From Quaker Hill A Sociological Study by Warrren H Wilson (New York, 1907), p.29:
Now that we know what was involved in frollicking, just a reminder that the Quakers in the 18th century in the Oblong were not the ones with folks singing hymns in their church. Their meetings for worship were silent unless someone was led to speak. Singing and dancing, in and out of church, was frowned upon.
The Quakers were trying to "live apart" from the larger world community in a tightly knit community of their own. However, in the neighborhood, were other settlers who were not Quakers. The description of the challenges of holding a Quarterly Meeting [4 times a year, meetings in the same area met for worship and business] with Friends from a variety of meetings.
The population who turned out en masse are not the Quakers,
but rather the other residents of the Oblong, or in the case quoted above, Purchase meeting, who had no church restrictions on the various forms of amusement described below.
That was the Quakers' description of the temptations and distractions. It was also confirmed by those "worldly" folks in the neighborhood:
The Quakers might have been trying to live a life of piety and asceticism "separate from the world", but the temptations of the world were nearby and my GGG'grandfather, Paul Dakin succomed to them and as a result was disowned.
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