting.

This meeting being acquainted tht Judith Lynas daughter of Wm Lynas is maried to one of another persuasion by a priest and tht its feared ye parents have nott stood clear in their testymony in tht respect nor have nott been so careful of ye education & care of ye said Judith in ye way of truth as they ought to have been: Wherefore John Walker, Timothy Kirk, Robert ?Hoope?, Wm Dover & John Nicholson are desired to speak to ye said Wm Lynas & his wife & know of them how clear they have kept in respect to ye said mariage, & of their care of their daughter in truth, & if they find tht they have not been clear ye said friends are desired to be plain with them, & lett thm know wherein they have transgressed, and also to read ye said testymony to ye said Judith: & report her parents, & her answer to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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There being cause to doubt tht Daniel Robinson son of Robt Robinson & Joseph Hobson son of Widdow Hobson, are of a loose and disorderly behaviour & conversation in respect to drunkenness & other practises so ye visiters are desired either to deal closely with ye said Daniel and Joseph or to endeavour to bring thm before friends tht means may be used to reclaim thm, or if not, Judgment ... against thm or either of them, according to ye manner of ye transgression. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 2 mo 1715.

The friends appointed concerning William Lynas his wife and daughter, have not had oppertunity to answer ye desire of ye last meeting: so are desired to mind it against ye next mens meeting, as also to mind tht matters concerning Daniel Robinson & Joseph Hobson. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings hath been read & this meeting being small, its desired to be again read, & ye matters recommended therein to be considered at ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

There being too much cause to fear tht for some time past Wm Andrew Wm Robson & Margaret Simson have violated ye principles of truth, in either being prevailed upon to swear or take an oath, or too easily condescended or submitted thereto so as tht what they did, was taken for an oath, without bearing their testymony against swearing: so Robert Hoope, Tim: Kirk John Robson, John Walker, John Nicholson, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, Robt Hodgson & John Cristy, or some of thm are desired to use their endeavours to deal with ye said persons, and to find out ye truth of what is alledged against thm in tht case, & acquaint ye next mens meeting threwith tht orderly proceedings may be taken to place Judgment upon such disagreeable practises to ye principles of truth: in ye defence whereof many faithfull brethren have been great sufferers. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

This meeting being acquainted tht James ffinley & Deborah Hillary have clandestinely gone together & maried with a priest so John Walker is desired to draw up a suitable testymony against thm & show it to friends next first day, in order to be further considered of, & if approved, Tim: Kirk, & Roger Webb, to read ye testymony to thm both, and also to endeavour to find out whether ye parents & brothers of ye said Deborah have been clear from countenancing ye said mariage, & give account to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting)

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Friends haveing had oppertunity wth William Lynas & his wife give account tht they say they are clear in being concerned to ye promotion of their daughter Judiths marriage & are willing to Join in Testymony wth friends against her, wch testimony was read to ye said Judith, who confest & ownd ye truth thereof, & this day ye same was signed, & John Walker is desired to read it publickly in ye ?forenoon? meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was done & read, butt ye parents did nott sign it.)

The last province & Quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read in this meeting containing matters of moment to every person who have a regard to their eternall happiness glory to God & honour to truth ye same is desired to be minded, & particularly by ye visitors tht it may remain under their care so as they may be able to give answer thereto to ye next quarterly meeting.

Daniel Robinson & Joseph Hobson not yet being thoroughly dealt wth ye visitors are desired to mind them. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to deal with William Andrew William Robson & Margaret Simpson concerning their being thought to have taken an oath have spoke to them, who all of them seem to make a Shifting deniall tht they did ?whereas? notwithstanding it clearly appears tht they so behaved as tht what they did was accepted as by ye Courts, & their Actions proceeded & went on, as Swear.. which is evident tht they have not stood faithfull to ye Testimony of truth, in tht case which is cause of reproach, & may be a means to bring tryall, & Sufferings upon faithfull friends: so John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testimony against ye said William Andrew William Robson & Margt Simpson against ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker drew up a suitable testimony against James Finly & Deborah Hillary, & showed it to friends & Timothy Kirk & Roger Webb read ye said testymony to them so ye truth of which they owned, so ye said testimony was heard at this meeting & John Walker is desired to read ye same publickly next first day, & upon enquiry friends finds tht ye said Deborahs parents are clear from haveing any cause or concern in ye said marriage but are much troubled at it. (Note in margin: was done.)

Our friend Richard Lynas being deceased, Robert Hoope Junr & Benjamin Shepherd are desired to get ye will recorded, & an Inventory taken as soon as possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a Preparative Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 4 mo 1715.

The friends appointed to deal wth Daniell Robinson & Joseph Hobson have desired thm to come to ye meeting in order to be dealt wth for their loose & unbecoming behaviour but they seem to shun friends & proceed in their libertine course of life so John Walker is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against thm & show it to friends, tht due course according to Gospell order may be taken to disown them of fellowship with us. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker hath drawn something concerning William Andrew, but had not oppertunity to draw those against William Robson & Margaret Simson so he is desired to make some amendment to tht about William Andrew & to draw up ye other two as soon as he can & show them to friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hoope & Benjamin Shepherd gives account tht ye Inventory of Richard Lynas’s efects is taken but ye will is not yet recorded, so they are desired to take care to get both recorded & ye friends appointed to gett ye Inventories of ye efects of George Fox & Ezekiell Bullock are desired to be recorded also. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Dean of Antrim Meeting haveing appeared wth a Certificate from ye Mens Meeting of Grange tht he laid before tht meeting his Intentions of marriage wth Mary Giben who appointed Samuell Wilkinson & Lewis Raford to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & this day ye said John & Mary appeared and

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declared their Intentions of Marriage before this & our Woemens Meeting & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Sarah Greer & Margrett Mathews are desired to make enquiry concerning ye said Marys clearness & return their answers to ye next Mens Meeting & also to ye next Province Meeting. (Note in margin: see ye mens meeting held ye 21st of ye 7 mo 1715.)

Att a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 4 mo 1715.

The will & Inventory of Richard Lynas is recorded & Joseph Robson is desired to take care to get ye inventories of George Fox & Ezekiell Bullock recorded they now being ready. (Note in margin: are done.)

The last 3 mo Nationall Meetings proceedings haveing been read in this meeting & it containing advice to friends to be circumspect in conversation agreeable to our holy proffession, its therefore desired tht ye contents therein will remain under friends care tht ye mind of ye said Nationall Meeting may be answered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker hath drawn testimony against ye loose behaviour of Daniell Robinson & Joseph Hobson wch hath been read in this meeting so Timothy Kirk & Joseph Robson are desired to read ye said testimony to them & to return their answers to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony against William Andrew William Robson & Mary Simpson not yet being compleat its desired they may be ready against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to draw suitable answers to ye Quarterly meeting & show thm to friends next fourth day for approbation. (Note in margin: was done.)

The following friends are desired to visitt ye meeting at Robert Willsons next first day (viz) Robert Hoope Senr Timothy Kirk Joseph Robson & James Greer. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 5 mo 1715.

The proceedings of ye last Nationall 3 mo meeting is desired to remaine under friends care as desired by last meeting.

The testymonies against William Andrew, William Robson & Margaret Simpson, being read & approved att this meeting Robert Hoope, Timothy Kirk, & William Dover are desired to read ye said testymonys to thm & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk verbally & Joseph Robson in writeing gives account tht they read ye testymonies against Daniel Robison and Joseph Hobson to them who both owned to ye truth of what was writt against thm & Daniel seemd not to matter ye publishing of it, butt Joseph desired tht against him might be deferred for a while, so they are both left to ye consideration of ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Moses Bullock is married to one of another perswasion, and Isaac Bullock leads a loose life and disagreeable conversation to truth, so Robert Hoope, John Nicholson & Timothy Kirk are desired to speak to thm, and acquaint them how they have misbehaved, and return their answers to ye next mens meeting, & if they see fitt to prepare a testymony against Moses (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

(Note: Pg 29/30 should have been here, but instead is found after 1 month 1713/14.)

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Att a Preparative Meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st 6 mo 1715.

The friends appointed to deal with Moses & Isaac Bullock not haveing had oppertunity to speak with them & now a testimony being read in this meeting against ye said Moses, wch Robert Hoope, John Nicholson, & James Greer are desired to read to him, & afterwards give it to John Walker who is desired to read it publickly next first day, & also to read that against Nicholas Price wch was omitted to be done by last meetings orders, & ye said friends are desired to deal with ye said Isaac & give account how they find matters with him to the next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson gives account tht John Turner & he spoke to Hugh Mathew from whome they had little satisfaction but he promise to come to this meeting or write to them ye reason & he hath done neither, wch adds to his former transgressions, however ye said friends are desired to endeavour to get him to come before friends tht ye meeting may be clear of him sometime before next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak with Nathaniell Hillary did do it but did not read ye Testimony to him, & it now being read in this meeting, & approved James & John Greer are desired to read it to him & give it to John Walker who is desired to publish ye same next first day. (Note in margin: was done accordingly.)

John Pettigrew with a Certificate from Dublin Mens Meeting, & Hannah Hoope of this meeting, haveing appeared before this & our woemens meeting & declared their Intentions of Marriage wth each other & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Joseph Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to write to Dublin Mens Meeting to make enquiry concerning ye said Johns clearness consent of parents & relations concerned, & Elinor Greer & Sarah Barrow are desired to make enquiry concerning ye said Hannahs clearness etc & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Richard Bullock & Rachell Morton both of Moyallan Meeting haveing appeared before this & our Woemens meeting, & declared their Intentions of Marriage wth each other & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, James Milikin, John Neile, Mary Cristy & Sarah Lynas are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Peck & Jannet McGaw both of Rathfryland Meeting haveing appeared before this & our woemens meetings & declared their Intentions of Marriage wth each other, & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Robert Willson, & Thomas McClary? Mary Eager & Sarah Kenning are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 21st of ye 7 mo 1715.

The friends appointed to use endeavours to reclaim Isaac Bullock from his loose conversation are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Hugh Mathews hath sent a few lines to this meeting tht he cannot conveniently come to friends he going abroad but as soon as he comes home he Intends to do it: so Joseph Robson & John Turner are desired to remind him of his promises and to use their endeavours to bring him to friends as soon as ... (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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George Fox who received friends sufferings being deceased: friends are desired to bring thm in to Joseph Robson who is desired to take care of thm & putt thm in order.

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to prepare suitable account, to ye quarterly meeting & show ye same to friends next 4th day for approbation. (Note in margin: was done.)

Ailce Williams being deceased, John Robson is desired to gett a copy of her will & Inventory & get it recorded: & John gives account tht she has left three pound to be paid to him for him to distribute to poor friends of this meeting of which he is desired to take care as soon as it can be gott. (Note in margin: is recorded.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Sarah Gibson daughter of William Gibson is maried to one of another perswasion so John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testymony against her transgression and give it to Robert Hodgson & John Nicholson who are desired to read it to her & report her answer to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting haveing account of ye wicked practises of John Killcreest (viz) of his frequent drunkenness, rudeness swearing & cursing: wherefore John Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testymony against his transgressions, & give it to James Greer, Robert Hoope Junr & Benjamin Shepherd who are desired to acquaint him how contradictory & opposite his conversation is, to ye way of truth and read ye said testymony to him & report his answer to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Pettigrew and Hannah Hoope haveing declared the continuation of their Intentions of mariage, and the friends appointed to make enquiry concerning them gives account tht they have done it & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings so they have leave to lay ye same before ye next meeting.

Richard Bullogh & Rachel Morton haveing declared ye continuation of their Intentions of mariage, and ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning thm gives account tht they have done it: & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings: so they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting.

John Peck & Jannet McGaw haveing declared ye continuation of their Intentions of Mariage: and ye frineds appointed to make enquiry concerning thm give account that they have done it: & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings: so they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting.

John Dean & Mary Gibsons presentation of mariage since ye preparative meeting ye 8th of ye 4 mo last haveing remained in suspence untill now when they have declared ye continuation of their Intentions & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning them gives account that they have done it & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings so they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting.

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Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th 8 mo 1715.

The proceedings of ye last mens meeting, have all been read and considered in this meeting and in as much as ye next Province meeting is to be but four weeks, which will occasion our next mens meeting to be held sooner thn usuall: Its therefore appointed to be held ye next first day come a week after ye meeting of worship, when ye minutes of ye last meeting are to be called over again: and friends are desired thn to give account who will attend ye service of ye next half years meeting.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d 8 mo 1715.

It being something difficult to meet with Isaac Bullock ye friends appointed to deal with him could not get oppertunity with him together, but have spoke separately to him, and theres little appearance of his amendment, however sd friends are desired to continue their Care concerning him & give account to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

ffriends have had an oppertunity to speak wth Hugh Mathew in this meeting & advise him to humility & circumspection & Carefull conversation tht he may come under a true sense of his misbehaviour and in that give Judgement against them, to which this meeting gave him account that they would expect an agreeable & suitable testimoney from him against ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker is desired to publish ye testimoney against Sarah Finlay alias Gibson this day a week. (Note in margin: was done.)

The friends appointed to speak to John Killcrist gives account that they have done it & read ye testimoney against him to wch after sometime he confessed to ye truth of it & desires friends to accept of a Judgement from himself & forbear publishing that against him, he promiseing amendment soe ye same friends are desired to produce what testimony he offers to ye consideration of next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

For as much as there was no full visit made to particular families before ye last quarterly meeting as was expected, soe its desired tht Robert Hoope, Willm Dover, John Nicholson, Joseph Robson, John Hoope, John Walker, James Greer, John Turner, Henry Greer, John Greer, Mordecai Barrow, John Robson, Roger Webb, Robert Hodgson, Robert Hoope Junr, John Morton, John Christy, Saml Morton, & John Neil doe make a particular visit against ye next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The undernamed friends are desired to be presented to the province meeting for approbation to attend ye service of next half years meeting, viz James Greer Wm Dover John Nicholson Henry Greer John Christy John Neil Saml Morton, John Hoope and John Greer. (Note in margin: was done.)

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Joseph Gill & John Stevens by order of ye mens meeting of Dublin desireing to know how James Bradshaw and his wife stood in respect to fellowship with friends when they left this place, soe Henry Greer & Robert Hodgson are desired to send a coppy of ye testimoney tht he gave against himself to ye sd ffriends & to write therewith tht when he went home there seemd some concern upon him for his transgression, & such other matters as they see meet, & to keep a coppy of what they write. (Note in margin: was done.)

Richard Webbs life & conversation being very dissagreeable to truth, John Walker is desired to bring ye testimonies that have heretofore been given against him to be considered of, at ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th 9 mo 1715.

The friends appointed to speak with Isaac Bullock gives account that its thought hes gone out of ye kingdom, and soe out of ye reach of friends at ye psent. Hugh Mathews haveing sent noe testimoney to this meeting concerning his misdemeanours, Robert Hodgson & John Turner are desired to speak to him about his neglect & tell him that his answer will be expected at next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The ffriends appointed to speak to John Kilcreist gives out that he is not capable of him self to write a testimoney against his transgressions but seems to be under some consern for it & is willing to sign what friends may think propper to endorse, soe John Walker is desired to write a few lines under what was done before & James Greer to get him sign it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker according to order of last meeting produced severall testimonies tht have been given forth against Richard Webb for his disorderly conversation, both by friends & himself, the further consideration of thm is refferd to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

That friends appointed to make ye visit do mind to proceed timely upon it, that soe it may be performed and accounts thereof ready to be given in to next province meeting. (Note in margin: accounts was given.)

Friends are desired to give in their sufferings to Robert Hodgson, till Joseph Robson return home.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th 10 mo 1715.

Hugh Mathews appeared in this meeting & offers to sign any paper that friends may think fit to write as a testimoney against his misbehaviours, soe John Turner and Robert Hodgson are desired to assist him to draw one suitable to ye occasion & present it to next Prepa: meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimoney against John Kilcreist being shown him & he acknowledgeing his transgression & seemingly under some concern & trouble for it, hath signd some lines Judgeing ye same, which was read in this meeting & ordered to be laid by wth out further publication till it appears how he behaves for ye future. (Note in margin: John Kilcreest)

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John Robson & Roger Webb are desired to speak to Richard Webb and get him before friends as soon as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There being a report that Toby Hillery is clandestinely married to his uncle Timothy Kirks daughter Ruth, to ye great dishonour of truth & grief of their parents wherefore Alexr Mathews & Robert Hodgson are desired to inquire into ye case & find out whether they are married or not, and give account to John Walker that he may draw up a testimoney against them. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed to make ye vissit, gives account that they have mostly gone throw it, and what remains undone they think to perform in time, soe John Walker is desired to draw up a paper signifying ye same to next sixth days meeting as also a paper to ye seventh days meeting. (Note in margin: was all done.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th day of ye 11 mo 1715.

John Turner & Robert Hodgson have produced a testimoney from Hugh Mathews against himself, which this meeting receives towd sattisfaction for his transgression, hopeing that he will soe regard ye witness in himself & admonition of friends that he will walk more circumspectly which ye sd friends are desired to acquaint him. (Note in margin: Concerning Hugh Mathews - was done)

Roger Webb gives account that Richard Webb is not willing to come to friends, nor doth not seem to take advice of friends or amend his ways, soe John Walker is desired to draw up a pertinent testimoney against his transgression wth recitall of former dealings with against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hollin & Elizabeth Robson haveing signifyed their intentions of marriage to some friends & this day declared the same before this meeting, & upon inquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings John Christy & Samuell Morton Ellinr Greer & Sarah Lynas are desired to make Inquiry concerning their clearness consent of parents & relations concernd & to return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

The testimoney against Toby Hillary & Ruth Kirk being read in this meeting & approved Alexr Mathews & Robert Hodgson are desired to read it to them, & return it to John Walker who is desired to publish it next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Both ye proceedings of ye last nationall meeting & quarterly are brought to this meeting, which is desired to be read next mens meeting & ye matters therein containd to be considered & minded in order to be put in practice.

John Morton gives account tht his son William is married

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to one of another profession contrary to ye order of truth therefore John Walker is desired to draw up a testimony against his transgressions & give it to John Neil & James Millikin who are desired to read it to him & give account to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th day of ye 11 mo 1715.

Richard Webb haveing given an expectation to some friends that he would give in a testimoney against his transgressions to this meeting, which not being done, ye friends tht were appointed to speak to him before are desired to discourse him again & see what he will doe, before John Walker draw up a testimoney against him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hollen & Elizabeth Robson haveing appeared a second time & declared ye continuance of their intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make inquiry concerning them give an account tht they have done it & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, soe they have leave to lay ye same before next pro. meeting. (Note in margin: appeared att ye province meeting & permitted to marry.)

Joseph Robson & John Walker are desired to search out such minutes as have been given forth by ye half years meeting relateing to parents that doe not stand clear in their testimoney against their children tht runs out to marry etc and ppresent them to next preparative meeting, in order tht ye last quarterly meetings Epistle which was read in this meeting, may be answered. (Note in margin:see next meeting.)

The last Nationall meetings Epistle was read in this meeting & there appearing some materiall things therein to be minded & severall minutes referrd to: soe its thought fitt that ye sd Epistle be perused at next preparative meeting and further considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing produced a testimoney against Wm Morton which being read and approved John Christy and John Neile are desired to read it to him, & to get it published in the meeting at Monallen next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Joseph Robson haveing collected ye sufferings & most of thm being read over & examind so Joseph is desired to put them into ye best order he can & present them to ye next Pro: meeting after makeing inquiry of such friends as are absent whether theirs are right. (Note in margin: was done.)

That John Walker draw up a testimoney against James Roberts & his wife for their indirect Practices.

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Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15 of ye 12 mo 1715.

Notwithstanding ye many endeavours tht hath been used with Richd Webb by frequent admonitions & advice in order if possible tht he might be reclaimed from his evill practises & amend his wayes, yet for all tht has been done, there does not appear any ground to hope for an emendment, he not comeing to perform worship to Almighty God, nor near friends: which are not good tokens of his haveing a trouble upon him for his transgressions: Wherefore Wm Dover & John Walker are desired to draw up a suitable testymony against his disorderly practises, minding to Instance former dealings with him and his promises of amendment; & show it to friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joseph Robson & John Walker not haveing ye books to search for ye minutes desired, untill now, are desired to mind them against next mens meeting.

The needfull part of ye last Nationall meetings proceedings being read in this meeting & severall matters spoken to desireing friends to observe the advice therein given, so tht as friends makes visits they are desired to advise & observe how ye severall minutes are putt in practise: And in as much as there are some things to be minded by ye woemen friends, its desired tht part of ye said proceedings may be communicated to ye next woemens meeting.

John Walker haveing drawn a testymony against James Roberts & his wife which John Nicholson Mordecai Barrow & Robt Hodgson are desired to show thm & to discourse thm both in respect to their mismanagement which haveing been so bad has straitened friends to look so well upon them with an eye of releef they being poor as if they had walked answerable & to friends minds.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 7th of ye 1 mo 1715.

A testymony against Richard Webb haveing been read in this meeting which is thought to be pertinent to ye dealings with him & his transgressions, so John Robson & Roger Webb are desired to read it to him speak to him upon it, & return his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Some minutes have been sought out & brought to this meeting but ye most propper Epistles being a long time ago cannot yet be found, so John Walker Joseph Robson & John Hoope are desired to find ye Nationall meetings procedings of 1680 & 1691 & bring thm if found to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

George ffox deceased haveing left fourty Shillings to poor friends of this meeting which Robert Hodgson now brought to this meeting, who desires tht he may distribute it as followeth as ye said Georges Legacy.

to Simon Bell 5-0 Mary Hildrith 3-0 James Simpson 3-0
Margt Brown 3-0 Jane Chambers 3-0 to Rathfryland 5-0
Margt Garvin 3-0 Daniel Bullogh 5-0 Wm Smith 3-0
Christian Bullock 7-0
11-0 11-0 18-0

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Account given tht ye testymony was shown to James Roberts & his wife, who confest to ye truth thereof & desired to have liberty to under write, & forbearance in publishing it for some time he promiseing amendment, so Robt Hodgson is desired to give them oppertunity to underwrite it, & bring what is done to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker & John Hoope are desired to write ye answers of ye last province meeting to ye next, & show thm to friends next fourth day. (Note in margin: done.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 28th day of ye 1 mo 1716.

ffriends gives account tht Richard Webb hath been spoke to pretty fully and the testymony read to him & he desireing tht it may be delayed publishing giveing some expectation of his amending his wayes & comeing more frequently to meetings, John Robson & Roger Webb are desired to acquaint tht upon ye expectation he has given of walking more circumspectly & orderly & frequent meetings more thn he hath done ffriends forbears publishing ye said testymony for a while to try how he answers ye expectation given, & tht ye testymony do lye in ye meeting book till it be known how he answers his promise. (Note in margin: about Richard Webb.)

Account given tht ye Nationall meetings proceedings 1680 & 1691 cannot yet be found: so ye friends appointed are desired to continue their care & endeavour to find thm against next meeting.

Robert Hodgson gives account tht ye fourty Shillings left by George ffox is paid according to ye appointment of ye last meeting.

Robt Hodgson not haveing had oppertunity to speak to James Roberts & his wife, is desired to mind it & give account to ye next meeting.

The last province & quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read in this meeting, which with other matters recommends the observation of ye last nationall meetings proceedings particularly of a nationall visitt, & friends to attend ye services of ye next yearly meeting at London which friends are desired to have under their consideration untill next mens meeting: And ye copy of ye paper mentioned in ye province proceedings being read in this meeting, John Walker is desired to read it in a convenient time in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Itt being thought necessary to make a visitt to ye meeting near Rathfryland, Robt Hoope, Alexr Mathews, John Christy & Henry Greer are desired to perform it as soon as conveniently they can, & to ye particular families if they find it needfull & give account of their service. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht John Bullogh son of Daniel Bullogh is maried by a priest of which John Christy is desired to enquire. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And tht Rebecca Chapman is also maried by a priest so desired tht Robt Hoope enquire & give account. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 51 1716

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th day of ye 2 mo 1716.

The nationall meeting proceedings of 1680 & 1691 being brought to this meeting & read, in which is suitable & propper advice to friends, which are to be offered to ye province meeting for approbation for further service. (Note in margin: was offered to ye province meeting which ordered to go out for service.)

Robert Hodgson hath brought a paper from James Roberts condemning his evill practises which there be butt small satisfaction yet in regard of his great poverty, this meeting is willing to forbear publishing ye testymony tht was prepared against him for some time; to try how he behaves for ye time to come. (Note in margin: abt James Roberts.)

The necessary part of ye Nationall meetings procedings & ye last quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read, & ye severall matters therein contained being considered in respect to ye nationall visit, & answering ye service of ye next yearly meeting at London & ye service of ye next 3 mo nationall meeting at Dublin, which being promised to friends and as to ye two first were opened to answer or willing to be appointed, only one friend signifyed his inclination to visit some meetings in England which is left to further consideration and ye following friends are named to answer ye service of ye 3 mo meeting (viz) Wm Dover, Roger Webb, John Christy & Mordecai Barrow. (Note in margin: Roger Webb did not go.)

John Hoope is desired to draw ye needfull answer to ye nationall & quarterly meetings proceedings, to ye mens pro: meeting & show it to friends next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done.)

The friends appointed to visit ye meeting at Robt Willsons nott haveing had conveniency yet to perform it, are desired to be there next first day. (Note in margin: did accordingly goe.)

John Christy, & Robt Hoope Junr gives account tht it is true tht John Bullogh & Rebecca Chapman, are both maried to a woman & a man of another perswasion by a priest so John Walker is desired to draw suitable testymonies against their transgressions. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Thirkield & Thos Bullock haveing complained to this meeting against James Bullow for want of some money he owes thm & James being present, & there appearing no reason why he should not pay thm, what is due to thm: therefore this meeting hath desired ye said James to pay thm.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 9th day of ye 3 mo 1716.

John Walker haveing drawn suitable testymonies against ye transgressions of John Bullogh & Rebecca Chapman and ye same being read in this meeting & approved John Hollin & Samuel Morten are desired to read tht to John Bullogh and Robert Hoope and several friends are desired to read tht to Rebecca & to return their answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 52 1716

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 3 mo 1716.

Accounts given tht ye testimoney was read to John Bullough who ownd ye truth of it, & ye same was publickly read in ye meeting at Monallen on ye first day being ye 20th instant. (Note in margin: Testimoney publishd against John Bullough.)

Also account given tht ye testimoney against Rebecca Chapman was read to her & she ownd ye truth thereof so John Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was publickly read on a first day being 17 4 mo 1716.)

John Hoope & John Walker are desired to prepare suitable answers & accounts for ye select and quarterly meetings to be held at Ballyhagan next. Robert Hoope Mordecai Barrow & John Christy are desired to attend ye service of ye select meeting on ye sixth day. (Note in margin: was done only Mordecai did not appear but John Robson for him.)

Whereas Ann Harris of Dublin a litle after ye warr considering ye want of poor friends of this meeting sent five pounds towards their relief, and now ye said Ann standing need of such charitable assistance herself, there being 20 Shill not long since sent her, and its now desired that this meeting and ye woemens meeting doe raise five pounds besides ye 20 Shill either at next preparative meeting or at farthest at next men & woemens meeting in gratefull return to her for her former kindness. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th 4 mo 1716.

Severall friends being absent from this meeting, its thought fit to deferr raiseing ye five pounds for Ann Harris till next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Wm Dover haveing made a complaint against James Bullough for detaining a sum of money from him, due by a promisory note about six months agoe, and ye sd James being sent for appeared here, but doth not come to comply with ye sense of this meeting, which is that he pay ye sd William otherwise if he doe not in a reasonable time, that sd Wm be left to his liberty to get it ye best way he can, after applying to next mens meeting for farther advise. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 53 1716

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th of ye 5 mo 1716.

The friends who were at meeting this day did subscribe towards raising ye 5L for Ann Harris as by a list may appear, & ye friends names who were absent tht are thought fitt to subscribe are taken in ye said list, which with ye money tht is paid of ye said subscription is let with John Nicholson, who is desired to pay ye said Ann Harris ye said sum of five pound as soon as it can be got. (Note in margin: John Nicholson gave account tht he paid ye 5L & tht he has also received it from ye meeting.)

James Bullogh being abroad William Dover is willing to deferr ye conclusion or determination of his complaint till next meeting. (Note in margin: ye said difference is ended.)

The last Nationall, & last quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read with which this meeting haveing unity: Its desired tht ye severall matters mentioned therein, may be minded & taken care of to be duely observed, and among other things, ye province desireing tht a thorough visit may be made, Robert Hoope, John Robson, James Greer, Mordecai Barrow, John Nicholson, Wm Dover, John Walker & John Hoope do perform it against next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The next province meeting being appointed to be held at Coothill John Neile, John Turner, Alexr Mathews, James Greer, John Cristy Alexr Cristy, Joseph Robson, Robt Hodgson, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, Roger Webb & Wm Dover are desired to attend it and answer ye service tht concerns this meeting. (Note in margin: John Turner, Joseph Robson, Robt Hodgson, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, & Roger Webb did not go.)

Elizabeth Carr wife of Joel Carr, & Hannah Goodall writeing from Colechester in England for a certificate, & one being signd at this meeting, Joseph Robson is desired to take a copy of it & bring it to ye next meeting & send ye originall away. (Note in margin: a copy was taken and ye originall sent.)

Att a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 1st of ye 6 mo 1716.

Severall friends being absent ye matters of last mens meeting tht are not gone thro, are to be called over next mens meeting.

Margaret Simpson haveing behaved her self so unworthily tht friends is uneasy in her liveing where she does, & she haveing a big pot, tht belongs to friends, Mordecai Barrow is desired to take care of it for ye use of friends: And for as much as some care should be taken of James Simpson, & Ann Simpson son & daughter to ye said Margaret, who cannot help & maintain themselves James & John Greer are desired to speak to John Killcreest & his wife, sister & brother in law to ye said James & Ann, & know upon what terms they will diet & lodge the said children, friends finding thm apparrell, & give account to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 54 1716

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d day of ye 6 mo 1716.

The visit not yet being fully compleated ye friends appointed are desired to do what can be done against this day week tht accounts may thn be given in order tht answer be returned to ye quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Greer gives account tht John Killcreest & his wife refuses to diet Margt Simpsons children, neither does it appear tht any other will undertake it but tht friends will be necessitated to give ye said Margt something weekly towards ye mantainance of ye said children, provided tht what friends gives may be only applied towards their releef; Wherefore Alexr Mathews James Greer, Robt Hodgson and Mordecai Barrow are desired to acquaint ye sd Margt to get another place to live in & not suffer her daughter Lidia to live with her & then friends intends to give something towards ye mantainance of ye said children. (Note in margin: ye said friends did acquaint ye sd Margt, but received no satisfactory answer so are desired to continue their care in adviseing her to remove.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th of ye 7 mo 1716.

For as much as ye visit is not fully compleated & tht ye last quarterly meeting desires tht it may be done before next pro: meeting and answers returned thither its desired tht it may be minded. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting being read & also an Epistle by John ffallowfield presented by appointment ot ye said meeting, so such of ye proceedings as concerns us, is desired may be taken notice of & observed: And John Walker is desired to publickly read ye said Epistle in a convernient time in ye forenoon of ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: John Walker did accordingly read ye said Epistle.)

Friends are desired to bring in their sufferings to Joseph Robson who is desired to take thm carefully in, tht they may be put to rights & examined. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Samuel Robson son of John Robson after haveing acquainted some friends this day declared his Intentions of Mariage with Mary ffletcher of Lisburn meeting & nothing materiall appearing to obstruct his further proceedings, Henry Greer & Gabriel Winter are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to ye pro: meeting.

James Hay & Deborah Lynas of this meeting after acquainting some friends this day declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other, & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, James Greer, Ben: Shepherd, Mary Walker & Elinor Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 55 1716

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 3 of ye 8 mo 1716.

The visit not yet being fully performed its desired tht something more may be done before ye Province meeting, & if it cannot be compleated in tht time, desired tht it may be minded till it be.

To mind friends to bring in their sufferings as appointed by meeting.

James Hay & Deborah Lynas haveing appeared & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of Marriage, & ye appointed friends giveing account tht nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings they may lay ye same before ye next province meeting.

Att a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 8 mo 1716.

Account is given tht something farther hath been done towards accomplishing ye visit since last meeting, soe Robert Hoope & James Greer are desired to continue thr care untill ye whole be finished. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

To mind friends to bring in their sufferings.

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th day of ye 9 mo 1716.

The visitors gives account that they have made a pretty good progress in vissiting ye families of friends, but that there is one quarter yet to goe threw, soe they are desired to continue their care & proceed as farr as they can in order to finish it against next fourth day. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Hoope is desired to give publick notice to friends next first day to bring in their sufferings to Joseph Robson, severall haveing neglected doeing of it. (Note in margin: was done.)

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th 10 mo 1716.

Dayes being short & weather bad, Robert Hoope & James Greer hath not had conveniency to finish ye visit, so Roger Webb is desired to accompany them, & they are desired to take such oppertunities as their ability will allow, & compleat it against ye next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Severall friends are so backward in bringing in their sufferings tht Joseph Robson cannot get thm to draw fair over therefore ye friends appointed to call for thm are desired to be dilligent therein & to bring thm to Joseph without loss of time; tht he may have thm ready against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 56 1716

Alice Williams haveing left a legacy of three pound to poor friends of this meeting & there being 6-6 expended in ye obtaining of it: there remaines L2-13-6 which is brought to this meeting & John Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to give it to ye following named persons (viz)

pd Margaret Brown 10-00 pd Mary Hildrith 9-00
pd Frances Porter 9-00 pd Simon Bell 8-00
pd Margt Garvin 5-00 pd James Simpson 3-00
pd Sarah Hobson 5-00 pd Ann Simpson 3-06
1:9:00 1- 4- 6
Totall L2:13: 6

John Murray of Lisburn Country meeting haveing signified to this meeting some difference between him & John Robson and upon his complaint hath declared his willingness tht friends should determine it, either by ye meetings choice or by their own choosing friends, & John Robson being present and a pretty deal of intercourse thereupon, yet he seems not very willing at present to leave his part of ye difference to ye meetings choice of friends or his own, therefore he is desired to endeavour to get ye difference ended peaceably & agreeable to truth as soon as possible; or otherwise to condescend & submit to ye advice of ye next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 10 mo 1716.

The friends appointed to compleat ye service of ye visit are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Notwithstanding ye care tht hath been taken all ye sufferings are not yet got in, but what is collected from such friends as are present have been read & examined, so Joseph Robson is desired to continue his care in collecting what is out, & give notice to those friends who were absent to come to meeting next fourth day, to give account whether they are rightly entered or not. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Both ye proceedings of ye last 9 mo Nationall meeting as also ye last quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read with which this meeting haveing good unity ye severall matters therein recomended is desired may be minded put in practise and answered.

John Nicholson haveing signififyed to this meeting some time since, as also to our last province meeting of his concern to visit friends in Scotland & some parts of England and ye said

Pg 57 1716

Province meeting consenting thereto desired this meeting to give him a certificate on behalf of ye province which was done and signd at this meeting, a copy whereof is ordered amongst ye province papers.

