Essay Margaret Fell Fox

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Margaret Askew Fell Fox      In the seventeenth century, a commanding female public minister emerged during the radical religious movement of Quakerism. Margaret Askew Fell Fox was one of the founding members of the Religious Society of Friends, and was popularly known as the "Mother of Quakerism". She has been known less as a minister and more as a founder and provider of financial support then other young women. Throughout this paper I will refer to her as Fell Fox, name she acquired through marriages during her lifetime. Through her struggles and triumphs, radical actions and beliefs, and her desire to worship God, Fell Fox had a significant impact on the world around her. In this essay, I hope to…show more content…
According to Fell Fox’s writing, The Testimony of Margaret Fox, he was also troubled by rumors he had heard from neighbors, telling him “that a great disaster was befallen amongst his family, and that they [Fox and his circle] were witches.” (Kunze, An Unpublished, 14) However, being a temperate man, Fell agreed to listen to Fox concerning the religious matters at hand. In her Testimony, Fell Fox also reveals that Fox spoke very convincingly to her husband. As a result, Thomas allowed a meeting of Friends at Swarthmoor, a tradition that lasted over thirty-eight years.      Thomas never converted to Quakerism, but he never shunned his wife for her newfound beliefs. Due to his status as a judge, Fell was able to protect his wife and her fellow Quakers from persecution. However, in 1658, six years after his wife’s conversion, Fell died. As a result, the Quakers were no longer protected by Fell’s “kindness at the local bench.” (Hugh, 2) Previously, Fell Fox was protected by her class standing as well as her husband’s authoritative position in the society. Eleven years later, in 1669, Fell Fox and Fox were wed. Historians state that in the six years that followed until his death, their respective ministries and periods of incarceration kept them apart most of the time. She carried on despite imprisonment and died in 1702 at the age of 88, the last surviving leader of the first generation of Friends.      I turn
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