The matter of John Murrays complaint against John Robson since last meeting haveing been before some friends, & also now at this meeting, both ye said John Robson & John Murray haveing declared their willingness to be determined by this meeting in order to decide ye said differnece; therefore this meeting is now to enquire into ye matter and determine it if possible at this time, if not, as soon as can be. (Note in margin: was then ended and determined.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 16th of ye 11 mo 1716.

There not being much materiall at this meeting to enter & few friends being present: ye proceedings of ye last meeting is desired may be called over next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6 12 mo 1716.

Account tht ye visit since last meeting hath been pretty well accomplished to Indifferent satisfaction, so James Greer & John Cristy are desired to attend ye service of ye next select quarterly meeting & give account tht except in some things matters are pretty well, & tht friends are concerned to answer ye desire of Nationall & quarterly meetings advice, & tht worship & testymonies are pretty orderly. (Note in margin: was done.)

The sufferings being near finished Robt Hodgson & Joseph Robson are desired to get ye few tht is undone compleated & send them Immediately to Wm Gray. (Note in margin: was done.)

James Hay & John Taylor haveing sometime since desired to have liberty to sit in mens meetings, which being considered this meeting thinks fitt to answer their request and allows thm ye liberty hopeing it may be for their Edification & growth in ye truth.

This meeting haveing account tht Hugh McCollam & Hannah Gibson are maried with a priest, Mordecai Barrow & John Walker are desired to make enquiry concerning it, & return account to ye next preparative meeting how they find things with thm. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 58 1716/17

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 27th of ye 12 mo 1716.

John Walker & Mordecai Barrow gives account tht they spoke to Hugh McCollum who confesses tht he is maried to Hannah Gibson but would not give account by whome nor when, & she proves to be with child, which hidden wicked practises being inconsistant with our holy profession John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testymony against both their transgressions & Mordecai & he is desired to show it to thm both, & return their answers & testymony to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Millikin of Munallan meeting haveing declared his Intentions of Mariage with Susannah McRannall of Ballinderry meeting, & upon enquiry from himself nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings, John Morton & John Neile are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents, & return their answers to tht province meeting tht they present their said Intentions to.

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting being read in which there are severall matters to be minded, so ye said proceedings are to be read next mens meeting & to be further considered. (Note in margin: was read & ye matters thrin considered & minded.)

There haveing been a difference for sometime past depending between John Moore & Joseph Robson which hath arisen to a great height, wherefore Alexr Mathews, John Walker, Robert Hodgson Roger Webb, Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer, are desired to get account in writeing from them of ye occasion of their difference, & endeavour to get it ended, & give account to friends next fourth day what they both have to say, that this meeting may have knowledge therein, so as to place Judgment thereupon agreeable to ye nature of ye case.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th 1 mo 1716.

John Walker hath produced a testymony against ye transgressions of Hugh McCollum & Hannah Gibson which Mordecai Barrow & he read to them, who owned ye truth thereof but shewed little sorrow for their wickedness and ye said testymony being approved by this meeting John Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly read ye 24th of ye 1 mo 1716/17.)

There being severall friends books belonging to this meeting and it not being certain in whose hands they are, all friends who have any of them are desired to bring thm to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Our proportion of ye Nationall Charge being L41-8-9 severall friends have at this meeting subscribed towards raising ye same & some tht are absent are ordered to be spoke to, tht ye said sum may be compleated at ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 59 1717

Alexr Mathews, Henry Greer, Robert Hodgson & Joseph Robson are desired to attend ye assizes & assist friends who have buisiness there. (Note in margin: was done only Jos: Robson was not well.)

The friends appointed concerning ye diference between John Moore & Joseph Robson, have done what they can at present towards an accomodation but have not yet accomplished it, so they are desired to be dilligent & use their endeavours to get it ended as speedily as possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Subscribers towards ye reprinting of Robert Barclay works

John Walker ye 3 volumes dellivered
John Nicholson ye 3 volumes dellivered
Thos ffletcher ye 3 volumes dellivered
volumes without ye apology
Alexr Mathews ye 2 delivered
Robert Hodgson 2 delivered
John Greer 2 dellivered
Timothy Kirk 2 dellivered
John Cristy 2 dellivered
John Neile 2
Roger Webb 2
John Turner Senr 2 dellivered
John (Morton) Junr 2 dellivered
Benjamin Shepherd & 2
Sam. ffrancis

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 2 mo 1717.

Some of ye meeting books are brought in, but not all so ye friends who have any, are desired to bring thm to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends who subscribed to ye publick charge are desired to pay it to John Hoope against next mens meeting. account on ye other side.

The friends appointed concerning ye diference between John Moore & Joseph Robson gives account tht it is not yet ended, by reason of some things in ye way: so they are desired to be mindfull to get it ended against ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Morgan Willson of Toberhead meeting, & Hannah Gilbert ye said Morgan haveing produced a certificate from ye said meeting of Toberhead tht Neile OMony & Archibald McCoole are appointed to make enquiry concerning ye said Morgans clearness: declared their Intentions of mariage with each other before ye woemens meeting & this & upon enquiry nothing appearing at present to obstruct their further procedings, Sarah Lynas & Sarah Greer are appointed to make enquiry concerning ye clearness of ye said Hannah & return their answers to ye next men & woemens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 60 1717

Subscriptions towards ye publick charge L41-8-9.
L S d
pd Robert Hoope Senr 1-00-00 pd Samuel ffrancis 0-10-10
pd James Greer 0-16-3 pd Thomas Greer 0-10-10
pd Thomas Walker 1- - - pd Richard Mason 1-1-8
pd John Robson 1 - - - pd Roger Webb 1-10 -
pd Alexr Mathews 1-10 - pd Timothy Kirk 0-10-10
pd John Hoope 5 - - pd Peter Rogers 0-10-10
pd Robt Hodgson 2 - - pd John Greer 2 - -
pd John Turner Senr 2 - - pd Andrw Tagart 0-10 -
pd Mordecai Barrow 1-10 - pd Alexr Cristy & Sam: Morton 0-16-3
pd Henry Greer 1 - - pd John Cristy 0-16-3
pd Gabriel Winter 0 10 10 pd John Morten Senr 0-10-
pd John Walker 5 - - pd John Morton Junr 0-10-10
pd John Nicholson 2 - - pd James Milikin 0-6-6
pd Thos ffletcher 0-16-3 pd John Hollin 0-8-0
pd Abraham Hoope 1-16-3 pd John Neile 1-10-0
pd Benjamin Shepherd 0-10-10 pd Wm Crook 0-16-3
pd Robert Hoope Junr 1-1-8 pd Thos Harlan 0-5-5
pd Joseph Robson 1 - -
28:12:01 13: 4:06
28:12:01
41:16: 7

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan the first day of ye 3 mo 1717.

All the meeting books tht can be found are brought in & a list taken where they are, which list is to lye in this book ready to make alterations as friends brings thm back & others takes them. (Note in margin: Concerning ye meeting books.)

Morgan Willson and Hannah Gilbert haveing appeared a second time & declared the continuation of their Intentions of Mariage & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings they have liberty to lay ye same before ye next Pro: meeting. (Note in margin: appeared at ye Province meeting & were permitted to marry.)

Account given tht ye difference between John Moore, & Joseph Robson is agreed upon to be ended & expected tht it will. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Whereas Edward Thornbrough signifying his Inclinations to go to America, and wants a certificate, which friends took to consideration, & gave him such an one as they could; agreeable to his behaviour & circumstances, a copy whereof is amongst ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: Concerning a Certificate for Edwd Thornbrough.)

Account tht John Peck a friend belonging to Rathfryland meeting; is aged, weak & poor so Robert Hodgson is desired to send him twenty Shillings by some safe hand as soon as possible, & charge it to ye meeting. (Note in margin: was accordingly done & sent by Robert Wilson.)

Pg 61 1717

The following friends if approved by ye province meeting are desired to attend ye service of ye next half years meeting viz Robt Hodgson, Robert Hoope Junr, John Hollin, John Christy Mordecai Barrow & John Greer. (Note in margin: Were approved & did attend sd meeting.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 3 mo 1717.

Notwithstanding ye great Care & dilligence of friends appointed to get an end put to ye difference between Joseph Robson & John Moore, & ye assistance they had of severall other friends, yet has not got it fully determined, though at present they have desisted proceeding in law against one another, & there is hope that in a litle time ye cause of sd difference will be taken away. (Note in margin: see ye next mens meeting.)

John Bell son of Wm Bell haveing appeared and declared his intentions of marriage wth Margrett Kerr of Charliamt meeting, & upon enquiry from himself nothing appearing to obstruct his farther proceedings, Saml Francis & Robert Hoope Junr are desired to make inquiry concerning his clearness, orderly proceedings consent of parents etc and return thr answers to ye province meeting, when they present thr Intentions. (Note in margin: did present at ye Province meeting following & were permitte to marry.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th day of ye 4 mo 1717.

Account is given to this meeting by ye friends aforesd that there has been noe farther proceedings in law between John Moore & Jos Robson of late, yet ye cause is not taken away. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Greer haveing appeared, & declared his Intentions of marriage with Mary Chambers of Dublin meeting & upon Inquiry something appearing not soe clear as could be desired, John Nicholson & John Walker are desired to make farther inquiry into ye case, as also concerning his proceeding & consent of parents & if all be clear, to give him a certificate to Dublin mens meeting, & to return account there how they find things when required.

James Wilson son of Robert Wilson near Rathfryland haveing run out to a priest for a wife & thereby brought reproach upon truth, John Walker is desired to draw up a testimoney against his transgressions & present it to next meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 62 1717

Robert (Tuft) & Jane his wife haveing sent a paper to this meeting, desireing that ye case of their brother Robert Kirks children, may be examind into (sd paper mentioning ye particulers). Soe Timothy Kirk & Francis Hillery haveing had ye care of sd children since their parents decease, are desired to give a plain account to next mens meeting, how ye case stands, & what care hath been taken to Improve ye Effects hath been left them also what schooling they get etc. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 3rd day of ye 5 mo 1717.

Account is given that ye case between John Moore and Joseph Robson, Continues as it was (viz) not fully ended. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & Francis Hillery have not brought in their accounts concerning Robert Kirks Children, according to order of last meeting, by reason as they say, that they had not an oppertunity of meeting wth John Rogers ye administr as they expected, but proposes to have it ready to perfect to next mens meeting, which they are desired to mind, also Francis is desired to get ye two boys (sons of ye sd Robert) schooling in ye mean time. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Walker haveing drawn up a testimoney against James Wilson, according to order of last meeting, it was read here & approved, also signd & given to Saml Kening & James Henin who are desired to shew it to sd James Wilson & if he own it to be true, that it be signd by his father & publickly read on a first day in a meeting near Rathfryland and ye testimoney to be returnd to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Att a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th day of ye 5 mo 1717.

Joseph Robson being absent from this meeting, noe farther account is given whether ye cause of ye difference between him & John Moore be ended, soe its to be farther inquired into next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & Francis Hillery haveing again neglected to bring in their accounts according to order of last meeting & now desireing ye assistance of some friends, soe Henry Greer Mordecai Barrow, Alexr Mathew, Robt Hodgson, Roger Webb & John Walker are desired to help them at a convenient time, soe tht ye accounts may be ready to present to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Friends from Rathfryland give account that ye testimoney against James Wilson was signd by his father & read publickly in a meeting on a first day, but have not returnd it therefore its to be called for next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: is returned & amongst ye other papers ... kind.)

Pg 63 1717

Elizabeth Langtry widdow haveing run out a second time to a priest & joined herself in marriage to one of another profession Alexr Mathew & John Turner are desired to speak to him, & give account to next meeting how they find things. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last halfe years meeting Epistle being read here & severall weighty matters being containd therein, wch requires friends care, soe that suitable answers may be returnd & especially tht concerning friends setling thr outward substance & which may be seen more fully in sd Epistle.

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th 6 mo 1717.

Joseph Robson not yett being come home there is no acct whether ye Difference between him & John Moore be ended so its to be inquired into ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Some acct being produced at this meeting relating to ye affairs of ye Orphans of Robt Kirk deceased which hath been examined & enquired into, & there appeares to be L8-7-0 received by ye Adminstrater for goods sold over & above what paid ye debts, & tht there remains due yett for the said godds by Geo Carter L1-4-0 & by James Rea 11S-4d & by Patrick Henan 1S 4d & it further appears by account produced by Tim: Kirk tht more is 6S 11d due to ye Orphans to ballance acct of borrowed money to fine the land & other things ending the first of ye 9 mo last & then the land was clear so tht ye last amounts is ye first of the net product tht is to be taken care for ye childrens use of all which Timothy Kirk & ffrancis Hillary are desired to take care & gett collected & to improve for ye childrens use or take care tht ye sd children do choose such guardians for thm selves as will take the sd care tht every thing may be improved for their use untill they come to age, & for as much as Francis Hillary with whome the sd children were young neglected to put thm to school or gett thm some learning to read & write arithmetick such as may be propper & further it being suspected whether there have been a right & fair devision made of the land between Francis Hillary & tht was taken for the sd children therefore Tim Kirk & Francis Hillary are desired to produce leases such writing & surveys as they can gett to ye next meeting in order to ye clear discovery how tht division hath been.

Alexr Mathews gives acct tht Eliz Langtry is married a second time with a priest therefore Jno Walker is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against her transgression & produce it to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Ralph Hay & Josph Dixson having a mind to transport thm selves to America, & desired certificates John Tayler & John Moreton Senr are desired to make inquiry concerning their clearness in respect to debts mariage behavior & consent of those concerned & otherwise relating to such a Journey. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Wm Poe & Mary Berry having acquainted some friends did this day appear & declare their intentions of marriage with one another before this meeting & upon inquiry from thm selves nothing appearing against their further proceedings Robt Hodgson & Alexr Mathews Deb: Turner & Sarah Walker are desired to make inquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return accts to next mens meeting and to ye Province meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Woods of Lisburn & Hannah Gibson having acquainted some friends did this day appear & declare their intentions of marriage wth one another before this meeting & upon inquiry from thm selves nothing appearing against their further proceedings Richd Turner & Arthur Smith being appointed by ye mens meeting held at Mary Boyes & Sarah Lynas & Ruth Moore by our womens meeting to make inquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & to return acct to the next mens & province meeitng. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th 7 mo 1717.

This meeting haveing account tht Ann Dunbarr widdow is maried with a priest contrary to truth, & ye testymony against Eliz: Langtry not being drawn, John Walker is desired to draw two suitable testymonies against both their transgressions and Alexr Mathews & John Turner are desired to speak to ye said Ann Dunbarr. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given by John Morten Senr & John Taylor concerning Ralph Hay & Joseph Dicksons clearness in respect to their going to Carolina in America, & tho nothing appears materiall to obtstruct them yet this meeting do not like their going to tht country, ye said Joseph hath declined his Intentions of goeing but Ralph continues his, and if he cannot be diswaded from going, John Walker, Joseph Robson & Robt Hodgson are desired to give him a suitable certificate on behalf of this meeting. (Note in margin: Ralph Hay was prevailed upon to decline his Journey so there was no occasion to give thm certificates.)

The minute made last meeting relateing to ye affairs of ye orphans of Robert Kirk deceased was this meeting read, and Timothy Kirk and ffrancis Hillary enquired of what they had done therein, & they brought ye lease, but not ye survey, so that this meeting cannot determine about ye true division of ye land, without ye knowledge of ye time tht it was divided: therefore ye said Timothy & Francis are desired to get it against next meeting. The two oldest of ye said orphans viz Roger & Rachel, & Robert Tuft and his wife being at this meeting, and ye children being enquired of who they would choose for their guardians to take care of their affairs and ye said Roger & Rachel for themselves & also on behalf of their younger bro. John, did voluntarily & of their own accord, choose & nominate Peter Rogers, Robert Hodgson, & Robert Tuft, to be their guardians to take care of their concerns, which ye said Peter & both Roberts did accept of, therefore they are desired to take ye care thereof upon thm and Tim: Kirk & ffrancis Hillary do take care tht ye Administrater do give up his accounts to ye said guardians.

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The difference between John Moore & Joseph Robson is not yet ended so they are desired to get it ended before next meeting. (Note in margin: is ended.)

Wm Poe & Mary Berry haveing appeared a second time & declared the continuation of their Intentions of mariage & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 25 7 mo 1717.)

James Woods & Hannah Gibson haveing appeared a second time & declared the continuation of their Intention of mariage & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 8 mo 1717.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 2d day of the 8 mo 1717.

Alexr Mathews gives account tht he spoke to Ann Dunbar who confessed that she was married and John Walker having drawn a testimony against her transgression which being read & approved, as also was a testimony against Eliz: (Uprichar?) als Langtry both wch testimons Alexr Mathews John Nicholson & John Turner are desired to read to them & if they find no reason to delay ye publishing of thm, then they are desired to give thm to John Walker who is desired to read thm on a first day. (Note in margin: both ye said Ann & Eliz: were spoke to & confessed: but little repentance appeared, & thr testymonies were published on ye 13th of ye 8 mo 1717.)

The matter concerning the orphans of Robt Kirk both in respect to the land & otherwise is committed to the care of Robt Hodgson Peter Rogers John Nicholson and Henry Greer who are desired with Robt Tuft to enquire & endeavour to understand the reason of the division of the land as it now is, tht it may be known tht Justice hath been done to the said orphans. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Andrew & Miriam Bullock after acquainting some friends this day appeared & declared their intentions of mariage with each other & nothing at present appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Mor Barrow & Henry Greer Sarah Lynas & Sarah Barrow are desired to make inquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: Mariage.)

John Brallaghan als Bradly & Mary Mulhollum after acquainting some friends this day appeared & declared their intentions of mariage with each other & nothing materiall at present appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Thos Greer & Benjn Shepherd, Deborah Turner & Ann Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & return their answers to the next mens meeting.

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Thomas Chapman signifying to this meeting his inclination of transporting himself to America Ben Shepherd and Robt Hoope are desired to enquire into his clearness and draw a certificate suitable for him & whow it to friends to be signed. (Note in margin: ye said Thos Chapman delaying his Journey for ye present ye certificate is deferred.)

The matter concerning ye orphans of Robert Kirk not yet being efected the friends appointed are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Andrew and Miriam Bullock haveing appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of Mariage, & ye friends appointed being enquired of & nothing appearing to obstruct them they have leave to lay ye same before the next province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 6 day of ye 9 mo 1717.)

John Brallaghan als Bradley and Mary Mullhollum haveing appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed being enquired of and nothing appearing to obstruct them they have leave to lay ye same before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 9 mo 1717.)

Our friend James Greer being deceased, Henry Greer, Thos Greer & Mordecai Barrow are desired to get his will & Inventory recorded, & a copy thereof brought to ye meeting as soon as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

ffriends are desired to bring in their sufferings to Robert Hodgson & Joseph Robson. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hoope is desired to draw answer to ye last quarterly meetings proceedings to be viewed by friends next fourth day. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 6th day of ye 9 mo 1717.

Nothing being yet done about ye orphans of Robert Kirk the friends appointed are desired to take care therein. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The friends appointed concerning James Greers will & Inventory are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

ffriends to be reminded to bring in their sufferings. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings being read wherein there are some things belonging to this meeting to be minded particularly in appointing some friends as visiters and this meeting being small its desired tht ye same may come under ye consideration of ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 67 1711

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 10 mo 1717.

The friends appointed about the orphans of Robert Kirk have been upon ye land & considered severall things relateing to ye division & some difficulties being in ye way tht at present no alteration can well be Judged or determined to alter ye farms as they now stand expecially in ye absence of ye Landlord: wherefore tht matter is suspended for ye present.

To mind James Greers will. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

ffriends to be minded to bring in their sufferings. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Although there hath been a pretty deal of discourse in this meeting to appoint visiters, yet it cannot now be got done: so its desired tht it may be minded ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Ann Lutton formerly Bullogh haveing sent a paper of condemnation of & from herself for her transgression, & friends haveing some reason to believe tht she hath been under some sorrow & trouble & hopeing tht as she remaines under repentance, she may find remission for her sins & tht ye Lord will be mercifull to her, ye said testymony is laid by to try how she answers ye same in her duty to God.

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan the 10th day of ye 10 mo 1717.

Account given tht James Greers will & Inventory is recorded.

Andrew Tagart is desired to get Richard Hartleys will & Inventory recorded. (Note in margin: ye will is recorded but ye Inventory is not yet taken.)

Part of ye sufferings are brought in, & so far examined as friends were present: so Joseph Robson & Robert Hodgson are desired to use their dilligence to gather in ye remainder & get as many of thm examined as they can, so as tht they may be compleated at ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

There haveing been a pretty deal of discourse at this meeting to get visiters appointed, but it yet cannot be efected, so endeavours are to be used next meeting.

John Nicholson at ye request of William Dover signifying tht ye said William haveing some Intentions of going to England & desires a certificate of his conversation, & this meeting knowing nothing but tht he may have it, so ye said John Nicholson is desired to draw one & present it to friends for approbation & to be signd. (Note in margin: was done & signd.)

Pg 68 1717

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 11 mo 1717.

All ye sufferings tht can be got collected are done & examined but not so fairly drawn over as they ought to be therefore Joseph Robson is desired to draw thm fair over & bring thm to ye meeting next fourth day to be viewed & read over & thn take thm to ye next pro: meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

The last Nationall half years meetings proceedings as also a particular Epistle to this province haveing been read & they containing good advice which this meeting is desired to consider thereof & mind to put ye same in practise, & there being L6-0-9 ½ nationall & provintiall charge to this meetings proportion Robert Hodgson is desired to pay ye same to ye next pro: meeting.

According to the desire of ye last meeting there hath been a pretty deal of discourse about appointing some friends to be concerned in visiting families etc & altho there be several friends who are well Inclined & pretty fitt, yet are something unwilling to take such a weighty service upon thm, however are yet willing to be serviceable according to their capacity therefore this meeting desires John Turner Senr, Mordecai Barrow, Henry Greer, John Nicholson, Timothy Kirk, Roger Webb, Robt Hodgson John Walker & John Hoope to be concerned to answer tht service for ye present as they may think most propper to get it accomplished, & so to continue untill there be occasion to alter thm. (Note in margin: Visiters appointed.)

John Hoope is desired to draw answer to ye last quarterly meetings proceedings & present it to friends next 4th day for approbation. (Note in margin: was done & approved.)

Timothy Kirk & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend ye service of ye next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: did attend.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 11 mo 1717.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings haveing been read in this meeting in which altho there is not particular matter to be Immediately minded yet friends are desired to be dilligent & zealous in ye service of truth in ye severall branches which is expected to be put in practise.

Pg 69 1717

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th of ye 12 mo 1717.

Account given tht two daughters of Nicholas Price have been lately maried by a priest or priests contrary to ye truth, & it is doubted that their mother Elizabeth Price hath been accessary & Instrumental in promoting ye said mariages, not only endeavouring to get thm accomplished, but also in entertaining & countenancing them and is a reproach upon our holy profession, therefore John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testymony according to their transgressions of the said Elizabeth her daughter Mary & her daughter Abigail & show it to friends to be approved, & thn Mordecai Barrow, Alexr Mathews & John Nicholson are desired to read it to them & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The house in ye meeting house tenement where Margaret Simpson lived being out of repair, Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer are desired to put it in good repair fit to live in as soon as possible they can, & call to Robert Hodgson for ye cost who is desired to pay it & place it to the meetings account.

James Greer haveing by his last will left five pound to poor friends belong to this meeting which is in John Greers hands so this meeting desires ye said John Greer Henry Greer & Robt Hodgson to distribute ye same to ye severall following named friends according to ye sums annexed to their names viz

Mary Hildrith 0-05-00 Simon Bell 0-10-00
James & Ann Simpson 0-10-00 Mary Timmons 0-10-00
Frances Porter 0-5-00 Bryan Collins 0-5-00
Margt Garvin 0-5-00 Sarah Hobson 0-5-00
Isable Dixson 0-5-00 John Rea 0-5-00
Margaret Brown 0-10-00
2-00-00 2-10-0
2-00-0
To be disposed of by Elinor Greer 0-10-0
5-00-0

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th of ye 1 mo 1717.

A testimony being brought to this meeting against ye transgressions of Elizabeth Price & her daughters Mary & Abigail, John Hay is to transcribe it & give it to ye friends appointed to read it to them & if nothing appear to obstruct ye publication of it, ye said friends are to bring it to friends to be signd by order of this meeting, & after publickly read on a first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly read to thm & published. read on a first day being ye 23d 1 mo 1717/18.)

This meetings records in several respects being behind & undone as births, burials, wills, Inventories, papers of condemnation etc and John Hay being come back & willing to take the recording of ye meetings business upon him, he is desired to do it as he shall be directed from time to time, & to have for his pains ye sum of five pounds ye first of ye next 9 mo, one moyety whereof, Robt Hodgson is to pay him ye next 4 mo & ye other at ye 9 mo & charge ye same to this meetings accnt & to fitt him wth a little convenient closet to keep papers & books, & to write in, Henry Greer, Robt Hodgson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to get it done as cheap as they can & charge it to ye meetings accnt.

Thomas Greer of Ballyhaes meeting & Hannah Bell of this meeting, after acquainting some friends declared their Intentions of marriage wth one another, & ye said Thomas produceing a certificate from the meeting he belongs to, & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, our women friends appointed Sarah Lynas & Sarah Barrow to make enquiry concerning ye sd Hannahs clearness

Pg 70 1717/18

& forasmuch as ye Friends of Ballyhaes have not appointed any men friends to make enquiry concerning ye said Thomas clearness, therefore John Hoope is desired to write to Bellyhaes friends that he has presented his sd marriage here, & desire thm to make enquiry concerning him & to return their answer to our next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 23d day of ye 2 mo 1718.

Account being given that Rachell Kirk daughter of Robt Kirk deceased is married by a priest to one of another persuasion contrary to truth, therefore John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testimony against her transgressions & show it to friends, & after it is approved, Mordecay Barrow & Joseph Robson are desired to read it to her, lay her transgression before her, & return her answer to the next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Thomas Greer of Bellyhaes meeting & Hannah Bell of this meeting haveing appeared a second time & declared the continuation of their Intentions of Marriage with one another, & the friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness etc viz John Love & John Crawford of Bellyhaes meeting Sarah Lynas & Sarah Barrow of this meeting, having returnd their answers that nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay their said Intentions before the next province meeting.

Mordecay Barrow, Joseph Robson, Robert Hodgson & John Hoope are desired to attend ye service of ye next 3 mo half years meeting, if approved by ye province meeting.

Timothy Kirk, John Christy & Samuel ffrancis are desired to attend the service of the next select sixth days meeting.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 2 mo 1718.

A testimony was drawn against Rachel Kirk, & shewed to her, which she owned to be true, under hand, & ye said testimony being signd at this meeting Jno Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day, as also ye Epistle from B. Holm(es). (Note in margin: were both read publickly on a first day.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th of ye 3 mo 1718.

The proceedings of last quarterly meeting & also Wm Dovers Epistle were read in this meeting, wch being very small by reason of ye absence of many friends, some being at Dublin & others not here, so ye said papers are recomended to next mens meeting for further consideration. (Note in margin: Wm Rogers Epistle ordered to be read publickly on a first day.)

Account being given that Robt Wilson James Homan, Jno Egger & Patrick Gaw, all of Rathfryland meeting, are put into the Bshps Court on acct of tithes by Major Norris or Wm Chase, so Thoms McClung is desired to tell them to come to Lurgan next sixth day, & Alexr Mathews, Jno Robson, Jno Nicholson & Jno Greer are desired to assist them in making application to proper persons, who are expected thn in town, in order to put by any further prosecution. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

This meeting being acquainted tht Jno Gibson & Christan Harlan have run out to a priest to be married, contrary to the good order of truth, & tht some who profess truth were abetting & assisting to them therein so Jno Greer & Andrew Taggart are desired to make enquiry concerning them & how matters have been carried on, & whether married or not & give acct to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 4th of ye 4 mo 1718.

Some of ye friends tht were appointed to make application to hinder further prosecution against Rathfryland friends, give acct they could not do much wth ye persons concerned, & since acct given tht Patrick Gaw is taken & kept close prisoner in Downpatrick goal, so Alexr Mathews & Jno Robson are desired to speak to Jas Perry, Joseph Robson & Jno Greer to Joshua Jenny, Jno Walker to Henry Close, & Jno Hoope to Saml Waring, all to use their endeavours to either get ye sd Patrick released or at least enlarged as soon as possible, as also in ye same endeavours to get him cleared to try to get ye prosecution tht is on foot against Robt Wilson, Jno Eager, & Ja: Henan stopt & such other friend of this meeting as have any acquaintance or place wth any proper person, are desired to use thr endeavours for friends liberty in truths way. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 71 1718

John Greer & Andrew Taggart gives acct tht they spoke to Jno Gibson & Christian Harlan who confessed tht they were married by a priest, & tht James Alderdice & Mary Gibson were assisting, so Jno Walker is desired to draw a pertinent testimony against their transgressions, & shew it to friends & thn Jno Greer & Andrew Tagart are desired to read it to them, & return ye testimony & answers to ye next meeting, & ye meeting to deal wth Ja: Alderdice & Mary Gibson for ye countenanceing & assisting in ye accomplishmt of such clandestine marriages, as also the like testimony against Sarah Towle to be done in like manner.

The last 3 mo National meetings proceedings was brought to this meeting, which being small, & several friends absent, its desired to be read & considered at ye next mens meeting, in order tht ye matters contained thrin may be put in practice.

At a Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th day of 4 mo 1718.

The friends appointed to make application to ye sundry persons concerned in the prosecution & Imprisonmt of Patrick Gaw, give acct tht they took convenient opportunities to discourse thm, & found them all very ready to quitt ye demands, & .. Jno Matthews ye Chancelor & Wm Chase ye prosecutor gave orders to ye sub Sheriff to discharge him, wch accordingly was done ye 13th Instant, having been a prisonor about 20 days & tht theres no further prosecution yet against ye other friends.

The testimony against Jno Gibson & Christan Harland & Sarah (Towl) being read & approved, & shewn to ye two first, Jno Turner & Robt Hodgson is desired to read it to ye latter & return it to Jno Walker who is desired to read ye same publickly on a first day, & Andrew Tagart is desired to tell James Alderdice & his wife & Mary Gibson to attend a meeting at a convenient time in order to be dealt wth for their transgression. (Note in margin: was publickly read on ye 13th of ye 5 mo 1718.)

The last National half years meetings proceedings & ye Epistle from last quarterly meeting were read in this meeting, & friends having good unity wth them recomends thr contents hereof to be duly observed.

Also ye Epistle from Benjamin Holme was read in this meeting, & subscribers for ye book called ye Spirit of ye Martires Revived viz:

John (Neile), Jno Walker, Jno Nicholson, Joseph Robson, Wm Dover, Jno Turner Sr, Jno Turner Jr, Jno Greer, Henry Greer, Robt Hodgson, Jno Christy, Andrew Tagart, Jno Morton Sen, Roger Webb, James Hay, Alexr Mathews, Mordecay Barrow, Jno Walker, for Tho Fletcher, Robt Hoope, Jno Morton Junr, Joseph Barry, Tho Greer, John (Taylor?), (Wm) Rea, (Christ:) Hillary. (Note in margin: Gabriel Winter, John Neile.)

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th day of ye 5 mo 1718.

The last province proceedings & ye last National meetings Epistles from London as afford particular Epistle against pride etc, having been read in this meeting & they containing good advice for friends to keep to ye ancient plainness of truth & to ye testimony thereof & they being thought to be of service to make more publick, via ye 2 Epistles from London, John Walker is desired to read thm in ye forenoon meeting next first day, & ye next mens meeting is desired to consider of ye further service of them. (Note in margin: were read on a first day.)

John Morton & Deborah Hartley after acquainting some friends this day appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage to each other, & nothing appearing to obstruct ye further proceedings Jno Walker & Robt Hodgkins, Sarah Walker & Mary Webb are desired to make enquiry concerning ye clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned & to return ye answers to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th day of ye 6 mo 1718.

John Morton & Deborah Hartley having appeared a second time & declared thr continuation of their Intentions of marriage wth one another & ye friends appointed to make Inquiry concerning ye clearness etc viz Robt Hodgson & Jno Walker, Mary Webb & Sarah Walker, haveing returnd thr answers tht nothing appears to obstruct thr furher proceedings so they have leave to lay thr said Intentions before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 7 mo 1718.)

John Hoope, after having acquainted some friends, appeared & declared his Intentions of marriage wth Elizabeth Wilcocks of ye City of Dublin, before this meeting & nothing appearing against him, this meeting having ordered him a Certificate, which being signed here, Jno Hay is desired to take a Coppy of it etc. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 7 mo 1718.)

A letter being presented to this meeting from York giving acct of Francis Hillary ye younger being there, & not behaving himself so well as could be desired & also desiring to be informed concerning him, this meeting has therefore wrote to Wm White in York of his conversation when here, which being signd Jno Hay is desired to take a Coppy thereof. (Note in margin: ye said letter was accordingly sent.)

Pg 72 1718

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th day of ye 6 mo 1718.

This meeting being small, it is adjourned to this day week.

7 mo ye 3d according to adjournment friends met.

James Heynan & Thomas McCling having signified their Intentions of going to America with their wives & families & desires certificates, Therefore Robert Wilson & Patrick McGaw are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness in respect to their conversation in truth & debt etc & to give account as soon as they can to friends of this town, who are desired by this meeting to give them such certificates agreeable to truth as after knowledge of their behaviour may be safe.

At a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th day of ye 7 mo 1718.

According to ye desire of last meeting, Robt Willson & Patrick McGaw gave acct tht they made enquiry concerning James Henin & Thoms McClung, tht they were pretty clear in respect to debt, so friends gave each of thm a certificate, as agreeable to their circumstances & behaviour as they thought propper, copies whereof are amongst ye meetings papers: and whereas ye sd James Henin has owed friends of this meeting ye sum of five pounds for several years, he hath now paid it, & ye sd Thoms McClung being a hopefull young man, & having a family & is low in ye world, & undertaking a long journey, this meeting gave ye said five pounds to ye sd Thomas for which he was thankfull.

Abel Strettell & John Stevens having writ to this meeting, to make enquiry concerning John Hoope his clearness in relation to his marriage with Elizabeth Wilcocks of Dublin, & Jno Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow, being appointed to make enquiry, have returned their answers tht he is clear & his parents & relations consenting and the said John hath also signd a minute in ye book for recording of wills & inventories in respecting justice to be done to his children, by his former wife, so this meeting have ordered him a certificate signd by Jno Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow, a copy whereof is among ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

Timithy Kirk, Jno Christy & Henry Greer are desired to attend ye service of ye next quarterly meeting, & give acct of worship & testimonies, & Jno Walker is desired to draw a suitable Epistle in answer to ye last quarterly meeting, & show it to friends next fourth day being this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 8 mo 1718.

Joseph Walker, son of John Walker of this meeting having declared his Intentions of marriage wth Frances Brady, daughter of John Brady of Grange & after enquiry nothing matterial appearing to obstruct his further proceedings, Robert Hodgson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & return their answers to the province meeting.

The last quarterly meeting desiring tht ye sufferings may be collected, friends are desired to bring thm to Jno Hay as speedily as may be tht they may be ready when called for.

This meeting being acquainted tht Isaac Webb hath behaved himself very abusively to some friends both wth his tongue & strikeing, contrary to truth therefore Roger Webb is desired to speak to him to stay to speak to friends next first or 4th day.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th day of ye 8 mo 1718.

The sufferings not being ready, friends who have not brought them in are desired to do it wth out delay, tht they may be ready when called for. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Roger Webb gives account tht he spoke to Isaac Webb to come to friends who refused, & persisted in his evil designs, therefore John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions & show it to friends & if aproved John Walker, Robert Hodgson, & John Hoope are desired to read it to him, & return his answer to the next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given that William ffox hath misbehaved himself in strikeing a friend & otherwise therefore Robert Hodgson & John Nicholson are desired to desire him to come to friends at a seasonable time as soon as possible, tht he may be dealt with. (Note in margin: see next mens meeting.)

Account given tht Thomas Walker & his wife Mary have left a legacy to poor friends (viz) by Thomas, five pounds & by Mary four, so ye Executors are desired to bring ye sd sums to ye next meeting tht it may be distributed according to ye will of ye givers, and to bring Marys Will tht it may be recorded, Thomas’s being already done. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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This meeting being sensible of the penitency & godly sorrow of Mary Douglas als Greer, for her transgression, therefore John Hay is desired to bring ye testimony tht she gave against herself sometime agoe to ye next meeting, that ye publishing of it may be considered. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th of ye 9 mo 1718.

Several friends who were appointed to do some business last meeting, being absent & ye sufferings not ready to be examined, therefore its desired tht ye proceedings of last meeting may be called over & enquired into ye next mens meeting.

John Hay having produced ye testimony by Mary Duglass against her self for her transgression, to wch this meeting hath added a few lines, so Henry Greer is desired to acquaint her to stand by ye reading of it by Jno Walker next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Moses Shaw, son of Jonas Shaw of Lisburn meeting, & Deborah Webb, daughter of Roger Webb of this meeting, having declared their Intentions of marriage wth each other before this meeting & after enquiry, nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, &ye said Moses produceing a certificate from ye meeting of Lisburn tht htey have appointed Richd Mercer & James Morton to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings, & our womens meeting have appointed Ellinor Greer & Sarah Barrow to make enquiry concerning ye sd Deborahs clearness & orderly proceedings, are desired to return their answers to our next men & womens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk, complaining tht George Bell in his life time, owed him L1:11:4 ½ since his decease, his widdow Abigail promised to pay sd money but yet hath not done it, therefore Alexr Mathews & Samuel ffrancis are desired to speak to her to pay sd money without further delay, otherwise friends must leave Timothy to his liberty. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10 day of ye 10 mo 1718.

The friends appointed to speak to William Fox, did, whose answer is tht he is willing to come to friends having something to say, between him & another friend, & he & ye friend being abused at present. Robt Hodgson, Jno Turner, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, Alexr Mathews & Thos Fletcher are desired to take anoppertunity to get thm together, & hear what they have to say & report ye same to ye meeting as soon as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Moses Shaw & Deborah Webb, having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of thr Intentions of Marriage wth one another, & nothing appearing against ye proceedings, but tht they may lay ye sd Intentions before next pro: meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye first day of ye 11 mo 1718.)

The friends appointed to speak to Abigail Bell, at ye money tht she promised to pay Timothy Kirk, give acct tht she sayes she has not wherewth to pay him but recommends him to ye administrator: Jno Christy & Jno Morton are desired to speak again to her again to fulfill her promise in satisfying Timothy either in money or goods & use her endeavours, & Timothy is desired to take equivalent in what she can pay him if she cannot pay him in money.

John Turner & Robt Hodgson give acct tht they spoke to Isaac Webb, & read ye testimony to him, who did not seem to submit to friends or to be under sorrow for his transgression, nevertheless ye sd friends are desired to persuade him to stay after some meeting tht he may be at, tht friends may have some solid discourse wth him, before ye testimony be published. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Most of ye sufferings being collected, & as many examined at this meeting as friends were present & in order tht ye whole may be finished against ye pro: meeting Jno Hay & Alexr Mathews are desired to stay such friends as may be at next first & 4th days meetings, who were not present at ye examining of them, & friends are desired to stay to get thm done, & when done, Jno Hay is desired to give them in to ye prov: meeting. (Note in margin: were sent to ye pro: meeting.)

Timothy Kirk, John Christy, Mordecai Barrow, Jno Turner, & John Hoope, to attend ye service of the next six dayes pro: meeting & John Hope is desired to draw an Epistle to the province meeting & shew it to friends the next first day for approbation. (Note in margin: did do it.)

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The 9L which Thoms & Mary Walker left to poor friends of this meeting, is ordered to be distributed by Jno Walker & Jno Nicholson as followeth
L S d
pd Margrat Brown 1:00:0 pd Simon Bell 0:15: 0
pd Mary Hildrith 0:10:0 pd Jno Peck 0:15:0
pd Wm Smith 0:06:0 pd Mary Timmons 0:10:0
pd Jno Rea 0:08:0 pd James Roberts 0:10:0
pd Isable Dixson 0:08:0 pd Bryan Collins 0:10:0
pd Margt Garvin 0:-7:0 pd Ann Robinson 0:06:0
pd Frances Porter 0:10:0 pd Margt Simpsons 2 children 1:07:0
to be laid out in clothes
by Mordecai Barrow &
Robt Hodgson
Ye remaining 10S to be given 0:10:0 4:06:0
to whom Jno Walker & Wm Nicholson pleases 4:14:0
9:00:0
At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye last day of ye 11 mo 1718.

Joseph Taylor of ye Citty of Dublin & Bridget Walker, daughter of Jno Walker of this meeting having declared thr Intentions of Marriage before this meeting, & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Robson, Ellinor Greer & Sarah Barrow, are appointed to make enquiry concerning ye orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concernd & ye sd Mordecai & Joseph are desired to write to Dublin mens meeting & get a certificate of sd Josephs clearness in relation to marriage wth ye sd Bridget, & return thr answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Benjamin Shepherd having signified his Intentions of marriage to this meeting wth Mary Marshall, daughter of Jno Marshall of Lysburn meeting & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings, Robt Hoope & Saml ffrancis are desired to make inquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings & return thr answers to next mens meeting, as also to ye pro: meeting.

The matter concerning Wm Fox to be called for. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The frds appointed to endeavour to perswade Isaac Webb to stay to speak to friends, have not yet got him to stay, so are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The distribution of Thoms & Mary Walkers legacy to be called over next meeting, to know whether it is paid as appointed or not. (Note in margin: acct given tht all is paid.)

The last 9 mo National meetings proceedings as also ye proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting, having been read in this meeting & thr being several things thrin to be observed, its desired tht they may be read again at ye next meeting.

And thr being our pt of publick charge to pay & our meeting behind, its desired tht 7 or 8 L be raised to defray ye sd charges, in order to wch are ye following subscriptions.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28 day of ye 11 mo 1718.

Joseph Taylor & Bridget Walker having signified ye continuation of thr Intentions of mariage, & ye frds appointed to make inquiry concerning thr clearness being enquired of & nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, they have leave to lay their sd Intentions before ye next pro: meeting. (Note in margin: did lay their Intentions before ye pro: meeting.)

The frds appointed to speak to Wm ffox, gives acct tht some of thm did, but had not so satisfactory answer as they could desire, therefore ye sd frds are desired to desire him to stay at ye riseing of ye meeting, next first day come a week, tht frds may speak wth him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Millikin of Munallen being deceased, Jno Christy hath brought his Will & Inventory, so Jno Hay is desired to record them. (Note in margin: are recorded.)

Two friends being sent to desire Isaac Webb to come & speak with friends at this meeting, in order to admonish him to amend his ways & lay ye evil of his doings before him, before ye testimony tht hath been showed to him be published agnst him, but he refused to come, & instead of submission, condescension or apperance of repentance, sent word to ye meeting by Robt Hoope & Thos Greer tht he would put a brace of bullets in thm tht would read ye testimony agnst him, & subpene All ye frds of ye mens meeting wch answer is so disagreeable to Christianity, or Christian Society, tht we can do no less thn publish ye testimony against him. (Note in margin: a testymony against Isaac Webb was read on a first day ye 7th of ye 4 mo 1719.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th day of ye 12 mo 1718.

According to appointmt of last meet: Wm ffox was wth friends las first day wth whom they had a full discourse, & he acknowledgd his offence in abusing Wm Dover & hath this day given in a testimony against himself. (Note in margin: a testymony by William ffox against himself.)

William ffox having declared his Intentions of marriage wth Eliz Brady daughter of Jno Brady of Grange & after inquiry nothing appearing at present to obstruct his further proceedings Alexr Mathew & Thos ffletcher are desired to make inquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concernd & return thr answers to ye pro: meeting.

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At a meeting held in Lurgan the 4th day of the 1 mo 1718

John Rea of Munallan meeting having for several years been out of fellowship with friends by reason of his marrying with a priest, & he signifying to this meeting in writing under his hand that he hath been for a considerable time under trouble & Judgmt for his transgression, & some friends having a sence that his sorrows is reall, accepts of the said testimony, & John Christy is desired to acquaint him to live a circumspect life in the fear of God. (Note in margin: John Christy did acquaint him.)

John Hoope is desired to write a paper to the quarterly meeting & John Christy, Timothy Kirk, Mordecai Barrow, John Turner & Roger Webb, are desired to attend ye service of ye 6th day select meeting. (Note in margin: none were there but John Christy & Tim: Kirk.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 22d day of the 2 mo 1719.

Account given that some part of the visit is performed, & ye friends appointed are desired to perform ye rest tomorrow, & in ye evening to meet in ye town & communicate their service to each other, & draw up acct to be sent to ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The names of ye following friends are desired to be returned to ye pro: meeting to attend ye service of ye half years meetg if approved, Wm Dover, Jno Nicholson, John Hoope, John Walker, Jno Christy. Also Mordecai Barrow was there. (Note in margin: all sd friends did attend Except Jno Walker who was not in a good state of health.)

This meeting having received a letter by order of ye mens meeting of Dublin subscribed by Amos Strettell & Timothy Forbes, to wch is adjoined a testimony given forth against Abraham Hoope for commiting some disorders both in his conversation & words, wch tended to ye reproach of truth & friends, the testimony having been read in ye mens meeting of Dublin, hath also been read in this meeting, who Joins in unity with them in their godly care & concern, that Truth be kept clear & others warned to keep out of such offences: And ye said Abraham having sent some lines to ye meeting, whereby it appears tht he is under some trouble & concern of mind for his transgression, & promising for ye future to be more carefull in his words & actions therefore ye sd paper is desired to be Joined to ye testimony & laid by amongst ye meeting papers, till it appear how he answers the same, of wch Jno Nicholson & Jno Christy is desired to acquaint him & also to give acct to ye mens meeting of Dublin of ye receipt of theirs wth ye sd testimony, & friends unity therewth & what they have done therein. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of 3 mo 1719.

There being a common report spread thro ye town & country, tht Jno Greer of (Warington) took privatly & at unseasonable time in ye night, a piece of bogg timber out of ye land of Thos Bridget, which has brought a great reproach upon truth & friends, & ye said John aledging tht he had liberty both from Saml Waring Esqr & sd Bridget, he is desired to take ye needfull care to get Certificates to clear himself against next mens meeting and in ye mean time to forbear sitting in the gallery. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The remaining part of ye visit was performed, except that side of Canrola, Dougher & which was neglected by Timothy Kirk & Roger Webb, who are desired to get it done at a seasonable time, and give account thereof to the mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mind to enquire at John Nicholson & John Christy whether they answered Dublin friends letter etc concerning Abraham Hoope.

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 27th day of ye 3 mo 1719.

John Greer being present at this meeting, but hath not brought certificates to clear himself from ye reproach of taking ye stick, nor hath he observed friends desire in forbearing sitting in ye gallery, concerning which, friends have had a pretty deal of discourse wth John, who seems to be under some concern & trouble, & desires some friends to hear some witnesses what they have to say, before Thomas Briget, & desires Joseph Robson, John Turner, Jno Walker, Jno Nicholson & Jno Hoope to hear ye matter further examined so Jno Greer is to take care to appoint a suitable time for ye said meeting before ye next preparative meeting, & in ye mean time to observe frnds desires not to sit in ye gallery.

Timothy Kirk gives acct tht friends about Clanrolla & Dogher & of tht side hath not been yet visited, nor likely to be done by him & Roger Webb, therefore Mordecai Barrow, & Joseph Robson are desired to perform it as soon as they can.

Mordecai Barrow, Jno Morton, Tim: Kirk, Jno Christy, Jno Walker & Saml Francis are desired to attend ye service of ye quarterly meetg & give acct of worship & testimonies. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Hoope is desired to write answer to last quarterly meetings proceedings & show it to friends next 4th day. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 4 mo 1719.

The friends tht Jno Greer desired last meeting to go to hear witnesses, & what Thos Bridget had to say, did go, do give acct that they heard ye matter fully, & by ye acct they got, made ye matter appear more to his disadvantage than before therefore it is ye sence of this meeting tht ye said Jno Greer managed ye matter about ye said stick so Inadvertantly, Inconsideratly & we are sorry to say, we doubt wth some covetousness beyond what was convenient, whereby great reproach hath been brought upon our holy profession &Inconsistant with our principles, doctrine & discipline: Therefore it is this meetings Judgmt tht ye said Jno Greer may come under a sincere & hearty repentance for ye sd offence, & give such suitable satisfaction to this meeting as may be proper & agreeable to it, & being ye sd Jno is not here, Alexr Matthews & Saml Morton are desired to take a copy of this minute & read it to him tht he may know ye mind of ye meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mordecay Barrow & Joseph Robson to be minded to perform ye visit.

The last National meetings proceedings, & ye last pro: meetg also, is deferred perusing or considering of at this mettg by reason of ye absence of a pretty many friends whose names are taken to be called over next meetg therefore sd proceedings is defered to be read & considered at next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th day of ye 5 mo 1719.

Notwithstanding ye care of friends last meetg in sending a copy of ye proceedings thereof to Jno Greer, relating to him he hath not sent any acct either by word or writing, wch delay proceedings, nevertheless because acct is given tht he is not at home, Jno Christy & Saml ffrancis, is desired to acquaint him tht this meetg expects tht he will take care to give such satisfaction as may be agreeable to truth. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last National & also quarterly meetings proceedings having both been read in this meetg & ye several matters therein taken into consideration particularly to examine for great & grievous sufferings either in person or goods & in order tht ye same may be collected, Alexr Mathew, Jno Robson Richd Mason, & Jno Hay is desired to collect what they can & as soon as they can & bring ye same to ye meeting.

The last National meeting proceedings desiring friends to be in readiness to attend ye (parish) & now Dublin friends having writ tht thr is a present service for friends therefore Roger Webb, Jno Christy, Mordecai Barrow, Jno Turner, Joseph Robson, Robert Hodgson, Jno Walker, & Jno Hoope are desired to go up as soon as they can by turns, so as tht ye service may be answered. (Note in margin: not one of ye said friends went up.)

The following named friends to attend ye service of ye next pro: meetg at Coot hill Saml ffrancis, Tim: Kirk, Ben Shepherd, Sam: Morton, Thos ffletcher, Henry Greer, Jno Morton Senr. (Note in margin: Jno Morton, Saml Morton, & Thos ffletcher did not go.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of 5 mo 1719.

Peter Johnson & Christian Agnew after having acquainted some friends, this day appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage wth each other, & nothing at present appearing to obstruct ye further proceedings: Alexr Mathew & Robt Hodgson, Ann Hoope & Hannah ffrancis are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & to get a certificate from Peters father & mother, they not being friends, & return their answer to the next mens meeting.

Pg 77 1719

Whereas there hath been some occasion to sign a certificate on behalf of Saml Murphy in respect to a robbery tht he suffered, as may be seen by a copy thereof, & also whereas ye sd Saml was by order of friends desired to make Robert Wilson a lease of ye land wch he took from Saml Waring for & on behalf of him ye sd Robert, but hath delayed it, so tht it is not yet done, as by acct from Robert, dated ye 28 Instant may appear, & altho this meeting is willing to do ye sd Saml what service in Justice they can, yet at the same time this meeting expects tht ye sd Saml will comply wth friends desire & perform his promise & perfect sd lease to ye said Robert wch Jno Christy & Jno Morton Junr are desired to go to Rathfryland tomorrow & endeavour to get it done, & thn give Saml ye certificate but if he refuse to do Justice & comply with friends desire, then not to give him the certificate, and tell him the reason. (Note in margin: The friends went and Samuel Murphy signd & perfected ye lease to Robt Wilson, & Samuel got ye certificate.)

Abigail Bell, having signified to friends her Intentions of going to live in England, & desiring a certificate, this meeting hath granted one, a copy whereof is amongst the meetings papers.

Account is given tht Jno Greer hath not been at home since last meeting, so ye friends appointed are desired to acquaint him with the meetings desire when he comes home. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th day of ye 6 mo 1719.

This meeting having an acct tht John Eager hath behaved himself very maliciously against Saml Murphy in respect of his robbery which did not only tend to ye loss & reproach of ye said Samuel, but against ye Interest & honour of friends in general, wherefore Jno Nicholson, Henry Greer & Saml ffrancis are desired to deal wth ye sd Jno Eager, & give acct of his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Peter Johnson & Christian Agnew having appeared & signified thr continuation of their Intentions of marriage wth each other, & tht friends appointed, returned their answers, tht they made enquiry & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings but tht they may lay their Intentions before ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 7 mo 1719.)

The next province meeting being quarterly, John Hoope is desired to draw an answer to ye last proceedings, as also such other matter which concerns this meeting to offer & to show it to friends for approbation, next 4th day, and Tim: Kirk & Jno Christy are appointed to attend ye service of ye select meeting on sixth day. (Note in margin: did attend, was done.)

Jno Nicholson, Robt Hodgson & Henry Greer are desired to attend ye assizes. (Note in margin: did attend, was done.)

Jno Greer being at this meeting, wth whom friends have had a great deal of discourse, endeavouring to convince him tht his managemt about ye stick, brought great reproach upon truth, nevertheless ye meeting could not bring him to confess to give suitable & agreeable satisfaction according to ye mind of ye meeting ye 17th of ye 4 mo last: yet this meeting, willing to be tender, & hopeing tht upon further consideration, he will see his fault & give Judgmt upon it, & therefore gives him further time, hopeing tht he will compy wth friends, mean time being under admonition, he is desired to forbear sitting in mens meeting till he give satisfaction. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 7 mo 1719.

The friends appointed to speak to Jno Eager hath not had opportunity to go to him, but now acquaints this meeting that they Intend to mind it against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The proceedings of the last quarterly meeting is desired to be considered the next mens meeting, mean time John Walker is desired to read Thomas Chalkleys letter in a full meeting on a first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Pg 78 1719

Friends have had at this meeting another conference wth Jno Greer, endeavouring to convince & tenderly advise him to submit & comply to ye Judgmt of friends & tho there hath been something drawn for him to sign, he is not willing to sign it as friends thinks porpper, therefore its desired tht Jno take ye matter to further consideration hoping tht he will comply with friends desire at next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 7 mo 1719.

Some of ye friends appointed to speak to Jno Eager, being absent from this meeting conclusion is come to, concerning placeing Judgmt on his malicious behaviour but referrd till next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Greer neither appeard at this meeting in person, nor sent any acct of his compliance to friends desire: so Alexr Matthews & Saml Francis are desired to tell him to be at next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings Epistle was read in this meeting, which desires tht the sufferings may be collected: So friends are desired to give them in to Jno Hay tht they may be ready when called for.

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25 of ye 8 mo 1719.

The matter relating to Jno Eager is deferrd till next mens meet: & to be thn further considered, by reason of ye absence of several friends who were desired to speak to him. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexr Matthews gives acct tht he spoke to Jno Greer, & finds little or no Inclination in him to give any satisfaction for his transgression & not appearing at this meeting as was expected, ye sd Alexr & Saml ffrancis are desired to speak to him agin to come to next mens meeting to be held this day 3 weeks. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hay gives acct tht part of ye Sufferings are come in, but many yet a wanting, so sd Jno is desired to take acdt of ye names who have neglected, & give to some friends that will stir thm up to bring them in due time. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Francis Robson having removd himself & family to ye Grange & requesting a certificate, Robt Hodgson & Alexr Mathews are desired to enquire how he has deported & left matters in these parts, & give acct thereof to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Joshua Marsh signifying tht he Intends to remove to Charliamt side, & desiring a Certificate Robt Hodgson & Jno Robson are desired to Inquire how he has behavd & leaves matters, & give acct throf to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Some friends being uneasy at ye behaviour of Wm Robson, & thinking tht ye testimony Recorded in ye meeting book 1715 is not sufficient to clear truth of his behaviour, Its desired tht it may come under friends consideration next mens meetg hoping thr will be a greater body of friends than what is at present here. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Richard Sandwith of ye City of Dublin & Helinor ye daughter of Jno Walker of Lurgan having declared thr Intentions of marriage wth one another before this meetg & after Inquiry nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, Joseph Robson & Jno Turner, Ann Mason & Sarah Barrow are appointed to make Inquiry concerning thr clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned & ye sd Joseph Robson & Jno Turner are desired to write to Dublin mens meetg & get a certificate of sd Richards clearness in relation to marriage & return answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th day of ye 9 mo 1719.

Richard Sandwith & Elenor Walker having appeared & declared ye continuation of ye Intentions of marriage wth each othr & ye friends appointed to make Inquiry concerning ye clearness, gives acct tht nothing appears to obstruct thr proceedings so they have leave to lay ye same before next pro: meeting.

The friends appointed to speak to Jno Eager hath signified tht they find little appearance of coming to a sence of his transgression, so John Walker is desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions against next meeting in order to be showd him, according to usual order of friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 79 1719

John Greer having been absent since last meetg, ye friends appointed could not have oppertunity to speak to him, so they are desired to do it & bring his answer to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

By reason of some friends absence, Jno Hay hath not been able to collect all ye sufferings, so is desired to do what he can & bring thm to next preparative meeting to be examined. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexr Mathews & Robert Hodgson gives acct tht they made enquiry concerning Francis Robson & do not find any lawfull reason why he may not have a certificate, therefore ye sd friends are desired to draw one tht it may be approved & signd by ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Robson & Robert Hodgson gives acct tht they made enquiries concerning Joshua Marsh having a certificate & do find except some little debt tht he goes away pretty clear so ye sd friends are desired to know tht his creditors are reasonably satisfied, & draw a certificate against next meet: tht it may be approved & signd. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Forasmuch as altho Wm Robsons conversation is such tht deserves ye publication of ye former testimony against his transgressions, yet tht he may have gospel order given him, Alexr Mathew & Jno Walker are desired to acquaint him tht because he doth not order his conversation aright & behave agreeable to our holy profession tht friends can do no less thn publish ye sd testimony. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Timothy Kirk & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend ye service of ye next select quarterly meeting & Jno Hoope is desired to draw an answer to ye last quarterly meetings proceedings. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 10 mo 1719.

The testimony against Jno Eagers transgression being read in this meeting & wth some amendmts approved, Jno Hay is desired to add ye sd testimony to ye preamble & give it to Jno Nicholson, Robt Hoope & Thos Greer, who are desired to go to him with it, & see whether he is come to a sence of his transgressions & acknowledge ye same & if he be, tht he may be advised to give Judgmt against himself, but if he be not, then to read ye said testimony to him & return his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Greer, coming to this meeting & being willing to submit to friends & acknowledge his fault offered ye following testimony & this meetg being sensible tht John hath been & is under trouble & sorrow for ye same do receive ye sd testimony viz:

I having occasion to build a Bucking house in a bletching yard, on Esqr Warings Estate desired leave of him to take a Bog-stick, which he granted provided I satisfied ye man, who cut his turff in sd Bog (which I did, but after ye man finding ye stick better thn he did expect & retracted & went unknown to me, & took a part of ye stick away, I afterward understanding tht he had left a part of it, went unconsideratly & at an unseasonable time of ye day & took part of ye sd stick away, which gave occasion to some to reflect on truth & friends for wch I am very sorry, & hopeing for time to come to be more careful. dated ye 2d of 10 mo 1719. John Greer.

So many of ye sufferings were examined as tht were sufferers here present so Jno Hay is desired as friends come to meetings to have ye rest examined, & friends are desired to stay to see thm done. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Certificates being brought to this meet: for Fran: Robson & Joshua Marsh & approved are signd & Robt Hodgson is desired to give or send thm to them & Jno Hay to keep ye copies throf amongst ye meetings papers.

The friends appointed to speak to Wm Robson, gives acct tht they got little satisfaction, & this meeting Judging tht he stands disowned by ye former testimony, it may not be proper to deal any more wth him at present, nevertheless Jno Nicholson is desired to tell him tht friends would be glad to see him amend his ways & order his conversation aright, consisted with ye fear of God.

This meeting having sate a pretty while & not so large as ye mens meeting may be, therefore ye contents of ye last National & quarterly meetings proceedings are then to be considered.

Pg 80 1719

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d of ye 10 mo 1719.

Account given tht ye friends appointed to go & speak to Jno Egger, & show him ye testimony did go, & after pretty much discourse found him under a sence of his foolish & wicked managemt which he hath acknowledged & condemned under his hand ye 9th Instant, upon which hoping tht he will be careful & circumspect for ye future, do receive ye sd testimony, nevertheless this meeting hath writt to him tht they do receive it, yet think it expedient for ye better clearing truth tht he go to Dundalk & acknowledge his fault to all such as he most chiefly applied to against Saml Murphy & especially to Coll: Walker & Willm Wolsey, or if he do not think fitt to go thr he will acquaint friends of ye persons tht they may write to them, & send a copy of his testimony tht truth may be cleared. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And friends being desirous to speak to Saml Murphy about some things Jno Christy is desired to acquaint him to be at next preparative meeting to draw thm fair over & bring thm to friends next 4th day, & Mordecai Barrow is desired to take them to ye pro: meetg. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The sufferings being generally collected & examined, Jno Hay is desired to take them to ye pro: meetg.

Acct what number of Thos Ellwoods Sacred History friends of this meeting will take Jno Walker, one. Jno Turner senr, one. Mordecai Barrow, one. Thomas ffletcher one, Andrew Tagart one. (Note in margin: Subscriptions to T: Ellwoods Sacred History.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th of ye 11 mo 1719.

No answer being come from Jno Egger, Patrick McGaw is desired to bring or send it to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Christy gives acct tht Samuel Murphy could not well bea at this meeting, but Intends to come to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Patrick McGaw is desired to take care to collect friends sufferings of Rathfryland meeting & bring or send them to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

ffriends who have not brought in their sufferings of Church rates so called, are desired to bring thm in to Jno Hay against next mens meetg. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Turner Junr having signified to friends of this meeting from Austell in ye County of Cornwall in England tht he Intended to lay his Intentions of marriage before ye monthly meeting of tht place with Jane Elliott, & desired a certificate, which came about 12 days since & to prevent delays in his proceedings, several friends signd & sent one, wth account tht they Intended to confirm ye same from ye next mens meeting, which is now done by this meeting, & is as followeth, ye which John Turner Senr is desired to forward by next post, directing it to some friend in Austell.

Lurgan in ye Province of Ulster in Ireland ye Mo ye 2d 1719. Dear friends & Brethren, After ye Salutation of dear love in the blessed Truth this is to acquaint you tht we recd a few lines from our friend Jno Turner, tht if ye Lord permit he Intends to take Jane Elliot of your monthly meeting to wife & to lay his said Intentions before your next mo meeting (after ye date of ye sd letter) & desires our Certificate of his clearness from all women here, Consent of his parents & relations concerned, wch to prevent delay, we here send you (tho not from our mens meeting) which is not for about 12 days to come, yet signd by his father & mother, relations & most of ye members of our mens meeting And therefore do Certify tht ye said John Turner is & hath been clear from all women in relation to marriage in this Nation & elsewhere, for any thing known to us & hath his parents & relations consent to marry ye sd Jane Eliot, & we fervently desire tht the Lord may bless them with his spiritual

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blessings & be help meets in building up the house of Israel to ye glory & honour of ye great master builder, & everlasting happiness of their own souls, Concluds your Lo: friends & Brethren, Signd on behalf of our sd meetg by John Hoope, Wm Dover, Jno Turner Senr, Alexr Matthew, Thos ffletcher, Mordecai Barrow, Saml Morton, Jno Walker, Jno Christy, Andrew Tagart, Francis Hillary, Roger Webb, Wm Rea, Jno Morton, Jno Robson, Jno Hay, Robert Hodgson, Joseph Robson, Jacob Turner, Lucy Turner. P.S. lest their should be any scruple of ye validity or authority of ye above Certificate or of ye unity with ye sd John, we certifie tht he is in unity wth us & tht we purpose to send a duplicate hereof from our next mens meet: to confirm.
To friends of ye monthly meeting of Tregerjecls in ye County of Cornwall.

The friends who subscribed to ye publick charge, are desired to pay ye same to Mordecai Barrow as soon as they can.

Henry Greer, Jno Greer, Thos Greer, & Elinor Greer signifying tht they will want certificates to defend themselves against some law suits, this meeting desires tht they may be very careful, cautious & sfe in their answers & have regard to ye National meetings advice therein, therefore ye sd friends are desired to signifie ye Justness of their cause to Alexr Mathew, Jno Walker, Joseph Robson, Jno Turner Wm Dover Thos ffletcher, Mordecai Barrow, Robt hodgson, Jno Robson & John Hoope at or about ye 3d hour in the afternoon next first day at ye house of Henry Greer, & tht if they find matters clear, Alexr Matthews, Jno Walker, Jno Turner, Jos Robson Robt Hodgson & Jno Hoope are desired to sign Certificates for them. (Note in margin: was done & certificates given them.)

Friends having found favour in ye eyes of ye King & Legislature to grant ease in our answers to bills in Chancery, & tht all professing truth may walk worthy thereof: ye last National meeting having ye same under consideration, desires tht ye minute relating thereto may be signified to those who are not members of men & womens meetings, as well as those who are. John Walker is desired to read ye same at ye rising of ye meeting next first day that all may be sensible how to behave & after what manner to conform to ye rules of friends if they expect certificates. (Note in margin: was done.)

Account given tht Sarah Chapman is married to one of another persuasion Jno Walker & Jno Christy is desired to draw a suitable testimony against her transgression, minding to set forth ye long continuance of her profession & ye litle profession she hath in truth etc against next mens meeting for approbation & further directions. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Jno Hay is desired to lay before ye next meetg ye books of records of births, burials, Inventories, etc to see whether ye same is duly kept. (Note in margin: were examined & found in good order.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 12 mo 1719.

Patrick McGaw having neglected to send an answer from Jno Egger, & also friends sufferings of Rathfryland meeting, Jno Hay is desired to write to him to mind to come or send ye same to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Samuel Murphy did not come to his meeting, but writ to it signifying & acknowledging wherein he has done amiss, as also sent a Certificate from James Dunkan Seneschal tht about 2 years since he gave him a blank distringa to Incert such names as he pleased, wch seems to clear ye accusation tht now against him of forgeing a distringas: & hoping tht ye sd Samuel will hereafter be carefull of his behaviour conduct & conversation agreeable to truth tht it may not be reproachd thereby, friends receives ye sd acknowledgmt at present, sattisfaction to wch purpose a few lines is sent to him from this meetg a copy whereof is amongst ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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Account given tht Mary Rea is married to one of another perswasion Jno Hollin & Saml Morton are desired to enquire of her self & others, & if they find it to be true, to tell Jno Walker who is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against her transgressions against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony against Sarah Chrispin on being read in this meeting & approved, Benjamin Shepherd & Thos Greer are desired to read it to her, & set forth her transgression to her & return her answer wth sd testimony to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Henan signifying ye great service, ye sending him 20 Shillings would do to him, this meeting hath writ to Saml Murphy to let him have it, take his bond in his own name, endorse it for ye use of this meeting, send it & sd 20S shall be sent him.

The next province meeting being quarterly, Jno Hoope is desired to write answer to ye last & show it to friends this day week, & tht Jno Christy & Jno Turner are desired to attend ye service of ye select meetg & give acct tht our meetings for worship both week days & first days are kept up full as well as usual & tht there is no complaint of testimonies. (Note in margin: was done.)

Elizabeth Stennons, wife to George Stennonse, daughter to Jno Hay being left by her sd husband, who is gone to America & hath left her nothing neither for her self nor for a weakly Infant girl to subsist upon, & it being supposed or aledged tht ye sd George hath some title to some land wch his father James Stennons posesses in Kilverzlin? & tht also its aledged ye sd James gave some expectation of supplying ye sd Elizabeth to assist her in bringing up ye sd child: Its therefore ye desire of this meeting tht Alexr Matthew & John Turner use thr endeavours to enquire into matters relating thereto & to know what they can bring ye sd James to be willing to give & wht otherwise they think proper to do on behalf of ye sd Eliz: & her child. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 12 mo 1719.

Account given tht Mary Rea is married, therefore Jno Walker drew up a testimony against her transgressions, which was read in this meeting & approved, Jno Christy & James Morton are desired to show & read it to her & return it & her answer to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Ann Walker, who for some time came to our meetings & now being desirous to go into England to her uncle who is a friend, & this meeting with some women having had a full discourse concerning her, tht she has behaved her self pretty orderly & free from publick scandall known to us so this meeting hath granted her a certificate, a copy whereof is amongst ye meetings papers.

Account from Robt Wilson, tht Jno Egger intends to acquaint Capt Walker & own his fault to him against .. Murphy. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also Robt Wilson gives acct tht one Jno Ebory a professor of truth & a poor man, hath suffered loss by force by haveing his house burnt, In connection to him & towards his wife, Robt Hodgson is desired to write to Robt Wilson to help him wth any sum not exceeding 40 Shill: to rebuild his house, & this meetg will take care to repay him.

Also ye sufferings from friends at Rathfryland meetg being come & perused in this meeting, Jno Hay is desired to put thm into form & draw thm fair over, wth such addition as are collected in this meeting, & amend those tht are amiss, & send ye same to Wm Gray as soon as possible. (Note in margin: was done.)

Benjamin Shepherd gives account tht they showd & read ye testimony against Sarah Chapman, to her, who own the truth thereof, & seemd to be sorrowfull, nevertheless John Walker is desired to read ye said testimony publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Alexr Matthews & Jno Turner gives acct tht they have made some progress in ye matter to thm committed abt Eliz: Stanouse & Intends to proceed & continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 16th of ye 1 mo 1719.

John Christy gives acct tht the testimony against Mary Ray was read to her to ye truth of which she confessed & seemed sorrowful for her transgression, & send something of giving a testimony against her self, wherefore Jno Christy & Jno Hollin are desired to speak with her again & if she have any thing to offer to friends to receive it & bring it to this meeting, tht the publication of it & ye testimony by friends, which is signd at this meeting may be appointed. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Memorandum to enquire whether Jno Egger hath answered ye desire of friends.

Alexr Matthews & Jno Turner not having done much in Eliz: Stennons affair since last meeting, are desired to continue their care & manage as by advice was given thm & give acct to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Christy gives acct tht Ann Laughlin is married wth a priest to one Hugh Cochran of another perswasion so Jno Walker is desired to draw a suitable testimony against her transgression, shew it to friends & afterwards Jno Christy & Mordecai Barrow are desired to read it to her & give acct to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next mens meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 2 mo 1720.

Account given tht Mary Rae als Smith was spoken to again, & sent a paper to this meeting owning her transgression, yet not to ye satisfaction of friends,wherefore Jno Walker is desired to read sd testimony publickly ye next first day, & Jno Christy is desired to acquaint ye sd Mary tht its not ye giving in a paper tht will obtain mercy from ye Lord or satisfie his Church, & therefore to advise her to come & remain under ye Judgmt of ye Lordfor her sin untill she find remission. (Note in margin: was accordingly published.)

This meeting being under some exercise by reason of disorderly behaviour comitted by Jno Egger & Samuel Kenning in this town ye 29th Instant when they both not only took too much drink but behaved themselves very rudely, disorderly & reproachfully in words & actions, disagreeable to truth & to ye trouble & grief of honest friends who have often advised ye said Jno Egger to have a care of his monversation & walk agreeable to truth, he having for time past been guilty of some transgressions which he acknowledged & promised to amend, which friends tenderly waited for in some hope of a reformation, but it proving otherwise, friends can do no sess in honour to truth but publish a testimony both against ye transgression of ye sd Jno Egger as also against Saml Kinning: wherefore Wm Dover & Jno Nicholson are desired to draw up ye sd testimonies, minding to recite ye dealings, confessions & promises of amendmt of ye sd Jno Egger & show ye same to next meeting: & Jno Hay is desired to attend ye sd friends wth papers & records relating to ye same. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

As also a short testimony against James Henan Junr for getting a bastard & afterwards marrying aonother woman with a priest. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexr Matthew & Jno Turner gives acct tht they have made some further progress in Eliz: Stennons affair but have not ended, therefore are desired to continue ye care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht James Greer having taken a friends daughter to a priest & married her, as also Ruth Chapman is married to one of another persuasion so Jno Walker is desired to draw up 2 suitable testimonies against their transgressions & show ye same to friends. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Dover complaining tht James Bullogh detains some money from him which he owes him, & they both being willing to leave ye matter to ye Judgmt of four friends & desire him to nominate two friends, & tell Wm tht he do ye same tht both parties may be bound to stand to their Judgmt.

This meeting adjournes to this day week.

Friends met according to adjournment ye 13th of 2 mo 1720 & several matters discoursed but by reason of ye absence of many friends, business could not be gone thro as was Intended, therefore ye friends present are desired to take care to acquaint thr friends who are absent to be at meeting this day week & to be here themselves for the carrying on of the affaires of truth.

Notwithstanding ye said adjournment so few friends attended tht matters could not be gone through as was desire so referred untill ye mens meeting.

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 2 mo 1720.

John Christy gives acct tht ye testimony against Ann Laughlin was read to her, wch she ownd to be true, therefore Jno Walker or Joseph Robson is desired to read it publickly ye next first day come a week. (Note in margin: was done.)

Wm Dover according to ye desire of last meeting hath drawn a testimony agnst ye transgressions of Jno Egger, wch being approved by this meetg Jno Hay is desired to transcribe it fairly & give it to Jno Neile & Jno Morton Junr who are desired to go wth ye sd testimony to sd Jno Egger, read it to him & return it wth his answer to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also ye sd friends are desired to read ye testimony agnst Ja: Henan Junr to him & likewise to return it wth his answer to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also to acquaint Sam: Kining tht forasmuch as he made some shew or appearance of repentance for his transgressions, friends are willing to suspend giving Judgmt agnst him for some time, to try how he may behave for ye future, provided he Judge & condemn his transgressions himself, & will stand by ye publication thereof. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony agnst James Greer, being read in this meetg & approved, John Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to read it to him & return it & his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also Ben Shepherd & Thos Greer are desired to do ye like with ye testimony agnst Ruth Chapman. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hoope having occasion for a Certificate, to put in his answer in Chancery at ye suit of Arch: Wood, Jno Walker, Jno Nicholson, Mordecai Barrow, Robt Hodgson Henry Greer Jno Turner & Alexr Matthews are desired to sign one for him, as also to do ye like for Joseph Robson & Elinor Greer, if there be occasion, or if any of said friends be absent, other friends may sign them, who are in unity wth friends, & members of ye mens meetg & according to ye desire of ye National meetg ye said friends are desired to write to Dublin mens meetg & Inclose sd certificate, or certificates to them. (Note in margin: was done.)

Account of friends names to be offered to ye pro: meeting to attend ye service of ye National meetg Jno Hoope, Wm Dover, Jno Nicholson, Jno Christy, Jno Walker, Jno Greer, Robt Hodgson. (Note in margin: did go.)

William Dover is desired to draw 2 pertinent Epistles from this meetg to ye quarterly meetg one to ye Select & another to ye pro: meeting to be received by ye members of ye mens meetg who live in town at ye 7th hour tomorrow at ye house of Mordecai Barrow, Jno Hay to wait upon him wth ye books & papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

The matter of difference between Wm Dover & Ja: Bullough haveing been under ye consideration of Jno Walker, Jno Nicholson, Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer, who after some time agreed tht James should pay Wm L8:10:0 on ye 1st of 6 mo next, & ye like sum on ye 1st of 9 mo next, & to give security for ye performance thereof, wch is at this meeting agreed to by both, sd Wm & James, tht Jno Greer, Thos Greer & Mordecai Barrow shall adjust & agree upon ye price of one 3 yd broad loom wth its materials & apurtenances now in ye possession of Duncan McCleland & ye valued price thereof by sd friends is to be towards ye payment of sd 17, & what sum it wants to make up said 17L James Bullogh is to give sd Wm a bond, in two equal parts ye one payable ye 1st of 6 mo next & ye other ye 1st of 9 mo next, & if ye loom be valued by sd friends to be worth above L17, Wm is to pay sd James ye overplus on ye 1st of 6 mo next, ye sd James to deliver said loom to sd Wm Immediately upon ye Judgmt of said friends & tht Duncan McClelland do give said Wm a sufficient Instrument, to deliver him said loom wth all its materialls & appurtenances on ye 1st day of 6 mo next & not before ye said Duncan by agreement, being to have ye loan thereof untill that time. The said friends are desired to determine the price of sd loom as soon as possible, before Wm Dover go to Dublin, that things may be ended, and papers given up between James & him. (Note in margin: account tht ye friends did adjust ye price of ye loom & hopes that matter is ended.)

Alexr Matthew & John Turner not yet having compleated what they Intend to do about Eliz: Stanhouses affair, are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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The following friends are desired to attend ye 6th days meetg Jno Christy, Jno Turner, Mordecai Barrow, Jno Morton. (Note in margin: neither John Turner nor Mordecai were there.)

A testimony being brought to this meeting, concerning our dear friend Robt Hoope lately deceased, containing some accts of his faithful labours & service for ye truth, which being read in this meeting, Wm Dover, Jno Nicholson, Timothy Kirk, Alexr Mathew are desired to peruse ye same, & make such amendmts & aditions as they may think needfull, & get ye same fairly drawn over, & present it to next province meeting viz

He was born near Gisbrough in Yorkshire ye 10th day of ye 8 mo 1739 (sic 1639) of honest parents who educated him in ye profession of ye Church of England. In ye year 1666 he came over into Ireland, & about 3 years after married Elinor Hodskinson of honest parents from Preston in Lancashire according to the rules of profession wherein he had been educated, & setled in Lurgan in ye County of Ardmagh, continuing in ye said denomination of religion untill after the birth of his first child, who was sprinkled, soon after which ye Lord was pleased Inwardly to enlighten his understanding so that he saw ye emptiness of those shaddows & Ceremonies.
When his second child was born he could not suffer him to be sprinkled with Elementary water, & altho his conscience was awakened to seek for a.. habitation in ye heavens, yet at that time, he had not Joined himself with ye people of God called Quakers untill about ye year 1667 or 1668. It pleased ye Lord to send his Eminent & faithfull servant Thomas Low into those parts by whose powerful ministry he was so effectually reached that thenceforth he assembled himself with ye small flock that was then gathered hereaway, after which he mett with many trials in spirit & persecution by loss of goods & Imprisonment at Ardmagh for the testimony of a good conscience towards God, wherein he approved himself both patient & faithful, so that in a few years after his convincement, ye lord was pleased to open his mouth in testimony for his truth in ye assemblies of his people, wherein altho he neither seemed forward, nor appeared in excellency of speech yet his ministry was adorned with ye simplicity of ye Gospel & attended with ye sweet spring of life whereby ye hearts of many have been often refreshed & in this service he laboured not only visiting ye Churches divers times in the Nation, but in England likewise to ye comforting of ye sincere hearted amongst the people of God, & as he received a gift in ye Ministry so a large share of ye care of ye Churches in this province fell upon him in discipline he labouring for ye preservation & perseverance of ye righteous in ye comely order of ye Gospel & often called upon ye disorderly to repent & amend their ways, & Indeed we may say that ye Innocency & peaceableness of his conversation gave reception to his counsel & admonition he being well beloved by faithful friends & by ye generality of his neighbours who were acquainted with him.
He was one who greatly loved ye servants of ye Lord, delighted to entertain them in his house & encourage them in their services tho never so young, & was a true simpathizer with them in their trials & travels of spirit, & tho a faithful Elder, yet free from ostentation, loving to prefer others before himself.

And tho we are willing to confine ye Character of this our Dear deceased friend to a narrow compass, knowing we cannot add any thing to his happiness, yet permit us to say that he was a lover of peace, & a peace maker ready to compose debates & differences when they fell out within his observation & to forgive Injuries, And one who about 20 years before his decease when his health & Capacity might have allowed him to pursue ye affairs of this life, he seperated himself from ye Incumbrances thereof, living a life of solitude & meditation, devoting himself to ye service & promotion of truth, whilst his Capacity & ability continued, being a good example & patern to ye flock & family of Christ.
He not being a ready writer, kept a Journal of his labours & services for truth in a regular manner, nevertheless did note some occurences which are Collected & may be Comunicated for future edification if seen convenient.

Towards ye conclusion of his time notwithstanding bodily Infirmity seized him, yet he was sweet in spirit & loving untill his end, & ye last expression that could be understood from him were that he was going to ye house of God, as

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the end drew near, came to be seized with more pain than formerly which he bore with patience, on ye 27th of ye 12 mo last his weakness increased & on ye 28th being first day, he lay sweetly without much motion of any part of his body for about 17 hours, & about ye 2d hour in ye morning on ye 29th of said month, he peaceably departed this life, & on ye 1st of 1 mo following was decently buried in friends burying ground in Lurgan, accompanied by many friends & others, aged above 80 years, a Minister abt 46 years.
Given forth at a Province meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of 2 mo 1720.

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th of ye 3 mo 1720.

The testimony against Jno Egger having been read to him & no satisfactory appearance of his being under a real sorrow & repentance for his transgressions, so ye testimony is signd at this meeting, & Jno Walker is desired to read ye same publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

And ye sd Jno Walker is desired also to publickly read ye testimony against James Henan. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

And ye sd Jno Walker is desired to acquaint Sam: Kinning tht notwithstanding friends tenderness & forbearance in publishing a testimony against him, provided tht he give forth one against himself & repent & amend his ways, nevertheless, he hath not made any offering towards satisfaction, nor comes to friends, but rather continues in his undue liberty wherefore ye sd friend is desired to let him know ye mind of this meeting & to return his answer to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht ye testimony against James Greer was read to him who owned to ye truth thereof, so sd testimony was signd at this meeting, & Jno Walker is desired to read ye same publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Also to do ye like with ye testimony against Ruth Chapman it having been read to her & ye truth thereof ownd by her, & signd at this meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

Alexr Mathew & Jno Turner not having got done what they would have done abt Eliz: Stanhouses affair, are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meetg containing good advice, ye same is again desired to be read at next mens meetg tht the matters therein may be considered, & minded to be put in practice.

The friends who subscribed & got ye volumes of Robt Barclays works are desired to pay for them at 3S 9d pr book viz

Jno Walker 3 books 11:3
Jno Nicholson 3 11:3
Thos ffletcher 3 11:3
Alexr Mathew 2 7:6
Robt Hodgson 2 7:6
Jno Greer 2 7:6
Wm Kirk 2 7:6
Jno Christy 2 7:6
Jno Turner 2 7:6
Jno Morton Junr 2 7:6
Also ye friends who subscribed for ye book Intitled ye Spirit of ye Martyrs revived are desired to pay for them at 4S: 4d per book viz

Jno Walker 2 8:8 James Hay 1 4:4
Jno Nicholson 2 8:8 Gab: Winter 1 4:4
Jos Robson 1 4:4 Alex: Mathew 1 4:4
Wm Dover 1 4:4 Mord: Barrow 1 4:4
Jno Turner Senr 1 4:4 Thos ffletcher 1 4:4
Jno Turner Junr 1 4:4 Robt Hoope 1 4:4
Jno Greer 1 4:4 Jno Morton Junr 1 4:4
Henry Greer 1 4:4 Jos: Berry 1 4:4
Robt Hodgson 1 4:4 Thos Greer 1 4:4
Jno Christy 1 4:4 Jno Taylor 1 4:4
Andrew Tagart 1 4:4 Wm Rea 1 4:4
Jno Morton Senr 1 4:4 Christ: Hillary 1 4:4
Roger Webb 1 4:4 Jno Neile 1 4:4

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John Clibborne, son of Joshua Clibborn of Mote in ye County of West Meath and Sarah Hoope daughter of Jno Hoope of Lurgan having appeared & declared their Intentions of Mariage with each other, before this meeting & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Mordecai Barrow & Robt Hodgson are desired to write to ye mo: meeting of sd Mote, tht ye said Jno & Sarah laid their sd Intentions of Mariage before this meeting & desire sd meeting to make enquiry concerning ye sd Johns clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return answer as soon as possible & Sarah Barrow & Sarah Hodgson are desired to make enquiry concerning ye clearness of ye said Sarah, & return acct to ye next men & womens meeting.

ye next mens meeting to be held this day 3 weeks.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 15th of ye 4 mo 1720.

The Testimony against James Henan Junr not being read in Rathfryland meeting as was desired last meeting by reason tht friends did not go as was expected neither was Saml Kinning spoke to or dealt with, and altho friends continue to appear on behalf of John Egger to use Endeavours towards his release out of prison where he is, under pretence of not paying tythes because of his transgressions against which a testimony hath been published, nevertheless forasmuch, as ye sd John Eggers wife hath behaved pretty well & orderly & left with some small children Jno Turner Senr Jno Turner Junr & Thos ffletcher are desired to go to Rathfryland meeting next first day & pay Jno Eggers wife a visit, & enquire into her condition, strengthen her under her affliction, & let her know tht the friends cannot appear towards her husbands release because of his disorderly behaviour, yet they are concerned for her, & if ye sd friends see a necessity towards her maintenance to assist her as they may see meet, & encourage her to keep to truth & stand faithful to ye testimony & keep to meetings, & take such of her children with her as may be convenient. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also Thos ffletcher is desired to read ye testimony against Jas Henan, & ye sd friends to deal with Saml Kining & read ye minute to him tht was entered last meeting.

This meetings subscriptions towards Jno Grattons Journall as also piety promoted, all ye 5 volumes together viz Jno Gratton, Piety.

John Hoope 1 John Hoope 1
John Nicholson 1 John Nicholson 1
John Walker 1 John Walker 1
John Neile 1 John Turner Junr 1
John Turner Senr 1 John Greer 1
Robt Hodgson 1 Mordecai Barrow 1
Andrew Tagart 1 Thos Fletcher 1
Andrew Tagart 1
Thos Greer 1

John Clibborn & Sarah Hoope haveing appeared & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage wth each other, & ye friends appointed to make inquiry concerning thm have returnd their answers tht they made enquiry & produced a Certificate from ye mens meetg at Mote tht nothing appears to obstruct ye further proceedings so ye sd John & Sarah have leave to lay their sd Intentions before next pro: meeting.

Names of friends appointed to attend ye Service of next pro: meetg at Coot hill John Hoope, Roger Webb, Jno Nicholson, Jno Greer, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, Saml Morton, Jno Murray, Jno Taylor, Benjamin Shepherd, Wm Rea, Joseph Robson. (Note in margin: did all attend except Jno Greer, & Ben: Shepherd.)

Alexr Matthews & John Turner gives account that they have done all that they can in Eliz. Stanhouses affair, and cannot prevail to get any thing done in a friendly way, nor doth there seem strength sufficient to recover any thing by law, wherefore that matter may be suspended, only that as any friends have oppertunity to do anything therein for the future, that they will be mindful thereof.

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At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of 4 mo 1720.

Jno Turner Junr gives acct tht he & Jno Turner Senr went to Rathfryland according to ye desire of last meeting & paid a visit to Jno Eggers wife to Strengthen her in her affliction & suffering, & enquired into her condition & circumstances & offered her relief, for which she was thankful, but did not receive it but Intreated friends assistance towards her husbands enlargemt, but was told tht friends was straitned therein: Jno Egger hath sent 2 letters to this meeting & friends, which was read yet friends not being easy & free to solicite for him, however ye sd paper may be further considered of by next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony against Ja: Henan Junr was publisht in ye meeting at Robt Wilsons.

Samuel Kinning hath sent a testimony against his transgressions, which was read in this meeting, ye publication whereof is suspended to ye consideration of ye next mens meeting.

The last 3 mo half years National meetings proceedings being read in this meeting containing very good advice for friends perseverance & furtherance in ye work of the Lord & promotion of love & peace, in ye Churches of Christ exciting friends to be zealously concerned in their day & generation for ye honour of God & everlasting happiness of their own souls, which matters are desired may come under ye consideration of ye next & other mens meeting tht ye same be put in practice. As also ye last quarterly meetings procedings is to be considered next mens meeting & care taken to answer ye same.

John Boyes of Ballandery meeting & Mary Turner daughter of Jacob Turner of this meeting, having appeared & declared ye Intentions of Mariage wth each other before this meeting, & after enquiry being made & a Certificate produced from Ballendery friends tht ye said Jno laid his said Intentions before thm & nothing appearing to obstruct his further proceedings appointed Alexr Bell & Jno Murray to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings & our womens meeting have appointed Sarah Lynas & Sarah Greer to make enquiry of ye sd Mary & to return thr answers to next men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 6 mo 1720.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 5 mo 1720.

John Eggers 2 letters were read in this meetg & further considered Its thought fitt tht ye friends who attend next 6th days quarterly meetg do present them there, for further advice. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Boys & Mary Turner having appeared & declared ye continuance of thr Intentions of marriage wth each other & ye friends appointed to make Inquiry concerning thm have returned thr answers tht they made Inquiry & finds nothing to obstruct ye further proceedings, so they have leave to lay ye sd Intentions before next pro: meetg.

The testimony sent to last meetg by Saml Kining, condemning his drunkeness & misbehaviour was read in this meetg & is thought a sufficient publication at present, so is laid up among ye meetg papers, & to be recorded by Jno Hay in ye book for such matters. (Note in margin: was recorded.)

The last National meetings proceedings & quarterly meetings Epistles were read, & ye good advice therein recommended from time to time: & it appearing as this meeting is very deficient in answering tht part wch recommends a visit to be made thro ye families of friends wch being absolutly necessary to be performed at this time for several reasons, ye following friends are desired to set about ye same wth out delay tht so acct may may be ready to give to ye next quarterly meetg viz John Hoope Mordecai Barrow Jno Nicholson Jno Christy, Jno Morton Senr. (Note in margin: was not performed.)

Jno Nicholson & Jno Walker are desired to draw up suitable Epistles to ye 6th & 7th days quarterly meetings to be perused by friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: was done.)

The following friends are desired to attend ye service of next 6th days quarterly meetg Jno Christy, Jno Morton Senr Mordecai Barrow Timothy Kirk. (Note in margin: John Christy and Mordecai not there.)

John Hoope is desired to search for ye Deeds of ye grave yard at Montreavarty & whn found to bring them to ye mens meeting.

Pg 89 1720

Att a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 6 mo 1720.

Whereas John Kirk some years since lived at Corke & towards ye latter part of his time there, gave way to ye temptations of ye enemy of his soul & commited wicked practices, & did not (till of late tht he had a mind to marry among friends) offer any confession nor acknowledgment to ye Church for his transgressions but now hath given a testimony against his evil practices, wch was read in this meetg which is thought to suffice rather than to publish his transgressions more publick, in which there may be a disservice rather thn a service to truth, so ye sd testimony wth ye letter from friends of Cork, is to be laid by wth ye meetings papers, & altho ye sd Jno hath given ye sd testimony against his transgressions, yet friends could have wished & desired tht they could be more sensible thn they are of ye sincerity of ye sd Johns repentance for his sins, nevertheless are not willing to reject ye receiving ye presentation of his marriage, hopeing it may tend to his good.

The matter of Jno Eggers Imprisonmnt being as was desired last meetg laid by for a select meeting of ye province, & altho his disorderly walking occasions a backwardness to solicite for his enlargemt or release, yet for tht ye sd Jno seems to be stedfast in his testimony against tythes & in tenderness to his wife & family, Jno Nicholson Jno Walker Alexr Matthews, Robt Hodgson, Jno Christy & Alexr Bell, are desired to go to Robt Little & use what endeavours they can in truths way for his enlargemt, & his release if possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Notwithstanding ye desire of last meetg to make a visit, it was not performed according to appointmt, therefore ye friends appointed (wth Jno Turner Junr as he hath freedom are desired to mind it as soon as possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meetg wch contains good advice, to ye stirring up friends to their duty to God & walking orderly as becomes ye Gospel, which is desired may be minded.

Thomas Greer of this meetg & Rachel Morton of Munallan meetg having appeared & declared thr Intentions of marriage wth each other before this meeting & after enquiry, nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, Mordecai Barrow & Robt Hoope, Sarah Walker & Sarah Barrow are desired to make enquiry concerning thr clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned & to return ye answers to ye next men & womens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Thomas Milhouse of Ballandery meetg & Mary Hoope of this meeting having appeared & declared thr Intentions of marriage wth each other before this meeting, Inquiry being made & a certificate produced from Ballendary friends as ye said Thomas laid his Intentions before them & nothing appearing to obstruct his proceedings, appointed Richd Bell & Toby Courtney to make enquiry concerning his clearness orderly proceedings etc & our womans meetg have appointed Sarah Greer & Mary Shepherd to make enquiry concerning ye sd Mary & to return ye answer to next men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Kirk & Sarah Gilbert having appeared & declared thr Intentions of marriage wth each othr, & after enquiry nothing thought propper to be objected to obstruct thr further proceedings, Robt Hodgson & Benjamin Shepherd, Elinor Greer & Sarah Hodgson are desired to make enquiry concerning thr orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concernd & to return thr answers to next men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Ebony, a friend belonging to Rathfryland meetg haveing had his house burnt, ye following meetings raise ye following sums towards his relief viz
Lurgn L1:5:3 ½ Coothill 0:10:0 }
Bellyhagan 0:8:3 Lisburn 1:0:2 }4:15:9 1/2
Charliamt 1:1:3 Grange 0:10:10 }
L S d }
sent him by Jno Nicholson 0:18:2 }4:15:9 1/2
sent him by Jno Hoope at twice pr Pat: McGaw 3:17:7 ½ }

Pg 90 1720

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 31st of ye 6 mo 1720.

The friends appointed to speak to Robt Little about Jno Eggers Imprisonmt have not yet done it, therefore are desired to mind it as soon as possible. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The visit appointed, is not yet performed, so friends are desired to mind it before ye quarterly meeting.

The Collection not answering ye charge, ye following friends have made subscriptions, wch Robt Hodgson is desired to collect, & give ye meeting & acct Credit for it.

pd John Hoope 10S -d pd Gab: Winter 2: 8 ½ pd Jno Christy 2: 2
pd John Walker 5 pd Henry Greer 2: 8 ½ pd Saml Morton 2: 2
pd Jno Turner Senr 5 pd Jno Greer 5: 5 pd Jno Hollin 1: 1
pd Jno Nicholson 5: 5 pd And: Tagart 2: 8 ½ pd Jno Neile 2: 2
pd Alex Matthews 2: 8 ½ pd Wm Rea 1: 1 pd Jno Morton Senr 1: 1
pd Robt Hodgson 5: 5 pd Tim: Kirk 2: 8 ½ pd Jno Morton Junr 2: 2
pd Mordecai Barrow 4: 1 pd Richd Mason 2: 8 ½ pd Jno Murray 1: 1
pd Thos Fletcher 2: 8 ½ pd Thos Greer 1: 7 ½ pd Jno Taylor 0: 6 1/2
pd Jos: Berry 1: 1 pd Robt Hoope 1: 1 pd Jno Turner Junr 2: 8 1/2
pd Jno Robson 1- 1 pd Ben: Shepherd 1:1 pd Roger Webb 2 -2
Joseph Robson 0- 0 pd Peter Rogers 1:1 pd Jno Hay 2:8 ½

Peter Rogers having removed to Charliamnt meetg & desires a Certificate from this, Roger Webb & Alexr Matthews are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see ye meeting 4 mo 28th 1721.)

Thos Greer & Rachel Morton, having appeard & declared ye continuation of thr Intentions of mariage & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning thr clearness being enquired of & nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, they have leave to lay ye sd Intentions before ye pro: meeting.

Thos Milhouse & Mary Hoope, having appeared & declared ye continuation of thr Intentions of marriage & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning thr clearness being answered of & nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, they have leave to lay ye sd Intentions before ye pro: meeting.

John Kirk & Sarah Gilbert, having appeared & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning thr clearness being enquired of, & nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, they have leave to lay thr sd Intentions before ye pro: meeting.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st of ye 7 mo 1720.

Whereas William Crook by his last will left to ye poor of this meetg ye sum of three pound Sterling & James Crook his Exer neglecting to pay it, Alexr Matthew & Joseph Robson are desired to speak to him to pay it & return ye moneys to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Friends are desired to take care to bring their sufferings to Jno Hay.

The proceedings of last meeting was read in this meetg but no conclusion came to thereupon, because of ye absence of several friends, therefore ye said proceedings are desired to be read over again next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th of ye 8 mo 1720.

Alexr Matthews gives account that he spoke to James Crookes aout Wm Crooks Legacy, who said he would pay it, but had not yet got money, so Alexr & Joseph Robson is desired to take care thereof.

Friends to be reminded to bring in their sufferings.

Several friends at sundry times have been with Robt Little about John Eggers release or enlargemt, but could not prevail & because of ye sd Johns former disorderly practices, as also some late dishonourable behaviour, friends do not think propper at present to make any further solicitation on his behalf.

To know about Peter Rogers Certificate vide 28 4 mo 1721.

Pg 91 1720

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 9 mo 1720.

Wm Crooks legacy not yet being pd, ye friends appointed are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meetg having been read, Exciting friends to dilligence & circumspection in ye service of truth, & in particular, where any meeting hath omitted reading ye Epistle from ye last Chamber meetg as also other pertinent minutes, publickly, tht such comers to meetings who are not admitted into men & womens meetings, may be sensible thereof & this meeting having neglected, Its desired to be minded with other matters which are to be further considered at the mens meeting.

Also account from the Province tht Wm Nicholson left 20L to poor friends, to be pd 4 years after his decease: 5L: 15S: 0d being this meetings proportion, is pd to Robt Hodgson, wch is ordered to be given to ye following persons.
James Henan 1:00:0 John Peck 1:10:0
Margt Chambers 0:5:0 Margt Brown 0:10:0
Frances Porter 0:10:0 0:8:0
to pay out in cloths for James Simpson & ye remainder to answer Jacob Garvins charge etc.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d of ye 9 mo 1720.

Robt Hodgson to assist Alexr Matthews in getting Wm Crooks legacy.

Account tht Ann Williams widdow of Jno Williams is married to one of another perswasion by a priest, so Jno Hay is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against her transgressions, against next meeting.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th of ye 10 mo 1720.

Alexr Matthews & Robt Hodgson gives acct tht Wm Crooks legacy being three pounds is received, which Robt is desired to give ye meetings acct credit for it, & to pay Ann Mason als Grist 6:6 & Margt Brown 5:0d & to Jno Eggers wife twenty shillings. (Note in margin: done.)

The testimony against Ann Williams als Paterson, being read in this meeting & approved, Robt Hodgson & Joseph Berry are desired to read ye sd testimony to her & return her answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Bell & Elizabeth Thirkield having appeared & declared their intentions of marriage wth each other & after enquiry, nothing appearing to obstruct thr further proceedings, Ben Shepherd & Thos Greer, Elinor Greer & Sarah Lynas are desired to make enquiry concerning thr clearness, orderly proceeding, consent of parents & relations concerned & return thr answers to ye next men & womens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

In order tht ye desire of ye last quarterly meetings advice, pursuant to ye last 3 mo National meetings proceedings may be answered, both Jno Turners, Jno Nicholson, Jno Walker, Jno Hoope Robt Hodgson, Mordecai Barrow, Jos: Berry, Alexr Matthews & Henry Greer are desired to direct Jno Hay to draw out such minutes as may be propper to read in a publick first day meeting, before next mens meeting. (Note in margin: was done on a fourth day as being thought more propper.)

The last 9 mo National meetings proceedings having been read in this meetg & it containing sundry weighty matters, relating to have things kept in good order, Its desired ye same may remain under ye care of this meeting to have ye same answered.

Account given tht Ann Bell, daughter of Wm Bell, is married to one of another perswasion by a priest. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Also account tht Nathaniel Hobbs & Mary Gibson are married with a priest, Jno Hay is desired to draw two suitable testimonies against their transgressions. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Pg 92 1720

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 11th of the 11 mo 1720.

Our dear ffriend Robert Hoope, deceased, having left to poor friends of this meeting, two pound ten Shill which his son John having paid to Robt Hodgson, this meetings acct hath credit for ye same.

Joseph Berry gives account that ye testimony against ye transgression of Ann Williams als Paterson, was read to her, who owns ye truth thereof, & tht she had done amiss, & Jno Walker is desired to read ye said testimony next first day come a week. (Note in margin: was done.)

Testimonies being brought to this meeting against ye transgressions of Ann Bell, Nathaniel Hobbson & Mary Gibson; Saml & Jno Morton Junr are desired to read tht to Ann Bell; & Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer are desired to read tht concerning Nathaniel & Mary, & return thr answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht Matthias Calvart is married by a priest; to one of another perswasion, as is also Sarah Timmons; Jno Walker & Jno Turner, are desired to draw up suitable testimonies against their transgressions, against ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

William Bell & Elizabeth Thirkield having appeared & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning ye clearness being enquired of, & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, they have leave to lay thr said Intentions before ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: were maried in Lurgan ye 25th of ye 11 mo 1720.)

Joseph Dean, having writt to this meeting, complaining tht Joseph Robson does not pay him some money tht he owes him, & Joseph not being at home; Jno Walker & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to write to Joseph, send him a copy of what Joseph Dean writes to this meeting, & desire his answer speedily, as also to give account thereof to ye said Jos: Dean, by this post. (Note in margin: was accordingly done.)

Mordecai Barrow, Jno turner & Jno Christy are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select quarterly meeting.

That Mordecai Barrow both John Turners, John Walker & John Hoope are desired to draw suitable answers to the select & quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th 11 mo 1720.

Account given tht ye testimonies against Ann Bell als Fryar, Nathaniel Hobson, & Mary Gibson als Hobson, were showed to them, & all of thm owned ye truth thereof, & seemd to be sorrowfull however Jno Walker is desired to read said testimonies next first day. (Note in margin: were read ye 12th of ye 12 mo 1720.)

Testimonies against ye transgressions of Mathias Calvert & Sarah Timmons als McGaldry being read & approved of by this meeting, Alexr Mathews & Robert Hodgson, are desired to read ye sd testimony to Mathias, & Jno Turner Junr & Robt Hodgson are desired to read tht to the sd Sarah, & return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings being read, & there being sundry things to be minded & put in practice, its desired tht ye same may be further perused & considered of at next meeting.

Part of our Sufferings being examined at this meeting, but there being but few friends; friends at every meeting day are desired to stay & continue their care in examining them, untill they be finished, & Jno Hay is desired to stop & stay friends as they come to meeting.

Pg 93 1720

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 15th of ye 12 mo 1720.

John Turner Junr gives acct tht the Testimony against ye transgressions of Sarah Timons, was read to her, who ownd ye truth thereof but did not seem much concerned, neither accounted ye matter any hurt, so John Walker is desired to read ye said testimony next first day. (Note in margin: was done accordingly.)

Alexr Mathews & Robert Hodgson gives account, tht they could not yet meet wth Mathias Calvart, so are desired to continue their care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read, & ye matters tht concerns us to give answer to, not being expected, untill ye quarterly meeting, ye same is desired to be minded at ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The Sufferings are mostly examined, & what remains, Jno Hay is desired to get done & send ye same to ye province meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Hoope, Jno Christy, Jno Walker, Robt Hodgson, Roger Webb Saml Morton, Saml ffrancis, Joseph Berry, Ben: Shepherd, are desired to attend ye service of next pro: meetg. (Note in margin: all were there but John Walker, Roger Webb & Joseph Berry.)

Account given tht it is reported tht Benjamin Dixon hath been guilty of ffornication, so Jno Christy & Saml Morton are desired to enquire concerning it, & return their answers to ye next meeting.

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 1 mo 1720.

Acct given tht the testimony against Mathias Calvart was read to him who owns ye truth thereof, & tho sais he is sorry, yet there not appearing any offering from him, sufficient to obstruct ye publication of said testimony, Jno Walker is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was accordingly published.)

The quarterly meetings proceedings & ye last National meetings is desired to be considerd, & answered ye next mens meeting, which because of ye next prvince meeting to be 8 weeks is to be held this day 5 weeks.

Neither Jno Christy nor Saml Morton being at this meeting to give answer concerning Benjamin Dixson, are desired to mind it next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

From our meetg in Lurgan ye 28 of 1 mo 1721. To ye mens meeting of Dublin.
Dr ffriends This is to acquaint you tht Bartho: Garnet, for & on behalf of Abel Strettell, a member of your meetg made a complaint to our last mens meetg of Jno Greer, tht he refused to pay a promisory note of 50L favour Amos Strettell & desired us either to prevail wth ye said Jno Greer to pay tht money, or to give liberty to proceed against him according to Law & ye sd Jno being present when ye sd complaint was made, the question was put, why he would not pay it, his answer in part was, he could not but ye chief reason is, tht he received no other value for it thn Amos’s promisory note payable 12 months after, wch at tht time he expected to be good, because Amos was thn in his business, & tho under some straits his circumstances was so represented to him, as ye sd money wouldbe safe & solvent, but it appearing otherwise since, by reason of matters coming hereupon Amos thn was expected, he therefore now is tht he should pay ye sd L50 tht he will lose it, or ye most part of it, therefore will not be prevailed upon to pay it, which with other matters as represented to us, occasions us to be Cautious in giving leave to proceed against him according to law, we being apprehensive of diverse reproachfull Inconvenience tht may attend such liberty, for doubtless if John be prosecuted at law, he will take ye same methods against Amos when ye 12 months are expired: Therefor for asmuch as ye matter had its rise in Dublin, & severall friends there have a better knowledge of ye Justice & nature of ye case, thn we can, by sundry accts which perhaps are not truly represented to us & Jno Greer being now in Dublin, from whom you may have a full acct why he will not pay ye money, & therefore, we Intreat you to speak to him, acquaint your selves wth ye nature of ye case, consider ye matter, & then be pleased to favour us with your advice how we shall behave according to truth, in giving our Judgment therein, that friends may be of one mind, and Love unity and a good understanding may be preserved in the Churches. Remain your Loving friends & brethren Signd on behalf of ye said meeting by
Alexr Matthews Robt Hodgson Thos ffletcher
John Walker Jno Turner Senr Joseph Berry

Pg 94 1721

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 12th of ye 1 mo 1721.

John Christy & Saml Morton give acct that they spoke to Benjamin Dixson, who denies his being guilty of fornication, but ye woman charges him therewith however forasmuch as proof in such cases is something difficult to be had, & that he has used some means, but not agreeable to Innocency & a clean man, to clear himself accoding to truth, this meeting doth not think it safe to publish a testimony against him for ye sin of fornication but as he has absented himself from his usual place of abode, & tht he has been of a loose behaviour in life & conversation in frequenting bad company, & followed after many hurtful vanities & pleasures to satisfie ye lusts of the flesh, as playing long bullets, nine pins & disagreeable to truth & our holy profession, therefore Jno Walker is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against his transgressions according to this minute, against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last Quarterly & National meetings proceedings having been again read, & considered at this meeting, & ye matters therein containe discourse upon several matters, tedious to mention, so John Hoope is desired to draw agreeable answers to both ye said proceedings, & those ye same to friends next first day afternoon. (Note in margin: was done.)

John Christy, John Turner Senr & Mordecai Barrow to attend ye service of the Sixth days meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 10th day of ye 3 mo 1721.

John Walker has drawn up a testimony against Benjamin Dixson according to ye desire of last meeting, wch was read here, & approved. Saml Morton & Jno Hollin are desired to read it to him when oppertunity offers & return his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last Quarterly meetings Epistle was read here & ye Contents recommended to be duly observed.

A letter was presented to this from ye mens meeting of Dublin in answer to some lines wrote them by ye friends of this meeting concerning a complaint given in by Bart: Garnet against Jno Greer for refusing to pay his note, favour Amos Strettell wherein they give their Judgment tht he ought to pay said note, and sd John being here, cannot be prevaild upon to pay it without some security tht he will be repaid, but is desired to consider better of it against ye preparative meeting.

A letter subscribed by Robt Wilson, Saml Murphy & David Dixson was presented to this meeting, desiring a Certificate for Patrick Gaw, Robert Taylor & Jno Peck, who are about to remove themselves to ye province of Connaught, advising also tht they are in good unity with friends, & o good report among their neighbours, & have almost cleard their accounts, which Robt Wilson who is here present, is desired to mind to acquaint next meeting if all be clear, tht so propper Certificates may thn be given them. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 31 of ye 3 mo 1721.

Samuel Morton gives acct tht he & Jno Hollin hath not had ye oppertunity of reading ye testimony against Ben: Dickson since last meetg so are desired to continue thr care. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

James Bradshaw desiring leave to sit in mens meetings, to which this meeting knows nothing to obstruct him but tht he may, but forasmuch as he hath lived some years in ye bounds of Dublin mens meeting, Jno Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to write to ye sd meeting for account of him, according to ye order of our discipline. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Robert Wilson not being at this meeting to give account how clear Patrick Gaw, Robert Taylor & Jno Peck is, in respect to their having a Certificate its desired to be deferred till Robt send ye account. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Greer being present at this meeting, & enquired of, what he hath further considered of since last meetg in relation to his paying ye 50L who continues to give ye same answer as before, tht he is not willing to pay it except he have security to be repaid in a reasonable time, but is willing to commit the matter to reference, & to be determined by such a number of unbiased, Impartial & disinterested friends as may be chosen by Amos Strettell & himself, of which Jno Nicholson is desired to acquaint Dublin mens meeting.

Pg 95 1721

The last 3 mo National meeting proceedings being brought to this meeting but not read, by reason tht the meeting sat long upon other matters, therefore the sd proceedings & our part of ye National charge is to be considered of at ye mens meeting.

Ulster Pro: proportion of ye National charge 3 mo 1721 L52:16:11. Deducted for printing of books, being charged to F:W: account 8:15:-. Lurgans proportion at 5S 9d pr L L12:13:6. L44:1:11.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 28th of ye 4 mo 1721.

Samuel Morton & John Hollin gives account that they read ye testimony gainst Benjamin Dixson to him, who confest to the truth thereof, & promises amendment, & this meeting thinking it expedient to try him for some time, how he may behave, being desirous that he may be reclaimed from his evil practices, become regenerated by a new creature in Christ Jesus, the said Samuel Morton & Jno Hollin or either of them are desired to acquaint him with ye desire of this meeting, and if he be under true sorrow & sincere repentance for his former transgressions, tht he will write something propper, agreeable thereto under ye testimony tht this meeting prepared, in order to be published against him. (Note in margin: see next meeting but one.)

Mordecai Barrow gives acct tht he & Jno Nicholson writ to Dublin mens meeting concerning James Bradshaw having leave to sitt in mens meetings, but Mordecai sais tht he does not know of any answer, & Jno Nicholson not being present to give any acct thereof, Mordcai is desired to take care to get an answer against next meetg. (Note in margin: see next meeting but one.)

Robert Willson having sent acct that needfull enquiry hath been made concerning how clear Patrick McGaw, John Peck & his wife Jennet, & Robert Taylor went away from ye meeting near Rathfryland to Connaught in ye County of Mayo, & nothing appearing to hinder their having a Certificate, Alexr Mathew & Mordecai Barrow is desired to draw a safe & suitable one to be viewed & approved at next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting but one.)

Account given tht Dublin friends were acquainted of Jno Greers willingness to put ye matter about his paying ye 50L to reference, which this meeting understands is accepted of & tht Barth: Garnet & ye sd John agreed tht the same should be done in Dublin ye next time ye sd Jno goes thither.

The last National half year meetg proceedings, as also ye last yearly meeting Epistle hath been read in this meeting, & they containing good advice & councel for ye growth & edification of friends in ye blessed truth it desired tht friends may be mindful thereof.

The Quarterly meeting begining next 6th day Jno Christy, Timothy Kirk are desired attend ye service of tht meetg & Jno Turner Senr, Robt Hodgson, Alexr Mathews, Jno Walker, Jno Morton senr, Jno Neile, Thos Greer & Andrew Taggart are desired to attend ye service of ye 7th days meeting.

John Walker, Mordecai Barrow & Alexr Mathews are desired to write two agreeable papers, one for ye select & ye other for ye 7th days meetings, & show ye same to some friends before ye 6th day. (Note in margin: was done by John Hoope.)

Peter Rogers having removed himself to belong to Charlimt meeting sometime since, desired a Certificate, & at that time there being some things to settle between his uncle Tim: Kirk & him, which now ye sd Timothy gives acct is settled & ended, therefore, Jno Hay is desired to draw a suitable Certificate for him against next meetg for approbation. (Note in margin: see next meeting but one.)

Joseph Robson having for some time been under difficulties in paying his debts to ye degree of shuting up his shop & absenting himself, and several friends & others complaining of ye want of their Just debts, & doubting tht some creditors are secured & likely to get all, & offers little or nothing, therefore

Pg 96 1721

John Walker & Thos Fletcher are desired to write, or speak so clearly to Joseph to know his circumstances & whether he has or can do equal Justice to all his creditors, & tht he has taken care in Justice to have his efects proportionably, honestly & Justly divided, & to give a full & clear acct thereof to ye next meeting, & also to return him copies of Isaac Summers & Wm Ellis complaints & get his answers to them in writing, & bring ye sd answers to ye next meeting.

In order to raise our proportion of ye publick charge, ye following named friends subscribes to ye sums annexed to their names viz

Roger Webb 0-08-0 Thos Greer 0:00:0
John Hoope 2:00-0 Ben: Shepherd 0:05:5
Robert Hodgson 1:00-0 Henry Greer 0:05-
Jno Turner Junr 0:05-0 Gabriel Winter 0-05:-
Jno Turner Senr 1:00:0 John Taylor 0-02:08 ½
Jno Walker 0:18:6 Wm Bell 0-01:01
Jno Nicholson 1-00-00 Mordecai Barrow 0:10:0
Jno Greer 1:00:0 Alexr Mathews 0:08:0
Thos Fletcher 0:08:0 Joseph Berry 0:04:4
Saml Francis 0:02:6 John Neile 0:10:0
Andrew Tagart 0:10:0 John Christy 0:08:0
Timothy Kirk 0:05:0 John Morton Senr 0:05:0
Richard Mason 0:05:9 John Morton Junr 0
Robert Hoope 0:08:0 John Hollin 0:05:0
Thos Harlan 0-03:0 Saml Morton 0:04:4
William Ray 0-05:5 Jno Hay 0:03:3
John Murray 0-01-1 John Dean 0-01:1

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th of ye 5 mo 1721.

All the proceedings of ye last mens meeting, as also ye last quarterly meetings proceedings hath been read & sundry matters relating thereto being discoursed by way of preparation for ye mens meeting, but as many friends are absent, all ye said proceedings of last mens meeting are desired to be reviewed & considered at next mens meeting, mean time, Alexr Mathews & Mordecai Barrow are desired to be assistant to each other in useing their endeavours to receive ye subscriptions towards discharging ye National Charge.

Account tht Mary Towl is married to one of another persuasion by a priest, Saml ffrancis & Andrew Tagart are desired to speak to her, to know ye truth thereof, & to whom & when, & give acct to ye next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 2d of ye 6 mo 1721.

This meeting having received a testimony by Ben: Dixson against himself owning some transgressions, & proposes to amend his ways, ye same is laid by with ye testimony tht was prepared to be published against him, to try how he answers & performs what he promises. (Note in margin: about Benjamin Dixson.)

Both John Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow being absent, this meetg doth not know what answer is come from Dublin friends abt James Bradshaws having liberty to sit in mens meetings: to be minded next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

To call to Mordecai Barrow for ye certificate for ye friends who went to Connaught. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The certificate for Peter Rogers was signd at this meeting & given to Jno Hollin to give him, a copy is amongst ye meetings papers.

Account in writing is come from Joseph Robson in answer to ye minute tht was made at ye last mens meeting concerning him, to ye truth of which he owns tht some of his creditors are like to get their full debt, & others little or nothing, & ye reason tht he gives why it is so he says, some

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to whom he owed money by bonds, & ... Judgments ... pretty earnestly for their money, he made over his leases for their security, thinking at ye same time, tht he had efects in other condition to pay ye rest of his creditors which tho he thought so, it did not so happen, because as he sais, he mett wth many losses, & trade fell, more than usual (or to this purpose) now altho it might so happen as Josephs sons, tht it hath been to blame, in tht when he found his circumstances in bad condition tht he did not advise with some friends timely, & also his Creditors, before his substance was so engaged, tht he could not do equal Justice to all, & therefore this meeting considering tht ye said Joseph was a member of it & pretty closely concerned wth friends, tht every disorderly proceedings might be kept out of the Church, its hoped tht ye said Joseph will find himself concerned & come under such consideration tht he will use such methods, tht he will wipe of reflections & take away the reproach tht may be cast upon truth & friends wth whom he makes profession. John Walker & Thos Fletcher are desired to acquaint him herewith & bring his answer to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Andrew Tagart gives acct tht he spoke to Mary Towle, who owns tht she is married to one of another perswasion & this meeting having certain acct tht Mary Calvart is also married to one of another perswasion, therefore Jno Walker is desired to draw a suitable testimony against each of their transgressions against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hay is desired to get ye front houses of ye meeting house thatched & call to Robt Hodgson for ye cost.

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 6 mo 1721.

Account is come from Dublin friends concerning James Bradshaw, wch being satisfactory, Jno Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow are desired to acquaint James tht he may have his liberty to sitt in mens meetings. (Note in margin: was done.)

Answer is come from Joseph Robson to ye minute entered last meeting which tho it be condescending, yet forasmuch as it is not drawn up by way of Judgment or acknowledement , in things wherein he missed ye management of his affairs, therefore Jno Nicholson, Jno Walker & Thos ffletcher are desired to let Joseph have what this meeting thinks propper, he should do, towards taking off ye reproach of Truth, & give acct to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The certificate for Patrick McGaw, Jno Peck & his wife & Robt Taylor being ordered at this meeting to be signd Mordecai Barrow is desired to send ye same to Joseph Gill in Dublin, a copy whereof is amongst ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: was done.)

James Alderdice & Hannah Young, hath of this meeting, after acquainting some friends, this day appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage wth ech other, & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Andrew Taggart Mordecai Barrow, Sarah Lynas & Mary Webb, are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings etc & return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

Testimonies concerning ye transgressions of Mary Towle & Mary Calvart, being drawn up, and read in this meeting, Samuel ffrancis & Andrew Taggart are desired to read that to Mary Towle, and Mordecai Barrow & Thomas ffletcher are desired to read that to Mary Calvart, and return their answers to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th day of ye 7 mo 1721.

Account given tht Joseph Robson is willing to give such satisfaction for ye clearing of truth as he is capable, which now would have been offered, but for some obstructions, however its expected against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht ye testimony against ye transgressions of Mary Corner alias Towle, was read to her, which she acknowledged to be true, & confesses Judgment against her self, & signifies her willingness to give such satisfaction as friends may require, this meetg desires she may remain under a sence of her sins, so as to obtain mercy from ye Lord, & as friends have a sence thereof will recieve her accordingly, mean time Jno Walker is desired to read ye sd testimony next first day. (Note in margin: was done.)

The friends appointed to read ye testimony against ye transgressions of Mary Calvert, not having done it since last meetg are desired to mind to get it done & her answer against next meeting, & as Thoms ffletcher is abroad Alexr Matthews is desired to Join wth Mordecai. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Hoope is desired to write answers to ye next Select quarterly & pro: meeting, & show it to friends next fourth day for approbation, & Jno Christy is desired to attend ye service of ye Select meeting. (Note in margin: was done.)

James Alderdice & Hannah Young having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of Marriage wth each other, & ye friends appointed to make Inquiry concerning their clearness, have given acct tht nothing appears to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay their sd Intentions before ye next province meeting. (Note in margin: did present at ye province & was married in Lurgan the 4 8th mo 1721. )

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th of 7 mo 1721.

A testimony from Joseph Robson against himself about ye mismanagement of his affairs was read in this meeting which as it carries some warning in it to others to beware & have a care of bringing a reflection & reproach upon Truth, as his mismanagement has done, ye further publication thereof is to be considered by ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Account given tht Mary Calvart als Gilpin hath been spoken to & ye testimony read to her, & tho she had nothing to object yet seemd of an obstinate temper, so John Walker is desired to read ye testimony against her transgressions publickly next first day. (Note in margin: was read accordingly.)

The last pro: meetg desiring friends to collect their sufferings & stand clear in their testimony against tyths, friends are desired to be concerned to give in ye same to Jno Hay.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings, as also ye last National meetings Epistles having been read in this meeting, in order to prepare answer to the next province meeting, that accounts may be sent to the half years meeting, the same is desired may be also further considered of at the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

John Marshall, who formerly lived with John Robson desiring by Thomas Walker of Cumberland, where he now lives, a Certificate, Alexr Matthews & John Turner are desired to make enquiry concerning his conversation, behaviour and departure out ot this Nation, and give account to the mens meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 25th of ye 7 mo 1721.

The further publication of ye testimony given by Joseph Robson against himself being considered of at this meeting, its thought needful tht it may be of service to amke it more publick than by only reading it in mens meetings, but ye time when & how, is desired may be appointed ye next meetg. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Alexr Mathews gives account tht he made enquiry concerning John Marshals having a certificate, & nothing appearing to obstruct his having one, the sd Alexr, Jno Turner, & Jno Hay are desired to draw a suitable one, agreeable to his circumstances, against next meeting, & for as much as nothing appears but tht he is clear from all women in relation to marriage in these part, something of tht may be also Incerted. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The following named friends are to be offered to ye pro: meetg to attend ye service of ye next half years meeting viz Jno Christy, Henry Greer, Jno Morton Senr, & if Jno Nicholson & Mordecai Barrow be like to be in Dublin at ye time to return them also. (Note in margin: were all there.)

The last half years meetings, & quarterly meetings proceedings having been read, as also ye general minutes called over, John Hoope is desired to draw such suitable answer as may concern this meeting, to ye next prov: meeting & show it to friends of ye town for approbation, because there is no meeting before ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: it was done.)

Account given tht Thomas Bullogh of Munallan meetg is married to one of another perswasion, Jno Hay is desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mind to call for the sufferings.

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th of ye 9 mo 1721.

Altho ye further publication of ye testimony by Joseph Robson was referred to this meeting, yet forasmuch as he was to be acquainted therewith & not ye further consideration thereof is to be by next meeting, mean time Jno Walker & Robt Hodgson are desired to acquaint Joseph tht some friends think tht ye paper should be further published thn only in this mens meeting, because there is a warning in it, lest others whould fall into ye like mismanagemt.

(Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The certificate tht was appointed last meetg to be drawn for Jno Marshall was read & approved by this meetg, Jno Walker is desired to send it. (Note in margin: was sent.)

The testimony against Thomas Bullogh not being drawn, is desired to be against next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 10 mo 1721.

The friends appointed to write to Joseph Robson, not having received answer from him, tht matter is to be further considered at next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony against ye transgressions of Thomas Bullogh was read & approved in this meeting, Samuel Morton & John Hollin are desired to read it to him, & return it & his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow, John Turner Senr & John Christy, are desired to attend the service of the sixth days meeting, next quarterly, and John Hoope is desired to write a paper to that meeting, and also to the seventh days meeting, and show the same to friends next fourth day for approbation. (Note in margin: Mordecai did not, John Hoope writ ye papers & were approved.)

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At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 10 mo 1721.

The friends appointed (as also some others) give account tht Joseph Robson hath been spoke to & he seems to be under great affliction, as well for the reproach he has brought on truth, as ye bald condition he is in to support himself wife & family; So this meeting under divers considerations, thinks it at present as well to suspend ye further publication of ye testimony he gave against himself, as to make it more publick untill further consideration. (Note in margin: About Joseph Robson.)

Samuel Morton & Jno Hollin, gives acct that they read the testimony to Thos Bullogh, aganst his transgressions, who seemed very Ignorant & little concern or sence upon him for what he has done. And also acct being given tht Jane Ray als McGowen, is married by a priest, to one of another persuasion; whose transgression is mentioned under ye said testimony agnst Thomas Bullogh. Saml Morton & Jno Hollin are desired to speak to her & if it be true, to let her know tht she has disunited her self from our society, & if by discoursing with her they find nothing to obstruct publishing tht against her as well as tht aganst Bullogh, to read it with ye other in ye meeting at Munallan on a first day. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting which friends are desired to observe; And as there is L4:13:4 our part of publick charge, & somthing remaining of the former, Its desired tht friends subscribe to raise abt & or 9 pound to answer the meetings occasions.

The last half years meetings proceedings being also brought to this meetg ye reading whereof is desired may be minded & considered ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Part of ye sufferings having been examined at this meeting, Jno Hay is to continue his care to detain friends every meeting untill ye whole be finished. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The undernamed friends are to lend David Dickson five pounds viz John Hoope, Jno Nicholson, Jno Greer, Jno Turner Senr & Robt Hodgson. Jno Nicholson Senr & Jno Greer to assist him in his affair. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 11 mo 1721.

Samuel Morton gives acct tht he spoke to Jane Ray als McGowen, who owns her transgression, so ye sd Samuel is desired to read ye testimony agnst her & Thos Bullogh in a publick meeting at Munallan on next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

The last half years meetings proceedings having been read, & there being several matters recommended to friends obseravation, its desired tht ye same be minded tht answer may be given in due time. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Most of ye sufferings being examined, Jno Hay is desired to fairly transcribe them, & send thm to ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The friends who were desired to lend David Dickson five pounds, have done it. (Note in margin: Lent.)

L5 lent David Dickson, by John Hoope, John Nicholson, John Greer, John Turner Senr & Robert Hodgson each alike.

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At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of ye 12 mo 1721.

To mind ye half years meetings proceedings as also ye last quarterly.

Whereas John Murdogh, a poor friend who lives between Loghbrickland & Newry near Widdow Macamons, being under some dificulty for want of ye loan of forty shillings to prevent his cattle being driven for rent, this meeting desired Alexr Mathews Jno Hoope James Bradshaw & Jno Walker, to lend it, which they did, each ten shill: & if ye sd John Murdogh do not pay all ye sd fforty shill: at or before ye first day of ye 6 mo next tht then this meet: is to pay ye same to ye sd friends or order, who lent it. (Note in margin: 40S lent to John Murdogh.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 12 mo 1721.

It being necessary to make a visit to ye meeting near Rathfryland, Jno Nicholson James Bradshaw & Thos ffletcher being willing to go, they are desired to enquire how meetings are kept up; & of other matters relating to truths affairs, & also to make enquiry for a place for a meeting house & grave yard, in or near ye town or in ye mean time to endeavour to take some house tht may be made a meeting house for ye present, & give account to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Hoope is desired to draw two papers, one for ye select meeting & another to ye province meeting of business & show ye same to friends this day week for approbation & Jno Christy, Jno Turner Senr Tim: Kirk & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to attend ye said select meeting. (Note in margin: was accordingly done.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 21st of ye 1 mo 1721/22.

Account given tht ye friends mentioned to visit ye meetings near Rathfryland were there, & upon consideration abt a place for a meeting house & grave yard in or near ye town; Its thought as friends habitations are thereaway, at present it may not be so well; & therefore as Saml Murphy hath some land by ye river, nearer ye town of Rathfryland thn Robt Wilsons is; Jno Nicholson is desired to desire ye sd Samuel to be at next mens meeting when tht matter may be considered of.

The last province meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting exciting friends to their duty & service for ye Lord, as well in Discipline as worship, & particularly in performing a visit agnst next pro: meeting, & it being a pretty while since a visit hath been made, & this meeting & friends being desirous tht it may be performed, Jno Nicholson, Jno Turner Senr Jno Turner Junr Mordecai Barrow, Jno Hoope Ja: Bradshaw, Henry Greer, Jno Christy, Robt Hodgson, are desired to meet together, & so agreeably divide themselves to go to ye several places as may be most suitable, & to get done what they can against ye next mens meeting, to which ye remainder of ye contents of ye said proceedings as also ye last half year meeting Epistle is to be minded.

Account given tht Joseph Hillary hath been quilty of uncleaness; & also tht Charles McCabe, beside his loose behaviour hath lately taken an oath; also Thos Chapman & Joan Bullogh having got themselves Joined together in a kind of marriage by a priest all which hath brought reproach on truth, therefore Mordecai Barrow & James Bradshaw are desired to draw up suitable testimonies agnst ye transgressions of each, as soon as possible, show them to friends, & if approved, ye sd friends wth Alexr Matthews, Saml ffrancis, Benja: Shepherd are desired to read the said testimonies to the severall transgressors, and return account thereof to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 2 mo 1722.

Samuel Murphy not being here, nor no acct from him whereby this meeting can know what is to be done concerning a meeting house, since which Robt Wilson being deceased, where ye meeting was kept, there now seems a greater necessity for a meeting house & other conveniences thn before, & in order tht ye same may be done, Jno Nicholson, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, Jno Hoope, Jno Greer, James Bradshaw, Robt Hodgson, Jno Turner Senr, Alexr Matthews & Thos ffletcher are desired as soon as they can to go & use their endeavours to take a convenient place either of ye sd Saml Murphy, or any other which can be got, & to get a good lease for as long a time as can be, at as cheap a rent as possible in their names for ye service of truth & friends, and tht they may afterwards transfer their title to other friends for ye more safety thereof, & tht ye sd friends by desire of this meeting do lay this matter before ye next pro: meeting as well in respect to ye matter of getting a place & building, as ye cost thereof, & ye paymt of such yearly rent as must be pd for ye same, and according to this & ye pro: meetings conclusion, ye sd friends are desired to proceed as expeditiously as they can. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The testimony agnst Charles McCabe was shewed to him, to ye truth of wch he confessd & Gave some lines under his hand - friends testimony was published, & is amongst ye meetings papers & ye sd Charles’s paper with it.

The testimony agnst Joseph Hillary was read to him, to ye truth of wch he owned & gave some lines under his hand, confessing his transgression etc & Jno Hay is desired to read friends testimony publickly next first day come a week, & thn Joseph’s testimony laid by with it, to try how he accordingly behaves. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Also ye testimony agnst ye transgressions of Thos Chapman & Joan Bullogh hath been read to them, who showed little appearance of sence or sorrow, especially her, so Jno Hay is desired to read Sd testimony publickly next first day come a week. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Whereas Moses Bullock on ye 26 of 2 mo 1721, being near a year agoe gave in a testimony agnst his marrying as he did, wch hath remaind under friends consideration untill now, and this meeting for divers reasons desires Jno Hay to read sd testimony this day week, & Thos ffletcher is desired to acquaint sd Moses therewth tht he may be present. (Note in margin: Said Moses read the said testymony himself.)

John Hoope is desired to write a suitable paper to ye province meeting which friends in town are desired to see & approve. (Note in margin: was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 3 mo 1722.

The matter concerning ye meeting house near Rathfryland, having been according to ye desire of last meeting laid before ye last pro: meeting, who took cognizance thereof wch is as followeth viz

Some friends of late have thought tht it might tend to ye prosperity of Truth & conveniency of friends tht a place might be got near Rathfryland to build a meeting house upon, with 3 or 4 acres of land for accomodation thereof, & now Robt Wilson being deceased, there seems to be more need for a meeting house than before wherein it hath been ye concern of Lurgan meeting to consider ye service thereof, & present ye same to this meeting for approbation & assistance, as followeth:
Which this meeting considering of, & several things being spoken in relation thereto do well approve of ye sd proposal from Lurgan meeting, & desires tht ye sd nominated friends of Lurgan meetg do proceed in order to get ye said spot of ground, & build a meeting house thereupon, with such other conveniencies as may be suitable for tht meeting & place, as soon as possible, & advance ye necessary cost in finishing ye same, & to lay ye same before ye pro: meeting, who is desired to be concerned & take care tht ye same be as reasonably discharged by those of ability in ye several meetings of ye province, as may be seen fitt. And what yearly rent & repairs tht may attend ye sd place, ye pro: meeting are to appoint ye due discharge thereof, during ye continuance of ye same.
Therefore, ye nominated friends who were appointed at last meetg are desired to go as soon as possible they can, & endeavour to get conveniencies for a meeting agreeable to ye mind of friends.

This meeting being Informed & believe truly tht Robt Wilson son of Robt Wilson near Rathfryland deceased, took an oath on behalf of his brother James at Down Patrick upon his tryal of suspicion of fellony, which being contrary to our principles, & brought reproach upon our holy profession, therefore James Bradshaw & Henry Greer are desired to draw a Suitable testimony agnst his transgression, & show it to friends, tht it may be communicated to ye said Robert.

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 23d of ye 3 mo 1722.

Matters hath so hapned, tht the friends appointed to go to Rathfryland about ye meeting house, have not yet been there, wherefore as many of ye nominated friends as are at home well, & can, are desired to go next 7th day, & try what can be done, & give acct to friends this day week, tht acct may be returned to ye pro: meeting, agnst which time John Hoope is desired to prepare ye paper for tht Select, & another for ye pro: meeting, to be approved by Friends. (Note in margin: was done and account given to ye province see next meeting.)

The testimony tht was desired last meeting to be drawn against ye transgressions of Robert Willson, hath been read in this meeting, which being approved, ye friends who are to go there, are desired to read it to him, & return his answer to next meeting.

John Morton Senr Jno Christy & Saml ffrancis, are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select meeting at Bellyhagan: & Jno Turner Senr Benj Shepherd, Sam: Morton, Thos Greer, Gabriel Winter, Jno Morton Junr, Andrew Tagart, Henry Greer, Thos ffletcher, Alexr Christy, James Morton, to attend ye service of ye prov: meeting, seventh day. (Note in margin: was done.)

Edward Turner, son of Jacob Turner, having Intentions of going abroad, & friends having made enquiry of his clearness, tht they do not know nor hear but he is clear in relation to marriage, & of debt, & hath not been guilty of any gross wickedness, & goes with consent of his parents, therefore this meeting granted him a Certificate, a Copy whereof is amongst the meetings papers.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of 4 mo 1722.

Account given tht Henry Greer, Jno Greer, Thos Fletcher James Bradshaw & John Hoope, went to Rathfryland, ye day appointed, about ye meeting house & fixd ye place, & acct given to ye pro: meeting, who approved thereof, & desired Saml Murphy to proceed to get it built, which this meeting is to take care to see done. (Note in margin: see next meeting.)

The last National & quarterly meetings Epistles are at this meeting, but there being few friends, ye perusal & consideration thereof is deferred untill ye mens meeting when ye publick charge & ye state of this meetings accounts are to be settled. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht the testimony against ye transgression of Robt Willson was showd & read to him, who owned ye truth thereof, & gave some lines, acknowledging friends testimony & his own offence, so Mordecai Barrow & Jno Turner Senr are desired to take care tht friends testimony be published in ths meeting on a first day, & both tht & his laid up with ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th of ye 5 mo 1722.

Account given tht ye meeting house near Rathfryland is going on, but ye friends desired by this meeting, not since having conveniencey to go thither, are desired to mind to go as soon as possibly can & either James Bradshaw, Henry Greer, or Thos ffletcher, or two or all are desired to go also with them, & when they go to mind reading ye testimony agnst Robt Willsons transgressions.

The National & last quarterly meetings proceedings hath been read in this meeting, which friends are desired to mind & put ye good advice in practice.

There being L2:14:4 due for our proportion of National charge, which Mordecai Barrow is desired to pay to next pro: meeting, and Robt Hodgson being in disburse & meeting acct, which he advanced to answer ye necessities of ye poor etc so tht ye following named friends being willing to ye several sums annexed to ye names, they are desired to pay ye same to ye said Mordecai as soon as possible viz
L S d S d S
John Hoope 1: 0: 0 Henry Greer 4:4 James Bradshaw 5:
John Nicholson 0: 10: - Jno Hay 2:2 Ben Shepherd 2:
John Greer 0: 10: 0 Robt Hodgson 8:1 ½ Robt Hoope 2:
Thos Greer 0: 3: 4 Jno Turner Senr 8:1 ½ Jno Neile 3:
Gab: Winter 0: 3: 3 Jno Christy 2:8 1/2
Jno Hollin 0: 1: 1 Jno Turner Junr 3:3
Jno Morton Junr 0: 1: 1 Alexr Matthews 4:4
Wm Rea 0: 2: 2 Mordecai Barrow 8: -
Richd Mason 0: 2: 2 Sam: Morton 2:2
Jno Murray 0: 1: 1 Andrew Tagart 5:5
Jno Morton Senr 0: 2: 2 Jno Taylor 1:1
Timothy Kirk 0: 2: 2 Peter Johnson 1:1
Thomas Fletcher 0: 5: 5 Saml ffrancis 2:2
Thos Harland 1:1

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At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 5 mo 1722.

Account given tht for want of opportunity ye testimony is not yet read against ye transgression of Robt Willson, & since last meeting, notwithstanding what he hath given under his hand of his sorrow, concern & trouble for taking an Oath, he hath lately again taken another Oath, which adds sin to sin, & shows his deceit and hipocrisy, & therefore deserves the greater censure, so Jno Nicholson, Ja: Bradshaw & Henry Greer are desired to prepare a pertinent testimony to add to what friends have already done, & his own offering to friends, against next meeting.

Several friends being absent which makes this meeting small, therefore other matters are deferred, & this meeting adjourns untill tomorrow week.

According to adjournment friends met & ye testimony tht was ordered to be prepared against ye added transgression & sin of Robert Wilson, was read in this meeting & approved so Jno Hay is desired to draw ye same fairly over & give it & ye preamble to Ja: Bradshaw who is desired to read it publickly in this meeting next first day & tht care be taken tht it may be publickly read at a time in ye meeting near Rathfryland, when some publick friend has a meeting there for making ye same as manifest & publick as propper. (Note in margin: was publickly read according to appointment at Lurgan.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 15th of ye 6 mo 1722.

To mind ye testimony be read against Robert Willson in ye meeting near Rathfryland. (Note in margin: to be minded.)

John Hoope is desired to draw pertinent papers for ye Select & pro: meetings, & Communicate ye same to friends this day week for approbation, Jno Christy, Jno Morton Senr, Mordecai Barrow & Jno Turner Sr are desired to attend ye service of ye select meeting. (Note in margin: It was done.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 7 mo 1722.

There having been no oportunity of publishing ye testimony against ye transgression of Robt Willson its desired to be minded.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings was read in this meeting, with which friends have good unity, & desires ye same may be observed and put in practice.

And that ye printed Epistles from London be publickly read on a first day.

Wm Fox desires a Certificate from friends hereaway, so this meeting desires Mordecai Barrow & Thoms ffletcher to make enquiry concerning his clearness etc & return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of 7 mo 1722.

The testimony against Robt Willson not yet being published at the meeting of Rathfryland, its desired to be minded.

And Jno Hay is desired to get the rough draught of the Lease from Samuel Murphy, & engrose it in order to be perfected.

And Mordecai Barrow & John Turner Senr are desired to take care about finishing the meeting house near Rathfryland.

Account from the province that there is opportunity of getting Wm Shewells History of the rise & progress of Truth at 9S:6d pr Book English value in sheets: So the following named friends subscribes as anexed to their names viz

for this meeting one John Christy one
John Hoope one Andrew Tagart one
John Nicholson one Robt Hodgson one
John Turner Junr one Jno Turner Senr one
John Greer one Thomas Fletcher one
Samuel Barrow one

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At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 8th mo 1722.

The testimony against Robt Willson not yet being published at Rathfryland meeting & ye half acre of land to ye meeting house, not being laid out, which obstructs perfecting of ye lease therefore, Jno Turner Senr, Jno Greer, Robt Hodgson & Thos Fletcher if he can, are desired to go & get ye sd testimony read, & half acre set out, & to order other matters in order to ye finishing of ye sd meeting house as they see propper, before ye mens meeting, which is to be this day 2 weeks, because next pro: meetg is to be but a month from ye last. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

There being a letter come from friends of Newport, concerning Saml Kennings marrying with a priest, & Jno Egger & Robt Richardson going to tht place, without their knowledge, how they stand as to fellowship with friends, & therefore tht all this meetings proceedings concerning sd Jno Egger & Saml Kenning & a copy of the testimony given against Jno Egger, & a copy of tht given by Saml Kenning against himself, & thn Jno Turner Junr, & Jno Hoope are desired to write ye needfull concerning tht, as also something in relation to Robt Richardson against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Forasmuch as ye time will be short after next mens meeting, before friends must go to Dublin, its desired tht friends of this meetg come to a conclusion at ye next mens meeting who from this meetg will attend ye service of next half years meetg tht ye same may be according to order, offered for approbation to next pro: meetg. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

That friends take care to bring in thr sufferings to Jno Hay as usuall. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st of ye 8 mo 1722.

Account given tht Jno Turner & Roberet Hodgson were at Rathfryland, & at ye meeting house, which is well forward & ready to thatch, & tht they set out ye ground for ye half acre to be ditched in, but as they did not go on a meeting day, could not read ye testimony against Robt Willson, so its desired to be minded when a propper time presents.

John Hay hath drawn out ye minutes concerning dealing with Jno Egger & Saml Kinning, & John Turner & John Hoope have writ a letter in order to go therewith, to ye friends of Newport, as also something in relation to Robert Richardson who lived in Newry, which John Hay is desired to draw all four over in one sheet & give it to John Hoope, in order to acquaint ye select meetg therewith, & if it is approved, so to be sent to ye sd friends at Newport, ye rough draft to be kept as a copy amongst this meetings papers. (Note in margin: Was approved and sent.)

Some friends have brought in their sufferings, but as a great many have not, friends are desired to bring them in to John Hay, as speedily as possible. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye desire of last meeting, ye question was put to this, who none appeared to have a mind to go nor willing to submit to be appointed, so none can be returned for approbation to ye pro: meetg but as Mordecai Barrow, Jno Nicholson & Jno Neile, are gone in Dublin, they may be mentioned to ye pro: meetg. (Note in margin: Were mentioned but Mordecai & John Neile came away before ye meeting began.)

Timothy Kirk Jno Christy & Jno Turner Senr are desired to attend ye service of ye select meetg to be in this place next 6th day, ye 2d of next mo: & Jno Hoope is desired to draw ye Epistles for ye 6th & 7th days meetings, ready to be viewed, corrected & approved by friends in ye town tomorrow night. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 9 mo 1722.

John Hay gives account tht there are some of ye sufferings not yet come in, so friends are desired to bring them in without delay who have not done it.

The proceedings of the last quarterly meeting having been read in this meeting, the same is again desired to be read & considered at our next meeting, in order that Endeavours may be used to put the good advice therein in practice. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Pg 106 1722

Account given tht John Neile Junr is married to one of another perswasion, contrary to truth, so John Christy & Samuel Morton are desired to speak to him, know ye truth thereof, & lay his transgressions before him & give acct to ye next meeting, in order tht a testimony for ye clearing of truth may be drawn up, & tht John Neile do go to Bellyhagan, & get some friends with him, & speak to Andrew Charleton, who its like gave licence to accomplish sd marriage, & lay ye evil of such things before him etc.

Margrat Egger, wife of Jno Egger of Rathfryland, having signified to this meeting tht she is about to leave tht place with her children, & go to Newport where her husband is, & desires a Certificate, & altho friends were under a necessity to bear a testimony against his transgressions, yet not knowing but tht she hath behaved pretty well, Mordecai Barrow, Henry Greer, & Robt Hodgson, are desired to draw a Certificate for her, show it to some friends both men & women in ye town, in order for approbation, & to sign it, because time will not allow to wait untill ye next men & womens meeting.

Joseph Peel of Ballandery meetg & Mary Tuft of this meetg offer acquainting some friends this day appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other before our womens meetg & this, & ye sd Joseph produceing a Certificate of his laying his sd Intentions before Ballendery meetg who hath appointed Patrick McRannel & Andrew Agnew to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & our womens meetg having appointed Sarah Lynas & Sarah Barrow to make enquiry concerning ye sd Marys clearness, & upon enquiry nothing at present appearing to hinder their further proceedings, ye sd Joseph & Mary may appear again at our next men & womens meetg & ye sd friends with them to give account how they find their clearness.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th of 10 mo 1722.

Account given tht ye sufferings are mostly come in, John Hay is desired to read them to each particular as conveniency offers.

John Christy gives acct tht he went according to ye desire of last meetg to enquire concerning Jno Neile Junr but could not meet with him however its certain he is married to one of another persuasion, so Jno Hay is desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions, give it to Jno Christy & Saml Morton in order to read it to him & return an answer to next meeting.

Also Jno Neile Senr according to order of last meetg is desired to take a few or two of Bellyhagan meetg & speak to Andrew Charleton etc.

Joseph Peel & Mary Tuft having appeared & declared ye continuance of their Intentions of marriage with each other also presented a Certificate from ye sd Marys father of his willingness thereto they have liberty from this meeting to lay their sd Intentions before ye next pro: meetg & Jno Hay is desired to draw a Certificate for them etc. (Note in margin: it was done.)

The last quarterly meetg proceedings was read with which friends having good unity Its earnestly desired ye good advices therein may be put in practice.

Jno Christy having signified tht Wm Dover desires a Certificate from this meetg Jno Christy, James Bradshaw & Thos ffletcher are desired to draw a suitable one & show it to friends next first day for approbation & signing.

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 11 mo 1722/23.

Samuel Morton gives acct tht ye testimony against Jno Neile Junr was read to him & he ownd ye truth of it & seemd to be under some concern for his transgression, so Saml is desired to read it publickly in their meetg & return an acct to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: Was published in Munallan meeting on first day ye 13 11 mo 1722.)

William Dover not having writ to this meetg for a Certificate, therefore its deferrd untill he write about it himself. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last half years meetings proceedings, also an Epistle from Joseph Pike were presented to this meeting, but the reading thereof is deferred untill next mens meeting.

Pg 107 1722/23

Some of ye Sufferings were examined here, & Jno Hay is desired to examine ye rest as occasion offers. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Moses Bullock & Esther Hartly both of this meetg after acquainting some friends this day appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other before our womens meetg & this, & after enquiry nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, Thomas Fletcher, Mordecai Barrow, Jane Fox & Mary Webb are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned & return thr answers to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 11 mo 1722/23.

Moses Bullock & Esther Hartly having appeared a second time, & declared ye continuance of thr Intentions of marriage wth each other before this meetg & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning thr clearness, having signified tht so far as they have enquired finds nothing to hinder thr further proceedings, but tht they may lay ye same before ye next pro: meeting.

William Dover not having yet writ to this meetg concerning his desiring a certificate neither hath he acquainted this meetg nor presented his intentions for advice about his removing from it, according to ye rules of friend discipline, in tht case, which Jno Christy is desired to acquaint him of & when his answer comes: granting him a Certificate after enquiry is made of his clearness, may be further considered. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Jno Hay gives acct tht there is yet some of ye sufferings to examine, therefore he is desired to get thm compleated & fitted to give in to ye next Pro: meeting. (Note in margin: Were given in to pro: meeting.)

Robt Hodgson being considereably out of pocket on this meetings acct ye name of ye members of ye mens meetg as under being taken & such as were present here mentioned ye several sums annexed to thr names & those absent are desired to give acct what they will give & pay ye same to Robt Hodgson.
L S d L S d
pd John Hoope 1:10:0 Jno Nicholson 0:10:10
pd Robt Hodgson 0:10:0 Jno Greer 0:10:10
pd Jno Turner Senr 0:10:0 Thos ffletcher 0: 5:0
Pd Jno Turner Junr 0: 5:5 Saml ffrancis 0
pd Andrew Tagart 0:10:0 Richd Mason 0: 2:8 ½
Timothy Kirk 0: 2:8 ½ Robt Hoope 0
pd Thomas Harland 0: 2:8 ½ Wm Ray 0: 3:3
pd Henry Greer 0: 5:0 Jno Murray 0
Gabriel Winter 0: 5:0 Thos Greer 0: 3:3
pd Jno Taylor 0: 2:2 Ben: Shepherd 0: 4:0
Alexr Mathew 0: 6:8 Wm Bell 0
Jno Neile 0: 3:3 Mordecai Barrow 0: 6:0
pd Jno Christy 0: 5:5 Joseph Berry 0: 2:2
pd Jno Morton Junr 0: 2:2 Jno Morton Senr 0: 3:3
pd Jno Hollin 0: 3:3 James Bradshaw 0: 5:0
pd Saml Morton 0: 5:5 Peter Johnson 0: 1:1
pd Jno Hay 0: 3:3 Samuel Barrow 0: 2:8 ½
pd Jas Morton Junr 0: 2:8 ½ Jacob Turner Junr 0: 2:4 ½
(Scratched out)

The last National meeting proceedings, as also an Epistle by Joseph Pike having been read in this meeting, the service whereof is desired to be further considered in order tht the good advice therein may be put in practice.

And there being some minutes mentioned in ye said National proceedings desired to be drawn out, Jno Hay is desired to draw them fairly out against next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

And that Joseph Pikes Epistle be publickly read next first day. (Note in margin: Was read.)

John Turner Senr, Timothy Kirk & Jno Christy are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select meeting of ye province. (Note in margin: Was done.)

And John Hoope is desired to draw a paper for ye select meeting. (Note in margin: Was done.)

And another for the mens meeting, & show them to friends next fourth day for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Pg 108 1722

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 12 mo 1722/23.

No acct being come tht Wm Dover has writ to this meetg concerning his declining being a member of it, & after what manner he desires a certificate therefore tht matter is to be enquired of next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye desire of last meetg John Hay hath drawn out some minutes but being thought not full enough, & tht there are minutes more fully drawn, he is desired to look for & present them to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read here, ye further observation to be minded next meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of ye 1 mo 1722/23.

John Christy gives acct tht he advised Wm Dover to write to this meeting concerning his having a Certificate, yet no letter being accordingly come, from him tht friends knows of, therefore tht matter is to remain as it is untill he do write to this meetg according to ye minute made at ye mens meetg held ye 30th of ye 11 mo last.

John Hay hath brought ye minutes tht was desired, which at present being, thought too large to read publick: Jno Turner Junr is desired to look over said minutes & direct Jno Hay to transcribe such as answers ye desire of last 9 mo half year meetings advice, as also some few others which may be at this Juncture thought propper. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 2 mo 1723.

The minutes which Jno Turner Junr was desired tht Jno Hay should draw out, being done, read, & approved by this meeting, John Hoope is desired to read them publickly next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Forasmuch as it will be necessary to know what friends will attend the service of next half years meetg as also if any will go to London; ffriends of this meeting are desired to consider & resolve to give answer at next mens meeting who will attend ye sd services. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The assizes for ye County of Ardmagh to be held ye 11th Instant, Robt Hodgson Jno Nicholson, Henry Greer & Jno Greer or such 2 of thm as can go, are desired to attend them, & endeavour to prevent any proceedings by such who make profession of truth tht it may not be reproachd thereby. (Note in margin: Jno Nicholson & Henry Greer attended, & nothing happened to affect friends.)

This meeting adjourns till this day week.

The 2 mo ye 10th friends met according to adjournment.

Benjamin English of Ballanderry meeting, and Mary Shepherd of this meeting having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other before this & our womens meeting and after the needfull questions askt it appearing so far tht he ye sd Benjamin hath proceeded orderly, and producing a Certificate from ye said Ballanderry meeting, tht he presented his said Intentions there, whereupon they appointed Richd Milhouse & Toby Courtney Junr & our womens meeting have appointed Sarah Lynas & Ann Hoope who are desired to make enquiry concerning the sd Benjamin & Mary’s clearness in relation to marriage, orderly proceedings, consent of parents and relations concerned, and to return their answers to our next men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 109 1723

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 2 mo 1723.

The following named friends are to be presented to ye pro: meeting for approbation to attend ye service of ye next half years meetg (viz) John Hoope, Jno Christy, Jno Morton Senr.

And ye question being put who should give up to go to attend ye service of ye yearly meeting at London; none offered, yet ye meeting nominated Mordecai Barrow, as thinking him very fit, & altho he did not consent, he did not refuese, so upon tht he is presented to ye pro: meeting.

John Christy, Jno Turner Senr & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend ye service of ye Select meetg of ye province next sixth day. (Note in margin: Was done.)

John Hoope is desired to draw 2 Epistles, one for ye Select & another for ye pro: meeting, & friends of ye mens meetg who live in town are desired to meet sometime before tomorrow night to view them. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Benjamin English & Mary Shepherd having appeard a second time & declared ye continuation of ye Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, having returnd their answers, tht yet nothing appears to obstruct them, therefore they have leave to lay their sd Intentions before ye next pro: meetg, to which ye friends appointed to make enquiry, are to return their full answers. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th of ye 3 mo 1723.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read, with which friends have unity, & referrs ye further consideration thereof to next meeting.

Its thought needful tht friends should have a general visit under consideration.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 4 mo 1723.

Whereas Jno Tuft thinking himself agrieved by Henry Greer in some things made a verbal complaint this day to this meeting thereof, but Henry not being present, Jno is desired to commit ye substance of his complaint in writing, & give ye same to Jno Nicholson Alexr Matthew & Robt Hodgson or any of them, who is desired to acquaint Henry with it, & desires him to give friends & Jno Tuft an oppertunity tht ye matter be fully understood, in order tht an amicable agreemt may be made.

The last province & quarterly meetings proceedings have been further considered at this meeting, wherein is desired tht this meeting do raise according to ye (blank) of ye province their proportion of ye sum of one hundred pound, which is L29:11:8 towards paying for ye building of ye meeting house near Rathfryland, & ye meeting house to be built at Castle Shane & something towards repairing ye meeting house at Coothill, reference being had to ye said pro: meetings proceedings may more at large appear; in compliance thereto ye following named friends subscribes ye several sums annexed to their names (viz)

John Hoope L10:0:0 Thos Greer L1: 3:0 Jno Christy L0:10:0
Jno Nicholson 3:0:0 Gabriel Winter 0:15:0 Jno Morton Senr 0: 5: 5
Jno Turner Senr 2:0:0 James Bradshaw 1: 3:0 Jno Hollin 0:10: 0
Mordecai Barrow 2:6:0 Henry Greer 0:10:0 Jno Turner Junr 0:10:10 L32:7:40
Alexr Matthew 0:10:0 Thos ffletcher 1: 3:0 Ben: Shepherd 0: 8: 4
Robt Hodgson 2: 0:0 Andrew Tagart 1:10:0 Saml Morton 0: 2: 8 ½
Jno Greer 3: 0:0 Joseph Berry 0: 5:5 Jno Morton Junr 0
Robt Hoope 0:10:0 Wm Rea 0: 6: 0
Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Isobel Robson, wife of Joseph Robson, being inclined to go to her husband to Bristoll, & desires a Certificate, therefore Mordecai Barrow & John Hoope are desired to draw one from ye men & womens meetings held today, in order to be approved & signd on behalf of this meeting next first day, by a suitable number of friends belonging to ye men & womens meeting. (Note in margin: Was done & sent to her to Dublin a copy whereof is amongst ye meetings papers.)

Account tht Anna Robson is married to one of another persuasion, by a priest, so Jno Turner Junr is desired to draw a suitable paper against her transgression in order to be approved next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Also account tht Eliz. Rea of Munnallan meeting is married to one of another persuasion, by a priest, so Jno Christy & Jno Morton Senr is desired to draw a suitable paper against her transgression, that ye same may be further considered by next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 110 1723

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 19th day of ye 4 mo 1723.

Acct given tht Jno Tuft hath not committed his complaint against Henry Greer in writing or at least hath not given it to ye appointed friends, yet if he do before next mens meeting ye said friends are desired to hear both parties & endeavour to make a friendly end thereof. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to appointmt of last meeting, a testimony against ye transgressions of Anna Robson, hath been read & approved in this meeting, Robt Hodgson & Jno Hollin are desired to read it to her & return their answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Acct tht the testimony against Elizabeth Rea is not prepared, so ye friends appointed are desired to mind it against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Edward Hoope having appeared & declared his Intentions of marriage with Sarah Willcocks of ye City of Dublin, & after ye needful questions asked him it appears tht he made his mind known to ye said Sarah in relation of marriage before his father or her mother, or had their consent thereto but since this meeting understands tht matters being agreed upon by ye said Edwards father, & ye said Sarahs relations or Guardians, tht they shall take each other in Marriage and ye said Edward having given a testimony against his disorderly proceedings, this meeting appoints Mordecai Barrow & Robert Hodgson to make enquiry concerning his clearness in relation to marriage with any other woman, & to give answer to Dublin mens meeting when they write for ye same, & also to this next mens meeting how they find things; this meeting has granted ye said Edward a Certificate, & desires Robt Hoope & Ben: Shepherd to accompany him to Dublin & confirm if there be occasion, ye said Certificate or what further is to be spoke on behalf of said meetg in respect to said Edwards proceedings. (Notes in margin: The friends enquired & sent their answers. and Ben: Shepherd & Robt Hoope went to Dublin with him.)

William Bell Junr son of Simon Bell of this meetg hath this 26th of 4 mo appeared & declared his Intentions of marriage wth Mary Courtney daughter of Thomas Courtney of ye meeting near Charliamt & after ye needfull questions, nothing appears to obstruct his further proceedings, so Saml ffrancis & Robt Hoope are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & give thr answers to next mens meetg near Charliamt as also to next pro: meeting.

At a Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 5 mo 1723.

Account given tht John Tuft has not yet given in his account, to ye friends appointed so tht no end is yet made of ye difference between Henry Greer & him. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht ye testimony against Anna Robson was read to her to ye truth of which she acknowledged, & seemd to be under some sorrow for her transgression, & had nothing to say against ye publication thereof, so James Bradshaw is desired to read ye said testimony in ye meeting next first day come two weeks. (Note in margin: Was published.)

The testimony against ye transgressions of Eliz: Rea being drawn & showed to her, which she acknowledged to be true. John Christy is desired to read ye same in ye meeting at Munallan on ye first first day tht is convenient. (Note in margin: Was read ye 4th of 6 mo 1723.)

Account given tht Mary Thompson als Hewit is married to one of another perswasion by a priest; so John Turner Junr & John Hay are desired to draw a pertinent testimony against her transgressions against next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Christy, Mordecai Barrow, & Saml ffrancis, are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select quarterly meeting, & John Hoope is desired to draw two papers, one for ye select meeting, & another for ye mens meeting, to be perused & approved by friends this day week. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of 6 mo 1723.

Account given tht Jno Tuft has not yet brought his complaint in writing according to ye first entry of ye matter, himself being present & agreed thereto, wherefore this meeting desists proceeding any further therein untill he comply herewith.

The testimony against Mary Thompson als Hewit, not being drawn, its desired to be minded & showd to her against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The quarterly meetings proceedings is desired to be read & considered by next mens meeting.

This meeting adjourns to ye first day next between meetings.

Pg 111 1723

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 6 mo 1723.

The testimony against ye transgressions of Mary Thompson als Hewit, being read & approved by this meeting, & account given tht it was communicated to ye said Mary, who acknowledged ye truth thereof, & seemed sorrowful but gave no testimony against her self, so Samuel Francis is desired to read ye sd testimony next first day, as also ye paper from ye province. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings hath been read, advising & encourageing friends to zeal, faithfulness & diligence in ye service of truth, having regard to ye many & frequent advices tht is repeatedly given, tht all professing truth might walk agreeable thereto, & in particular to keep up tht good branch of discipline, ye visiting of families, which this meeting is desired to perform against next quarterly meeting.

The next province meeting being appointed to be held at Coothill, ye following named friends are desired to attend it (viz) Saml ffrancis, Jno Christy, Jno Taylor, Jno Greer, Thomas Fletcher & Jno Nicholson. (Note in margin: All were there except Jno Nicholson.)

Friends who have any of ye meetings books are desired to return thm to next mtg. (Note in margin: See next meet.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 7 mo 1723.

Whereas Elizabeth Bullogh wife of James Bullogh, intending to go over to England, desires a Certificate, Its therefore left to ye womens meeting to make enquiry concerning her & then if there be nothing against her, John Hay is desired to assist the women friends to draw a Certificate for her & show it to friends next first day for approbation & signing.

The following named friends are desired to make a visit once before next quarterly meeting, (viz) John Hoope, if at home, Mordecai Barrow, John Christy, Samuel ffrancis, John Morton Senr, Andrew Tagart.

Account given tht Ann Thirkill is with child; so Henry Greer & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to draw up a testimony against her transgressions & show it to friends next meeting. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Friends are desired to bring in their sufferings.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 8 mo 1723.

Acct given tht ye friends appointed to make a visit, have performd tht service in part, & expects to do ye rest against ye quarterly meeting.

Mordecai Barrow having drawn a testimony against ye transgressions of Ann Thirkill, which was read & approved; ye meetg desires Saml ffrancis & Ben: Shepherd to show it to her & return acct of her answer to next meetg. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Acct given tht Mary Pologe is in a low condition & needs to be supplied. Mordecai Barrow is desired to buy a Cow for her as soon as conveniently he can & bring an acct to ye next meetg. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Mordecai Barrow, Jas Bradshaw, Henry Greer & Thos fletcher are desired to draw suitable Epistles to ye next select & Quarterly meetings. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The meeting adjourns till this day week.

According to appointmt Mordecai Barrow having drawn 2 Epistles ye one for ye Select, ye other for ye 7th days meetg ye which was read approved & signd.

John Turner Senr John Christy & Samuel ffrancis are desired to attend the sixth days meeting. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The friends concerned give acct they have made a thorow visit except Rathfryland & some few places, which is desired to be minded.

Pg 112 1723

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30 of ye 8 mo 1723.

Samuel ffrancis gives acct tht he read ye testimony to Ann Thirkill which was drawn agnst her transgressions & she acknowledged it to be true so Samuel is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly published.)

The last quarterly meetings Epistle was brought hither, ye which is desired to be read & considered next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The yearly meetings Epistle from London was read & friends desired to mind ye good advice therein contained, Saml ffrancis is desired to read it publickly next first day come a week. (Note in margin: Was read ye 10th of ye 9 mo 1723.)

Ffriends of ye womens meeting signify tht Mary Douglass is gone to live in Drogheda & desires a Certificate from hence, so Ann Hoope & Sarah Lynas are desired to make enquiry concerning her & return thr answers to ye next meeting, Mordecai Barrow & Jno Hay are desired to draw a Certificate & have it ready for signing if nothing appear to obstruct. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Friends are desired to bring in thr sufferings agnst next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow gives acct tht he had not got ye Corn for Mary Polog but intends to mind it. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 9 mo 1723.

The last quarterly meetings Epistle hath been read & considered, & ye good advice therein is desired may be minded & put in practice, & particularly such friends whether young or old, who wear their hats much Cockt, powder their hair or periwigs so as tht it is easy to be seen on their shoulders, & also wear their shirts too visibly to be seen about their necks & arms, & their neckcloths hanging out too long, may be lovingly admonished & advised to avoid ye manner of such habit, & to more nearly conform to ye ancient plainness of their fathers & grandfathers who are gone to their rest, & who walked becoming ye plainness of ye Gospel.

There being some of ye sufferings not yet come in this meetg therefore deferr ye examining of what is come untill ye rest be collected, which Jno Hay is desired to get against next preparative meeting, tht ye whole may be then & at ye next mens meetg examined, in order to be ready against next quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow gives acct tht he has bought a Cow for Mary Pologe cost one pound seventeen shill: which Robt Hodgson is desired to repay to Mordecai & charge it to this meetings accts.

Account given tht Robt Milikin of Monallan is married by a priest to a woman of another perswasion, Jno Turner Junr & Jno Hay are desired to draw a suitable testimony agnst his transgression to be perused & approved by ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Ann Hoope gives acct tht she & Sarah Lynas made enquiry concerning Mary Douglass & hears nothing against her, but tht she may have a Certificate, so Mordecai Barrow having drawn one & after some addition approved by this meetg Jno Hay is desired to draw it fair over & if ye womens meetg approve thereof, they may sign it & send it to her. (Note in margin: Was done.)

William Dover having writ to this meeting from Dublin ye 27th of ye 8 mo 1723 desiring a Certificate, Thomas Fletcher & Thomas Greer are desired to enquire into his clearness in relation to debts etc and to return their answers to the next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 113 1723

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 10 mo 1723.

A meeting of young people to be considered of. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Part of ye sufferings have been examined at this meeting so far as friends were present, ye rest are to be minded each meeting as friends are to be met with, untill ye whole be finished. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The testimony desired to be drawn against ye transgressions of Robt Milikin was read & approved at this meetg Jno Morton & Saml Morton are desired to read it to him & return his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Thomas Greer & Thomas Fletcher gives account tht they made enquiry concerning Wm Dovers clearness, & do not hear any thing against his having a Certificate, therefore Jno Nicholson & Thos Fletcher are desired to draw one & present it to friends at ye riseing of ye meetg next first day, & as it is then agreed to, to be signed & sent him. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 31st of ye 10 mo 1723.

The meeting of young people for some reasons, is to to be further considered of.

Account given tht the sufferings are mostly examined, what few there is to do is expected to be done, before ye pro: meeting, so Jno Hay is desired to bring them to it. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The testimony tht was drawn against ye transgressions of Robt Milikin, was read to him, to ye truth of which he acknowledged, so Saml Morton is desired to read it publickly in ye meeting at Munallan next first day. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The last 9 mo National meetings proceedings, & an Epistle by Benjamin Holms from ffredrichstadt, & ye last pro: meetings proceedings, having been read in this meeting, & it being desired tht Benjamins Epistle should be read in ye meetings of worship; Saml ffrancis is desired to read it in this meeting next first day, & Saml Morton to read another Copy in ye meeting at Munallan, next first day; and this meeting is desired to be concerned & mindful to put ye matters contained in ye said Nationall meetings proceedings in practice, so as to give due answers thereto. (Note in margin: Sam Francis did read B.H’s Epistle, as also did Saml Morton read it in Munallan meeting.)

The next pro: meetg being quarterly, Jno Turner Senr Saml ffrancis, Jno Morton & John Hoope is desired to prepare two papers, one for ye select & another for ye mens meeting, agnst fourth day meetg next week, to be then considered & fitted by friends for ye said quarterly meeting. (Note in margin: Was all accordingly done.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 11 mo 1723.

The time for a meeting with young people to be further considered of. (Note in margin: See next meetg.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting take under consideration ye loss tht Thomas Harlan sustained by fire hath recommended a relief towards him to ye several meetings in ye province, wherefore tht this meeting may do their part John Hoope is desired to acquaint friends ye next first day come a week of his loss, in order tht they may be apprized thereof, so as to be prepared to give what they please, ye next first day following that. (Note in margin: It was accordingly done & L7-9-1 got for him.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 12th of ye 12 mo 1723.

Several friends being abroad, the appointing a meeting with young people is deferred till next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Hoope, Robert Hodgson, Thomas Fletcher, Andrew Tagart, Gabriel Winter, William Rea, Robert Hoope, John Morton Junr, John Christy, John Morton Senr are desired to attend the service of the next province meeting at Bellyhagan. (Note in margin: Most of ye said friends did attend.)

Pg 114 1723

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 4th of ye 1 mo 1723.

The meeting wth young people being considered of at this meeting, Its thought most convenient to have it Immediately after ye riseing of ye meetg of worship on next first day come a week, of which John Hoope is desired to give notice next first day, and forasmuch as it may be of service to read some minutes Jno Turner & Jas Bradshaw are desired to Note such as are proper or thought convenient. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Account being come from ye last pro: meetg tht an affirmation act is obtained to ye satisfaction of friends, ye cost whereof to this meetings proportion, amounting to L38:9:2 ye following named friends subscribes ye several sums annexed to their names in order to pay ye same (viz)

John Hoope 5:00:00 John Turner Junr 0:11: 6
his son Robert 3:00:00 Joseph Berry 0: 5: 5
his son Edward 2:06:00 Benjamin Shepherd 0:10: 0
John Turner Senr 3:00:00 Thomas Turner 0: 5: 5
John Greer 4:00:00 Jacob Turner & fam: 1: 3: 0
Mordecai Barrows son 2:00:06:00 Turner
John Nicholson 3:09:00 Moses Bullock 0:10:00
Robert Hodgson 3:00:00 Robert Hoope
Alexr Mathew 1:03:00 John Neile 0-10-00
Thomas Fletcher 1:10:00
James Bradshaw 1:03:00
Gabriel Winter 0:18:00
Andrew Tagart 1:03:00
Henry Greer 1:00:00
Jno Morton Senr & his son 0:18:04
Jno Morton Junr 0:10:--
Jno Christy & his sons 0:16:03
William Rea 0:06:00
Jno Hollan 0:10:00

Account given tht Joshua Hillary & Elizabeth Hoope are married by a priest. James Bradshaw, Henry Greer & Saml ffrancis, are desired to draw up a pertinent testimony aginst their transgressions & shew it at next mens meeting which is to be this day two weeks.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 1 mo 1723.

According to ye desire of last meeting, a testimony concerning ye transgressions of Joshua Hillary & Elizabeth Hoope was brought to this meeting, but as it may be necessary (tho they live together) tht further enquiry be made how & when they were married, & likewise to know more of both their disorderly proceedings before they went together than yet is known, John Nicholson is desired to assist ye friends tht were appointed last meeting in making further enquiry, and then as they find things to draw up a suitable testimony against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Hoope is desired to draw a paper for the select meeting, and another for the mens meeting of the province, to be considered & approved by friends this day week; and Jno Morton, Jno Christy, Mordecai Barrow, Jno Turner Senr & Samuel Francis are desired to attend the service of the Select meeting. (Note in margin: Was all done.)

Pg 115 1724

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 15th of ye 2 mo 1724.

The friends appointed to speak to & enquire of Joshua Hillary & Elizabeth Hoope concerning their transgressions, gives account tht her Indisposition was ye cause they have not yet done it, so are desired to mind to get it done against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

A further sorrowful account of more outrunning of young people, going to ye priest to be married, as Thomas Calvart & Sarah Webb have lately done, Mordecai Barrow & Andrew Tagart, are desired to speak to them, & endeavour to convince them of ye evil of their transgressions, & as they find matters, to draw up a testimony against their transgressions & show it to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The proceedings of last quarterly meeting having been read in this meeting, & the particular matters tht are contained therein which concerns this meeting spoken to, to be observed, & answers desired to be returnd to next mens meeting, which is to be this day two weeks.

Thomas Turner & Sarah Mason, having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other & after enquiry, nothing appearing, either in the womens meeting or this to hinder their further proceedings, Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer, Sarah Barrow & Sarah Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Green of Ballandery meeting wth Certificate, & Abigail Morton of Moyallan meetg having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage wth each other & after enquiry, nothing appearing either in ye womens meeting or in this to hinder their further proceedings, & Ballandery meeting having appointed James Hill & Jonas Murray, & our womens meeting having appointed Elinor Greer & Mary Christy, to make enquiry concerning their clearness orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concernd & to return their answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 2 mo 1724.

Account given tht some friends did speak to Joshua Hillary & his wife, but did not receive much satisfactory answer, therefore Samuel ffrancis & Gabriel Winter are desired to read ye said testimony to them & return it & their answers to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow & Andrew Tagart gives acct tht Thomas Calvart & his wife were spoke to, but there being little appearance of much repentance for their transgressions ye sd friends according to desire have drawn up a testimony, wch was read & approved at this meetg which ye said Mordecai & Andrew are desired to read to ye said Thomas & Sarah & return their answers to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

James Bradshaw desires to have one of ye Second Impression of Wm Sewels history.

The Question being put to this meetg who has a mind or willing to attend ye services of ye next yearly meetg at London & half year meetg at Dublin, but none offered, & altho several friends were mentioned, yet none hath condescended to attend either.

This meeting having ye badness of ye northwest fence of ye grave yard under their consideration which to make sufficient & lasting, this meetg desires Mordecai Barrow, Robt Hodgson, Henry Greer, Jas Bradshaw, & Thomas Fletcher, to get a stone wall made abt 7 or 8 foot high from ye surface or levell upto ye gate, & peers made for a gate, at ye meetings charge, as soon as possible this summer.

Thomas Turner & Sarah Mason having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, signifying tht they yet find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so ye said Thos & Sarah have leave to lay their said Intentions before next pro: meeting, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning them, are desired to return their answers to ye said meeting.

John Green & Abigail Morton having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, signifying tht they yet find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so the said John & Abigail have leave to lay their said Intentions before the next province meeting, and the friends appointed to make enquiry concerning them, are desired to return their answers to the said meeting.

Pg 116 1724

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 3 mo 1724.

Samuel Francis & Gabriel Winter gives acct tht they read ye testimony against Joshua Hillary & his wife to them, who owned to ye truth of it, but wth little appearance of sorrow or repentance for their transgressions.

And Mordecai Barrow & Andrew Tagart gives acct tht they read ye testimony agnst Thoms Calvart & his wife to them, who owned to ye truth of it, but wth little appearance of sorrow or repentance for their transgressions, so Andrew Tagart is desired to read both ye said testimonies publickly in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Both the said testymonies were accordingly publickly read.)

James Morton son of Samuel Morton of Moyallan (after acquainting some friends) this day appeared & declared his Intentions of marriage with Sarah Whitesile, daughter of John Whitesile near Charliamt, & after asking ye needful questions nothing appearing to hinder his further proceedings, Jno Hollin & Saml ffrancis are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, orderly prceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & hath leave to lay his said Intentions before the men & womens meeting near Charliamount.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 4 mo 1724.

The next pro: meeting which is to be held at Mary Boyes’, being quarterly Mordecai Barrow, Andrew Tagart, Saml ffrancis, Jno Morton, & Jno Christy, are desired to attend ye service of ye select meeting, & two papers being writ at this meeting, ye one for ye said select meetg & ye other for ye mans meeting, being approved & signd, & given to Jno Christy, who is desired to give each to sd meetings as directed. (Note in margin: Jno Christy & Saml ffrancis did attend according to appointmt.)

Another additional sorrowful acct given tht Jonathan ffrancis is married by a priest, to Ruth Belshy, both making a profession of Truth, & some hope have been of ye said Jonathans better behaviour than to act so disobediently to his parents & dishonourably to Truth, wherefore Jno Christy, Andrew Tagart, & Ben: Shepherd, are desired to draw up a suitable testimony against their transgressions & show it for approbation to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 5 mo 1724.

The testimony against ye transgressions of Jonathan ffrancis not being drawn, ye friends who were appointed to draw it, are desired to mind it against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings were read in this meetg & ye good advice therein contained is recommended to friends to put in practice.

John Brady having writ a second time to this meetg concerning Sarah Robson & Mary Webb, its desired tht Mordecai Barrow & Henry Greer do write an answer to Jno Brady, desiring him to come & settle that affair in a peaceable manner without going to law. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

The printed Epistles of Caution concerning ye affirmation being brought to this meetg they are distributed amongst friends, who are desired to be mindful thereof, and Saml ffrancis is desired to read one of them publickly in ye forenoon meeting next first day.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 5 mo 1724.

The testimony against ye transgressions of Jonathan ffrancis & Ruth Belshy being brought to & read in this meetg & being approved, Andrew Tagart, Ben: Shepherd, Jno Nicholson & Jno Christy or any 2 of them are desired to read said testimony to thm & if they find nothing material to hinder ye publication throf, Andrew Tagart is desired to read it publickly in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

The last half year meetg Epistle being read in this meeting, containing good advice its desired tht ye same may be minded & put in practice.

As ye next pro: meeting is to be at Coothill, Jno Hoope, Jno Nicholson, Thos Greer, Ben: Shepherd, Jos: Berry, Saml ffrancis, Gab: Winter, Jno Christy, & Jno Turner, are desired to attend ye same. (Note in margin: All did except Ben: Shepherd, Jos Berry Sam: Francis and Gabr: Winter.)

And Jno Christy, Jno Nicholson, Henry Greer & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend ye next assizes at Ardmagh. (Note in margin: All did attend but John Christy.)

Whereas John Christy, charitably lent Jno Murdogh two pound six shill: a considerable time since, by encouragemt of some friends, & said Murdogh not being able to pay him, this meeting desires he may be paid ye said sum as soon as money can be raised.

Pg 117 1724

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 5 mo 1724.

Jacob Turner of this meeting having declared his Intentions of marriage with Ann Hall of Dublin meeting, & nothing appearing to hinder his further proceedings, James Bradshaw & Henry Greer are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness & orderly proceedings, John Nicholson John Turner & Mordecai Barrow are desired to give him a Certificate of his presentation here to Dublin men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Whereas John Turner Senr by his last Will left five pound to poor friends belonging to this meeting, which his son Jacob has this day paid, & is discharged thereof, of which ye women friends are to be acquainted, tht they may be advised about ye disposeing thereof according to ye will of ye giver at next men & womens meeting, said money is in Robert Hodgsons hands, who is to give ye meetings account Credit for ye same, & to Charges ye meeting as it shall be ordered to be distributed. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Forasmuch as ye last pro: meeting hath desired tht ye several advices given to friends to behave well & walk worthy of ye governments favour in relation to the affirmation, may be drawn out, in order to be made more publick, tht all friends may be apprized & sencible of ye good advice therein & observe ye same, so Jno Hay is desired to have ye same ready against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: John Hay did draw out ye several advices.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 7 mo 1724.

The disposeing of John Turners Legacy is appointed as undermentioned (viz)

To Benja: Shepherd to lay out in cloths & turf for John Peck 0:15:0
To Mordecai Barrow to give to Margret Garvin 0:05:0
To Ditto for Mary Brown 0:10:0
To ditto for Jane Hethrington 0:06:0
To ditto for Jacob Garvin 0:04:0
To Sarah Barrow to lay out in cloths for Sarah Webb Senr 1:00:0
To ditto to be laid out for Margret Simpson 0:08:0
To ditto to be laid out in cloths for Simon Bells wife 0:08:0
To John Christy to give to Widdow Henan near Rathfryland 0:10:0
To Mary Greer for cloths for James Hildriths children 0:14:0
(Notes in margin: each line noted “done.”) 5:00:0

Mordecai Barrow John Christy & Saml ffrancis are desired to attend ye service of ye next sixth day or select meeting of ye province to be held at Bellyhagan. (Note in margin: Mordecai did, but ye other two not.)

And John Turner, Henry Greer, Mordecai Barrow, John Hoope, Jno Christy, James Bradshaw, Gab: Winter, Andrew Tagart, Robt Hoope, Peter Johnson, Jno Taylor, Ben: Shepherd, Saml ffrancis, are desired to attend ye service of ye pro: meetg on 7th day. (Note in margin: Those names under which ye stroke is did not go.)

John Hoope is desired to draw two Epistles, one for ye 6th day, & one for ye 7th day meetings, & show ye same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 7 mo 1724.

The quarterly meetings proceedings being again perused, ye under matters are answers to it.
Jno Nicholson both volumes, John Hoope both volumes, Jno Greer both volumes, Andrew Tagart both volumes of William Pens works.

The undermentioned friends to be recommended to ye pro: meeting to attend ye Service of ye next 9 mo half year meeting (viz) James Bradshaw, & Jno Christy, Henry Greer, Thos Greer & Thos ffletcher to offer their further consideration about going to next pro: meeting.

John Hoope is desired to write a paper to next pro: meeting & show it to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Samuel Murphy gives acct by letter tht one Martha Cowley who somtimes frequents ye meeting near Rathfryland, is disorderly married to one of another persuasion so Jno Turner & Jno Hay are desired to draw up a suitable testimony agnst her transgression & show ye same to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Also Jno Christy gives acct tht one Sarah Rea, who frequented Moyallan meeting is disorderly married to one of another persuasion so Jno Christy & Saml Morton are desired to draw a testimony against her transgressions & show ye same to next preparative meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 118 1724

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 9 mo 1724.

The testimony against the transgressions of Martha Cowley als (McMullan) being read in this meeting & approved, Henry Greer is desired to send a fair Copy thereof to Saml Murphy of Rathfryland, & desire him to read it to her, & to return her answer & send testimony to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Also ye testimony against ye transgressions of Sarah Rea, daughter of Jno Rea being read in this meeting & approved, Jno Christy & Saml Morton are desired to read it to her, & return her answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Samuel Morton desiring a Certificate for his son James, who is going to belong to Charliamt meetg, Jno Christy & Jno Morton are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & return their answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan, ye 2d of ye 10 mo 1724.

Henry Greer not being at this meeting, nor any acct about ye testimony against ye transgressions of Martha Cowley, its therefore to be minded next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht the testimony against ye transgressions of Sarah Rea, als Atkinson, was read to her, who owns to ye truth thereof, but nothing appearing to hinder publishing sd testimony, Jno Christy is desired to read it or get it read in ye publick meeting of worship at Moyallan next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

John Christy & Jno Morton gives acct tht they made enquiry concerning ye clearness of James Morton, & finds nothing to obstruct his having a Certificate, so Mordecai Barrow is desired to prepare a suitable one against next preparative meeting, tht it may be approved & signed. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow, Timothy Kirk, Saml ffrancis, Jno Morton Senr and John Hoope is desired to draw two papers, one for ye Select & another for ye seventh day meeting, against this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Robert Hodgson, having for a considerable time past kept ye Collection, or this meetings stock, but he now being Indisposed of body, Mordecai Barrow is desired to keep ye accounts & ye meetings stock.

The wall at ye northwest side of ye graveyard is done, & ye free stone for ye peers of ye gate is ready, but ye season not allowing to put them up, tht part is delayd till a propper time; ye undermentioned is acct of what is laid out to this time (viz)

By Mordecai Barrow L 5:00:10 ½ L S d
By Robert Hodgson 3:10: 8 ½ 12:04:1
By John Hoope 0:10: 6
By Thomas Greer 2:02: 0
By Jas Bradshaw for bricks, supposd 1000 0:09: 0

The above is what’s known at present, but as there is ye peers, gates pursements for John Murdogh agreeable to ye meetings order, all which is supposed to amount to about L20: 0: 0 and that the same may be raised, the following named friends proposes to give the several respective sums annexed to their names, to be paid to Mordecai Barrow (viz)
L S d
John Hoope 5:00:0
John Greer 1:10:0
John Nicholson 1:03:0 L10: 19: 6
Robert Hodgson 0:15:0
James Bradshaw 0:11:6
Henry Greer 0:10:0
Mordecai Barrow 1:00:0
Thomas Fletcher 0:10:0
(Notes in margin show all on this page pd except Robert Hodgson)

Pg 119 1724

Andrew Tagart 0:10:0
Thomas Greer 0:10:0
Gabriel Winter 0:10:0
Thomas Turner 0:05:5
Benjamin Shepherd 0:05:5
Robert Hoope 0:06:0
William Rea 0:05:0
Moses Bullock 0:05:5
John Hartley 0:03:3
Joseph Berry 0:05:5
John Christy 0:05:5
John Morton 0:02:2
John Hollin 0:03:3
John Turner 0:05:5
John Hay 0:05:5
Jacob & Samuel Turner 1:03:0
Richard Mason 0: 0:0
John Morton of Dogher 0:05:5
James Morton 0:03:3
John Hartley 0:03:3
John Morton Dogher 0:05:5
(Notes in margin show that all on this page pd except Richard Mason.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 23d of ye 10 mo 1724.

Samuel Murphy having sent ye testimony against ye transgressions of Martha Cowley als McMullan, giveing acct tht he read ye same to her, to which she made no objections, so Henry Greer is desired to send said testimony to sd Samuel wth a Copy of ye preamble, & desire him to read it in ye publick meeting near Rathfryland ye first first day after he receives it, & return it after done.

According to ye desire of last meeting, Mordecai Barrow has produced a Certificate for James Morton which being approved, ye same was signd at this meeting, & John Hay is desired to take a Copy thereof, & give it to Saml Morton to Send to his son.

The last 9 mo half year meetings proceedings, & last quarterly meetings proceedings being before this meeting but not read, so are desired to be read & considered at next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of ye 11 mo 1724.

The last National 9 mo half years meetings proceedings, as also the last province quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting, containing good advice for the edification of friends the same is desired may be minded, and in order thereto the minute from the 9 mo half year meeting 1721 is desired to be read in monthly meetings, John Hay is desired to draw it out against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

And the friends of this meeting who are appointed to prepare the testimonies and matters relating to Alexr Seaton, are desired to be concerned therein.

Pg 120 1724/25

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 12 mo 1724.

The minute tht was ordered last meeting to be drawn out, being done & perused by this meeting, so Samuel ffrancis is desired to read it in ye publick meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Wass accordingly read.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 12 mo 1724.

Mordecai Barrow, John Christy, Andrew Tagart & Saml ffrancis are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select meeting of ye province, and John Hoope is desired to prepare a paper for that meeting, & another for ye mens meetg & Communicate ye same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Mordecai & Andr did not attend. Ye papers were done.)

Account given tht John Bullogh of Moyallan Meetg is married to one of another profession by a priest, so Jno Christy, & Jno Morton Junr is desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions & bring or send ye same to ye next preparative meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Also account tht Benjamin ffinley & Mary Gibson are Clandestinely married by a priest, so Peter Johnston, John Taylor & John Hay are desired to draw a testimony against their transgressions, & shew it to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 1 mo 1724.

A testimony against ye transgression of John Bullogh being read in this meetg & approved, John Hay is desired to draw it over, give it to Saml Morton, & John Christy, & said Samuel is desired to read it to him & return it with his answer to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

A testimony against ye transgressions of Benjamin Finly & Mary Gibson being read in this meeting & approved, Peter Johnston & Jno Taylor are desired to read it to them, & return it & their answer to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Sarah Dixson als Hobson, being clandestinly married by a priest, & since some friends having discoursed with her thereupon, she hath sent to this meeting a testimony against her self, signifying her sin against the Lord & reproach to his people, & her exercises & troubles for ye same to which a paper this meeting have writ ye undermentioned lines, which John Nicholson is desired to show her, and return said paper & her answer to ye next mens meeting (viz)

Notwithstanding what ye said Sarah Hobson als Dixson writes as above, yet it is not to be understood tht she by giving forth ye said paper, is now received into fellowship with us, but stands disowned by us, nevertheless as ye Lord will not cast of for ever, if a sinner repent, forsake & turn from his wickedness, he will have mercy, which we desire may be ye case of ye said Sarah & therefore intends to lay by ye said paper for a time to try how she answers her said testimony, by a true sincere sorrow & repentance. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meetg & also ye minute mentioned therein, which Saml Francis is desired to read in ye publick meeting next first day & Jno Turner, Mordecai Barrow, & Saml Francis are Intreated to perform ye remainder of visiting ye families of friends of this meeting (if they can before next mens meeting.) (Note in margin: Said minute was accordingly read.)

Joseph Gill & John Stevens, having by directions of ye mens meeting of Dublin, desired acct concerning Eliz: Willcok’s clearness in relation to her marriage with Thos Strettell & her stepfather John Hoopes answer thereto, & upon enquiry, this meeting doth not understand tht she is engaged with any hereaway in relation to marriage, & tht John Hoope gives account tht he was not consulted nor advised with about said marriage, of which Andrew Tagart & Samuel Francis are desired to give Dublin mens meeting account thereof by this nights post. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Pg 121 1725

John Pierson & Jane Smith, having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other, before this & our womens meetings, & nothing material appearing to hinder their further proceedings, Mordecai Barrow & Andrew Tagart, Sarah Barrow & Sarah Lynas are desired to make ye needful enquiry concerning their clearness, & return their answers to ye next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 7th of ye 2 mo 1725.

Account tht ye testimony against ye transgressions of Jno Bullogh, was read to him to ye truth of which he acknowledged, but little concern of trouble or repentance, appeared so Jno Christy is desired to read sd testimony in Moyallan meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly published.)

Also acct tht ye testimony against ye transgressions of Ben: ffinly & Mary Gibson was read to them, who both seemd troubled & concernd especially her however not so as to obstruct ye publication of sd testimony, so Saml ffrancis is desired to read ye same in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Jonathan ffrancis, having sent a testimony in writing, to this meeting, which friends hopes proceeds from a real concern & Sorrow for his transgressions; sd paper is so received from him & laid by, to try if his behaviour & walking concur & agree with what he has given under his hand.

The question being put in this meeting, what friends would attend ye Service of ye next half years meeting, & also ye next yearly meeting at London, & no friend yet condescending Its desired ye same may be further considered until this day week, against which time John Hoope is desired to prepare a Suitable paper from this meetg to next pro: meeting, which John Hoope, John Nicholson, John Turner, John Christy, James Bradshaw, Mordecai Barrow, Sam: ffrancis, Henry Greer, Gab: Winter, Andr Tagart, Robt Hoope, Peter Johnston & Jno Taylor, are desired to attend.

John Pierson & Jane Smith, having a second time appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness etc, giving acct tht they yet find nothing to hinder their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay their sd Intentions before next province meeting, to which ye sd appointed friends are desired to give in their answers concerning said Marriage. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 2 mo 1725.

The minutes of last meeting being read over & some friends absent who should give answer to some of them, such is defered to be read over again at ye mens meeting. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Peter Rogers having left something to ye poor, Mordecai Barrow & Jno Christy are desired to use their endeavours to get it tht it may be applied according as ye said Peter has directed. (Note in margin: See next week.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 3 mo 1725.

Mordecai Barrow & Jno Christy gives acct tht they spake to Jno Rogers abt his brother Peters Legacy to ye poor of this meeting, who gave an expectation to pay it soon, so sd friends are desired to continue their care untill it be paid. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Pierson & Jane Smith, having so Indiscreetly, unbecoming truth & reputation amongst men, misbehaved themselves not only one to another, but publickly Scandalous, & altho both this meetg & ye pro: meeting received their presentation of marriage from a condescention to encourage orderly & truth becoming marriages, & permitted them to proceed so far, as only to ye consumation thereof, but such was their rough & disagreeable behaviour to each other ye very morning of ye day tht they were to be married, and apparently much out of tht love that should unite & preserve them together, tht they parted without accomplishing their marriage, in difference & variance, to ye great reproach of truth & of our Society with whom they made profession, wherefore John Christy & Henry Greer, are desired to speak both to ye sd John Pierson & Jane Smith, & acquaint them tht their behaviour has been so disagreeable to truth, & scandalous & reproachful amongst men, tht if they themselves do not give Judgment against their transgressions, tht friends cannot be clear without placeing it upon them.

The next province being quarterly meeting, John Hoope is desired to draw two papers, one for ye Select, & another for ye mens meeting, & show them to friends this day week for approbation. Mordecai Barrow, John Christy, John Morton & Andrew Tagart, are desired to attend the service of ye Select meeting

Pg 122 1725

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 9th of ye 4 mo 1725.

John Hoope gives acct tht since last mens meeting, Jno Rogers paid him ye forty Shill: which his brother Peter left to ye poor of this meeting, ye division & distribution thereof is deferrd untill next mens meeting, several friends being absent from this. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Henry Greer gives acct tht he & John Christy Spoke to John Pierson, who hath offered a paper to this meeting setting forth how matters have passd between him & Jane Smith, & giving Judgmt against his misbehaviour yt occasioned reproach upon truth, which paper is to be again considered at ye mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

But the said friends have no had opportunity to speak to Jane Smith, so are desired to mind to do it as soon as possible, for by some acct from friends, Instead of being under sorrow, remorse or repentance for former transgressions, in often taking too much drink by which she very much reproachfully disorders herself, therefore except said friends have a sence that she is under the Judgment of the Lord for sin, tht they prepare a testimony against her transgressions against next mens meeting.

The last National & provincial quarterly meetings proceedings are before this meeting, which being small, ye perusal & consideration thereof is deferrd untill ye mens meeting.

Account given to this meeting tht Samuel Turner is married to one of another perswasion by a papist priest, so Joseph Berry & Jno Taylor are desired to speak to him, & let him know wherein he has transgressd, & return his answer to next mens meeting if they can. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a Mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 4 mo 1725.

The distribution of Peter Rogers legacy of forty Shillings is appointed to be given to ye undernamed persons & paid by John Hoope to ye named friends to give to them to whom its appointed.

To John Taylor to give to Mary Poge for her sister Elizabeth 0:3:2
To Sarah Barrow for Ann Simpson 0:3:3
To Andrew Tagart for Margt Garvin 0:3:3
To Ben: Shepherd for John Peck 0:3:3
To John Christy for John Colvin near Rathfryland 0:5:5
To ditto for John Ebony near ye same 0:5:5
To ditto for Mary Henan Widdow 0:5:4
To ditto for Hannah Cherry 0:4:4
To Henry Greer for Jane Hetherington 0:3:3
To ditto for widdow Smith 0:3:3
To given as Peter Rogers legacy 2:0:-
(Notes in margin show all pd)

John Piersons testimony against himself being again recd & considered by this meeting, & it being thought proper to publish ye same, Samuel Francis is desired to read it in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

And ye friends appointed to speak to Jane Smith gives acct tht they have done it & tht she seems to be under trouble & Sorrow for her disorderly behaviour, & willing to acknowledge ye same, & give Judgment against her self, which this meeting is willing to accept of, to try if she will amend her ways & be more carefull thereof for the time to come, so John Turner, Henry Greer & Jno Christy are desired to bring or send ye said testimony to next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Samuel Turner being abroad, Joseph Berry & John Taylor could not get opportunity to speak to him, so are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last National & quarterly meetings proceedings being read in this meeting, & both containing good advice to stir up ye pure mind to serve & fear ye Lord, friends are desired for their own everlasting peace & happiness to be mindful thereof.

There being L 3:11:9 this meetings proportion of National & provincial charge, John Greer is willing to lay out ye same, until it can be raised, which is desired to be done as soon as possible. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At apreparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 28th of ye 5 mo 1725.

Notwithstanding Jane Smiths appearance of repentance, & sorrow for her transgressions & her seeming willingness to give Judgmt against her self, now refuses to sign a testimony to clear truth of her misbehaviour wherefore John Turner, Henry Greer & Mordecai Barrow are desired to prepare a pertinent testimony against her as soon as they can show it to some friends & after being approved, to read it to her & then appoint it to be publickly read in a forenoon first day meeting.

Samuel Turner not yet come home.

John Greer offered to pay ye L3:11:9 at last pro: meetg but was not received, because other meetings proportion was not ready, so is desired to mind to pay it when desired.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 6 mo 1725.

Samuel Turner not yet come home, nor is it known when he may, and this meeting thinking it time tht a testimony should be published against his transgressions, so tht Joseph Berry, John Taylor & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to draw a suitable testimony against him to produce to next preparative meeting for approbation & tht ye publication thereof may be then considered.

The next quarterly meetg being to be at Bellyhagan, John Christy, John Morton & Samuel ffrancis are desired to attend ye select meetg & John Hoope is desired to draw two papers one for ye select meeting & ye other for the mens meeting, and show the same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: ye papers were drawn and approved.)

The friends appointed to draw ye testimony against Jane Smith, as then was, but since married to one John Kells from among friends did not get ye same done & published as was desired, & there being a testimony drawn at this meeting & approved against her transgressions, John Hay is desired to draw ye same fair over, & ye said John & Andrew Tagart are desired to read ye same to her, & afterwards give it to Saml Francis tht he may read it publickly in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was all accordingly done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 7 mo 1725.

Stephen Bell, desiring a Certificate, and Robert Greer of Bellyhaes meeting, giving account in writing to this meeting, of his serving his apprentiship truly, & behaved himself orderly, friends have given him a Certificate from this meeting, a Copy whereof is among the meetings papers.

The friends appointed last meeting to draw a testimony against ye transgressions of Samuel Turner, not yet having done it, they are desired to do it against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting, and it containing good advice, as also some things to be particularly observed, ye same is again to be further considered next mens meeting, & in particular ye publickly reading in ye forenoon first day meeting for worship, ye last yearly meetings Epistle from London, which Saml ffrancis is desired to read next first day and that day two weeks to publickly read an Epistle of Caution concerning parents educating their children. (Note in margin: Were both accordingly read.)

The next province meeting being to be at Coothill next seventh & first days come a week, ye following named friends are desired to attend ye service thereof, Thos ffletcher, John Hoope, James Bradshaw, John Turner. (Note in margin: John Turner & John Hoope did accordingly attend.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 7 mo 1725.

The testimony was desired to be drawn against ye transgressions of Samuel Turner, being brought to this meeting, & after some amendments, agreed to so Samuel ffrancis is desired to read it publickly next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly read ye 3d of ye 8 mo 1725.)

Samuel Fuller, being about to print George Whiteheads Journall at five Shill: a piece bound in Calves leather, so ye following named friends proposes to take what is annexd to their names (viz)

John Hoope 1
Edward Hoope 1
John Nicholson 1 1
Timothy Kirk 2?
John Greer 2
James Bradshaw 1
Andrew Tagart 1
Peter Johnston 1
Thomas Fletcher 1
Moses Bullock 1
Thomas Turner 1
John Christy 1
Henry Greer 1
Gabriel Winter & Joseph Berry 1


At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of 8 mo 1725.

Account given tht Mary Peel (notwithstanding her seeming appearance as an orderly woman, & coming frequently to meetings, yet has Joind herself in marriage with one of another perswasion & in manner contrary to ye good order of our society, & after she had done so, denied it deceitfully for a considerable time, by which practices she has disunited her self from our Communion, wherefore Mordecai Barrow is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against her transgressions against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

As also account tht James Dixson & Abigail Hobson, both making profession of our Society, hath Joind themselves Clandestinly in marriage together by a priest therefore Andrew Tagart is desired to draw up a testimony against their transgressions to produce to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 8 mo 1725.

Mordecai Barrow not yet having drawn a testimony against ye transgressions of Mary Peell, is desired to mind to get it done against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Andrew Tagart, having presented a testimony against ye transgressions of James Dixson & Abigail Hobson, which after some amendmt is approved by this meeting, so ye said Andrew & Joseph Dixson is desired to read ye said testimony to them, & return it & their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Robert Richardson of Newport, having writ to this meeting for a Certificate, & before it can be sent him, its necessary to make enquiry concerning him at Newry, where he last lived in this province, and of Friends of Rathfryland, with whom he assembled, and therefore John Greer is desired to make, or get Saml Murphy to make enquiry concerning his clearness and orderly behaviour against next meeting.

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Friends of ye monthly meeting of Mountmellick, having writ to this meeting for a Certificate concerning Thomas Greer, he now being removed to Ballinakill within ye compass of said Monthly meeting, so Thomas Fletcher & Andrew Tagart are desired to draw a suitable Certificate, against this day week, & friends are desired to stay then to sign it tht it may be sent away. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done & sent away a copy of which is among ye papers.)

Accounts in writing to ye Select meeting of ye province, & answers to ye mens meeting to be held in this place next 7th day, being prepared & approved at this meeting, the same is desired to be accordingly presented, and John Christy & Andrew Tagart are desired to attend ye Service of the Select meeting. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 9 mo 1725.

A testimony against ye transgressions of Mary Peel being presented to this meeting, & approved, John Hay is desired to draw it fair over, & give it to Andrew Tagart & Saml Francis, who are desired to read it to her, & return it & her answer to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Andrew Tagart gives acct tht ye testimony against ye transgressions of James Dixson & Abigail Dixson als Hobson, was read to them, who owned to ye truth thereof, but without much appearance of a concern for their transgressions, so tht Samuel Francis is desired to read ye same publickly next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

John Greer, not being at this meeting, nor no acct what enquiry is made concerning Robt Richardson, so John Turner is desired to mind Jno Greer of it tht it may be done, & acct given to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht William Andrew Junr is of a very disorderly behaviour & conversation, disagreeable to truth & ye profession he makes thereof so Henry Greer & Thomas Fletcher are desired to speak to & deal with him, & return his answer to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht Mary Hart hath been guilty of ye sin of fornication, so John Taylor & Peter Johnston, are desired to speak to her & then draw up a testimony according as they find things, & suitable to her transgression, & shew ye same to friends for approbation, so as tht the publishing thereof may be ordered at ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan the 15th of ye 10 mo 1725.

Samuel Francis & Andrew Tagart, gives acct that they read ye testimony to Mary Peel against her transgressions,, & she owned ye truth thereof but not with tht concern as should be desired, So Saml Francis is desired to read the same in the Publick meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly read.)

John Greer, not being at home since last meeting no account is given concerning making enquiry abt Robt Richardson, so its desired to be minded. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht not so much is done about dealing with William Andrew Junr as is requisite, so the friends appointed are desired to do the rest, and the needful against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Taylor gives acct tht Peter Johnston & he spoke to Mary Hart, who confessed tht she is not married, which makes her sin ye greater, however for some reasons there not being a testimony drawn up aginst her wickedness, ye sd friends are desired to get one pertinently drawn, agreeable to ye circumstance she stood in respect to what profession she made among friends, & to her transgression against next meeting, for further consideration & approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Samuel Morton of Moyallan, having sometime since acquainted this meeting of his Intentions to remove himself & family from thence to near Ballynkill in ye Queens County, & now desires a Certificate, therefore Thomas Fletcher & John Hollin are desired to make enquiry concerning his going away clear and return their answers to ye next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

There being several friends in disburse, on sundry particulars for the poor of this meeting, and other accounts for the meetings use to a pretty large sum, account whereof will appear hereafter, and in order that the same may be discharded, the following named friends subscribe ye sums annexed to their names (viz)

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L S d
John Hoope 5:0:0 Benjamin Shepherd 0:8:1 1/2
John Nicholson 2:0:0 Joseph Webb 0:5:5
John Turner 0:11:6 Samuel Barrow 0:5:5
John Greer 1:10:00 John Hollin 0:5:5
Thomas Fletcher 0:18:6 Joseph Berry 0:5:5
James Morton 0:2:6 1/2 John Taylor 0:2:8 1/2
John Morton Junr 0:5:5 John Hay 0:10:-
Mordecai Barrow 1: Gabriel Winter 0:10:-
John Christy 0:8:1 1/2 Jacob Turner 0:10:10
Henry Greer 0:10:- Edward Hoope 1:3:00
James Bradshaw 0:11:6 Moses Bullock 0:5:05
Andrew Tagart 0:16:3 John Morton Dogher 0:5:05
William 0:5:5 John Hartley 0:5:05
Rea 0:10:10 Timothy Kirk 0:10:10
Thomas Turner 0:10:10 John Murray 0:2:8 1/2
Robert Hoope 0:2:2 Peter Johnston 0-5-5
John Morton Senr

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 11 mo 1725.

John Greer not being at this meeting, so no account what is done about making enquiry concerning Robt Richardson, so John & Alexr Christy are desired to assist Jno Greer in Sd enquiry, & give account to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Henry Greer gives account tht he & Thomas Fletcher hath not had opportunity since last meeting to deal farther with Willm Andrew Junr, so are desired to mind it against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Nothing being yet drawn, concerning ye transgressions of Mary Hart ye friends appointed are desired to get it done, & show it to some friends for approbation & after approved, Peter Johnston & John Taylor, are desired to read ye same to her, & then give it to Samuel Francis, who is desired to read ye same in ye meeting next first day come a week. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Thomas Fletcher, & John Hollin not being at this meeting, no account what enquiry is made concerning Saml Mortons clearness, John Christy is desired to take care therein, & if nothing appear against his having a certificate, Thos Fletcher & John Christy, are desired to draw a suitable one in readiness to be signd at next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht Ann Chambers hath surprizingly bore a child, after the pretence of long Indisposition & ailment after another manner, & under several courses of physick by Doctors, & after a considerable time there was some suspition tht she was with child, whereupon she was examined which she alwayes denied & disowned & continued persisting in her denial even untill ye time of her delivery, & then she being askd whose it was, she said it was William Warens of Waringtown & tht she was married to him, which clandestine deceitful hypocriticall, lying practices are abominable, wicked, Irreligious unchristian, & contrary to our holy profession & altho she sais she is married, & ye sd William saith ye same & hath taken with her as his wife, nevertheless it hath not yet clearly appeared by produceing evidence by satisfaction, demonstration tht they are married, howbeit ye said Ann hath by her abominable wicked & deceitful behaviour disunited her self from our Communion & is denied by this meeting & in order tht the same may be made publick, Mordecai Barrow & John Hoope are desired to draw up a suitable testimony against her wickedness, & show it to some friends for approbation, as soon as they can, that it may be read to her, and publickly read on the next first day after so done. (Note in margin: Was accordingly all done and published in ye meeting for worship on a first day ye 23 of ye 11 mo 1725. The testymony among ye papers of ye like nature in ye pres.)

Andrew Thompson from Charliamount meeting, having produced a satisfactory certificate from that meeting, to this, hath therefore his liberty to sit in this mens meeting, & hopes that he will behave circumspectly & agreeable to truth, and keep to week days & first days meetings.

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th day ye 11 mo 1725.

John Greer having produced a letter from Saml Murphy, & Alexr Christy gives acct tht he made enquiry at Newry concerning Robert Richardson, & neither knows or heard of any evil behaviour concerning him, yet as it is understood tht a friend belonging to Charlimount meeting has either something to say or heard something concerning him, John Nicholson is desired to speak to said friend, & return his answer to ye next preparative meeting.

Henry Greer & Thomas Fletcher gives acct tht they had a further opportunity with Wm Andrew Junr, who confesses his faults, & sais he is sorry for ye same, & promises to take more care of his conversation tht it be for ye future more orderly than it hath been, & tht the said Henry & Thomas, are desired to acquaint him tht friends will for a time forbear publishing Judgment against him, hopeing tht he will make good his promises. (Note in margin: The two friends did spake again to William & he continues his promise of amendment.)

Thomas Fletcher & John Hollin gives acct tht they made enquiry concerning Samuel Mortons clearness, & finds nothing against his having a certificate, so ye said friends are desired to draw a suitable one for him & Include his son Joel therein against next preparative meeting.

Friends from Newport having signified to this meeting tht Thomas McClun hath laid his Intentions of marriage before them, with Elizabeth Evins, & desires acct from this meeting of his clearness from all others in relation thereto, as also his mothers consent to ye said marriage, therefore nothing appearing in this meeting against ye said Thomas proccedings: Mordecai Barrow is desired to take care to get a Certificate from his mother, of her willingness & consent to her said sons marriage, & if it come clear, tht then ye said Mordecai, draw a suitable Certificate, or letter in relation thereto, & show it to friends tht it may be signd & sent away by order of this meetg, as soon as it can. (Note in margin: Mordecai Barrow gives account of Thomas’ Clearness & has sent an answer to Newport.)

Next province meeting being quarterly to be held here, John Hoope is desired to write a paper for ye select meeting & another for ye mens meeting, & show ye same to friends this day week, who are desired to stay; & Mordecai Barrow, John Christy & Andrew Tagart, are desired to attend ye Service of ye Select meeting.

William Bell, having desired a Certificate for his son John, who now belongs to Charlimount meeting, so Samuel Francis & Robert Hoope, are desired to make enquiry concerning his clearness, & return their answer to ye next preparative meeting.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16 12 mo 1725.

John Nicholson having sent acct tht he made enquiry of a friend nigh Charliamt concerning Robt Richardson of Newport, & tht there doth not appear any thing material to hinder him from having a Certificate, so its left untill next mens meeting for further consideration. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

There being a Certificate produced to this meeting by John Hollin concerning Samuel Morton, ye same being read its thought convenient to make some alterations, which being done, its ordered to be signd by friends at ye rising of ye meeting next first day, & a Copy thereof to be laid among ye meetings papers. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done, & sent him.)

Samuel Francis gives acct tht he & Robt Hoope made enquiry concerning John Bell who is removed near Charliamt & finds nothing but tht he hath behaved pretty orderly & goes from hence clear of debt, so sd two friends are desired to draw such a Certificate as they think him worthy & show it next mens meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Thomas Murray & Mary Dixon both of this meeting having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other at this meeting & ye necessary questions being askt, & nothing appearing at present to hinder their further proceedings, have liberty to lay ye continuation of their said Intentions before ye next meeting. John Taylor, Peter Johnston, Elinor Greer & Mary Christy are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings consent of parents & relations concerned, & return their answers to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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There being an acct brought to this meeting tht Caleb Hillary & Moses Shaw have both misbehaved themselves one towards another, & acted contrary to ye rules of friends, so this meeting appoints Saml ffrancis, Andrew Tagart & James Bradshaw to speak to them & return their answer to next mens meetg. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a Mens Meeting held in Lurgan ye 17th of ye 1 mo 1725.

This meeting having further considered ye matter about a Certificate for Robert Richardson, desires tht Mordecai Barrow & James Bradshaw peruse & consider ye said Roberts letter, as also consider ye accounts tht is come from those friends who were appointed to make enquiry concerning him, & draw up such a Certificate as may (according to his circumstances), be agreeable to truth & show ye same to the next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Thomas Murray & Mary Dixson having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage with each other & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, having returnd their answers, tht they have made enquiry & finds nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so ye said Thomas & Mary have their liberty to lay their said Intentions before ye province meetg & ye said friends are desired to return their answers there also. (Note in margin: Did present to ye pro: meeting & were married in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 1 mo 1726 as by certificate may appear.)

Samuel Francis having produced a Certificate for John Bell, ye same was read & considered in this meeting, & after some small amendmts & addition, was fairly drawn over & signd at this meeting, & Saml ffrancis is desired to send ye same to ye said John. (Note in margin: Was sent.)

The matter between Caleb Hillary & Moses Shaw not yet being fully ended, nor have they given satisfaction for their misbehaviours, wherefore James Bradshaw, Mordecai Barrow, Jacob Turner, Saml ffrancis, Jas: Berry, Andrew Tagart, Thos ffletcher, Henry Greer, & John Hoope are desired to get them together about ye 5th hour this evening, to hear & determine ye same. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Hoope, John Turner, John Morton, Thos ffletcher, Jno Christy, Mordecai Barrow, Ben: Shepherd, are desired to attend ye service of next pro: meeting to be at Bellyhagan. (Note in margin: Did all accordingly attend.)

Account given tht Joseph Ray, who sometimes frequented Moyallan meeting, hath been guilty of ye sin of fornication, & again of late hath Joind himself in marriage with one of another perswasion by a priest, so John Christy & John Morton Junr, are desired to draw up a suitable testimony against his transgressions, against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 30th of ye 1 mo 1726.

Joseph Bell, by Certificate from ye meeting of Ballindery & Mary Greer of this meeting, after acquainting some friends, have appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other, & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings, James Hill & Jonas Murray, are appointed by ye said meeting of Ballandery, Ann Hoope & Sarah Barrow are appointed by our womens meeting, to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concernd, & return their answers to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Atkinson, by Certificate from Ballandery meeting & Ann Curry of this meeting, having appeared & declared their Intentions of Marriage wth each other & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Jno Wardell & Andrew Agnew are appointed by ye said meeting of Ballandery, Elinor Greer & Sarah Lynas are appointed by our womans meeting to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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Account given tht nothing is done about a certificate for Robert Richardson, so ye friends appointed, are desired to mind to get it done against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Both Moses Shaw & Caleb Hillary, have sent each of them a paper, concerning their disorderly behaviour, which occasioned reproach upon our Society, & have made some acknowledgments, & condemns their disagreeable practices, & promises to be more careful for ye time to come.

John Christy having produced a testimony against ye transgressions of Joseph Ray which being read, & some amendments made, John is desired to get it fairly drawn over & read it to ye said Joseph, & afterwards to read it publickly in a first days meeting in Moyallan. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 2 mo 1726.

Joseph Bell & Mary Greer, having appeared a second time, declaring ye continuation of thier Intentions of marriage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, signifying tht nothing appears to obstruct the said Joseph & Marys proceedings, so they have leave to lay ye same before ye province meeting. (Note in margin: Did lay their said Intentions before ye pro: meeting and were maried in Lurgan ye 18th 3 mo 1726.)

John Atkinson & Ann Curry, having appeared a second time declaring ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, signifying tht nothing appears to obstruct ye said John & Anns proceedings, so have leave to lay ye same before ye province meeting. (Note in margin: Did accordingly and were married in Lurgan ye 4th of ye 3 mo 1726.)

One of ye friends appointed to draw something in answer to Robt Richardsons letter, being abroad, & ye other could not find said letter, & now neither of ye said friends being at this meeting, & it being time tht the said letter were answered, John Nicholson, Henry Greer, Thomas Fletcher, & Jacob Turner, are desired to draw as agreeable answer to ye mind of this meeting as they think propper & show ye same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done & sent to ye half years meeting to be sent him from thence.)

John Christy gives account tht Joseph Ray, cannot yet be met with tht the testimony might be read to him, so is desired to get it done as soon as he can. (Note in margin: Was read to him & read in Moyallan meeting ye 1st of ye 3 mo 1726.)

The 3 mo half years meeting approaching, ye question was put in this meeting, who to offer to ye pro: meeting for tht service, & John Christy, Henry Greer, Thomas Fletcher & Jacob Turner were named, & its hoped tht they will find freedom & use endeavours to answer said service. (Note in margin: All did go but Jacob Turner.)

John Christy, Andrew Taggart & Samuel Francis, are desired to attend ye service of ye next Select meeting of ye province, to be next 6th day in this place and ye papers for ye said Select meetg & mens meeting of ye province, to be prepared now by a Select number of friends at this meeting. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 11th of ye 3 mo 1726.

Thomas Hay & Elinor Traver, having signified to some friends for some time of their Inclinations of marriage with each other; & friends for several reasons being uneasy to receive their presentation, untill some things be better known than they yet are therefore Andrew Tagart, Gabriel Winter, Sarah Lynas, Sarah Greer, Sarah Walker & Sarah Hodgson, are desired to make full enquiry of their orderly behaviour and clearness, so as that friends may be easy to permit their said marriage, and give account how they find things in relation thereto, to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 1st of ye 4 mo 1726.

Accounts given to this meeting tht some enquiry hath been made about Thos Hay & Elinor Trevors clearness in relation to marriage, which are so, tht neither this meeting nor ye womens meeting are easy to receive their presentation.

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting, having been read in this meeting, containing good advice to friends, which is desired may be minded, and therein its desired tht what testimony any friend has to give concerning our dear friend Thos Wilson deceased, may be offered, so such friend or friends who have something in their minds, in relation thereto are desired to present the same as soon as they can. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

James Bullogh having sent a letter to this meeting, confessing his misspent time, & acknowledging his transgressions, & desires such a certificate as friends can be easy to give him, wherefore Mordecai Barrow & James Bradshaw, are desired to draw something agreeable to his case & circumstances against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The women friends are desired to prepare one for ye sd James’ wife.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 4 mo 1726.

The testimony being yet offered concerning Thomas Wilson, its desired it may be minded. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye desire of this meeting a draft of a Certificate for James Bullogh was perused & approved, & drawn fair over & signd at this meeting, & Mordecai Barrow is desired to send it to him.

The last National half years meetings proceedings, and Epistle of Thomas Wilson, & advice to Ministring friends, are presented to this meeting, but as it is very small by reason of ye absence of several friends, the reading of them is deferrd till ye mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 13th of ye 5 mo 1726.

Testimony concerning Thomas Wilson to be minded.

The last National meetings proceedings, advice to ministring friends & an Epistle from Thomas Wilson, a little before his decease, was read in this meeting, all which is good advice to friends to walk in the truth which is desird may be minded.

And forasmuch as there is a paragraph in ye half year meetings proceedings to reprint 2000, of ye Anarchy of ye Ranters, as it is in Robt Barclays works, with which some friends not being very easy, Jno Christy is desired to lay ye same before next pro: meetg for further consideration. (Note in margin: Upon Second thoughts ye matter of this paragraph was not thought propper to be mentioned.)

John Christy, Jno Morton, Saml Francis, Ben Shepherd, & Mordecai Barrow, if at home are desired to attend ye Service of next select meeting, & John Hoope is desired to prepare one paper for ye select meetg & another for ye mens meeting against this day week to be shown to friends for approbation. (Note in margin: Ben Shepherd did not attend, Mordecai was not at home ye papers was done.)

At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 3d of ye 6 mo 1726.

Testimony concerning Thos Wilson to be minded.

There being an Epistle from our friend John Turner from Fredrickstadt to friends, Samuel Francis is desired to read it in a publick meeting in ye forenoon on a first day when convenient. (Note in margin: Was publickly read on ye 14th of ye 6 mo 1726.)

The last quarterly meetings procedings being read in this meetg & there being some particular things therein desired to be observed, and this meeting being small, Its desired tht it may be again read at ye next mens meeting & the contents considered.

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 24th of ye 6 mo 1726.

Testimony concerning Thomas Wilson to be minded.

Notwithstanding tht this meeting hath heretofore taken care, as friends decease to get their wills recorded, & likewise as circumstances required to be assistant in the execution thereof, but as ye care thereof hath not been fixed upon any particulars, & ye last quarterly meeting desiring tht friends of each meeting in ye province may be nominated for tht Service, this meeting therefore desires Andrew Tagart & Gabriel Winter to take care therein.

And as ye last quarterly meeting having had a provincial visit under their consideration, thinking it necessary & serviceable, & tht the same may be performed with consent of ye Several meetings, desires an answer thereto, and this meeting Joining with ye Judgment of ye province, do approve thereof if suitable friends can be had to perform it.

John Nicholson, Benjamin Shepherd, John Murray, John Christy, Jno Holland, James Morton, Peter Johnston, Gabriel Winter, Thomas Fletcher, Joseph Berry & Joseph Webb, are desired to attend ye Service of next pro: meeting at Coothill. (Note in margin: Ben: Shepherd John Murray Peter Jonston & Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Christy only attended.)

Patrick Henderson having made a complaint of some difference depending between him & John Greer, to this meeting from Mountmelick ye 17th Instant & therein desiring tht the said John may put ye said difference to reference, which he is willing to do, & in order tht the same may be ended, hath chosen Thomas Hatton, & Edward Fawcet of Dublin to determine ye same at a convenient time in Dublin, as soon as possible.

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th of ye 7 mo 1726.

Friends at ye last province meeting desiring tht each mens meeting do present the names of some friends for a provincial visit, which is desired to be minded at the next mens meeting.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgn ye 5th of ye 8 mo 1726.

According to ye desire of last meeting ye question was put, what friend or friends of this meeting was willing to join with other friends to perform a provincial visit & none seemd willing to have their names returned.

Mordecai Barrow, Jno Christy & Andrew Taggart, are desired to attend ye service of next select meeting of ye province, & John Hoope is desired to write two papers, one for ye Select & another for ye mens meeting, & communicate ye same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done only John Christy did not attend.)

Friends are desired to bring in their sufferings.

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 8 mo 1726.

James Thompson & Kathrine Calvert having appeared & declared their Intentions of marriage with each other, & nothing appearing to hinder their further proceedings, John Taylor, John Murray, Elinor Greer, & Hannah Woods are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & return their answers to ye next men & womens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Aaron McWhorter of Dunclady meeting & Mary Halliday of this meeting haveing appeared & declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other & nothing appearing to hinder their further proceedings, Neile OMony & Margaret Willson of Dunclady meetg, Sarah Walker & Sarah Barrow of this meeting are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, & to return their answers to ye next men & womens meetings.

Thomas Hay & Elinor Trever having appeared & declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other, and it not being thought convenient to hinder their further proceedings, Joseph Berry, Jacob Turner Junr, Sarah Lynas and Mary Webb, are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concerned, and to return their answers to the next men & womens meetings. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th of ye 9 mo 1726.

James Thompson & Kathrine Calvert having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, giving account tht they find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay their said Intentions before ye province meeting, & ye friends appointed are desired to give account of their clearness to ye said meeting. (Note in margin: Did lay their intentions before Pro: meeting. Had leave to take each other in mariage.)

Thomas Hay & Elinor Trever having appeared a second time & declared ye continuation of their clearness, giving account tht they find nothing material to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay thier said Intentions before ye pro: meeting, & ye appointed friends are desired to give account of their clearness to said meeting. (Note in margin: Was also done.)

The next first day being this meetings turn to visit ye meetg near Rathfryland John Christy, Henry Greer & John Turner, if well, are desired to perform it, & use endeavours to get widdow Henan a Cow which she desires to have ye loan of at ye meetings charge. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht Sarah Lynas, daughter of Richard Lynas deceased, is married contrary to ye rules of our society, so Andrew Tagart & Henry Greer are desired to draw a suitable testimony against her transgression to be produced to next preparative meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

This meeting adjourns till this day week.

The 9 mo ye 23d friends met according to adjournment.

Aaron McWhorter & Mary Halliday having appeared a 2d time & declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, give account tht they find nothing to obstruct their further proceedings, so they have leave to lay their said Intentions before ye pro: meeting, & ye appointed friends are desired to give account of ye clearness to said meeting. (Note in margin: Did lay their intentions before ye province meeting & had leave to take each other in Mariage.)

There being money due to some friends in several dispursemts on ye meetings account, as to
Mordecai Barrow L 9: 7:5
John Hoope 11-10-9 & L1-06-9 more
John Greer 2:1:9
John Nicholson
Which friends are desired to raise by subscription.

John Hoope 5:0:0 John Taylor 0:2:8 ½
John Nicholson 0:0:0 John Hay 0:10:-
John Greer 2:1:9 Peter Johnston 0:5:5
Thomas Fletcher 0:11:6 Gabr Winter 0:10:10
James Morton 0:3:4 Jacob Turner 0:11:6
Jno Morton Junr, Thos Fletcher vou.?:?:? Edward Hoope 0:16:3?
Mordecai Barrow 1:0:- Moses Bullock A.T. 0:5:5
John Christy 0:8:1 ½ John Morton of Dogher 0:5:5
Alexr Christy 0:4:4 John Hartly A.T. 0:8:0?
Henry Greer 0:8: John Murray 0:2:8 ½
Andrew Tagart 0:16:3 John Morton Senr 0:2:2
James Bradshaw 0:11:6 Andrew Thompson 0:2:8 ½
Wm Rea: Jno Christy voucher 0:5:5 Samuel Barrow 0:0:00
Thomas Turner 0:10:10 Gervis Johnston 0:10:10
Robert Hoope 0:10:10 Hugh Matthews 0:10:10
Ben: Shepherd 0:8:1 ½

Joseph Webb 0:5:5
John Hollin 0:0-0
Joseph Berry 0:5:5

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At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 7th of ye 10 mo 1726.

Account given tht by reason of John Turners Indisposition, ye visit tht was appointed last meeting to be made to ye meeting near Rathfryland was not made according to appointment, but since hath been made by John Christy & some others.

The testimony tht was desired last meeting to be prepared against the transgressions of Sarah Lynas, was Communicated to this meeting & approved, so John Hay is desired to transcribe it & give it to Henry Greer, tht he & Andrew Tagart may read ye same to ye said Sarah, & return her answer to the next mens meeting.

The last 9 mo National half years meetings proceedings & a letter from ye said meeting, is deferred reading until next mens meeting because of ye few friends tht are at this, & then to be read & considered.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 28th of ye 10 mo 1726.

Henry Greer gives account tht the testimony against ye transgressions of Sarah Lynas was read to her, & she confessed to ye truth thereof, & acknowledged tht she had done amiss, but without very much concern or appearance of repentance for ye same, so Mordecai Barrow is desired to read ye said testimony in ye publick meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Samuel Francis read ye said testimony on ye day appointed.)

The last 9 mo National half years meetings proceedings, as also a separate Epistle from tht meeting to this province have been read in this meeting, and they containing good advice, friends are desired to be mindful thereof, & particularly in keeping their words & promises, in paying their debts, tht ye properties of friends & others may not be Invaded & Infringd upon, & to keep their affairs clear, in case distressing or trying times should come.

John Hoope is desired to draw two Epistles, one for ye select meeting of ye province, & another for ye mens meeting, in order to be examined this day week.

John Christy & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend ye Service of ye Select meeting. (Note in margin: Was done, & Jno Christy attended ye meeting but Mordecai did not.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 11 mo 1726.

The last National meetings proceedings desiring ye Several men or monthly meetings perusal of an Epistle by G. F. in his book of Epistles from page 276 to 299, & a minute from ye 9 mo National meetg 1706. John Hay is desired to have them ready against next mens meeting.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings to be read & considered next mens meeting. (Note in margin: Was read.)

There being a letter come from ye monthly meetg held at Pardsy Cragg in Cumberland ye 20th of ye 10 mo 1726, to make enquiry concerning Stephen Bells clearness in relation to marriage with Sarah Manesty, & his mothers consent, & friends having some knowledge thereof before, enquiry was made & his mother spoke to & nothing appeared but tht he was clear, & his mother signifyed her willingness & signd a Certificate agreeable thereto, Therefore this meeting hath this day sent a Certificate of ye sd Stephens clearness to ye said monthly meetg at Pardsy Cragg, directed to Jno Wilson at Graythwayt near Cockermouth, a Copy whereof is amongst ye Certificates.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 12 mo 1726.

The minutes tht was ordered last meeting to be brought to this meetg have been brought, & tht from ye Naitonal meeting fully read, & part of ye Epistle in G.F.‘s book of Epistles, & as it is large & contains a great deal of good advice & Instruction, Its appointed to be read in ye publick meetg next first day for general service. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Matters happening amiss with John Nicholson, in respect to his Circumstances in ye world, this meeting thereupon thought propper to lay things before him, and therefore have sent a paper to him by Joseph Berry, desiring his consideration thereupon and answer thereto, a Copy whereof is among the papers. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At a Preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye first of ye 1 mo 1726.

The Epistle mentioned last meeting to be publickly read, being perused by some friends, who found several things therein not so agreeable, none nor in this place as they were when given forth, Its therefore thought better to forbear reading ye same publickly, than tht it should be read.

John Nicholson hath sent a paper to this meeting, signifying his receiving ye paper sent him from last meeting, answer to which and ye consideration thereof, is thought proper to be deferred for a time. Thomas Fletcher & Andrew Tagart are desired to go to him & acquaint him therewith.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 22d of ye 1 mo 1726.

This meeting having further considered of ye answer John Nicholson sent to ye last meeting, thinks it not pertinent nor satisfactory, so Thomas ffletcher, John Christy, Samuel ffrancis & Andrew Tagart, are desired to acquaint him therewith, & to desire him to consider further thereof, & also to acquaint him, tht this meeting is Informed tht there is some affidavits made against some persons for rescuing David ffinly, & such who, its believed are very Innocent, & was not at all concerned in ye rescue if it was one, and said David being prosecuted at Jno Nicholsons suit, this meeting desires tht he may use all his endeavours & exert himself earnestly to put a stop to all proceedings against ye Innocent & persons who are clear & free from any such thing: Also ye said friends are desired to acquaint him tht this meeting is Informed tht ye sd John Nicholson hath lately been hunting & fowling, or one of them, or in the company os some tht were, which this meeting thinks to be an unbecomeing practice for ye professors of truth, & more so for him to take such diversion as his Circumstances are at present, & rather adds to reflection thn to wipe it off. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

This meeting being Informed tht John Morton of Lemidary near ye Ban-Side, hath failed in duly paying his Just debts, to ye prejudice of ye properties of several & his own family, and to the reproach of truth, which Mordecai Barrow, Henry Greer & John Christy are desired to lay before him, & let him know ye trouble that such things is to friends, under ye weight of ye scandal tht ensues, for want of taking due care in time, & to return his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Mordecai Barrow, Andrew Tagart & Jno Christy are desired to attend ye Service of ye Select meetg of ye province, & John Hoope is desired to draw two papers, one for ye Select & another for ye province meeting, & show it to friends next 4th day for approbation. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Our first day afternoon meeting, beginning next first day, Mordecai Barrow is desired to publish ye same, & give notice tht it is to begin at ye 2d hour. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 12th of the 2 mo 1727.

Elisha Francis & Mary Hanks, after acquainting some friends, appeared & declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other before this meeting, & nothing appearing to obstruct their further proceedings Benjamin Shepherd, Robert Hoope, Elinor Greer, & Mary Greer are appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness, orderly proceedings, consent of parents & relations concernd & return thr answers to next mens meetg. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The friends appointed to speak to John Nicholson, gives account that they did, and that he Intends to offer something further to the next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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The friends who were appointed to speak to John Morton, gives acct that they did, & advised him to consider of his mismanagemt which occasioned reflection upon truth, tht he might come under a sence thereof & acknowledge ye same, but as he was in trouble, did not then give such satisfaction as could be desired, therefore Mordecai Barrow, Joseph Berry & Gabriel Winter are desired to advise him to concider solidly wherein he has missed his way, tht he may use his endeavours to wipe off the reproach. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

And for as much as Thomas Morton of Moyallan hath also failed in his circumstances, so as tht he doth not duly & Justly answer his Creditors & tht it is supposed was in sme respect partner with ye said John Morton ye said friends are desired to lay matters before him tht he may consider ye reproach tht his proceedings hath brought upon our profession, of which he appeared as a member.

The proceedings of ye last quarterly meeting having been read in this meeting, which contains pertinent advice for good, & particularly one paragraph, which John Hay is desired to draw out & give to Samuel Francis to read in ye forenoon meeting next first day, if convenient, if not, next after, ye rest of ye minutes in said proceedings to be further considered of in ye next mens meeting which is to be this day 2 weeks. (Note in margin: Said paper was read on ye 23d of ye 2 mo 1727.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 26th of ye 2 mo 1727.

Elisha Francis & Mary Hanks having declared ye continuation of their Intentions of marriage with each other, & ye friends appointed to make enquiry concerning their clearness signifying tht nothing yet appears to obstruct their further proceedings, they have leave to lay their said Intentions before ye province meeting. (Note in margin: Did present to ye province meeting and had leave to marry.)

John Nicholson hath sent a paper to this meeting, much more satisfactory than ye first, acknowledging his meismanagement, & concern for ye reproach brought upon truth, and tht he Intends to do all ye Justice to his Creditors tht he is capable of, relation being had to ye said paper, dated ye 25th Instant may appear, which is in its place among ye meeting papers.

The friends who were appointed to speak to John Morton, gives acct that they did & tht he seemed to be under some concern abt his mismanagements, but being somewhat humbled in his mind could not then commit any thing to offer in writing in relation thereto, but Intended to do something against next meeting, mean time ye said appointed friends & Thomas Fletcher are desired, as they have opportunity to advise him to manage matters ye best he can, agreeable to Justice & truth: But as Thomas Morton was not at home, ye said friends could not get opportunity to speak to him, but as they do, are desired to mind it. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Agreeable to ye desire of last province meeting, endeavours were used to get a friend of this meeting to attend ye services of ye next yearly meeting at London, but none was willing to undertake said service, as also endeavours were used to offer friends to attend ye services of the half years meeting, and several were spake to & some friends not unwilling, yet not so willing as to allow their names to be mentioned, which is referred to ye pro: meeting. (Note in margin: It happened so tht no friend from this meeting attended.)

The other matters contained in ye last quarterly meetings proceedings, have been considered, which John Hoope is desired to observe in writing to ye pro: meeting, and show ye same to some friends for approbation, and to mention tht this meeting is of opinion tht the paper writ by W.E. about tythes mentioned in ye last 9 mo half years meetings proceedings, may not be printed. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Whereas its reported tht William Bell, son of William Bell, hath lately offered to take his affirmation in a cause which its thought was not Just, and some other supposed disagreeable behaviour & practices, therefore Samuel ffrancis is desired to desire the said William Bell & his son to come to the meeting this day week, to speak to friends about said matters. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Pg 136 1727

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan the 24th day of ye 3 mo 1727.

Mordecai Barrow & Thomas Fletcher not being at this meeting, Joseph Berry & Gabriel Winter gives account tht they had not opportunity with John Morton since last meetg nor any friend of this meeting knowing any writing from him to this meetg toward giving satisfaction for ye reproach th his mismanagemt has brought upon truth, so tht the said friends are desired to deal with him & lay things before him, so as tht he may be brought to a sense of his condition & place Judgmt upon his disorderly proceedings, and also to enquire & endeavour to find out ye truth of Edwd McDonnal complaint of ye hard usage & hard speeches of said Jno Morton concerning him, & return his answer to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Since last meeting both William Bell & his son William hath been with friends, ye father at one time & ye son at another, & were spoke to concerning Wm Junr his offering to take his affirmation in a cause tht seemed not to be true, which he denied, nevertheless friends had reason to believe tht he was too forward therein, and also friends having account tht ye said Wm Junr took his own & his fathers tythe from ye tythmonger, spoke to him about tht, which he owned as did his father also, & acquiesses with his sons doing so, did not reprove him nor bear his testimony against such active proceedings, contrary to our principles, and also upon enquiry its found tht the said Wm Junr hath been of a very loose & unbecoming behaviour, & seems to have little or no remorse, thought concern or sorrow upon him for his many disorderly behaviours & libertine practices, therefore John Hoope is desired to draw up a suitable testimony against his transgressions & taking some of his fathers lukewarmness & Indifference in not bearing his testimony against his sons taking his, as well as his won tythe, against next meeting for approbation. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht its supposed Joseph Hartly has been guilty of fornication, & doth not walk orderly, nor behave agreeable to our principles, so Samuel ffrancis & Gabriel Winter are desired to speak to him about those things & return his answer to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 14th of ye 4 mo 1727.

The friends appointed to deal with John Morton, hath not yet had opportunity to deal with him according to the last minute, so Mordecai Barrow, Joseph Berry, Gabriel Winter, & Andrew Tagart are desired to get it done against the next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye desire of last meeting, John Hoope hath drawn a testimony against Wm Bell ye younger, & also mentioned someting concerning William Bell ye Elder, being too lukewarm & Indifferent, in ye case of his sons taking his tythe as well as his own, which been read in this meeting & approved, John Hay is desired to draw it fair over & give to Benjamin Shepherd Saml ffrancis & Robert Hoope, who are desired to go to both ye said Williams houses & read ye said testimony to them, & return their answers to ye next preparative meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Gabriel Winter gives account th he spake to Joseph Hartly, who notwithstanding his denial of being guilty of fornication, his behaviour & management manifests tht he has been guilty & is of a disorderly conversation, contrary to our principles, so Gabriel Winter & Samuel ffrancis are desired to draw a suitable testimony against his transgressions, against next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

John Christy, Andrew Tagart & Mordecai Barrow, are desired to attend ye Service of next quarterly select meetg of the province to be held at Bellyhagan, & John Hoope is desired to draw one paper for ye Select & another for ye mens meeting against this day week, to be viewed by friends of the mens meeting. (Note in margin: Was done only Mordecai could not attend.)

It being reported tht Joseph Deane is married by a priest, also Ruth Douglass went out ye same way, so Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Berry are desired to speak to them, & know ye truth thereof, & return their answers to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Several friends being poor & in want, and there not being any money in bank, but something behind, there is therefore a necessity to raise some money, for a supply to the poor besides what the Collections does, so the subscriptions are on the other side.

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John Hoope 1 0 0 John Hay 2 2
Thomas Fletcher 0 2 8 ½ Peter Johnston 1 7 ½
James Morton 0 1 1 Gabriel Winter 2 8 ½
John Christy 0 2 2 Jacob Turner 3 9 ½
Alexr Christy 0 1 1 Edward Hoope 5 5
Henry Greer 0 2 8 ½ Moses Bullock 1 7 ½
Andrew Tagart 0 2 8 ½ John Morton Dogher 1 1
James Bradshaw - 2 8 ½ John Morton Senr 1 1
William Rea - - 6 ½ Andrew Thompson 1 1
Thomas Turner 0 2 8 ½ Hugh Matthews 2 8 ½
Robert Hoope 0 2 8 ½ John Murray 1 1
Ben: Shepherd 0 2 2 Mordecai Barrow 5 5
Joseph Webb 0 2 2 Joseph Dixson 1 1
John Hollin - 1 1 John Greer 5 5
Joseph Berry 0 2 2 Samuel Barrow 1 1
John Taylor 0 1 1 James Alderdice 2 0
John Turner 0 2 2
Margt Morton 0 - 6 ½
2:15:5 1:19:4 ½
Note: All named above are marked “pd”.

At a Preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 5th of ye 5 mo 1727.

John Morton hath sent a few lines to this meeting signifying his sorrow tht his mismanagement of affaires in ye world, hath occasioned truth tht he professes to be reproached, and resolves to use his utmost endeavours to get his debts discharged, with other things, relation being had to said paper under his hand, dated ye 2d Instant, may appear, which this meeting orders to be laid by for some time, to try how he answers & performs what he sets forth therein.

Samuel Francis & Benjamin Shepherd gives account tht they read ye testimony against Wm Bell ye younger, as also to his father, who would have made some excuses in relation to some things mentioned therein, but this meeting being of opinion tht their excuses are of little weight or moment, & tht the testimony is safe & agreeable to truth, desires tht Andrew Tagart do read ye same publickly at a seasonable time in ye forenoon meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was accordingly read and published.)

Gabriel Winter & Saml Francis have drawn a testimony against ye transgressions of Joseph Hartley, which was read in this meting & approved, so John Hay is desired to draw it fair over, & give it to ye said Gabriel & Samuel who are desired to read it to him & return his answer to next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

Account given tht Joseph Dean & Ruth Doglass are married, as mentioned last meeting, so Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Berry are desired to draw a testimony against their transgressions, distinctly against next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 5 mo 1727.

Gabriel Winter gives account tht he read ye testimony against Joseph Hartly, to him, who would seem to clear himself, but friends by several clear circumstances believing to be guilty, & of a disagreeable conversation & hath mostly declined assembling himself with our Society, therefore this meeting desires Samuel ffrancis to read ye said testimony in ye next first day forenoon meeting. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

Mordecai Barrow having produced a testimony against ye transgressions of Joseph Dean as also one against Ruth Douglass according to ye desire of last meeting, which being read in this meeting & approved, John Hay is desired to draw them fair over & give them to Andrew Tagart & Joseph Berry, who are desired to read ye same to ye said Joseph Dean & ye said Ruth Douglass distinctly & return their answers to next meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

The last half years meeting & last quarterly meeting proceedings, having been read in this meeting, containing good advice, exciting friends to orderly becoming walking in ye way of truth & agreeable behaviour in sundry particulars friends are desired to observe ye same, & be mindful thereof, tht ye labour of love tht the Lord has raised in his Servants may be answered.

And it being desired by ye half years meeting, to know what friends will voluntary subscribe to ye reprinting of Robt Barclays Apology, Its desired tht friends of this meeting do consider thereof timely, so as to make a suitable return to next province meeting, before ye next half years meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

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At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 16th of ye 6 mo 1727.

Andrew Tagart gives account tht ye testimonies against ye transgressions of Joseph Dean & Ruth Douglass were read to them separately who confessed to ye truth thereof, & ownd they did wrong, but with little seeming concern of sorrow, so Andrew Tagart is desired to take care to read or get them publickly read in ye next forenoon first day meeting. (Note in margin: Was accordingly publickly read.)

To mind ye subscriptions towards reprinting R.B.’s apology. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

There being L5:6:0 this meetings proportion of last half years meetings National charge, ye same is desired to be raised at next mens meeting in order to be paid as desired at next pro: meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 6th of ye 7 mo 1727.

This meeting considering about subscribing towards re reprinting of R. Barclays apology, thinks tht forasmuch as there are pretty many yet in friends hands & others & tht the brief apology tht contains a great deal of ye matter of ye other is reprinting, tht therefore its time enough to reprint said Apology.

There being L5:6:0 this meetings proportion of ye National Charge which should be paid at next pro: meeting, & in order tht ye same may be done ye following named friends proposes to pay ye several sums anexed to thr names (viz)
L S d S d
John Hoope 1:0:0 Peter Johnston 2:2
Thomas Fletcher 0:5:5 Gabriel Winter 3:8 ½
James Morton 0:1:1 Jacob Turner 5:5
John Christy 0:2:8 ½ Edward Hoope
Henry Greer 0:2:8 ½ Moses Bullock 2-2
Andrew Tagart 0:4:4 John Morton 1-1
James Bradshaw 0:5:5 Jno Morton 1-1
William Rea 0:1:1 Andrew Thompson 1-1
Thomas Turner 0:3:1 John Greer 5-05
Robert Hoope 0:2:2 Hugh Mathews 1-1
Ben Shepherd 0:2:2 Gerviss Johnston 3-3
Joseph Webb 0:2:2 Mordecai Barrow 6:6
Joseph Berry 0:2:8 ½ John Murray 1-1
John Taylor 0:1:1 Joseph Dixon 1:1
John Turner 0:3:3 Samuel Barrow 1:1
John Hay 0:3:3
3:2:09 ½ 1 14: 2 ½
brot over 3- 2 9 ½
(Note: all marked “pd” except John Morton.) 4: 16: 08
John Christy, Andrew Tagart & Mordecai Barrow are desired to attend two papers, ye one for ye Select meeting & ye other for ye mens meeting of ye province to be viewed by friends at ye riseing of ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was done.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 27th of ye 7 mo 1727.

The last quarterly meetings proceedings having been read in this meeting, & as there are sundry things therein to be further considered, Its desired tht it may be minded at next mens meeting.

Friends are desired to bring in their sufferings.

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 18th of ye 8 mo 1727.

There being a report tht Caleb Hillary has been guilty of fornication, upon which some friends was appointed to speak to him, who dreturnd their answers tht they did, & he confessd tht he had been guilty, so Saml ffrancis & Gabriel Winter are desired to draw up a testimony against ye said transgression, against next mens meeting for aprobation & further consideration. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

According to ye desire of last pro: & Quarterly meeting, we have considered so far as relates to us, of ye necessary answers & return to be made, to enable friends to communicate to next half years meeting, and first, as we have nothing in particular relating to ye general minutes, we referr concerning them to verball answer. And we have already given our answer tht we think it may be best for ye present to deferr reprinting Robt Barclays apology for reasons therein to which referr. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

We are ready to answer our proportion of L7:10: 1 ½ ye province charge and are also willing to come in for our proportion, with such measures as the province meeting shall think fit, towards Eliz: Becks relief.

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And we have enquired what friends were willing to attend ye Service of next half years meeting & do not find any willing; so we referr to ye province to try if any members of our meeting can then be prevailed with to attend Said Service. (Note in margin: None was prevailed with to go.)

At a preparative mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 8th of ye 9 mo 1727.

According to ye desire of last meeting, Gabriel Winter presented a testimony against ye transgressions of Caleb Hillary, & some amendmt being made, & John Hay desired to draw it fair over so Gabriel Winter is desired to read it to him, & return his answer to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 29th of ye 9 mo 1727.

Jacob Turner, & Gabriel Winter gives account tht they read ye testimony against ye transgressions of Caleb Hillary to him, who confessed to ye truth thereof & seemd sorrowful tht he gave the occasion, & said tht he deserved more, & had nothing against ye publication thereof, so Samuel ffrancis is desired to read the same in ye meeting next first day. (Note in margin: Was done.)

Next sixth day come a week, being ye time of ye select meeting of ye province, Mordecai Barrow, Andrew Tagart, Jno Christy & Saml ffrancis are desired to attend ye same, & John Hoope is desired to draw a paper for said meeting, & also another for ye mens meeting, & Communicate ye same to friends this day week for approbation. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done only Sam: & Mordecai did not attend.)

At a preparative meeting held in Lurgan ye 20th of ye 10 mo 1727.

The last half years meeting & quarterly province meetings proceedings being brought to this meeting, but several members being absent, ye perusal & consideration of ye same are deferrd to ye next mens meeting. (Note in margin: See next meeting.)

At a mens meeting held in Lurgan ye 10th of ye 11 mo 1727.

According to appointment of last meeting, ye last quarterly & half year meeting proceedings & an Epistle from Ben: Holme hath been read in this meeting, tending to edification of friends in several respects, which is desired may be minded & observed. And ye education of youth being once more recommended to ye due care of parents & friends conserned for their preservation in ye way of truth, & to renew former advice to friends, the several minutes relating thereto are desired by ye half year meetg to be drawn out & communicated so as they may have their service, so John Hay is desired to select them accordingly, against next preparative meeting tht friends may consider of thr further service thereof. And ye said Epistle from Benjamin Holme being thought of service to be read in a first day meeting. Andrew Tagart is desired to read ye same next first day. (Note in margin: Was done.)

The next first day being our turn to visit ye meeting near Rathfryland, John Turner, Joseph Webb, Mordecai Barrow & Joseph Berry, & such other friend of ye mens meeting tht can conveniently perform it. (Note in margin: Was accordingly done.)

John Hoope, John Turner, Mordecai Barrow, Gabriel Winter, Henry Greer, Robert Hoope, Ben: Shepherd, Joseph Berry, Peter Johnston, Jacob Turner, Thomas Turner, Jas Webb, John Christy, Andrew Thompson, John Hollin are desired to attend ye service of ye next province meeting, & any other friend of y